Go On! ASIL to host ‘Careers in Customs & International Trade’ panel Tues, 10/21

NextTuesday, October 21, 2014, starting at 5pm at the ASIL Headquarters in Washington, DC (2223 Massachusetts Ave NW), ASIL will host a panel discussion on “Careers in Customs & International Trade”:

As part of its “Getting Started” series, ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group is pleased to host a special event on how to pursue an international law career in the areas of customs, domestic trade remedies, and international trade more broadly. These fields continue to grow both in the public and private sectors. Finding the appropriate avenue to enter this field of practice, however, can be difficult. Panelists at this event will share their perspectives as experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds. The moderator will pose questions to highlight professional development advice.

An informal reception will follow the panel discussion. Registration is free but required.


  • Emily Fuller, associate, international trade practice, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Scott McBride, senior attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance
  • Justin Miller, senior trial counsel, international trade field office, Commercial Litigation Branch, Department of Justice
  • Robert Shervette, attorney-advisor, customs and border protection, Department of Homeland Security

For more information and to register, please go here: http://asil.org/event/careers-customs-and-international-trade

Go On! ASIL to hold ‘Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling: A Fireside Chat with [IntLawGrrls!] Anne Gallagher and Dina Haynes’ Oct. 16

ASIL and its Women in International Law Interest Group will hold “Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling: A Fireside Chat with Anne Gallagher and Dina Haynes” on Thursday, October 16, from 6:00-8:00pm, at ASIL headquarters (2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008). (We’re proud to note that both Anne and Dina are IntLawGrrls!)

Fifteen years have elapsed since the international community decided to use international law as a weapon against human trafficking and migrant smuggling. The results have been mixed, at best. This fireside chat brings legal practitioner Dr Anne Gallagher (author of The International Law of Human Trafficking (2010) and The International Law of Migrant Smuggling (2014)) and Professor Dina Haynes, renowned scholar on trafficking and migration, to address some of the most pressing questions facing States in responding effectively to large-scale exploitation of human beings for profit. Where do migrant smuggling and trafficking intersect and how do the different legal regimes operate in such situations?  To what extent has international law made a positive contribution to ending trafficking and smuggling-related exploitation? Where are the critical gaps and weaknesses and how could these be addressed? What is the US government doing and how could it be making a better contribution?


Dr. Anne Gallagher, author of The International Law of Human Trafficking (2010) and The International Law of Migrant Smuggling (2014)

Dina Haynes, Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston 


Christie Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
WILIG Co-Chair

Drinks and appetizers will be provided. To register, please visit http://www.asil.org/event/human-trafficking-and-migrant-smuggling-fireside-chat-anne-gallagher-and-dina-haynes

Hope to see you there!

Julia Knox
Communications, Education and Research Assistant
The American Society of International Law (ASIL)

Also note: ASIL’s Midyear Meeting and Research Forum will take place November 68, 2014, in Chicago, IL.  See www.asil.org/midyear for program details and to register.

Write On! 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting Call for Papers – New Voices Sessions (deadline 30 Oct.)

From April 8-11, 2015, the American Society of International Law will convene its 109th Annual Meeting. The aim of the 2015 Annual Meeting is to promote a rigorous discussion on the question of how international law is “adapting to a rapidly changing world.”

Next year, as in the past, the Planning Committee for the Annual Meeting would like to include at least one “New Voices” session that will provide a platform for junior scholars and practitioners to present their works-in-progress.

ASIL invites submissions from non-tenured scholars and junior practitioners on any topic of international law.  Any authors who submitted a paper abstract in the first call for papers and session proposals do not need to submit again; those abstracts remain under consideration.

Abstracts should be well developed and reflect advanced progress on a paper that will be presented at the Meeting. Final papers will be due by March 30, 2015.

Send your abstract to asilannualmeeting@asil.org by no later than Thursday, October 30, 2014, with the subject line “New Voices Proposal.”  Please send the abstract as a Microsoft Word attachment, including your name and contact information (email address & affiliation).  Abstracts should be no longer than 1000 words.  Selected authors will be notified by the end of November.

Please direct any questions to the co-chairs of the ASIL New Professionals Interest Group at asilnpig@gmail.com.

Write On! Call for Papers: 2015 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, Taipei

The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law will hold the ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum on May 25-26, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan. The theme of the Research Forum is: “Integrating the Asia-Pacific: Why International Law Matters?”

