• The Swiss American Lawyers Association of Greater New York

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    Last week, we had the pleasure of attending the Cardozo Law school panel discussion on “U.S. vs. E.U. Surveillance Law and Government Access to Consumer Data” organized by the Swiss American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, the Cardozo IP Practice Group and the Cardozo Alumni Association’s CLE Committee. The conversation focused on comparative surveillance law, government mechanisms for requesting access to consumer data stored by companies in and outside the U.S., an overview of current trends in data collection and retention, and a comparison between U.S. and E.U. surveillance law models. Speakers included:
     
    Joseph Demarco, Partner, DeVore & DeMarco LLP, Former U.S. Attorney specializing in surveillance law and investigation
     
    Sylvain Métille, Head of Technology and Privacy, BCCC Attorneys-at-law, Geneva, PhD, Attorney and Lecturer at Lausanne University, Switzerland
     
    Felix Wu, Associate Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
     
    Moderator Nathan Wessler, Attorney, Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, ACLU
     
     
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    The audience engaged in an extensive Q&A after the discussion and it was interesting to hear the different perspectives. Sylvain Métille, a Privacy, Data Protection, Technology and Computer Crime Law specialist from the Canton of Neuchâtel, presented Switzerland’s system in comparison to the U.S. and the E.U. His legal background includes ten years of work experience with Swiss law firms and at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.
     
    The Swiss American Lawyers Association of Greater New York has participated in previous panel discussions focused on privacy law and surveillance, though members of the association come from a variety of backgrounds. SALA/NY members are Swiss and U.S. lawyers who have regular contacts with Switzerland, through Swiss clients or employers or with Switzerland as a place of business or jurisdiction, and who practice in a law firm, in-house, at an international organization or in the diplomatic service. If you have an interest in Swiss American legal developments, be sure to check out the association’s website: http://www.salany.org The next event will be in November on FATCA… if you’d like to know more, email: info@salany.org
    Oct
    16
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    15
    2014
  • The Dance of Physics in QUANTUM

    Last night we attended the US premiere of QUANTUM developed by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and German visual artist Julius von Bismarck during the artist residency program Collide@CERN.

    Congratulations to the artists on creating this mesmerizing show in which the crackling energy of subatomic particles is magnified to human scale through six dancers vibrating, scattering, and whirling beneath a gyrating quartet of industrial lamps.

    Watch a preview of the performance here!

    QUANTUM - Teaser from Cie Gilles Jobin on Vimeo.

    To celebrate the premiere, we hosted a reception after the show. It was wonderful to see so many New York artists, and Swiss involved in the New York arts community, in attendance. We were also happy to meet our Facebook contest winner who won a ticket to yesterday’s performance! Consul General, Ambassador Schaller gave opening remarks and spoke about the links between science, culture, Switzerland and the US.
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    This week CERN celebrated 60 years of science for peace.

    Collide@CERN is CERN’s latest experiment in arts and science. As a main strategy of CERN’s Cultural Policy for Engaging with the Arts, Collide@CERN is a 3-year artist’s residency program initiated by Arts@CERN in 2011. By bringing world-class artists and scientists together in a free exchange of ideas, the Collide@CERN residency program explores elements even more elusive than the Higgs boson: human ingenuity, creativity and imagination. Interested in knowing more? Watch Gilles Jobin describe his experience on YouTube.

    Don’t miss QUANTUM in New York this weekend at BAM! The tours travels to San Francisco next.

    October, 2 to 4 
    QUANTUM at the BAM Brooklyn Academy of Music - New York - USA
    Co-presentation BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival, FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival 2014 and the Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès) New Settings program

    October 12 and 13
    QUANTUM and lecture about Cern residency with Cern physicist Nicolas Chanon
    In collaboration with swissnex San Francisco at the ODC Theater - San Francisco - USA

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    03
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  • We’re at #BAM for tonight’s US premiere of QUANTUM #switzerland #cern #art #science #dance #nyc  (at BAM)

    We’re at #BAM for tonight’s US premiere of QUANTUM #switzerland #cern #art #science #dance #nyc (at BAM)

    Oct
    02
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    02
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    UN General Assembly High-level week

    In keeping with tradition, the 69th session of the UN General Assembly began with what is known as a high-level week in New York attended by numerous heads of state and government. An important component of this ministerial week was the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly on September 24, 2014. President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, represented Switzerland and addressed current global political issues and the key areas of Switzerland’s foreign policy in the framework of the UN.

    From September 23 - 26, a Swiss delegation participated in bilateral talks and attended many events, including three events co-organized by Switzerland.
     
    At an event today, President Burkhalter led a discussion on the OSCE’s capacity to act and the European security architecture in his capacity as Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In the context of the post-2015 agenda, Switzerland organized an event together with Peru, Tajikistan and Thailand on the importance of water and disaster risk reduction for sustainable development. Switzerland also co-organized an event earlier this week with UNAIDS to discuss measures to eradicate AIDS by 2030, in connection with the post-2015 development agenda. Read in depth about Switzerland’s involvement in high-level week events on the official website of the FDFA
     
    At the Climate Summit on Tuesday, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), set out Switzerland’s position for a future global climate regime. Switzerland is working at the international level for a binding agreement that obliges all states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This week’s Summit was held to generate the momentum for a new international agreement on climate protection to be concluded by December 2015.
     
