Munger, Tolles & Olson’s Jerome C. Roth began his term as president-elect of UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats) – the International Lawyers’ Association – on Nov. 2, 2018, during the closing ceremony of the association’s annual congress in Porto, Portugal.
Mr. Roth, who will become president of UIA at next year’s congress in Luxembourg, will serve as only the fifth president from the United States in its 91-year history, and will be the first from the Western United States. He will take over from the newly installed president, Issouf Baadhio, of Burkina Faso.
“It’s a great honor to continue serving UIA and to further its critical mission of fostering international information exchange and collegiality among lawyers around the world and of defending their freedom to represent their clients against unwarranted restrictions, political interference and on occasion persecution. That mission is just as critical now as it was nearly a century ago when UIA was founded. In fact, it has never been a more important time to break down boundaries and to create open dialogue across borders,” Mr. Roth said.
“We are so proud of Jerry for taking on this important role with UIA. His accomplishments working with our international clients to solve their most complicated problems, defending human rights on a pro bono basis and promoting diversity in the profession are a few examples of Jerry’s exemplary leadership,” added Co-Managing Partner Sandra Seville-Jones.
Established in 1927 in the wake of World War I, the UIA is the world’s oldest and most multi-cultural international law organization. The Paris-based association brings together more than two million lawyers from more than 110 countries through its individual and bar association members, and employs three official and five working languages.
UIA is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information among the world’s lawyers; promotion of collegiality, friendship and networking; study and training on a broad range of international legal topics; and the global “defense of the defense,” such as protecting lawyers persecuted for representing human rights advocates and ensuring the independence of bar associations and their members worldwide.
Mr. Roth has been active in UIA for nearly 20 years, and has held various positions within the association, including president of UIA’s American committee, chair of its Criminal Law Commission, and a member of its Human Rights Committee.
Mr. Roth is a trial lawyer who specializes in business and international litigation and arbitration, as well as white collar criminal defense and investigations. He has both U.S. and French law degrees, and has represented European, Asian and Latin American clients in domestic criminal and civil litigation matters, as well as U.S. companies in matters abroad. Mr. Roth is also an ICC-trained international arbitration lawyer and has handled arbitrations and mediations before a range of arbitral tribunals. He works in several languages including French, Spanish and English.
Munger, Tolles & Olson’s International practice represents both U.S. and foreign companies and individuals in cross-border civil disputes as well as investigations by U.S. and foreign authorities involving civil, criminal and regulatory issues. Our team prides itself on digging deeply into foreign legal issues to meet the global needs of our clients.