Well deserved: Betsy Andersen to receive Prominent Woman in International Law award at ASIL annual meeting

betsyWe’re delighted to read that our friend and mentor, IntLawGrrls contributor Elizabeth “Betsy” Andersen (right), will receive the top award for women in international law during the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.

The award for Prominent Woman in International Law will be bestowed during the annual luncheon – 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 – of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group, known as WILIG.

Betsy’s exceedingly well-qualified for this award. (Indeed, one of us co-authors, Diane Marie Amann, urged WILIG to recognize Betsy as part of her own 2013 award speech.)

In 2014, Betsy became Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative,  following a stellar 8-year stint at ASIL’s Executive Director and Executive Vice President. She’s an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of the Law. At ROLI, Betsy leads the $50 million international development aid project of the ABA; in the mid-2000s, was Executive Director of ROLI’s forerunner, the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative.

An alumna of Williams College, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Yale Law, Betsy was a legal assistant to Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and a law clerk to Judge Kimba M. Wood, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Also during the WILIG luncheon, Betsy will take part in a discussion entitled “25 Years Later: A Discussion of ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law,'” moderated by Fordham Law Professor Catherine Powell. (As prep, see IntLawGrrls’ 2012 series, comprising 10 posts on this same topic.)

ASIL-Seal.GIFThe event’s is open to all who purchase the separate WILIG luncheon ticket when they register for ASIL’s annual meeting, to be held March 30 to April 2 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. If you’ve not already done so, register here. If you’ve already registered – as had we when we learned this good news – you can still purchase a WILIG ticket by logging in here, clicking “My Events” and then “adjusting your registration.” If you have trouble making this work, e-mail services@asil.org.

Cutting-edge law: Georgia-Leuven Global Governance Summer School

For students everywhere, we are delighted to announce a new opportunity to global study law and policy:


Applications are welcome for a brand-new Global Governance Summer School (GGSS), spanning 3 weeks at the University of Leuven, located just minutes from Belgium’s main airport. Students in law and related disciplines, from the United States, Europe, and across the globe, are welcome to enroll. All students will receive a certificate, and U.S. law students also may earn 4 American Bar Association-approved credits.

GGSS launches a new partnership between the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law – which has sponsored summer study abroad in Belgium since 1973 – and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of Leuven, one of Belgium’s premier research institutions.

Cutting-edge issues will be explored July 10-30, 2016, through 4 courses, all taught in English by leading experts in regional, transnational, and international law and policy:

wouters_janGlobal Governance Overview: GGSS Co-Director Jan Wouters (left), Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Global Human Rights & Security Governance: GGSS Co-Director Diane Marie Amann (right), Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of LawcropCohen_harlan_columns2012

Global Economic Governance: Harlan Grant Cohen (left), Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, and Managing Editor, AJIL Unbound

Global Governance Practicum: Dr. Axel Marx (below right), axelDeputy Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, and Kathleen A. Doty (below right), Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation, Dean Rusk Internkate - Copyational Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law

Pivotal to GGSS is a 2-day experts conference to be held at Leuven’s campus in the center of Brussels, capital of Belgium and numerous European Union agencies.

Also supplementing formal study will be professional development trips to the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) european parliamentand the European Parliament (left) in Brussels, as well as the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Rounding out the GGSS offerings will be an optional trip to Flanders Fields, formerly a site of battle and now the resting place of many World War I combatants of all nationalities.

Deadline for applications is Monday, April 4, 2016. Details here; U.S.-based students, apply here. All others, including U.S.-based students seeking more information, should contact Kathleen A. Doty, doty[at]uga[dot]edu.

(Cross-posted from the Dean Rusk International Law Center‘s blog, Exchange of Notes.)