Jane Addams and Belva Ann Lockwood, et al., the newest members of ASIL

A warm welcoming of new members highlighted the recent annual meeting of the American Society of International Law.

Those welcomed included two luminaries – a Nobel Peace Prizewinner and a U.S. Presidential candidate – plus untold others, as reflected in this resolution, adopted by ASIL’s General Assembly:

RESOLVED,

That the American Society of International Law, wishing to provide recognition and posthumous redress to women who were excluded from membership in the Society during its early years, hereby confers membership on JANE ADDAMS, BELVA ANN LOCKWOOD, and any other women whose applications for membership were denied from 1906-1921.

FURTHER RESOLVED,

That the Society should undertake additional research to determine which members of other groups also were excluded from membership over the course of the Society’s history, and merit similar redress.

ASIL President Lucinda A. Low (left) introduced the resolutions, one of her last acts before handing the presidency to Professor Sean D. Murphy. Low, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, acted in response to a member inquiry – an inquiry prompted, as Low told ASIL members, by “International Law and the Future of Peace,” the speech I gave upon receiving the 2013 Prominent Woman in International Law award of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group. As I indicated in that speech, original credit is owed to yet another ASIL President: Professor Alona Evans (below left), the 1st woman elected to lead the Society, in 1980, her tenure cut short by her death at age 63 that same year.

Six years earlier, Evans and Carol Per Lee Plumb had published “Women and the American Society of International Law” in the American Journal of International Law. They reported that ASIL, founded in 1906, had refused women’s applications for membership until 1921, the year after the U.S. Constitution was amended to give women the right to vote. Applicants before that time included:

► Lockwood (1830-1917) (top, middle), an attorney-activist who gained admittance to the District of Columbia bar in 1873 thanks to the intervention of U.S. President Ulysses Grant. Thereafter, she became the 1st woman to appear on an official ballot as a candidate for U.S. President, and also the 1st to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

► Addams (1860-1935) (top, right), the Chicago settlement house leader whose achievements including chairing the 1915 International Congress of Women at The Hague and serving and the 1st President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She would earn the Peace Prize in 1931.

According to Evans’ co-authored article, when Addams sought ASIL membership, she was sent a letter in which she was “invited, instead, to subscribe to the Journal ‘for the same amount as the annual dues ….’” That letter constitutes one of the few remaining records of such applications; it is for this reason that the 2018 Resolution refers to all women, known and unknown, who were denied membership.

Similarly lacking is evidence of how members of other groups fared in ASIL. (The sole African-American person elected ASIL President, C. Clyde Ferguson Jr., served just before Evans.) The Society has further resolved to seek this information and grant redress.

As for Evans, President Low indicated that the Society is considering how best to honor her legacy. These resolutions surely constitute a superb 1st step.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

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On the Job! [Helton Fellowship]

On the Job! compiles interesting vacancy notices, as follows:
ASIL

 Applications are welcome from recent or current law graduates for the position of Helton Fellow.  The holder of this position receives funded contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. Deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018; details here https://www.asil.org/about/helton-fellowship-program.

WILIG honored to co-sponsor March 3 IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday conference

As one of the co-chairs of WILIG – the Women in International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law – my excitement about the March 3, 2017 10th birthday conference in honor of IntLawGrrls should be obvious. I’m thrilled to celebrate this infusion of ILGrrl energy into the state of Georgia.vanilla-party-cake

For WILIG, co-sponsoring this event is a natural fit. ILG, since its inception, has featured women’s “voices in international law, policy, and practice.” Both WILIG and ILG share the goal of amplifying women’s voices and opportunities in the sphere of international law.

Let me highlight just a few of my favorite aspects of the ILG blog. Over the past ten years, it has: 1) debunked the myth that there is a dearth of women experts in international law;  2) shared opportunities for women (and men) to apply for opportunities to engage in the writing, practice, and research of international law; and 3) lauded the accomplishments of women, giving props to leaders and experts in international law. A recent article profiling amplification strategies such as those advanced by the blog (repeating, highlighting, and crediting the accomplishments of women) demonstrate that amplification of women’s voices can have critical impact, not least of all, at the highest levels of government.

No wonder in 2012, when the blog briefly went on hiatus, I, along with thousands in the blogosphere, felt a blow to the gut. We needed the ILGrrls community, and the ILGrrls community needed us. Thanks to the new editors, a resurgence was born.

Last, but certainly not least, WILIG and IntLawGrrls interests aligned when the visionary behind the blog, Diane Marie Amann, accepted WILIG’s prestigious Prominent Woman in International Law Award in 2013.

WILIG is eager to see many WILIG members and ILGrrls in Athens, GA in March. Don’t forget to submit your proposal  to participate by January 1.   Proposals are welcome on topics including “any issue of international, comparative, foreign, or transnational law or policy. We especially welcome contributions from subfields traditionally dominated by men. Academics and practitioners, students and professors, advocates and policymakers alike are most welcome to submit.”

Looking forward to the celebration!

Travel grants will help students and very-early-career persons to take part in IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference

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A scene from IntLawGrrls’ last conference, “Women in International Criminal Law,” October 29, 2010, at the American Society of International Law

Delighted to announce that we will be able to make it easier for some students or very-early-career persons whose papers are accepted for “IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference” to take part in this daylong celebration.

