Saturday, November 1, 2008

Are You Going to Hire a Faculty Research Assistant This Year?

If you have a faculty research assistant (or are planning to hire one), I would suggest sending them this link to an article on "Should You Be a Faculty Research Assistant?"  The original article appeared in the ABA Student Lawyer Magazine, the magazine sent to all student members of the American Bar Association.

(Don't give them the article -- give them this link instead so that they can learn how to use SSRN for your own research projects.   They may need to register their email addresses if they haven't used SSRN before, but once they do they will know about an important and cost-effective research tool, which will be particularly helpful in locating scholarship not yet published in print.)
Click on the link, and click on "download this document."
The article discusses (1) why students should want to be faculty research assistants, (2) how to go about getting hired as a faculty research assistant, and (3) how to be a good faculty research assistant once hired.

If you are going to hire a research assistant, ask those who apply for the job to read the article and ask them for their thoughts on part 3 (how they can be a good research assistant).  You'll be able to separate those who want the job just for a line on their resume from those who will actually help you out on your research projects.

Mark Wojcik

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Friday, October 31, 2008

ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group

Asil_80_percentThe American Society of International Law's International Economic Law Interest Group will present its 2008 Biennial Conference on the topic of The Politics of International Economic Law: The Next Four Years.  The event will be November 13-15, 2008 at the George Washington University Law School Faculty Conference Center in Washington DC.  For more information, contact Tomer Broude by clicking here.


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Presidents of ICC, ICJ address UN General Assembly

The Presidents of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) addressed the U.N. General Assembly this week.

Judge Philippe Kirsch, President of the ICC, said that the criminal court was at a “critical” juncture, with its success hinging on such factors as guaranteeing its judicial independence and universal ratification. To date, 108 nations are parties to the Rome Statute that established the court. The court is an independent court established by that treaty, and is not an organ of the United Nations. Four situations have been brought before the court, but no trials have yet commenced.

Judge Rosalyn Higgins, President of the ICJ, told the U.N. General Assmebly that the past year had been “the most productive” in the Court’s over 60-year history. She said that the ICJ has managed a full caseload and was also in “a position to respond swiftly to unanticipated requests for the indication of provisional measures.”


October 31, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

ABA Section of International Law - Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Aba Aba_intlaw_2  "Human Rights, the Rule of Law and the Role of Lawyers"

November 13-14, 2008
City Bar of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York

Online registration ends November 7 (register on the ABA website).

The ABA Section of International Law, in conjunction with the ABA Center for Human Rights, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Paris Bar, and Italian Bar, is organizing a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to take place in New York on November 13-14, 2008. The day long conference will consist of two roundtable discussions in the morning, a keynote luncheon address, and two additional panels in the afternoon, all composed of leading human rights lawyers, scholars and policymakers.


Thursday, November 13, 2008
Location: Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Opening Reception 

Friday, November 14, 2008
Location: Association of the Bar of the City of New York

8:45-9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction

9:00-10:45 am
Panel I: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Historical Perspective

Andrew Heyward (former President of CBS News)

Theodore Sorensen (author and of Counsel to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP)
Hans Corell (former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel for the UN)
Fali Nariman (President, Bar Association of India and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India)

11:00 am - 12:30pm
Panel II: The Compatibility of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Religion

Ved Nanda (Professor of Law and Director, International Legal Studies Program, University of Denver) 

Father John Langan (S.J., Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Professor of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University) 

Mustapha Tlili (Founder and Director, Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West, New York University)

12:30-2:00 pm
Luncheon Keynote Address

2:30-4:00 pm
Panel III: The Impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Regional and Domestic Legal Systems

Richard Goldstone (former Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa)
Philip Leach (Professor of Human Rights, London Metropolitan University)
Nasira Iqbal (former High Court Judge, Pakistan)
Michael Posner (President, Human Rights First) 

4:30-6:00 pm
Panel IV: Realizing the Promise of the UDHR

Jerome Shestack (Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen; Co-Chair ABA Center for Human Rights)

Philip Bobbitt (Professor of Law, Columbia Law School)
Patricia O’Brien (United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel) 

Joanna Weschler (Director of Research, Security Council Report) 
Andrew Young (former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Co-Chairman, Goodworks International)

6:00-8:00 pm
Closing Reception

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

U.N. Security Council Extends Diamond and Travel Sanctions on Cote d'Ivoire

United_nations The U.N. Security Council extended the ban on diamonds and an arms embargo against Cote d'Ivoire.  Here is the text of the UN press release.  The Security Council Resolution will be available on the U.N. website.


The Security Council voted today to renew for another year a ban on diamonds and an arms embargo against Côte d’Ivoire, as well as targeted sanctions restricting the travel of individuals.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body today said it would review these measures next October to determine whether progress has been made in putting key aspects of the peace process into place and positive steps made in the long-delayed elections.

The Ouagadougou Agreement – signed in neighbouring Burkina Faso last March between the Government, which controlled the south, and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, which held the north – called for a number of measures to resolve the crisis that first divided the West African country in 2002.

Today’s resolution also extended the mandate by one year of the Group of Experts established to monitor sanctions against the country, calling on the parties to the peace pact, especially the Ivorian authorities, to “provide unhindered access” to the UN team to equipment, sites and installations.

It also said that “any threat to the electoral process in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular any attack or obstruction of the Independent Electoral Commission in charge of the organization of the elections,” constitutes a threat to peace and the country’s national reconciliation process.

