Sunday, October 25, 2009
Over the weekend, several international law scholars made excellent and thought-provoking presentations on their current work at the Central States Law Schools Association (CSLSA) Conference at Capital Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Gregory Gordon, from the University of North Dakota Law School, spoke about the need for international criminal tribunals to adopt a clearer test for the crime of incitement. Allen Blair, from Hamline University Law School, proposed that adopting uniform interpretive methodologies will bring more use of the Convention on the International Sale of Goods, rather than focusing on uniform interpretive outcomes. Milena Sterio, of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, posited that the international community needs to take piracy more seriously because pirates are sea-terrorists and may aid other terrorists by their acts, such as by supplying weapons seized from ships. This author, Cindy Buys of Southern Illinois University School of Law, suggested lessons for the current treatment of detainees rounded up in the fight against terrorism that can be learned from the story of Frederich Nottebohm, who was brought to the United States from Guatemala and interned here as an alien enemy during World War II. Many of these works can be found on the authors' SSRN and Bepress pages. Congrats to Danshera Cords and all the officers of CSLSA for a great conference.