Read On!: The Greening of European Business Under EU Law

Beate Sjåfjell and Anja Wiesbrock have just published “The Greening of European Business under EU Law”

The relationship between environmentally sustainable development and company and business law has emerged in recent years as a matter of major concern for many scholars, policy-makers, businesses and nongovernmental organisations. This book offers a conceptual analysis of the principles of sustainable development and environmental integration in the EU legal system. It particularly focuses on Article 11 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which states that EU activities must integrate environmental protection requirements and emphasise the promotion of sustainable development.

The book gives an overview of the role played by the environmental integration principle in EU law, both at the level of European legislation and at the level of Member State practice. Contributors to the volume identify and analyse the main legal issues related to the importance of Article 11 TFEU in various policy areas of EU law affecting European businesses, such as company law, insurance and state aid. In drawing together these strands the book sets out the requirements of environmental integration and examines its impact on the regulation of business in the EU.

The book will be of great use and interest to students and researchers of business law, environment law, and EU law.

More information on the book is available here.

Write On! International Business Law Scholars’ Roundtable at Brooklyn Law School (deadline June 13)

Call for Papers: 2014 International Business Law Scholars’ Roundtable at Brooklyn Law School

The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law will sponsor a Scholars’ Roundtable on October 10, 2014 at Brooklyn Law School. Scholars writing in a diverse range of fields related to international business law are invited to submit proposals to present works in progress for an intense day of discussion with other scholars in the field. Participants will be expected to read all papers in advance of the Roundtable and offer commentary on each of the presentations. Scholars selected for the Roundtable will receive a $500 stipend from Brooklyn Law School to defray the cost of attendance.

Requirements for Submission

– Applicants must hold a full-time tenured, tenure-track, or visitor/fellowship position at a university. Scholars from outside the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Scholars who anticipate holding a faculty appointment in the 2015-2016 academic year are also welcome.
– Applicants should submit a 3-5 – page proposal, abstract, or summary of the paper.
– All papers presented must be unpublished at the time of the Roundtable. Papers that have been accepted for publication but are not yet in print are welcome.
– Possible topics include international and comparative perspectives on:

o Banking
o Bankruptcy
o Commercial law
o Conflicts of law
o Corporate law
o Dispute resolution and arbitration
o Enforcement of judgments
o Intellectual property
o Regulation of corrupt practices
o Securities
o Shipping and maritime law
o Tax
o Trade

Applicants should submit a proposal to Robin Effron ( by June 13, 2014. Scholars selected to present at the Roundtable will be notified by June 30, 2014.

Sustainable Companies Project Conference: Business as Usual is Not an Option

I had the honour of attending the inspiring Sustainable Companies Project Conference in Oslo, Norway. This event was organized by Professor Beate Sjåfjell, of the University of Oslo. You can watch the presentations and debates which challenge us to imagine a new consciousness in which “business as usual is not an option” and committment is made towards realizing sustainable development here.

The aim of the Sustainable Companies Project (2010-2013) was to contribute to integrating environmental concerns better into the decision-making in companies, as one of the important jigsaw puzzles of sustainability. In an innovative approach, this project has had company law as its core, based on the hypothesis, which has been confirmed through our research, that environmental sustainability in the operation of companies cannot be effectively achieved unless the objective is properly integrated into company law and thereby into the internal workings of the company. At this conference, the results of the Sustainable Companies Project were presented by SC team members from around the world. The main topics of the conference included:

Sustainable Companies: The Identified Barriers and Possibilities

A brief presentation of the identified barriers and possibilities in core company law, in the regulation of groups, in accounting law and in financial market law.

Companies and Corporate Governance

A presentation of reform proposals on EU, US and national levels of core company law, notably on the purpose of the company, the role, competences and the duties of the company organs, and the regulation of groups. Topics include the duties of the board of directors, the interests of the company, employee involvement, life cycle analysis, risk management, due diligence and liability. Research on alternative corporate structures was also presented.

Companies and Reporting

A presentation of reform proposals on reporting, accounting, auditing and transparency, including a discussion of what integrated reporting can be and a discussion of the latest innovations in international and national guidelines and codes.

Shareholders and Financial Markets

A presentation of reform proposals on the role of shareholders and the regulation of financial markets. Topics included the role of state as shareholder and of sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors in general.

Supportive Measures

A presentation of reform proposals in areas such as insolvency law and public procurement law, which may support and encourage environmental sustainability in company decision-making.

Speakers included:

Professor Andrew Johnston (Sheffield, UK), Associate Professor Jianbo Lou (Peking, China), Professor Charlotte Villiers (Bristol, UK), Professor Celia Taylor (Denver, USA), Associate Professor Tineke Lambooy (Utrecht, The Netherlands), Associate Professor Surya Deva (Hong Kong, China), Associate Professor Lorraine Talbot (Warwick, UK), Idoya Ferrero Ferrero ( Spain), Professor Karsten Engsig Sørensen (Aarhus, Denmark), Dr. Priscilla Schwartz (London, UK), PhD student Carol Liao (Vancouver, Canada) and Professor Beate Sjåfjell (Oslo).

