Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We've noticed that our blog readers include some people in The Gambia. To encourage better understanding about The Gambia, here's a link with some basic information. You may have better links -- please share them with us here..
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Several news sources reported recently that the Venezuelan government expelled two senior activists from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday who criticized President Hugo Chavez for political intolerance and for eroding democracy. The HRW activists, Jose Miguel Vivanco and Daniel Wilkerson, stated that their phones were confiscated and they were denied the right to speak with their consulates when Venezuelan officials came to their hotel around midnight, forced them to leave hurriedly, took them to the airport, and put them on the first plane leaving Caracas. Venezuela's actions likely violate Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Venezuela is a party to both treaties.
The Journal of Private International Law will hold its third major conference at New York University on April 17-19, 2009. There is a call for papers on three topics: (1) International Commercial Law; (2) US and European Conflict Methodologies; and (3) Transactional Litigation and Arbitration. To submit a proposal, send a 500-word abstract to Professor Linda Silberman at NYU or to Professor Paul Beaumont at the University of Aberdeen