The Council requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the French Government provide immediate reports should any “serious obstacle” impede the freedom of movement of the UN peacekeeping operation in the country (known as UNOCI) and the French forces which support it.

On Monday, the body heard from the top UN envoy to Côte d’Ivoire, who warned that increasing delays in the dual identification and electoral processes are imperilling the hard-won peace in the nation, which is rebuilding after a brutal 14-year civil war.

Nearly six weeks have passed since the launch of the identification and voter registration drive, which was slated to wrap up at the end of this month, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Y. J. Choi told the Security Council in an open meeting.

“Unfortunately, the pace of progress has been painfully slow,” he said. The pace will soon accelerate, but “the magnitude of delay has taken almost everybody by surprise.”

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Judge Geoffrey Robertson to Speak at Case Western on Human Rights; Event will be Webcast and Also Available for Later Viewing

The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland Ohio announced that it will host Geoffrey Robertson, QC, head, Doughty Street Chambers and former Appeals Judge for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in a public lecture on Thursday, November 6, 2008, from 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at the School of Law Moot Courtroom at Case Western, 11075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

Judge Robertson, who is one of my all-time favorite authors in the field of human rights, will map the future of the fast-growing field of human rights law. Drawing on 30 years of experience as a human rights lawyer in Australia and the UK, and as Appeals judge on the Special Court for Sierra Leone, he will trace recent jurisprudence at the national, regional, and international level. He will also discuss strategies for litigating human rights cases against corporations and former foreign government officials, obstacles that stand in the way of success, and future trends.  The presentation will be WEBCAST Live and available for viewing on demand after the event, by clicking here


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UNA-USA Rally for Darfur

The Greater Chicago Chapter of the United Nations Association for the United States of America (UNA-USA) held a rally in Chicago to promote attention on the continuing crisis in Darfur.   Photos of the event are available by clicking here.

Hat tip to Lydia Lazar, President of the Greater Chicago Chapter of UNA-USA.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

ICJ will rule on Serbia's Objections on November 18, 2008

The International Court of Justice announced that it would issue its decision on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, on the preliminary objections to jurisdiction and admissibility raised by Serbia in the case brought against it by Croatia.  The case is the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia). A public sitting will take place at 10 a.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which the President of the Court, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, will read the Court’s Judgment.


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ICJ President Will Address UN General Assembly; Will be Webcast Live

The President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, will present the annual Report of the Court for the period from August 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008 on  Thursday October 30, 2008.  Her address to the U.N. General Assembly is expected to start at 10 a.m. (New York time). It will be webcast live on the website of the United Nations:

.  The full text of the address and the ICJ's Annual Report will be available on the website of the Court at the end of President Higgins’s presentation.


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Update on Humanitarian Assistance to Honduras

HondurasUnited Nations humanitarian agencies have been working in Honduras, where floods following a tropical depression forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. 

A UN team sent by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UN agencies have begun allocating more than $300,000 to help with relief efforts.  An estimated 270,000 Hondurans need some form of assistance because of heavy rainfall and flooding that followed the tropical depression on October 16.

The World Food Programme (WFP) reports that it has distributed nearly 60 tons of food to some 5,500 families, but estimate a need for at least an additional 2,500 tons of food.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that it was distributing supplies and was planning to rehabilitate damaged water systems and schools.

The World Health Organization (WHO) mobilized medical teams and is working with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to provide assistance, especially on improving water and sanitation. 


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide If There is an Exception to the Persecutor Ban

Us_supreme_court_2The Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) prohibits the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General of the United States from granting asylum to (or withholding removal of) a refugee who has “ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” INA § 208(b)(2)(A), 8 U.S.C. § 1158(b)(2)(A).

The question presented in a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether this “persecutor exception” in the immirgration statutes prohibits the U.S. from granting asylum to (or withholding of removal of) a refugee who participates in persecution only because he is credibly threatened with death or torture if he doesn't.

Click here to read more about the case, Negusie v. Mukasey.  The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the case on November 5, 2008.


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ICJ Gives U.N. Member States Until April 2009 to State Their Views on Kosovo

United_nations The International Court of Justice has given U.N. Member States until April 17, 2009 to submit written statements on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence. The order follows the U.N. General Assembly’s vote earlier this month for an advisory opinion from the ICJ on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in February.


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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear its First Antidumping Case

Us_supreme_courtThe U.S. Supreme Court will hear its first antidumping case on November 4, 2008.  The case is United States v. Eurodif S.A.  Click here to read about it.


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Monday, October 27, 2008

International Law Scholars at CSLSA

Southern Illinois University School of Law hosted the annual Central States Law Schools Association Conference (CSLSA) this past weekend, October 24-25, 2008.  Three international law scholars made very timely presentations at the conference.  Professor Milena Sterio from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law presented her work in progress analyzing the Kosovo Declaration of Independence under international law rules pertaining to statehood.  Professor Allen Blair from Hamline University School of Law presented his work in progress on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Medellin v. Texas and the challenges it presents for international adjudication in the future.  Finally, Professor Gregory Gordon from the University of North Dakota School of Law presented his work in progress which proposes evaluative criteria the International Criminal Court could use to formulate an admissibility test for analyzing complementarity in cases where a state proposes to use domestic alternative justice mechanisms.  Congratulations to all the scholars who presented at the CSLSA Conference.


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