July 12, 2008
ICJ: Decision on Mexico's Request for an Interpretation of Avena
The International Court of Justice will deliver its opinion interpreting Avena on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. in The Hague. The decision will be available on the ICJ's website. We will also post a link here. Click here for an ICJ press release.
Call for Papers - AALS Section on Employment Discrimination
Here's a call for papers from another AALS section. We include such calls here because we believe that international law (and here, international employment law) and comparative law approaches informed by laws of other nations can be an interesting and useful addition to these panels.
Employment discrimination is in an ongoing state of controversy and flux. The Supreme Court has handled nearly two dozen cases on employment discrimination in recent years, issuing major decisions (for example) disallowing excessive pretrial dismissals of discrimination cases, tightening limitations periods for such cases, and narrowing the definition of who is "disabled" enough for coverage by discrimination laws. Congress, in turn, repeatedly considers legislative "fixes" to legislatively repeal Court decisions narrowly interpreting statutory protections and to expand discrimination law coverage (e.g., a federal gay rights law which it has not yet passed, more coverage for religious discrimination). Scholars have critiqued numerous aspects of employment discrimination law, such as the role of litigation and the capacity for law to effect social change.
World Trade Organization
- Monday 14 July 2008 9.30 am - Singapore: trade policy review
- 10 am - Trade Facilitation Negotiating Group (to Friday)
- 3 pm - Technology Transfer Working Group
- Tuesday 15 July 2008 10 am - Trade and Development Committee
- 11 am - Launch of the World Trade Report 2008 Room CRI, at the WTO
- Wednesday 16 July 2008 9.30 am - Singapore: trade policy review
- Thursday 17 July 2008 10 am - Kazakhstan: membership negotiations (Accession Working Party)
- Friday 18 July 2008 10 am - Montenegro: membership negotiations (Accession Working Party)
- 3 pm - Bosnia and Herzegovina: membership negotiations (Accession Working Party)
The International Law Students Association invites you to advertise in its student magazine, the ILSA Quarterly. The ILSA Quarterly features articles written by students, scholars and practitioners concerning timely issues of international law and related topics, as well as information on ILSA projects, study abroad programs, LL.M. programs and career opportunities in the field of international law. Each issue reaches thousands students at law schools around the globe.
The ILSA Quarterly is published four times during the U.S. academic year -- October, December, February, and April. The December issue is focused on study abroad programs and the February issue is dedicated to LL.M. programs. Sample copies of the Quarterly are available on the ILSA website at http://www.ilsa.org/pubs/quarterly.php.
Additionally, law schools are invited to include information about study abroad programs and LL.M. degree programs in the ILSA Quarterly at no cost. The Free Listing forms can be found online at http://www.ilsa.org/pubs/quarterly/advertise.php.
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July 11, 2008
2009 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
If you are involved in a Jessup team in 2009, here is information you need to know:
a. Jessup 2008 Final Round Video
You can order the video from the 2008 Championship Round. Orders for the video are currently being accepted and can be made by submitting an ILSA Merchandise Order Form, available at http://www.ilsa.org/merch/.
b. Jessup 2009 Registration
Registration for the Jessup 2009 season will open on Monday, July 21. All teams will be eligible for an early discount if they register and pay before September 3. More information on registration can be found at http://www.ilsa.org/jessup/2009registration.php.
c. Jessup 2009 Schedule and Rules
The Jessup 2009 Schedule has been posted at http://www.ilsa.org/jessup/jessup09/schedule.pdf. Please make sure your team is aware of the deadlines and other important dates for the competition. The Jessup 2009 Rules are scheduled to be released in late-August.
July 10, 2008
Job Opening for Jessup Competition Coordinator
The International Law Students Association is currently accepting applications for the staff position of Jessup Competition Coordinator. Applications are due Friday, July 18, 2008. Candidates must be able to start working in our Chicago office by Monday, August 18, 2008. For more information on the position and application requirements, go to ILSA’s Opportunities Page at http://www.ilsa.org/about/opportunities.php.
The results from the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds have been posted to the website for the International Law Student Association. Click here to see the winners. For a complete list of the teams that advanced to the international rounds, click here.
If you are a former Jessuper (in any capacity) please contact ILSA to help celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Italian Language Classes in Chicago
Are you in Chicago this summer? Learn Italian! ITALIDEA will offer Italian language summer courses starting next week. Visit www.italidea.org or call 312-832-4053.
Hat tip to Patrizia Gambarotta, Deputy Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago
The House of Lords . . . On YouTube!
