Go On! Third Annual Cultural Heritage and the Arts Law Interest Group Dinner

DCThe Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group (CHAIG) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) invites you to its third annual dinner, which will take place on April 10 in Washington, DC.

While this event is hosted by CHAIG — and scheduled to correspond with the ASIL Annual Meeting/ILA Biennial Conference — all are welcome to attend. The dinner will give professionals, students, and members of the public a chance to interact and discuss the field of cultural heritage law.

Tickets cost $55 and include a three-course dinner at Cedar, voted one of DC’s best restaurants by the Washingtonian.

Registration is required by April 7, 2014.

For more information, visit the official website.


Reminder: Registration ends today for Women in International Law Networking Breakfast July 23

Don’t forget to register by 5 pm (EDT) today to attend the July 23 Women in International Law Networking Breakfast, presented by ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group! 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. For more details, and to register, visit http://www.asil.org/activities_calendar.cfm?action=detail&rec=298.

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 http://www.asil.org/activities_calendar.cfm?action=detail&rec=298.


ASIL seeks papers for Research Forum, scheduled for November 1-3 @ NYU Law


Scholars seeking the perfect venue for presenting their work in progress need look no further than the 3d annual American Society of International Law Research Forum, to be held as part of ASIL’s 2013 Midyear Meeting, November 1-3 at New York University School of Law.

Delighted to see that my Georgia Law colleague, Professor Timothy L. Meyer, will serve as a Co-Chair of the Research Forum, as he did the October 2012 Midyear Meeting & Research Forum, which brought scores of scholars, from all over the world, here to Athens. Tim will be joined by Seton Hall Law Professor Kristen Boon. In the call for papers, they write:

‘The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of works-in-progress by Society members. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not. … The Research Forum Committee will organize the selected paper proposals around common issues, themes, and approaches. Discussants, who will comment on the papers, will be assigned to each cluster of papers.’

Welcomed are unpublished papers “on any topic related to international and transnational law,” including “[i]nterdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers.”

Deadline for submission of 500-or-fewer-word abstracts is Friday, June 14, 2013; details on submission and other aspects of the Research Forum here.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

Many angles on international law, Washington & the West @ ASIL meeting

whitehouse7apr13lgMemorable bits ’n’ pieces from the just-concluded annual meeting of the American Society of International Law:

► Comments by Dr. Xue Hanqin, who has been a law professor and government official in China and, since 2010, a judge on the International Court of Justice. For a taste of the incisive observations she made during the closing plenary on “Global Governance, State Sovereignty, and the Future of International Law,” consider her opening remark after moderator José Alvarez (NYU Law) introduced the other panelists, Bruno Simma (Michigan Law/Munich Law) and Joel Trachtman (Tufts/Fletcher), then her. I paraphase:

‘I see this panel is “The West – And the Rest.'”

►The emphasis placed on fundamental fairness during a dialogue between Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court Prosecutor, and Judge Theodor Meron, President both of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. (Video of their Brookings appearance, also last week, is here.) Asked at ASIL about recent acquittals at the ICC and ICTY, as well as the latter’s counterpart for Rwanda, both stressed that accountability is to be equated not with conviction, but rather with the subjecting of charged crimes to a fair process of adjudication of individual criminal liability – a process that accepts the possibility that some individuals will not be found guilty beyond reasonable doubt. (Yours truly made similar points in this 2002 AJIL essay on a 2001 ICTY decision.)

CAREpaket_frei3_01Bruno Simma recalling a day in 1945 or 1946. A 5-year-old boy who had just lived through the end of World War II, he saw a CARE package fall from the sky and into the village in Austria where he lived. In it were watercolors and marbles. They became his only toys. The package, stamped U.S.A., marked his 1st memory of the United States of America. (Simma went on to become a distinguished law professor, 1st in Austria and then in Germany and the United States, as well as a judge on the International Court of Justice. He is now a member of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, and received ASIL’s Hudson Medal at the annual meeting.)

► A discussion of “The Past & Future of African International Law Scholarship.” I was lucky enough to catch parts of a couple presentations at this panel. Erika George (Utah Law) offered a thoughtful review of From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights, the super new book by Albany Law Dean (and IntLawGrrl) Penny Andrews. A imagesreview of international economic law books by Uche Ewelukwa-Ofodile (Arkansas Law) underscored that notwithstanding all the troubles covered in mainstream media, Africa is on the rise. (Kudos to moderator/organizer James Gathii, whose Loyola Law class I’d had the pleasure of leading earlier in the week.)

► Not the least by any stretch, the reunion of IntLawGrrls, members of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group, and assorted male friends at Thursday’s luncheon, where I delivered my talk on “International Law and the Future of Peace.” Present in the sold-out room, in addition to our life-size cardboard cutout of proto-foremother Eleanor Roosevelt, were so many women and men – I cannot name them all. Women who have inspired my lifework, like judges Patricia Wald and Joan Donoghue and prosecutor Fatou Bensouda; dear colleagues, like Betsy Andersen, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, and Beth Van Schaack, not to mention Andrea Bjorklund and Karima Bennoune from my former home, California-Davis Law, as well as Laura Kagel, Harlan Cohen, and Charlie Hunnicutt from my current home, Georgia Law; present and former students, like Kate Doty, Kelly Wegel, Kaitlin Ball, Sonia Farber, and Caroline Arbaugh; and the Addis Ababa University Law lecturer and 5 students comprising Ethiopia’s 1st all-woman Jessup team. My thanks to all who were able to attend or sent their regards. Thanks too, of course, to WILIG, which has just launched a mentoring program that generated much excitement among the young international lawyers present.

► After the meeting ended, I headed to the National Gallery of Art (the Dürer exhibit and the Matisse cutout room are must-sees; the pre-Raphaelites, not so much). Standing at a corner monwhere we pedestrians had a good view of the 555-foot-tall marble obelisk known as the Washington Monument, a wee boy asked his father an excellent, and perhaps unanswerable, question:

‘Why did we built that?’

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

IntLawGrrls at ASIL!

ASIL 2013Thanks so much to all of you who came out to celebrate Diane’s receipt of the Prominent Woman in International Law award.  It was wonderful to see so many IntLawGrrls contributors there!

For those wanting to hear more about international law and the future of peace, IntLawGrrl Molly Land’s interview with Diane on the topic is available here.

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).