The Research Forum will provide a forum for academics, practitioners, and policy-makers to examine a wide range of international and transnational law issues confronting the Asia-Pacific. The Research Forum is organized by the Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law – the Chinese (Taiwan) Branch of the ILA, in partnership with the ASIL Law in the Pacific Rim Region Interest Group and the Research Center for International Legal Studies, National Chengchi University.

The call for papers is available at http://www.csil.org.tw/2015-research-forum/. Paper proposals should be submitted by January 20, 2015 to ila@nccu.edu.tw.

Go On! ASIL, NYLS to Host Panel on Need for a Disability Rights Tribunal in Asia/Pacific Sept. 29

The American Society of International Law International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group and the Disability Rights Interest Group will be hosting a luncheon Panel Discussion on “The Need for a Disability Rights Tribunal in Asia and the Pacific” on Monday, September 29, 2014, from noon to 2 pm at the New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, New York 10013.


There is no question that the existence of regional human rights courts and commissions has been an essential element in the enforcement of international human rights in those regions of the world where such tribunals exist. In the specific area of mental disability law, there is now a remarkably robust body of case law from the European Court on Human Rights, some significant and transformative decisions from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and at least one major case from the African Commission on Human Rights.

In Asia and the Pacific region, however, there is no such body. The lack of such a court or commission has been a major impediment in the movement to enforce disability rights in that area.

The need for such a body has further intensified since the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In order for the CRPD to be more than a mere “paper victory,” it must be enforced. Only then can we begin to be optimistic about the real-life impact of the CRPD on the rights of persons with disabilities in Asian and the Pacific region.

The creation of a Disability Rights Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific (DRTAP) would be the first necessary step leading to amelioration of the deprivation of civil rights of this population. It would also be, ultimately, a likely inspiration for a full regional human rights tribunal in this area of the world.

This panel will consider the existence and role of regional human rights tribunals in regions other than Asia, some of the important disability rights cases litigated in those tribunals so as to demonstrate how regional tribunals have had a significant impact on the lives of persons with disabilities, the need for a body like DRTAP, focusing specifically on the gap between current domestic law on the books and how such law is practiced in reality, as well as the importance of what is termed the “Asian values” debate, and why the creation of the DRTAP is timely, inevitable, and essential if the CRPD is to be given true effect.


The following individuals will be on the Panel:

  •  Eva Szeli, former director of European Operations for Mental Disability Rights International, and co-author of International Human Rights Law and Comparative Mental Disability Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2016)
  • Maya Sabatello, lecturer on human rights and co-author of Human Rights and Disability Advocacy (U. of Pennsylvania Press)


  • Michael Stein, Harvard Law School & William and Mary Law School; co-director. Harvard Law School Project on Disability


Moderator: Prof. Michael L. Perlin, New York Law School, Director, International Mental Disability Law Reform Project.

For more information, contact Michael Perlin at mperlin [at] nyls.edu.

Nominations sought for American Journal of International Law editorial board

AJIL_COVERThe American Journal of International Law, the quarterly journal published by the American Society of International Law since 1907, welcomes applications and nominations for new members of its Board of Editors, to be elected by the existing board in Spring 2015. AJIL‘s leadership writes:

Nominations are based primarily on scholarship and creativity, as demonstrated in books, articles, and other written work appearing over a period of years.

Suggestions, along with supporting statements and information, such as a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and, if possible, copies of significant publications, should be sent to the journal’s co-editors-in-chief, New York University Law Professors José Alvarez and Benedict Kingsbury, at law.ajil.admin@nyu.edu by December 1, 2014.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann.)

Go On! ASIL Women in International Law Networking breakfast July 31

The Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) of ASIL will be hosting the Annual Women in International Law Networking Breakfast  on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 8-10 am, at ASIL Headquarters, 2223 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008.

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


·        Elizabeth Andersen: Director, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association

·        Pamela Fierst: Senior Program Officer, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, U.S. Department of State

·        Sandra Hodgkinson: Vice President, Planning and Chief of Staff, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies

·        Marcia Wiss: Of Counsel, Project Finance & Business Transactions, Hogan Lovells LLP


Register here: http://www.asil.org/event/women-international-law-networking-breakfast.

ASIL honorees sought

In addition to seeking new leaders, as described in a post last week, the American Society of International Law welcomes nominees for various ASIL honors:
Manley O. Hudson Medal, given in recognition of scholarship and achievement in international law.
Goler T. Butcher Medal, given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law. (As blogreaders well know, IntLawGrrls honors Butcher as a transnational foremother, and one recent medalist, Gay McDougall, is an IntLawGrrls contributor.)
ASIL Honorary Member, an award given in recognition of a non-U.S. citizen who has rendered distinguished contributions or service in the field of international law. (Last year’s recipient was International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, another person who has contributed to IntLawGrrls blog.)

