In passing: David Caron (1952-2018)

The sudden news of the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Dr. David Caron, fills me with sad thoughts and happy memories.

Years ago, when I was starting out in international law, David – then a chaired professor at Berkeley, the law school an hour’s drive from my own – was a pillar of support. He was the 1st scholar to accept my invitation to speak at the 1st conference I organized, anchoring debate on “Reconstruction after Iraq” and publishing in our Cal-Davis journal an important analysis of claims commissions as a transitional justice tool.

Warm and witty, David once sent me a handwritten note of thanks for the “lovely bouquet” of pre-tenure reprints he’d received from me.

Both of us transplants from Back East, David and I shared an enthusiasm for California and enjoyed helping to cultivate a close-knit Left Coast international law community – even as we took part in events and activities across the globe.

David’s achievements truly are too numerous to mention. Among many other things, he was an inspiring President of the American Society of International Law, from 2010 to 2012. About the time he completed that term, he took emeritus status at Berkeley, and he and his wife, Susan Spencer, embarked on new adventures – 1st as Law Dean at King’s College London.  (A distinguished international arbitration specialist (see GAR obituary here), he had practiced at London’s 20 Essex Street Chambers since 2009. David, a proud graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, also was a noted expert on the law of the sea.) In 2016, he was appointed a member of  the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

It was in this last capacity that I last saw David. The Global Governance Summer School sponsored by my current institution, the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law, brought us to The Hague not many months ago. The highlight of our legal-institution briefings was the half-day we spent as David’s guests in the lovely mansion that houses this 37-year-old claims tribunal. (It was not his 1st visit with Georgia Law students; David took part in our International Colloquium in 2008, and in the ASIL Midyear Meeting we hosted in 2012. And he was a strong IntLawGrrls supporter.)

With breaks for tea and biscuits – David was ever the gracious host – our students were treated to a candid discussion between David and Dr. Hossein Piran, Senior Legal Adviser. The two had served as tribunal law clerks years earlier, and the respect they showed one another provided an invaluable lesson about the promise of civil discourse and of the pacific settlement of international disputes.

That lesson is a most fitting way to commemorate David’s passing.

Pictured above, during our June 2017 visit to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, front from left: Ana Morales Ramos, Legal Adviser; Hossein Piran, Senior Legal Adviser; Kathleen A. Doty, Director of Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center; David Caron, Tribunal Member; and Georgia Law Professor Diane Marie Amann, Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Back row, students Nicholas Duffey, Lyddy O’Brien, Brian Griffin, Wade Herring, Jennifer Cotton, Evans Horsley, Casey Callaghan, Kristopher Kolb, Nils Okeson, James Cox, and Ezra Thompson. This tribute is cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann.

Work On! ASIL/WLIG Mentoring Program 2016-2017

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) and its Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) are now launching the fourth year of the Women in International Law Mentoring Program. Since 2013, over 364 women have enrolled in ASIL’s Mentoring Program as both mentors and mentees in 9 countries and 27 cities from Tucson to Singapore. The feedback has been extremely positive, and with the enthusiasm of our current participants, we have built a strong, inter-connected, and global network. We hope to reach more women for the 2016-17 program!

The Women in International Law Mentoring Program is the first of its kind in international law and is designed to foster the next generation of female international lawyers. The program connects experienced female international law professionals with female law students and new attorneys interested in professional development in the field of international law. Mentoring takes place locally, in a group setting, with a maximum of four mentees for every mentor. Mentors and mentees meet in person every other month during the course of an academic year to discuss topics and engage in activities designed to help junior women enter and be successful in the field of international law. Mentors will be provided with optional pre-planned meeting topics to structure meetings for their groups. Upon finishing the requirements of the one-year program, all participants receive a certificate of completion.

For a video explanation please view here.

And applications for the 2016-2017 program can be found here.

WILMP Announcement Flyer_Year 4_FINAL

Join the ASIL New Professionals in DC on Thursday

This Thursday, January 14th, join the American Society of International Law’s New Professionals Interest Group for Getting Started in International Law: What I Wish I Had Known at the Start.  A short, interactive panel discussion will feature insights into preparing for a career in international law. Bring questions, share perspectives, and trade insights into building a successful career in international law. Panelists at this event will share their perspectives as experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds. The moderator will pose questions to highlight professional development advice.


