September 26, 2009
ABA Section of International Law -- Fall Meeting in Miami Beach!
The American Bar Association Section of International Law will hold its Fall meeting in Miami Beach, Florida. Early bird registration is now open. The program looks great. There are more than 60 sessions clustered in eight tracks, with first-rate speakers from across the globe. Click here to have a look at the program book. (The program book is 58 pages long, but that's what you get from a meeting that has so much to offer.)
The meeting will take place October 27-31, 2009. And yes, I'll be there.
September 25, 2009
World Justice Project Appoints Executive Director
WORLD JUSTICE PROJECT APPOINTS HONGXIA LIU AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
The World Justice Project, launched in 2007 to strengthen the rule of law worldwide, has appointed Hongxia Liu as the project’s executive director.
William H. Neukom, the project’s founder and former President of the American Bar Association, said that “The World Justice Project is pleased to have Mrs. Liu join us at this important time for the project. Her background at the Law Library of Congress, at the United Nations Development Programme and at the International Development Law Organization will be a great help in continuing our efforts to build a world-class organization that can initiate on-the-ground projects in support of the rule of law. Her international background and experience in Asia in particular will be a noteworthy addition to our leadership team."
Liu will begin her responsibilities as executive director on Oct. 19. She is presently director of the Directorate of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress of the United States. The directorate primarily provides research and reference services in the fields of foreign, comparative and international law to the Congress, the Federal courts, and executive branch agencies (as well as helping out many international law professors who were smart enough to ask for help!) Liu was previously based in Sydney, Australia, as director for Asia and the Pacific for the International Development Law Organization. She served as the founding director of the American Bar Association/United Nations Development Programme’s International Legal Resource Center in Washington, D.C. She received the World Order Under Law Award from the ABA Section of International Law in 2005 and served as president of the Washington Foreign Law Society. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen who grew up in China. She received a Bachelor of Law degree from Peking University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from New York University.
The World Justice Project is governed by a board of directors that consists of William C. Hubbard, Columbia, S.C.; James R. Silkenat, New York: and Bill Neukom. Click here for more information on the World Justice Project and its new Executive Director Hongxia Liu.
Another Reminder about the Call for Presentations at the Global Legal Skills Conference
Click here for our earlier post about the Global Legal Skills Conference that will be held February 25-27, 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey.
September 24, 2009
U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown Proposes a "Grand Global Bargain" in His Remarks to the U.N. General Assembly
United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed a “grand global bargain” between nations that have nuclear weapons and nations that do not, telling the United Nations General Assembly that the world was facing a renewed threat of proliferation. Addressing the annual high-level debate at the Assembly, Mr. Brown proposed that countries with nuclear weapons offer energy in exchange for other countries renouncing plans to acquire such weapons.
With the current number of nations with nuclear weapons believed to be nine, Mr. Brown said there was a “real and present danger” that more countries and even terrorists will acquire them. “We are at a moment of danger when decades of preventing proliferation could be overturned by [a] damaging rise in proliferation,” he noted. To counter this, the leader of the UK, a nuclear power, suggested a bargain, with the country helping non-nuclear States acquire what former United States president Dwight Eisenhower called “atoms for peace” in the form of civil nuclear energy. “With others we will be prepared to sponsor a uranium bank outside these countries to help them access civil nuclear power,” Mr. Brown said.
But “let there be no ambiguity. Iran and North Korea must know that the world will be even tougher and we are ready to consider further sanctions,” he said, adding that the onus is on non-nuclear countries to prove they are not developing nuclear weapons.
Nuclear proliferation is one of five urgent challenges – the others being climate change, terrorism, poverty and shared prosperity – which he characterized as “epoch-making.” The world is entering a critical six-month period “which may prove even more testing for international cooperation,” Mr. Brown told the dozens of heads of State and government assembled at UN Headquarters in New York. “Once again we are at a point of no return,” he warned.
Adapted from a press release from the United Nations
China Appeals WTO Ruling on US Audiovisual and Print Materials
Not surprisingly, China filed an appeal this week with the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging the decision of a WTO panel finding China's restrictions on imports of films and other print and audiovisual materials from the United States to violate WTO rules. More specifically, the panel found China's laws inconsistent with commitments it made in its Acession Protocol, with the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994. Under usual WTO rules, the Appellate Body has 90 days to review the matter.
