Bosnia’s semi-autonomous Republika Srpska (RS) entity has this year renewed an agreement with the McGinnis Lochridge law firm which will represent its interests in the United States.
According to the agreement available on the website of the US Department of Justice, ie the Department for Registration of Foreign Agents (FARA), Republika Srpska will pay the firm 65,000 US Dollars monthly (780,000 USD in total) this year.
The contract, addressed to RS Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation, Zlatan Klokic, states that McGinnis Lochridge will “advise and represent Republika Srpska and work with its designated representatives to provide general advice and representation regarding international legal and policy matters as requested by the Government from time to time.”
The firm anticipates that thee matters include:
- RS legal rights and obligations under applicable international law including the Dayton Peace Accords and other international agreements to which BiH is a party, such as the European Convention on Human Rights
- RS and BiH rights and obligations vis-a-vis the Office of the High Representative, the Peace Implementation Council, the UN Security Council, the OSCE, the EU, the Council of Europe and others
- Relations with the international community
- Legal issues related to bringing the institutions and laws of RS and BiH into conformity with the BiH constitutional framework under the Dayton Peace Accords, and
- Legal issues related to bringing the institutions and laws of RS and BiH into conformity with European standards in connection with accession to the EU
The scope of the engagement will not include representing the RS or its officials in “matters involving the preparation and/or handling of litigation before courts or arbitral tribunals within or without BiH.”
“Any representation involving litigation will be agreed to separately,” it says.