Array of international law sessions set for ILA British Branch conference in London

somersetLooking forward to presenting “The Protection of Persons in Militias in Time of Civil War” at the 2014 Spring Conference of the British Branch of the International Law Association, to be held May 23 and 24 at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. Also scheduled to take part are many old and new colleagues, including numerous IntLawGrrls and the conference host, my former University of California colleague, David D. Caron, Dean at the law school since last May. (credit for photo of law school; prior post)

Highlights from the conference agenda include speeches by James Crawford and Philip Allott, both of the University of Cambridge, as well as a presentation on the American Law Institute Fourth Restatement project by the project’s Co-Reporter, Paul B. Stephan, University of Virginia, with comments by Chanaka Wickremasinghe of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In addition, there will be a host of panel sessions, on:

Friday, May 23:

► “The Relationship between National, Regional, and International Legal Orders.” Chaired by Lord Judge, King’s College London, and featuring presentations by Elena Katselli, Newcastle University; Gregory Messenger, University of Oxford; IntLawGrrl Aoife O’Donoghue, Durham University; and IntLawGrrl Chiara Giorgetti, University of Richmond.

► “The History and Future of Regulating the Oceans.” Chaired by David Caron, King’s College London, and featuring presentations by Henry Jones, Durham University; Steven Haines, University of Greenwich; and Patrick Wall, Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

► “On Sovereignty.” Chaired by John Tasioulas, University College London, and featuring presentations by Scott Sheeran, University of Essex; Thomas Pogge, Yale University; and Eyal Benvenisti, Tel Aviv University.

► “The Trafficking, Movement and Protection of Human Beings.” Chaired by Satvinder Juss, King’s College London, and featuring presentations by Lorna McGregor, University of Essex; Anicée Van Engeland, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London; and Benjamin Thomas Greer, Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice.

► “Technological Futures and Law of Armed Conflict.” Chaired by James Gow, King’s College London, and featuring presentations by Marco Roscini, University of Westminster; Agnieszka Jachec Neale, British Institute of International and Comparative Law; Jack McDonald, King’s College London; and Thomas Rid, King’s College London.

► “Human Rights in a Digital World.” Chaired by Philippa Webb, King’s College London, and featuring presentations by Lanah Kammourieh, Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas); Russell Buchan, University of Sheffield; Sejal Parmar, Central European University; and Jemima Stratford, Brick Court Chambers.

British-Branch-Logo-ILA► “Jurisdictional Challenges and Accountability in a Transnational Context.” Chaired by ILA British Branch President Jeremy Carver, and featuring presentations by Ursula Tracy Doyle, Northern Kentucky University; Merryl Lawry-White, Judicial Assistant/Clerk, International Court of Justice; Jiewuh Song, Goethe University; and IntLawGrrl Yaël Ronen, Sha’arei Mishpat Academic Center.

► “The Future of Old Schools.” Chaired by Thomas Schultz, King’s College London, and featuring presentations by John Linarelli, Swansea University; Teerawat Wongkaew, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; and Yuliya Guseva, Rutgers-Newark.

Saturday, May 24

► “The Outer Limits of Environmental Protection under International Law.” Chaired by Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh, and featuring presentations by Emanuela Orlando, University of Sussex; Jessica Duggan-Larkin, University College London; Nengye Liu, University of Dundee.

► “Avoiding and Regulating Armed Conflict.” Featuring presentations by Sean Aughey, 11 KBW Chambers; Jeffrey Davis, University of Maryland; Aurel Sari, University of Exeter; and Danny Auron, Fordham University.

► “The Sources of International Law Revisited.” Chaired by Frank Berman, Essex Court Chambers, and featuring presentations by Danae Azaria, University College London; Eirik Bjorge, University of Oxford; Başak Çali and Elizabeth Ann Griffin, Jindal Global University; and Panos Merkouris, University of Groningen.

► “Law of Armed Conflict: Emerging Challenges.” Chaired by Guglielmo Verdirame, King’s College London, and featuring presentations by yours truly, IntLawGrrl Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia; Robert McLaughlin, Australian National University; Douglas Cubie, University College Cork; and Jadranka Petrovic, Monash University.

► “Contemporary boundary delimitation issues and island sovereignty questions.” Featuring presentations by Richard Schofield, King’s College London, who also will chair the session, along with Timothy Lindsay, Dechert; Charles Claypoole, Latham & Watkins; Ioannis Konstantinidis,  Volterra Fietta.