September 23, 2009
President Obama's Remarks Today at the United Nations General Assembly
You can read the full text of his remarks by clicking here. I listened to his remarks and was very moved by them. The United States should use this moment to renew its relationship with the United Nations and the international community. This was the first time that President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly. He pointed out that the United States has "paid [its] bills" to the U.N, joined the Human Rights Council, and signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also announced "four pillars that are fundamental to the future that we want for our children:  non-proliferation and disarmament;  the promotion of peace and security;  the preservation of our planet; and  a global economy that advances opportunities for all people."
Hat tip to the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) for posting the remarks
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Blog
For those of you who teach about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related issues of international bribery and corruption, you may be interested in knowing about a blog dedicated to that subject. The blog is maintained by Professor Michael Kohler of Butler University. Given that there are very few reported decisions in this area of the law, the blog could be a useful resource to find out about recent developments with respect to foreign corrupt practices.
September 21, 2009
2009 UN Treaty Event - "Towards Universal Participation & Implementation"
The United Nations' annual Treaty Event will be held on 23-25 and 28-29 September at UN Headquarters in New York. Each year, the Secretary-General uses the event to promote signature, ratification, and accession to human rights and other treaties of universal application.
This year's treaty event will focus on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights and on the Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly By Sea.
(You may recall that this blog reported on the promulgation of the Optional Protocol last summer.)
For more information about the event, as well as a detailed schedule, see the UN Treaty Section's treaty event homepage at http://treaties.un.org/Pages/TreatyEvents.aspx?pathtreaty=Treaty/Focus/Page1_en.xml.
Thanks to Leila Sadat for the tip-off.
International Day of Peace
May you all be peacemakers in your own lives and communities today and in the future.
International Conference on Law -- Athens, July 2010
FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION
7th Annual International Conference on LAW
19-22 JULY 2010
The Law Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) organizes its 7th Annual International Conference on Law, 19-22 July 2010. The registration fee will be 250 euro. Special arrangements with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands and a half-day tour to archaeological site in the Prefecture of Attica.
The conference will bring together scholars and students of law and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. For programs of previous conferences and other information visit the conference website. Papers (in English) from all areas of law are welcome. Selected papers will be published in a Special Volume of the Conference Proceedings or Edited Books as part of ATINER's book series.Please submit a 300-word abstract by 18th of January 2010, by email to atiner [at] atiner.gr to Professor David A. Frenkel, Head, Law Research Unit, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece. Tel. + 30 210 363 4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634-209. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name(s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements..
If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing, or any other offer to help please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, gtp [at] atiner.gr, Director, ATINER..
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become a forum where academics and researchers from all over the world could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, more than 100 international conferences were organized and more than 80 books have been published. The Institute is organized into four research divisions and nineteen research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects.
International Technology Law Association -- Upcoming Conferences in Brussels, Bangalore, and Boston
The Intenational Technology Law Association announced upcoming conferences it will hold in the following locations:
- Brussels, Belgium (Nov. 5-6, 2009)
- Bangalore, India (Feb. 4-5, 2010)
- Boston, Massachusetts (May 20-21, 2010)
September 20, 2009
President Obama Speaks to the United Nations
United Nations Association, along with a link to watch a streaming video of his speech.
This will be the first time that a U.S. president has chaired a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
New Book on Iraq Law and Policy
We haven't seen the book itself yet, but the advertising card looks interesting. Aspen Publishers has a new book by Chibli Mallat (University of Utah and St. Joseph's University, Lebanon) on "Iraq -- Guide to Law and Policy." It's 500 pages long and is promoted as a complement for courses on constitutional, international, or comparative law. That seems a bit long to me to really be useful as a supplement, but perhaps the publication of the book will prompt some law schools to offer a seminar course on the subject. The ISBN number is 978-0-7355-8484-6, and you can click here to visit the website for the publisher. The book examines "the success and failures of the law and policy implemented since the 2003 change of regime in Iraq."
Call for Papers: Indian Journal of International Economic Law
The Indian Journal of International Economic Law (IJIEL) published by the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India, invites submissions for possible publication. The journal's theme is international economic law from a developing country perspective, including not only international trade and related issues but also international intellectual property, competition law, international finance law, and economic analysis of international law. For more information contact the Journal's Editor-in-Chief, Abhimanyu George Jain. His email address is abhimanyugeorgejain [at] gmail.com.
We're happy to promote such calls for papers from all international law journals and we encourage our readers to contact them for more information about how to submit a paper for possible publication.
Welcome Back, Michael Peil!
The International Law Prof Blog is pleased to welcome back Contributing Blog Editor Michael A. Peil, Associate Dean for International Programs and Executive Director of the Transnational Law Program at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Michael took some time off from the blog to attend to the important business of being a new father! Welcome back, Michael, and congratulations again!
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