Monday, March 16, 2009
The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) will hold its annual International Law Weekend on October 22-24, 2009 in New York. This important international law event brings together hundreds of practitioners, members of the governmental and non-governmental sectors, and law students. The conference will feature numerous panels, Ms. Lucy F. Reed, President of the American Society of International Law, as distinguished speaker, receptions, and the Branch's annual meeting. International Law Weekend 2009 will take place at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on 22 October 2009, and at Fordham University School of Law on 23 and 24 October.
The Weekend's overall theme is "Challenges to Transnational Governance." In this context, the organizers stress that the economic, political, and social changes of the last decade have re-shaped
international law and deeply affected its role and practice, along with the identity and attitude of its participants. This year's International Law Weekend will address the challenges posed by these changes with an emphasis on the emergence of the notion of "transnational governance" and the issues related to it, including:
- Re-ordering, organizing, and monitoring: Is this what transnationalgovernance is about?
- Who is in charge of transnational governance?: a discussion of the(sometimes new) role of international organizations, states, NGOs,regions, companies, private individuals, and others.
- Governing what? The contents and scope of transnational governance.
- The impact of transnational governance on international trade, foreign investment, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
- In the new context, what is the role of regulatory international law?
The co-chairs of ILW 2009 are:
- Pierre Bodeau-Livinec of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs;
- Wil Burns, Editor in Chief, Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy; and
- Aníbal M. Sabater, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski International LLP.
They invite proposals for panels for ILW 2009, including those pertinent to this year's theme. Proposals are due no later than Friday, April 10, 2009. Proposals should be geared for 90-minute panels and should include a formal title, a brief description of the panel (no more than 75 words), and the names, titles, and affiliations of the panel chair and three or four possible speakers. Panel proposals should also include information as to the format envisaged (point-counterpoint, roundtable, etc.).
The International Law Weekend is a major international law event (along with the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting and the Spring and Fall Meetings of the ABA Section of International Law). ABILA is assisited by the International Law Students' Association along with the many donors and supporters who have helped make the event so successful over the years. You should mark the dates now on your calendar. Click here for more information about the American Branch of the International Law Association.
Mark E. Wojcik, Chair, Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association