Thanks to the generosity of the Planethood Foundation, we have established a fund that will provide small grants to help defray the costs of travel to and accommodation at our conference, to be held March 3, 2017, at the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia USA. The law school is hosting as part of its Georgia Women in Law Lead initiative.

We’re pleased too to announce two additional conference cosponsors: the American Society of International Law and ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG).

As detailed in our call for papers/conference webpage and prior posts, organizers Diane Marie Amann, Beth Van Schaack, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, and Kathleen A. Doty welcome paper proposals from academics, students, policymakers, and advocates, in English, French, or Spanish, on all topics in international, comparative, foreign, and transnational law and policy.

In addition to paper workshops, there will be at least one plenary panel, on “strategies to promote women’s participation in shaping international law and policy amid the global emergence of antiglobalism.”

The deadline for submissions will be January 1, 2017. Students or very-early-career person who would like to be considered for one of these grants to help defray travel costs are asked to indicate this in their submissions. Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis – indeed, we’ve already received several – so we encourage all to submit as soon as they are able.

For more information, see the call for papers or e-mail doty@uga.edu.

IntLawGrrls at ASIL, 2016 ed.

ILG_1apr16cropWhat fun to see so many ‘Grrls at last week’s American Society of International Law meeting in Washington, D.C.!

A couple dozen of us posed Friday with our foremost foremother, Eleanor Roosevelt, just before the annual luncheon of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group. A highlight was WILIG’s conferring of the 2016 Prominent Woman in International Law Award upon one of our own: Elizabeth “Betsy” Andersen, since 2014 the Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, and before that, ASIL’s Executive Director and Executive Vice President.

Above, seated, from left, are IntLawGrrls Stephanie Farrior (Vermont Law), Susan Tiefenbrun (Thomas Jefferson Law), Leila Nadya Sadat (Washington University Law), Lori Fisler Damrosch (Columbia Law and, as of Thursday, ASIL’s immediate past president), Aminta Ossom (U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), Nienke Grossman (Baltimore Law), and Christie Edwards (American Red Cross, and immediate past co-chair of WILIG). Standing are Kathleen A. Doty (Dean Rusk International Law Center, Georgia Law), Hannah Buxbaum (Indiana-Bloomington Law), Kristine A. Huskey (Arizona Law), Beth Van Schaack (Stanford Law), Jennifer Trahan (New York University), Karen E. Bravo (Indiana-Indianapolis Law), Karen Hoffman (Temple Law), Cecilia Bailliet (Oslo Law), Chiara Giorgetti (Richmond Law), Laurel E. Fletcher (Berkeley Law), Karima Bennoune (California-Davis Law, and U.N. Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights), Diane Marie Amann (Dean Rusk International Law Center, Georgia Law), Cymie Payne (Rutgers), Deena Hurwitz (American University Law), Elizabeth “Betsy” Andersen (ABA), and Janie Chuang (American University Law).

Stay tuned for our next get-together!

Commenting on the ICRC Geneva Commentaries: 30 March in D.C.

Honored to be part of the International Committee of the Red Cross launch of its new Commentary on the First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in the Field, a volume due for release next Tuesday, March 22.

commentaryMy role begins a week later, with a panel discussion of the new Commentary at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and will continue later in the year with an anticipated Georgia Law conference on the same subject (stay tuned).

The March 30 panel discussion will take place in the Columbia Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave N.W., Washington, D.C. That’s the same hotel hosting the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law from March 30 to April 2. This is a side event, though ASIL and its international humanitarian law interest group, the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict,  are cosponsors of this event, hosted by the ICRC’s D.C.-based Regional Delegation for the US and Canada.

The Commentary is the 1st in a series of volumes intended to update earlier versions, some of which are pictured above: 4 circa-1952 volumes on the 4 Geneva Conventions of 1949, edited by Jean S. Pictet, plus a circa-1987 volume on Additional Protocols I & II of 1977, produced by multiple editors. In the words of the ICRC:

“Since their adoption, the Conventions and Protocols have been put to the test, and there have been significant developments in how they are applied and interpreted. The new Commentaries seek to incorporate these developments and provide an up-to-date interpretation of the law.”

This initial update carries particular significance because it contains commentary on Articles 1, 2, and 3 Common to all 4 Geneva Conventions. Common Article 2 and Common Article 3 have endured significant re-examination in the counterterrorism climate that’s prevailed since the attacks of September 11, 2001, readers of decisions such as Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and a plethora of academic literature well know (and as I’ve written here and elsewhere).

The discussion at the March 30 launch in D.C. will feature:

henckaerts► Dr. Jean-Marie Henckaerts (left), Head of the Commentaries Update Unit at ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland – and, I’m proud to add, a 1990 LLM alumnus of Georgia Law

► Yours truly, Diane Marie Amann (right), Associate Dean and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at Georgia Law, and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict

jackson► Colonel (ret.) Dick Jackson, Special Assistant to the Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law

mathesonMichael Matheson, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School, and former member of the U.N. International Law Commission

RSVPs for March 30 welcome; for that and any other information on that event, contact Tracey Begley, trbegley@icrc.org.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

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.