► “The Protection of Foreign Investment.” Chaired by Giorgio Mandelli, Volterra Fietta, and featuring presentations by Erman Özgür, University of Dundee; Mona Pinchis, King’s College London; Rumiana Yotova, University of Cambridge; and Martins Paparinskis, University College London.

Details and registration here. Hope to see you there.

(Cross-posted at Diane Marie Amann)

ASIL / ILA meeting program now online

am14_header_sitetop_1Having posted a while back on early registration, I write to report: Now available is the full program for the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting/International Law Association Biennial Conference, set for April 7 to 12 in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, on Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House.

Numbering more than a hundred pages, the program, available in full here, details the more than 250 persons, from A (Frederick M. Abbott) to Z (Marten Zwanenberg) scheduled to speak at myriad sessions. Besides my certain attendance the WILIG Luncheon on which I previously posted – note that former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been added as a luncheon speaker – I’m pleased to note 2 other events in which I’ll be participating:

► I will have the immense honor of serving as discussant for the Grotius Lecture, a keynote event 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Delivering the lecture will be Radhika Coomaraswamy, whose former posts include Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Children & Armed Conflict and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. Her talk is entitled “Women and Children: The Cutting Edge of International Law.”

► During the ASIL Annual General Meeting set for 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, I look forward to the opportunity to launch ASIL’s Benchbook on International Law, a just-completed volume for which I’m honored to be Editor-in-Chief. (Beta version now online; keep checking here for the final version.) About 4 dozen ASIL member colleagues contributed to this multiyear project intended to aid judges and litigants in federal courts; it will be great to demonstrate the Benchbook and give a heartfelt thanks to all who helped.

You can still register for the meeting here. Would be great to see you there.

(Cross-posted at Diane Marie Amann)

Early registration ends soon for April meet of American Society of International Law & International Law Association

This year’s annual meeting of the American Society of International Law features a unique trove of speakers and events. The gathering – from April 7 to 12, at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, on Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House – will also be the global biennial conference of the donoghueInternational Law Association. That combination promises multiple addresses, panels, debates, and roundtables, as well as committee, working group, and interest group meetings, as detailed in the draft program.

sebutindeOne highlight will be the annual luncheon of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group, at which I xuewas honored to speak last year. This year, at the Thursday, April 10 luncheon, WILIG’s Prominent Women in International Law will go to three especially worthy women – International Court of Justice Judges Joan Donoghue, Julia Sebutinde, and Hanqin Xue.

radhikaA notable keynote will be the Grotius Lecture on Wednesday, April 9, by Radhika Coomaraswamy, who’s served as the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General with regard both to Children and Armed Conflict and to Violence against Women.

This year’s other honorees likewise include some very special people:

bensouda► International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (whom I am honored to serve as Special Adviser on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict) will receive the ASIL Honorary Membership awarded each year for “distinguished contributions or service in the field of international law.” (Bensouda contributed an IntLawGrrls post on the occasion of her 2011 ICC election.)

cherifM. Cherif Bassiouni, whose many titles include Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Law and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago – not to mention dean and mentor to all of us who work in international criminal justice – will receive the Goler T. Butcher Medal, given “for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights,” and named after a woman we at IntLawGrrls honor as a foremother.

pelletAlain Pellet, Professor of Public International Law at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and a frequent advocate before the International Court of Justice, will receive the Manley O. Hudson Medal “for outstanding contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law.”

Click here for details (including the complete draft program) and registration, which is significantly discounted through February 7, 2014.

annmtg(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

ABILA – Feminism in International Law Committee: Call for Chairs

The Feminism and International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) is looking for a new Chair or a new set of Co-Chairs. Each Chair, in consultation with Committee members, sets an agenda for the Committee and decides on projects that the Committee will undertake. The Chair also lays down a time frame for the completion of any projects the Committee undertakes. Committee projects are diverse, ranging from multi-year academic studies, to shorter academic analyses, to advocacy work (such as amicus briefs or congressional testimony about treaties or legislation). Although the American Branch as a whole does not take positions on current international law issues, the Branch’s committees may. Committee work product is published in the biennial Proceedings of the American Branch. ABILA’s International Law Weekend is a highly attended venue and opportunity for networking and pulling together vibrant panels on matters of importance to the Committee’s membership. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a brief statement of interest to Janie Chuang ( and/or Christiana Ochoa ( by May 15. More information about ABILA and its committees can be found on its website.