International Law & Practice Section

The section serves as a resource for Tennessee lawyers practicing in all aspects of international law focusing on private international law and international business transactions. Learn more, contact Christy Gibson at

Olsen Law Firm
735 Broad Street, Suite 708
Chattanooga, TN 37402

U.S. Asks Facebook to Delay Encryption as European Court Expands ‘Take-down’ Power

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has asked Facebook to hold off on plans to add encryption throughout its messaging services, citing public safety, The Wall Street Journal reports. Barr made the request in an open letter signed by his British and Australian counterparts. The leaders are asking the company to delay its encryption plan until it finds a way to provide government access for investigative purposes. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg outlined plans to focus on encrypted messaging and small-group chats earlier this year. In related news, Europe’s top court ruled yesterday that individual European countries can order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos not only in their own countries but internationally. The Memphis Business Journal has that story.

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International Law Trade & Investment Roundtable Coming Next Week

The TBA’s International Law & Practice Section is holding an International Law Trade & Investment Roundtable next Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lewis Thomason's Nashville Office. The session will also be live streamed to locations in Memphis and Chattanooga. Speakers will address issues such as international entrepreneurship, tariffs, treaties, markets and trends. Learn more or RSVP here.

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