  • Lisl Brunner, Global Network Initiative and co-chair of the NPIG (moderator)
  • Anneliese Fleckenstein, counsel, International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes
  • Brian Israel, attorney-adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
  • Alexandra Meise, associate, Foley Hoag
  • Sarah St. Vincent, human rights and surveillance fellow, Center for Democracy and Technology

A networking reception will follow the event.   Here are more details and registration information.


International Law Happy Hour in Washington, DC, Thursday, October 1

If you are in the Washington, DC area, please join the American Society of International Law New Professionals Group for a fall happy hour for international law professionals on Thursday, October 1 from 5:00 – 7:00.  There will be a cash bar and happy hour specials until 7, but the conversations can continue beyond that.  All are welcome, so bring a colleague and expand your network!


Thursday, October 1 from 5:00 – 7:00

Fire & Sage (inside the Marriott at Metro Center)

775 12th Street NW

Washington, DC



This event will feature a panel discussion on how ad hoc tribunals are created, financed, managed, and dissolved to address international legal issues. Among the panelists will be Mr. Adema Dieng, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide. The event is co-sponsored by ASIL’s International Criminal Law, International Courts and Tribunals, and the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Groups, the New York City Bar Association, and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.


  • Adama Dieng, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide
  • Daryl Mundis, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague
  • Giles Norman, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
  • Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshal College of Law
  • Moderator: Tamara Shockley, International Courts & Tribunals Interest Group co-chair

If you are an ASIL member, click here to register for this event. If you are not an ASIL member, click here to register or access the following link:. ASIL and New York City Bar members are free.

Date and Location

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: New York City Bar Association

Address 1: 42 W. 44th Street

City: New York

State: NY

Zip Code: 10036

Go On! New keynote speakers Slaughter and Üzümcü announced for ASIL annual meeting

Anne-Marie Slaughter (president of the New America Foundation) and Ahmet Üzümcü (director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) were recently added to the roster of keynote speakers for the American Society of International Law’s 109th Annual Meeting.  The conference will take place April 8-11, 2015, in Washington, DC.

Slaughter and Üzümcü join previously announced keynote speakers Sir Kenneth Keith (judge of the International Court of Justice), Michael Reisman (professor at Yale Law School), and Pierre-Marie DuPuy (professor at Graduate Institute of Geneva).

Other features of the meeting, organized around the theme of “Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World”, include more than 40 substantive program sessions, ASIL interest group meetings, luncheons, a gala dinner, and numerous receptions.   Conferees may earn up to 20 hours of CLE credit, and non-ASIL member registrants receive one year of complimentary ASIL membership.

To view the full Annual Meeting program and to register, visit

ASIL Recruitment for Executive Director

The American SocPrintiety of International Law has begun recruitment for its next Executive Director.  Click here for full job description and application details.  From the job announcement:

The American Society of International Law seeks an accomplished leader with vision, proficiency in international law, and proven management abilities to serve as its next Executive Director, starting in the second half of 2014.

The successful candidate for the Executive Director post will be proficient in international law, and demonstrate strong administrative ability and experience, effective fundraising capacity, and an ability to relate to and represent the diverse and multinational membership of academics, private practitioners, jurists, government officials, and students in their various endeavors relating to all facets of international law.

In addition to coordinating with Society leaders, the Executive Director manages an annual budget in excess of $3 million; supervises a staff of 17 (14 of whom are full-time employees) in planning and executing day-to-day operations; facilitates the dissemination of scholarly and informational output in print, electronic, and conference settings; raises funds for the Society by seeking grants and other contributions from foundations, corporations, law firms, individuals, and other sources; implements outreach programs to a variety of external constituencies including the U.S. Congress, the judiciary, the media, law-making bodies, think tanks, international organizations, academia and others; and administers programs outside as well as within the United States.

Review of applications will begin in May and continue in June. To receive appropriate consideration, applications should be received by June 15, 2014.