     
     

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    The Swiss delegation and President Burkhalter took part in other events during the week addressing such issues as abolishing the death penalty, combating terrorism, restricting the veto practice of the Security Council members and mediation. On Tuesday, President Burkhalter met bilaterally with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss multilateral issues and the situation in Ukraine. He also attended the reception for heads of state and government, which is traditionally hosted by the US president as representative of the host state on the evening before the opening of the general debate.

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    Additionally, President Burkhalter supported the Swiss pilots of Solar Impulse at a side event hosted by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the United Arab Emirates. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will fly around the world in 2015, starting and finishing in Abu Dhabi. Their plans were formally announced this week in New York.
     

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    Today concludes high-level week and soon the Swiss Delegation will return home. We enjoyed hosting President Burkhalter at the Swiss Residence and hope to see him back in New York again for a visit!

    Sep
    26
    2014
  • Behind-the-Scenes: Meet the Staff

    In this series we profile diplomats, transferable staff, and local employees at the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York to give you an inside peek into their daily tasks, professional backgrounds, and personal tastes!

    In the Spotlight: Consul, Nicoletta Regazzi

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    Job Description:  Consul, Head of Administration and Consular Affairs for the Consulate General and the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in New York.

    Hometown: Locarno, Ticino, the gorgeous Italian part of Switzerland.

    Places you’ve lived: In addition to Switzerland, I’ve lived in amazing Berlin, colorful Dakar,  beautiful Bueno Aires, astonishing Riga and chaotic Cairo …

    Current residence: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Favorite things about the US: The individuality and kindness of people.

    What you miss about Switzerland: My family and Bündnerfleisch (a Swiss version of beef jerky).

    Must-Do for everyone visiting New York: A walk down Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.

    Favorite restaurant (in Midtown): Although not a sit-down meal, I just love to have a Num Pang  take-out sandwich for lunch.

    One thing on your desk right now is: Holiday schedule for next year for all the 80 members of the staff!

    Favorite moment or “highlight” since arriving in New York: Every year I enjoy being at the New York Marathon (as viewer of course!). Last year I was particularly exited as one of my best friends, Sabrina, was running. Seeing her pass by the Swiss Corner on Bedford avenue was an unbelievable moment for me.

    Your daily routine includes: I admit I have very little routine in my job which is the best part of it.

    If you could schedule a lunch date with anyone, it would be: With my big family reunited like we used to do when I was a kid. It was lots of fun.

    Upcoming projects: Planning the Finance Budget for 2015!

    Sep
    23
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    18
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  • Competitiveness, Crowdfunding and Coffee

    Last week, we had the pleasure of attending an event organized by the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce on Competitiveness, Crowdfunding and Coffee. Hosted by Frederic Levy, CEO of Nespresso USA at the SoHo Boutique on Prince Street, the evening including presentations by Martin Naville, CEO of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and Thomas Steinemann, CEO of DuBois et fils.
     
    Over espresso and coffee cocktails, guests listened to the seasoned wisdom of these two business leaders. No stranger to the audience, Martin’s presentation on “Switzerland & USA - rocky road ahead?" infused statistics, graphs and projections with a lively discussion on the future of the sister republics. Thomas’ presentation on "Crowdfunding and Innovation - Moving with the Times" told the amazing story of how crowdfunding helped to save a luxury brand and launch a new product line.

     
    The story of DuBois is a unique one. The Swiss watch manufacturing company founded in 1785 is one of Switzerland’s oldest quality watch makers. In recent history, the brand has struggled to survive against the competition. Since its 2010 change in ownership, the company has been working to re-launch its brand image and in 2012, the “Crazy and Very Exciting” crowdfunding campaign was introduced. In 2013, the company announced it successfully raised 1.5 million CHF in funding without the assistance of any crowdfunding portal or outside vendor. Over 500 individuals from over 20 countries have invested money for equity ownership, in one of the only examples of crowdfunding being applied to luxury goods. The full story can be read on the DuBois website and an overview is available below.
     
    After the presentations, guests networked over unique coffee cocktail creations by Nespresso, including the Cubania Libre, celebrating Nespresso’s current limited-edition line, the Cubania. One lucky attendee, Steve Thomas from Delta Air Lines, won the raffle for a new VertuoLine Machine!

     
    It was a lively evening fueled by good coffee and conversation. Check out Flickr for more pictures and the full photo album. A special thanks to Frederic Levy and Michelle McFaul for hosting the event at the Nespresso Boutique SoHo and to Manuel Rudolf for initiating this program.
     
    Interested in joining the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce? Check out membership benefits here! http://www.amcham.ch/membership/
     
     
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    15
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