Go On! International Law Weekend, Oct. 24-26, 2013

New York City in the fall

New York City in the fall (Credit: Vivianna_love/Flickr)

From Ruth Wedgwood, for the American Branch of the International Law Association, partnering with the International Law Students Association, the Leitner Center of Fordham Law School, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, comes this invitation:

International Law Weekend 2013 — the world-famous autumn festival of the migratory flock of international lawyers, brought to you by the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association — begins on Thursday night, October 24, 2013, at the Great Hall of the Association of the  Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, NYC, and continues at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, at the Lincoln Center facilities of Fordham Law School, at 140 West 62nd Street, NYC.   Advance Registration is available at or

As always, admission is free for all students, faculty, lawyers, and staff from co-sponsoring institutions, as well as all members of the American Branch of the International Law Association, the International Law Students Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Staff members of the United Nations and Permanent Missions to the United Nations can also attend for free.  The registration fee remains a modest $175 for the two days combined for all other practicing lawyers and members of the public.  And for the first time, there will be 14 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit available to all lawyers in attendance, accepted by New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  The CLE credits are also provided free.

This year’s theme is the “Internationalization of Law & Legal Practice.”   Academics and practitioners — and those who follow foreign policy — will enjoy the Weekend’s cornucopia of controversies in public and private international law and politics.

A blue ribbon opening panel begins the tempest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at the City Bar, debating and dissecting the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (recently signed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, but still controversial with some in the U.S. Senate as well as the Prime Minister of Canada).  The panel will feature the U.N.’s undersecretary for disarmament affairs, the executive director of PEN, high ranking officials from the State Department and supporting countries, and a critic or two.  All fences will be mended afterwards, in a wine and cheese reception sponsored by the Mission of Mexico. Continue reading

Release of 2012 Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law

I’m pleased to report that the U.S. Department of State has published on-line the 2012 edition of the Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law. The Office of the Legal Adviser publishes the annual Digest to provide the public with a historical record of the views and practice of the Government of the United States in public and private international law. This is the second year that I have served as editor of the Digest and the second year it has been exclusively published on-line rather than delaying on-line release to coincide with book publication, as in years past. We have been able to get the Digest out to readers much earlier in the year by going exclusively on-line. I hope that many IntLawGrrls are among those who find the Digests’ more timely, on-line availability useful.

The Digest is introduced each year by the Legal Adviser. This year, with Harold Koh’s departure, Mary McLeod introduced the Digest as Acting Legal Adviser. Excerpted below from her introduction is a summary of some of the material covered in the 2012 Digest:

Significant legal issues arose in 2012 relating to ongoing United States efforts to address the crisis in Syria. The Digest discusses the U.S. designation of Syria for temporary protected status, actions at the Human Rights Council on Syria, U.S. and international acceptance of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, U.S. sanctions relating to Syria, and UN General Assembly and Security Council actions on Syria.

In 2012, the United States remained engaged in the development of international law by negotiating and concluding treaties. The administration worked to support ratification of the Disabilities Convention, which the Senate considered in 2012 but declined to give its advice and consent to by a vote of 61-38. Secretary Clinton testified before the Senate in support of U.S. ratification of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”). The United States signed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the UN Food Assistance Convention. The United States also became a party to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships and transmitted to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification the Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary. In addition, the United States participated actively in the negotiation of the new UN Arms Trade Treaty.

As described in the announcement on IntLawGrrls of the release of the 2011 Digest, the Digest has a long history of women editors, going back to Marjorie Whiteman.

Irish Yearbook of International Law: Call for Papers

Irish Yearbook of International LawThe Editors of the Irish Yearbook of International Law welcome submissions for publication in the forthcoming volume of the Yearbook. Articles should not be published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. An annual, peer-reviewed publication, the Irish Yearbook of International Law is committed to the publication of articles of general interest in international law. Articles are usually 10,000 to 12,000 words in length, although longer pieces may also be considered. The Yearbook also publishes a small number of shorter articles and notes, which should not exceed 6,000 words. Submissions, comprising a brief 100-word abstract, article and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be sent to both Siobhán Mullally and Fiona de Londras Anyone wishing to review a particular title in the Yearbook’s book reviews section is invited to contact the Book Reviews Editor, Dr Michael Kearney, Further information on the Yearbook (including style guide for contributors) is available at

Women in International Law Networking Breakfast

The Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is sponsoring a Women in International Law networking breakfast on July 23, 2013 from 8-10 am at ASIL Headquarters, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008.

The event will feature accomplished professionals in various practices of international law, who will discuss their career paths and offer professional advice and insights for women interested in pursuing careers in international law.

Speakers include:

Astri Kimball


Astri Kimball, Senior Adviser to the President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (above left)

Andrea Harrison, Deputy Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross

Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights, Vital Voices (right) Cindy Dyer

Jesica Lindgren, General Counsel, Blue Star Strategies, LLC (below left)

Jesica Dobbins Lindgren

The panel presentations will be followed by a Q&A and networking opportunities among the panelists and participants.

Registration is open until 5 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 16th. For more information and to register please visit