Women @ ASIL (7th ed.)


IntLawGrrls presents its 7th edition of Women @ ASIL (see prior editions here), highlighting the many women who will be speaking at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law this week.

This 107th meeting, entitled International Law in a Multipolar World, will be held at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC. More on registration here.


Of note during the three day meeting is the annual WILIG luncheon on Thursday April 4. The luncheon will feature IntLawGrrls‘ own co-editor Dianne Marie Amann (right)(prior posts here and here), Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law and Special Adviser on Children in Armed Conflict at the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor. She will receive the Prominent Woman in International Law Award, received by IntLawGrrls contributor Mireille Delmas-Marty last year.


Continuing on Friday, April 5, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda (left)(photo creditwill speak on a panel discussing twenty years of international criminal law in international tribunals. She will speak alongside Theodor Meron, the current President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).


Later in the evening at the annual dinner Dinah Shelton (right)(photo credit), current member of the Inter American Commission and Manatt/Ahn Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School, will be honored with the Goler T. Butcher Medal, named for an IntLawGrrls foremother.

Finally, the meeting’s Closing Plenary on Saturday April 6 will touch on Global Governance, State Sovereignty and the Future of International Law, featuring Judge Hanqin Xue (below left) (photo credit)of the International Court of Justice as one of the speakers.


Overall, the program is full of a diverse range of topics and speakers, with women on almost every panel. The honor roll is as follows:

Thursday April 4, 9:45-11:45 a.m.

“Alternatives to Investor-State Arbitration in a Multi-Polar World”: IntLawGrrls contributor Andrea K. Bjorklund (UC-Davis School of Law)(below right) and Céline Lévesque (University of Ottawa). [photo credit]Image

“Uncommon Remedies in International Dispute Resolution”: Isabel Fernández de la Cuesta (King & Spalding LLP), Jennifer Gorskie (Chaffetz Lindsey LLP) and Elizabeth Whitsitt (University of Calgary Faculty of Law).

“Bond v. United States: the Chemical Weapons Convention, Federalism and the Treaty Power”: Natalie Reid (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), Sarah Cleveland (Columbia Law School) and Oona Hathaway (Yale Law School).

“Stepping Out of the Politics – Legal Solutions to Maritime Disputes in Asia”: Nilüfer Oral (Istanbul Bilgi University), Rosalyn Higgins (Past President of the International Court of Justice)(below left) and Loretta Malintoppi (Eversheds LLP Paris). [photo credit]


“The Future of Human Rights Fact-Finding”: Margaret Satterthwaite (New York University School of Law).

Thursday April 4, 11:30-1:00 p.m.

“Remote Warfare: the Moral and Legal Challenges of Targeted Killings in a Multipolar World”: Hina Shamsi (National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union).

“Divergent Responses to Climate Change in a Multipolar World”: IntLawGrrls contributor Hari Osofsky (University of Minnesota School of Law)(below right) and Jacqueline Peel (University of Melbourne Law School). [photo credit]Image

“Transitional Justice Branches Out”: IntLawGrrls contributor Naomi Roht-Arriaza (Hastings School of Law), Deborah Isser (World Bank) and Chandra Lekha Sriram (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).

“Nonproliferation Aftermath: Legal Responsibilities under Int’l Law once WMD Programs have been Secured or Destroyed”: Catherine Lotrionte (Georgetown University)(below). [photo credit]Image

“Advancing Mediation in International Investment Disputes”: Susan D. Franck (Washington and Lee University Law School) and Margrete Stevens (King & Spalding).

Thursday April 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

WILIG Luncheon (described above), presenting the 2013 Prominent Woman in International Law Award to IntLawGrrls co-editor Diane Marie Amann (University of Georgia Law School).

Thursday April 4, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Arab Spring, Revolutionary Change and International Law”: Asli Bali (University of California, Los Angeles) Tamara Wittes (Saban Center, Brookings Institute) and Randa Slim (Middle East Institute; New American Foundation). Image

“How is the Law of the Sea Coping with New Ocean Resources?”: Maria Gavouneli (University of Athens) and Kristina Maria Gjerde (International Union for Conservation of Nature). [photo credit]

Thursday April 4, 3:15-4:45 p.m.

“An Interview with a European Scholar: Alain Pellet”: Freya Baetens (Leiden University) as one of the interviewers.


“Unquenchable Thirst: the Outlook for Energy”: Rukia Baruti (Africa International Legal Awareness)(left) and Nori Yodogama (Energy Charter Secretariat). [photo credit]

“The Inter-American Human Rights System in Crisis”: Monica Pinto (University of Buenos Aires Law School).

Thursday April 4, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

“Retrospective on International Law in the First Obama Administration”: Anne-Marie Slaughter (Princeton University).

