January 3, 2009
U.N. Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting as Israeli Troops Enter Gaza
The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting this evening, hours after Israel launched a ground invasion into Gaza. Israeli troops entered Gaza on the eighth day of Israeli bombing raids. Israel has cited rocket and other attacks against Israel as the reason for its military offensive. It allowed some foreign nationals to leave yesterday.
January 2, 2009
AALS Annual Meeting - Your International Law Dance Card
Wednesday, January 7, 2008
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Across the Curriculum: Breakout Session on Family Law, International Law, and Immigration Law. Solana, South Tower/Level 1, San Diego Marriott Hotel
2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Section on International Human Rights: New Voices in Human Rights. Cardiff, South Tower/Level 3, San Diego Marriott Hotel
6:30 p.m. Section on International Human Rights Business Meeting. Torrance, South Tower/Level 4, San Diego Marriott Hotel
Thursday, January 8, 2008
7:00 to 8:30 a.m. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Breakfast for International Faculties. Cardiff, South Tower/Level 3, San Diego Marriott Hotel.
8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples, "New Directions for International Law and Indigenous Peoples." Columbia 3, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel
4:00 to 5:45 p.m. Section on Africa, Co-Sponsored by the Section on National Security Law. "Economic Development in Africa." Torrance, South Tower/Level 4, San Diego Marriott Hotel
4:00 to 5:45 p.m. Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers. "The Change Role of U.S. Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers." Santa Rosa, South Tower/Level 1, San Diego Marriott Hotel
Friday, January 9, 2009
7:00 to 8:30 a.m. JOINT BREAKFAST of the Sections on Africa, Comparative Law, International Human Rights, International Law, International Legal Exchange, Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers, and North American Cooperation. Santa Rosa, South Tower/Level 1, San Diego Marriott. This is a ticketed event - buy a ticket when you check in at the registration center if you forgot to order in advance!
7:30 to 8:30 a.m. ASIL Teaching International Law Interest Group Breakfast. Torrey 2 Room (Lobby Level, North Tower), San Diego Marriott. This is a free event, so if you don't have a ticket to the Joint Int'l Law Breakfast above, please come join us.
8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Section on Environmental Law. "Environmental Justice on the U.S.-Mexico Border." Mariana Salon D, South Tower/Level 3, San Diego Marriott
10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care. "Comparative Health Law: What Can the U.S. Learn from Other Countries?" Columbia 2, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel
10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Section on Torts and Compensation Systems. "Foreign Tort Law: Beyond Europe." Program to be published int eh Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. San Diego Salon A, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel
1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Section on Conflict of Laws. "Choice of Law Reforms in the EU." Columbia 2, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel
1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Section on Immigration Law. "Crossing Borders, Creating Borders: Nations, Migrants, and Constructions of Law." San Diego Salon A, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel.
3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Section on International Law. "Taking International Law Seriously: Will the United States Abide by International Law that is a Law of Rules?" Mariana Salon D, South Tower/Level 3, San Diego Marriott Hotel. Business Meeting at Program Conclusion.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. AALS Reception for Legal Educators from Law Schools Outside the United States. Carlsbad, South Tower/Level 3, San Diego Marriott Hotel.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Committee on International Cooperation Program. "The Role of Law Schools in the Promotion of Human Rights and Legal and Curricular Reform Abroad." San Diego Salon B, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel.
There are many other events of interest, of course. The AALS Annual Meeting is a rich and rewarding experience. See you all in San Diego!
Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago
January 1, 2009
Mexico Extradites 10 Major Drug Suspects to the United States
Mexico has extradited 10 major drug suspects to the United States. Click here to read more in a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Situation in Gaza
Neither Israel nor Hamas has agreed to a proposed 48-hour cease fire urged by the United Nations and the European Union, but Israel has agreed to allow some humanitarian aid into Gaza. Click here to read more. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Israeli military must allow foreign journalists to enter Gaza. There appears to be no diplomatic solution to the present hostilities. The UN Security Council has reportedly been discussing a Libyan draft of a resolution that calls for an immediate ceasefire to halt the Israeli-Palestinian violence, but ambassadors from the United States and the United Kingdom rejected the draft because it said the Hamas attacks on Israel.
50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the revolution in Cuba. For exiles in Southern Florida, it is not an especially happy anniversary. Click here to read more in an article from the New York Times. To see the official view from Cuba, click here for a link to Granma.
Happy New Year
We wish all of our readers around the world a happy new year.
Mark, Cindy, Mike, and Cyndee
December 31, 2008
Slovakia becomes 16th Member of the Eurozone
Just five years after joining the European Union, Slovakia is scheduled to become the 16th member of the eurozone in January 2009. Slovakia has experienced the strongest growth rates in Europe, but at the same time has been able to keep inflation under the threshold requirements. Slovakia will be the first Central European member to join the euro and the poorest one to date, with 67% of the eurozone's average gross domestic product. Slovakia's entry into Europe's monetary union is being closely watched by other eurozone hopefuls such as Poland and Hungary.
Hiring Professors to Teach Business Law in Iraq
The American University of Iraq - Sulaimani is a private, non-profit, English language university in the city of Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region, "with a tolerant and welcoming environment, security, and growing economy." They are looking for professors to teach Business Law and other courses. Click here for more information.
December 30, 2008
WHO and UNICEF Statements on Gaza
Just received from the United Nations . . .
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an immediate end to hostilities and urged Israel to ensure immediate provision of fuel and critical life-saving and trauma care supplies. “The inability of the hospitals to cope with a problem of this magnitude, if the situation continues unchanged, will result in a surge in preventable deaths from complications due to trauma. Civilians are paying the price for the prolonged blockade,” it added, referring to the closure of crossing points which Israel has imposed, citing rocket attacks by Gaza militants. “As a top priority, the shortages of essential and life-saving medicines need to be abated without delay. The current escalation of the violence only compounds the health situation and unnecessarily exacerbates the fragile status of the civilians caught up in this conflict.”
WHO has secured, in collaboration with several Member States, the dispatch of medical kits to cover surgical and trauma interventions and is following up with Palestinian and Israeli authorities to ensure these supplies reach those who need them. Negotiations with the Israelis are ongoing to guarantee the passage of urgent medical supplies, the agency said, adding that it was also coordinating with other UN agencies, donors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ensure aid arrives to those most in need. “The functioning of hospitals and access to health services is critical in order to respond to the mass casualties,” WHO stressed, calling for the removal of blockades to allow in much-needed food, water, fuel, medicines and other humanitarian aid.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) voiced deep concern over the impact of the current violence on youngsters and urged all parties to abide by their international legal obligation to ensure that children are protected and receive essential humanitarian supplies and support. Over half of the population in Gaza are children. “It is critical that humanitarian assistance, including food, medical supplies and equipment be allowed into Gaza to address the urgent needs of children and women,” UNICEF said in statement.
December 29, 2008
U.N. Security Council Statement on Attacks in Gaza
The U.N. Security Council and the U.N. Secretary General have called on Israel and the Palestinians to end all military activies and violence, as Israeli airstrikes in response to rocket attacks by militants in Gaza reportedly killed 300 people and wounded more than 600 in the Strip. Click here to read more from the UN News Centre. Israeli troops and tanks are gathering along the Gaza border for a possible land invasion. Click here to read more.
I assume many of you international law professors out there are or recently have been spending lots of time grading final papers and exams. When I was a new law professor, I wrote a short tongue-in-cheek essay about the woes of grading that appeared in The Law Teacher in 2002. For those who need a light break, the link is here: The Five Stages of Grading.