These honors will be awarded at the Society’s 109th Annual Meeting, to be held April 8 to 11, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Recipients will be selected by the Society’s Executive Council, on the nomination of the 2013-14 Honors Committee, wich is composed of chair Meg Kinnear (Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) and members Joel Hernández (Ambassador; member of Inter-American Juridical Committee), James Leitner (President, Falcon Management Corporation), Michael Posner (New York University), Lucy Reed (Partner, Freshfields, and past ASIL President), and Peter Tomka (President, International Court of Justice).

Questions may be directed to ASIL’s Honors Committee via the Office of the Executive Director of the Society, by contacting Lara Townzen at awardsandhonors@asil.org.

Nominations should be submitted via the online form available here. Deadline is August 15, 2014.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

Nominations sought for next ASIL leaders

This year’s Nominating Committee of the American Society of International Law seeks a few good leaders.
Specifically, it seeks, from among its members, nominees – including self-nominees – to stand for election for a number of leadership positions, to be filled at the Society’s 109th Annual Meeting, set for April 8 to 11, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, N.W., in Washington, D.C. (Note: Deadline in the call for Annual Meeting proposals detailed here has been extended to the end of this month.)
ASIL’s immediate past President, Donald Francis Donovan (Debevoise & Plimpton), will chair the committee, whose members include Andrew Guzman (California-Berkeley), Karen Bravo (Indiana-Indianapolis), Rosemary Barkett (Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal), David Bowker (WilmerHale), and, as an alternate, Elizabeth Andersen, the longtime ASIL Executive Director who soon will become Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative.

According to the ASIL notice, “The Committee will seek to nominate those who have evidenced a willingness to contribute time and effort to the work of the Society, while endeavoring also to enhance the diversity of the Society’s leadership.” The Committee will be guided in its decisions by the Society’s Guidelines, available here, which the Committee advises every candidate and prospective nominator to review.  Positions are:

President-Elect: The term will be for 1 year; then, in April 2016, the President-Elect will be expected to succeed incumbent President Lori Damrosch, and so to serve a 2-year term as President. In keeping with tradition of alternating between practitioners and academics, it’s anticipated that the 2015 President-Elect will be drawn from among the Society’s practitioner members.
Vice Presidents: To be filled are 2 vacancies (an academic and a practitioner) for this position  – which carries a 1-year term, usually renewed once. Vice Presidents generally take the lead in overseeing a major ASIL activity or program.
Executive Council: To be filled are 8 vacancies on the Council, ASIL’s chief governing body. Members convene as a group twice a year, at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and at the traveling Midyear Meeting (this year, in Chicago). They serve 3-year terms and are expected to provide leadership to one or more of ASIL’s programs or activities.
Counsellors: To be filled are up to 8 vacancies, each for a 3-year term. Counsellors are nonvoting members of the Executive Council, who attend the Council meetings and are “chosen from from among the more senior members of the Society.”

Deadline for nominations is August 8, 2014; details on how to nominate here.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

Go On! ASIL Transitional Justice event this Thursday in London

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) will be holding a public conference in London this Thursday, June 26th, on Transitional Justice, Rule of Law, and Guarantees of Non-Repetition.


To what extent can and should transitional justice engage with the prevention of future violations? In many states emerging from armed conflict or repressive regimes, violence and crime often surge and new forms of human rights violations emerge.

One of the oft-repeated pillars of transitional justice is “guarantees of non-repetition,” yet the scope and limits of the concept remain unclear. Moreover, there are few on-the-ground links or conversations between communities of practice dealing with transitional justice, rule of law reform and structural changes. This workshop considers how continuities of human rights violations, crime and violence and structural reforms should best be dealt with during and post-transition. How do transitional justice initiatives complement, conflict with, ignore or swallow up other rule of law or reform initiatives, or vice versa? What should the balance look like in specific cases?


  • Padraig McAuliffe, University of Liverpool, author of Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Reconstruction;
  • Marcelo Torelly, visiting academic, University of Oxford, former director, Historical Memory, Brazilian Ministry of Justice Amnesty Commission; and
  • Marieke Wierda, Senior Human Rights Officer, Transitional Justice, UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)


  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza, University of California, Hastings College of Law (and IntLawGrrl!)

This event is cosponsored by the American Society of International Law‘s Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group, the Transitional Justice Institute, and the Essex Transitional Justice Network.

For more information, visit http://www.asil.org/event/transitional-justice-rule-law-and-guarantees-non-repetition.