Friday April 5, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Image “Kiobel, the ATS and Human Rights Litigation in US Courts”: Lori Damrosch (Columbia University) and Elizabeth Wilson (Seton Hall University)(above left). [photo credit]

“G20 and Beyond- The Influence of Emerging Countries on the Architecture of Int’l Economic Law”: Ilana Shulman (Office of the General Counsel for Latin America, Legal and Compliance, Astellas US LLC), Gisela Bolivar (Universidad Iberoamericana A.C.) and Sonia E. Rolland (Northeastern University School of Law).

“The EU as a Global Actor in a Multipolar World”: Ineta Ziemele (European Court of Human Rights)(right). [photo credit]Image

“The Past and Future of African International Law Scholarship”: Erika George (University of Utah).

“The Regulation of Private Military and Security Contractors”: Faiza Patel (UN Mercenaries Working Group) and Meg Roggensack (Human Rights First).

Friday April 5, 10:45-12:15 p.m.

“Unilateral Secession in a Multipolar World”: Vanessa J. Jiménez (Public International Law and Policy Group).

“China-Africa Investment Treaties and Dispute Settlement: A Piece of the Multipolar Puzzle”: Huiping Chen (Xiamen University).

Image“Domestic Treatment of Universal Jurisdiction”: Beth Van Schaack (U.S. Department of State)(left). [photo credit]

“Anti-Corruption Initiatives in a Multipolar World”: Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale Law School) and Claudia J. Dumas (Transparency International USA).

“21st Century International Institutions: Lessons from Global Health Governance?”: Jennifer Prah Ruger (Yale University School of Public Health, School of Medicine).


“Arctic Law: The Challenges of Governance in the Changing Arctic”: IntLawGrrls contributor Betsy Baker (Vermont Law School)(right) and Suzanne Lalonde (University of Montreal). [photo credit]

Friday April 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

“The Challenges for ASEAN: The South China Sea, Investment Protection and Myanmar”: Hsien-Li Tan (Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore)

“Regulating the Impacts of International Project Financing”: Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University Law Center), Jessica Evans (Human Rights Watch) and Cynthia Williams (University of Illinois College of Law).

Friday April 5, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

“Evolution of Economic Sanctions: Where Do We Stand with Financial Sanctions?”: Maya Lester (Brick Court Chambers) and Serena Moe (Wiley Rein LLP).Image

“The Changing Role of Regional Organizations in African Peace and Security”: Sarah Nouwen (Cambridge University)(left). [photo credit]

“China and International Law”: Stephanie Klein-Ahlbrandt (International Crisis Group).

Friday April 5, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

“Regional Perspectives on Refugee Protection”: Deirdre Clancy (International Refugee Rights Initiative) and Anja Klug (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Global Migration Group).Image

“Rethinking Private International Law: The Emergency of the “Private”: Julie Maupin (Duke University School of Law)(right). [photo credit]

“The Complex History of International Law”: Ileana Porras (University of Miami).

Friday April 5, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

“Twenty Years of International Criminal Law: From the ICTY to the ICC and Beyond”: Fatou Bensouda (International Criminal Court).

Saturday April 6, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Image“The Tension Between Law and Politics: Can the ICC Navigate a Multipolar World?”: IntLawGrrl contributors Margaret deGuzman (Temple University Beasley School of Law)(left) and Diane Orentlicher (Washington College of Law, American University). [photo credit]

“Multipolar Governance Across Environmental Treaty Regimes”: Kim Diana Connolly (Buffalo Law School) and Katharina Kummer Peiry (Kummer EcoConsult).

“The American Approach to Treaties”: Sarah Cleveland (Columbia Law School)(below right) and Sue Biniaz (Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State). [photo credit]Image

“The Proliferation of Regional Trade Agreements: (Re-)Shaping the Trade Landscape with Multilateralism on Pause”: Susan Schwab (Mayer Brown LLP).

“The 2012 UN Declaration on the Rule of Law and its Projections”: Erika de Wet (Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria) and Sheelagh Stewart (Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the United Nations Development Programme).

“New Voices: Human Rights”: Dinah Shelton (George Washington University Law School), Chelsea Purvis (Yale Law School, Minority Rights Group International), Moria Paz (Stanford Law School) and Katharine Young (Australian National University School of Law).

Saturday April 6, 11:00-12:30 p.m.

“Closing Plenary: Global Governance, State Sovereignty, and the Future of International Law”: Judge Hanqin Xue (International Court of Justice).

‘Nuff said

Image Opponents have a point when they note that ratifying [CEDAW] has not prevented some countries from being the most egregious violators of women’s rights. When the most powerful country in the world does not support women’s rights, it gives permission for other countries to dismiss their commitment to improving the status of women. With the United States behind it, CEDAW would have even more clout than it does.

– Professor Lisa Baldez, an associate professor of government at Dartmouth College, and author ofImage the forthcoming book “Defying Convention: The United States, the United Nations, and the Treaty on Women’s Rights” to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. The quotation above is from Baldez’s recent CNN op-ed, in which she argues, contrary to conservative critics, that CEDAW does reflect American values of equality and women’s rights by raising them to the level of global norms.