May 19, 2008
Welcome and Introduction by Cindy Buys
Welcome to new International Law Prof Blog! I am very excited to be co-editing this blog with Professors Mark Wojcik, Michael Peil, and Cyndee Todgham. I am an Associate Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale where I have been teaching a variety of international law courses for the past seven years. Prior to entering academia, I practiced public and private international law in Washington, D.C. for 10 years. In addition to my regular teaching duties at SIU, I co-direct a summer study abroad program for law students in Ireland and direct an Immigration Detention Project at the SIU School of Law. I am currently the Co-Chair of the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, the Vice-Chair of the International and Immigration Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the President of the Central States Law Schools Association. We hope you find this blog useful and interesting and welcome your contributions.
ABA Section of International Law
The American Bar Association Section of International Law provides many wonderful resources for professors, students, and practitioners. Many U.S. law professors are members of the ABA through their law schools. If you're already a member of the ABA, visit the website to join the ABA International Law Section for a nominal fee. If you're not already a member of the ABA, you might find the fee to be more expensive -- but still very much worth the investment. As but one example, the forthcoming edition of the section's International Law Year in Review will be more than 800 pages!
Additionally, if you are a member of the ABA and the Section of International Law, you should look at the list of committees to join. Committee memberships are free to section members, and they provide wonderful opportunities for keeping current with international law developments.
Foreign Study Programs
The Institute for International Education has released a new report today on increasing study abroad programs. Click here for a copy of the report. Although the report is generalized to all foreign study programs, students of international law have a special motivation and need to spend at least part of their law school years abroad. Foreign language ability has been a substantial barrier in the past, but in Europe it is common to find law school classes in English even where that is not the first language of the country. The conclusions in the report urge the United States to increase the number of students traveling abroad by increasing the stature and visibility of foreign institutions within the United States and by making for funding and scholarships available to allow more students to go abroad.
Hat tip to the Chronicle of Higher Education
Welcome to the International Law Prof Blog!
We're pleased to announce a new blog for professors who teach international law (and for those who are interested in teaching international law, or just keeping current with new issues in international legal education).
Our coverage will include all areas of international law taught in the United States and in law schools around the world. We know that many of you teach in more than one international subject, and that many of the teaching resources of interest to more than one narrow group (including announcements of upcoming international law conferences, materials, calls for papers, and other opportunities. Without limitation, we'll include information on these areas:
- Public International Law
- Private International Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Business Transactions
- International Trade Law
- International Legal Exchange
- Comparative Law
- Summer abroad programs
- International Institutions
- Canadian international law developments
- Mexican international law developments
- European international law developments
- African international law developments
- Chinese international law developments
- Islamic international law developments
- Latin American international law developments
- South Pacific Islands and International Law
- International Antitrust
- International Environmental Law
- International Moot Court Competitions
- Submitting Articles to International Law Journals
- LL.M. programs for international students
- International Intellectual Property
- International Commercial Dispute Resolution
- NAFTA Tribunal Decisions
- WTO Decisions
- International Court of Justice
- European Court of Human Rights
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights
- International Litigation
- International Tort Law
- Foreign Legal Consultants
- International Art and Cultural Heritage Law
- International Health Law
- United Nations
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Law of the Sea
- International Employment Law
- International Family Law
- International Taxation
- Transnational Legal Practice
- Global Legal Skills
If you have other categories to add to this list, or if you have some information to share about any of these international law categories, just let us know by sending an email message or simply posting a comment below. We hope that you find information posted here to be of interest.
I'm a professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. I've been teaching there for 15 years now. I also teach in Mexico at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, and in Switzerland at the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law. I'm also the Director of the Legal English Program at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
I am a former chair of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group in Teaching International Law. I also previously chaired the Association of American Law Schools Sections on North American Cooperation, International Legal Exchange, Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers. I'm the Publications Officer for the American Bar Association Section of International Law and for two more issues I'll be Editor-in-Chief of the International Law News published by that section. I also previously chaired the international and immigration law section of the Illinois State Bar Association. Most recently I was elected to the board of the International Law Students' Association (ILSA).
Again, welcome to this blog. We look forward to your visits.
Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School - Chicago (mew)