Our friends at the Law Librarian Blog inform us that the House of Lords is using YouTube to improve its image. Click here to read more.
Hat tip to Joe Hodnicki at the University of Cincinnati
Call for Papers - International Trade Review - Georgetown Journal of International Law
The Georgetown Journal of International Law, the affiliated journal of the U.S. Court of International Trade, is soliciting articles for its third annual publication of the International Trade Review.
They welcome submissions that cover current developments in international trade law. Articles may include issues concerning the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, regional and bilateral trade agreements, and the WTO.
To receive priority consideration, articles should be submitted by August 15, 2008 to the Georgetown Article Management System, available here. Authors may also submit manuscripts though e-mail in Microsoft Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org. All manuscripts should be cited according to the 18th edition of the Bluebook, double-spaced, and include an abstract and the author's CV.
The first and second annual International Trade Review issues are available by clicking here.
Hat tip to Amy Porges and Tomer Broude, co-chairs of the American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group
UNA-USA Statement on U.S. House Resolution on Iran
On July 8, 2008, Ambassador William H. Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the USA, issued the following statement concerning House Concurrent Resolution 362 expressing the sense of Congress regarding US policy toward Iran.
The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) expresses its concern over provisions of House Concurrent Resolution (H. Con. Res.) 362 that could be interpreted as demanding the violation of important principles and obligations of the United Nations Charter.
H. Con. Res. 362 would seek to toughen United States policy toward Iran in ways that could increase the possibility of conflict between the two countries, while appearing to eschew active engagement with our friends and allies in the United Nations to build the essential broad international consensus needed to address Iran’s nuclear program and related issues.
In particular, UNA-USA believes that the approach advanced in the concurrent resolution, including specifically “demands” that the President undertake an international effort to prohibit the export to Iran of refined petroleum products; to impose “stringent inspection requirements” on all persons, transport and cargo entering Iran; and to forbid the international movement of any Iranian government officials not involved in the current negotiations to suspend that country’s nuclear program, can be construed to authorize forcible actions that violate fundamental principles of international law.
Where the concurrent resolution calls on the President to undertake an “international effort” to increase pressure on Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment activities, UNA-USA urges the sponsors of the resolution to specifically require that any such international effort be undertaken “within the United Nations Security Council”.
UNA-USA believes that the United States should work through the Security Council on all measures that would be intended to bring pressure on Iran. We encourage all nations to refrain from using language that can be interpreted as threatening the use of force, noting that “the threat or use of force” is explicitly in violation of the United Nations Charter except in the case of self-defense or upon authorization by the UN Security Council.
UNA-USA recognizes that Iran has not complied with Security Council resolutions concerning its nuclear program. The Security Council has been methodically giving effect to its resolutions by collectively agreed sanctions. We believe that the United States is more likely to realize its goals in this area by working with others than by going it alone.
Hat tip to Chris Tangney at UNA-USA.
July 9, 2008
Legal Writing Institute Conference
For our colleagues interested in legal writing. Click here. It is the preview of next week's Legal Writing Institute Conference, to be held in Indianapolis Indiana. Attendees are coming from as far away as Belarus, Kenya, and other countries in Africa.
The New York Times has an interesting story on the diplomatic successes of Qatar. The article presents an interesting portrait the country, its politics, and its role in the community of nations. Click here to read the article or pick up a copy of today's New York Times.
G8 Declaration on International Institutions
We assume that other news sources and blogs will have much to say about the G8 Summit (and its pronouncements on climate change), so we're focusing here on this blog on what the G8 had to say about international institutions. The statement is not profound, but it is reassuring to see a commitment to international institutions.
In the 21st century we face new challenges with global impacts, including those we have addressed at this Summit. In responding to these challenges, international institutions have a key role to play, and we reaffirm our commitment to supporting them. We encourage ongoing open dialogue and work on reforming and adapting international institutions so that they be able to respond effectively.
July 8, 2008
Global Legal Skills Conferences -- Dates Set for Numbers 4 and 5
The first two Global Legal Skills Conferences were held in Chicago at The John Marshall Law School. The third was held in Monterrey Mexico. Here are the dates of the next two Global Legal Skills Conferences.
GLS-IV will be held at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC on June 4-6, 2009.
GLS-V will be a return to Mexico, at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. The conference dates will be February 25-27, 2010. Save the dates now and plan to attend if you can.
Donate Law Books to Africa
You have too many books. You know you do. Old editions, books from earlier writing projects, and that stack of books in the corner that you've never even had a minute to look through. What to do? Donate them to law schools in Africa.
Colleagues in the United States, Kenya, and other countries are organizing donations of law books to law libraries around Africa. You can send your books as a contribution to that effort.
The project is organized by APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law), a group you should probably join to promote legal education in Africa. APPEAL is partnering with Boeing to deliver the books to Kenya. There is a relatively short window within which to have the books transported. If you have books to donate, please send them to:
Law Books for Africa
c/o Professor Anne Enquist
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Ave., Sullivan Hall
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
This call for books is not limited to legal writing texts. Our colleagues in Africa need texts in all law school subjects.
A PPEAL is an organization that promotes the exchange of ideas and resources about how to teach effective legal writing advocacy among academics in the United States and Africa. If you would like more information about APPEAL, click here.
Put your books in boxes (up to a maximum weight of 40 lbs per box). Include a packing list inside the box and on the side of the box to make things easy. Your books will be sent first to Kenya (sometime around August 7, 2008, so get your books in before then). Boeing is donating the transportation costs to Kenya.
I do not know if there is an address where you can also send books directly to law schools in Africa, but if we get that we will pass it on.
A number of professors from Africa will be attending the Legal Writing Institute Conference next week in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can meet them there if you will be attending the LWI conference, and have a better idea about how you can help a great number of students and professors in Africa (while making your own office a better place as well).
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July 7, 2008
World Justice Forum - Funding for Projects
A new press release from the ABA, with information on funding opportunities . . .
PROPOSALS TO STRENGTHEN THE RULE OF LAW INCUBATED AT WORLD JUSTICE FORUM; FUNDING FOR PROJECTS ANNOUNCED
United Nations World Justice Day Urged
VIENNA, AUSTRIA, July 7, 2008 – During the final day of the World Justice Forum, participants of the multinational conference reported on their collaborative programs to strengthen the rule of law and thereby solve problems of corruption, violence, sickness, ignorance and poverty in their communities.
The Forum, held July 2 – 5, was sponsored by the World Justice Project, which American Bar Association President William H. Neukom founded. The conference brought together participants from 95 countries and 15 disciplines and featured Supreme Court justices, former European presidents, Nobel Laureates and other world leaders.
Two main elements of the Project were introduced by Neukom during the conference: the Rule of Law Index and the Opportunity Fund. The new Index is the first comprehensive measure of countries’ adherence to the rule of law. It evaluates 100 variables that make up the rule of law, which is a departure from other indices that measure only aspects of the rule of law, such as human rights or competitiveness. The information will enable governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations and individuals to make strategic decisions about how to spend scarce resources to address community problems most effectively.
The second prong of the Project is a $240,000 opportunity fund that will provide seed money for pilot programs developed during the Forum. Participants were encouraged to submit applications to fund multidisciplinary programs to advance the rule of law in their communities. Distributions of $10,000 to $20,000 are expected to be made for those programs.
During her opening remarks, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson addressed life in the post-9/11 world, “The extension of security policies in many countries has been used to suppress political dissent and to stifle expression of opinion of many who have no link to terrorism and are not associated with political violence.”
During his remarks at a session on human rights, Pakistani human rights activist Dr. Parvez Hassan stated, “The only thing worse than injustice, is tolerating injustice.” Hassan likened the situation Pakistan faced last year with the deposing of a large percentage of the country’s judges, to what would happen in the United States if seven of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices were stripped of power.
Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Arthur Chaskalson and former Romanian President Emil Constantinescu also presented remarks during the four-day program.
During his concluding remarks, Neukom asked participants to support a statement of principles, which affirmed the belief of the body that “some nations have abandoned the rule of law” and asked “those nations to rejoin the community of nations committed to justice.” It urges the United Nations to establish a World Justice Day, at which time “all nations would reaffirm their commitment to the delivery and judgment of justice.”
The World Justice Project's sponsors include the World Federation of Public Health Associations, People to People International, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Chamber of Commerce, Human Rights Watch, the Association of International Educators and the American Society of Civil Engineers. The American Bar Association, the world’s largest volunteer professional membership organization, is a founding member of the project.
Additional information about the Forum is at http://www.abavideonews.org/ABA517/.
International Law Institute
Several lawyers in the Washington DC area had a chance to meet lawyers and judges from around the world at a welcome reception held on Tuesday in the Georgetown area of Washington DC. I am not sure that I met eveyone myself, but the attendees included lawyers, law students, and judges from these countries:
- Saudi Arabia
The event was hosted by the International Law Institute of Washington DC. Also in attendance were some representatives of the American Society of International Law. It was a great evening to welcome international lawyers to the United States and to Washington, DC.