March 27, 2010
Teaching International Humanitarian Law Workshop
On April 9-10, 2010 the University of California, Berkeley Law School and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will convene the first West Coast Teaching International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley. The Workshop is targeted at law professors interested in teaching an IHL course for the first time, integrating IHL modules into their current courses and/or rethinking their current teaching of this important subject. Topics covered will include: - Defining the scope and content of an IHL class; - Exploring the intersection between international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law; - Incorporating IHL modules into the teaching of classes such as public international law, national security law, immigration law; constitutional law; administrative law and more; - Identifying strategies for developing curricula, responding to current events, and gaining support from school administrations for the teaching of IHL. The Workshop provides an opportunity for law faculty to think creatively about their teaching of IHL and network with others to support and expand their teaching of the topics. Speakers include Geoffrey Corn, Marci Hoffman, Kate Jastram, Eric Jensen, Larry Johnson, Paul Kong, Gabor Rona, Trevor Rush, Gary Solis, Beth van Schaack, and Jamie Williamson. The cost of the two-day seminar is $250 per person and includes breakfast and lunch for both days as well as all materials. To register, click here.
March 25, 2010
Friday Fun - A "One Take" Lip Dub Song with 172 Students from l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal
LipDub réalisé durant la semaine d'initiations avec 172 étudiants en communication de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Tourné le 10 septembre 2009 en 2h15min.
This LipDub was produced during the integration week of UQAM (Quebec, Canada) with 172 communication students. Made on September 10, 2009 in 2h15min.
March 24, 2010
Call for Papers on Space Law and International Economic Law
Here's a chance for you to publish a paper in India.
The Indian Journal of International Economic Law (IJIEL) invites submissions for its special issue on ‘Space Law and International Economic Law,’ covering all areas of intersection between Space Law and International Economic Law.
IJIEL is a peer-reviewed journal produced by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, funded by the Indian government sponsored chair on WTO law at NLSIU. The mandate of the journal encompasses all aspects of international economic law, especially from a developing country perspective. Its Editorial Board includes renowned and respected academics such as Professor Andrew Guzman, Ms. Jayashree Watal and Professor Yuji Iwasawa. Professor Jagdish Bhagwati wrote the foreword for our first issue. The journal has published its second issue in October 2009.
As a young journal, the JIEL tries to focus on new, contemporary and interesting areas and issues. One such area is the interface between international economic law and space law, particularly topics such as the umbrella of common benefit and interest which covers international trade in space products and information, or the international financial implications of multilateral space operations, or the extension of competition law and intellectual property rights to space operations, etc.
Submissions are sought in three categories: long Articles of 10,000-12,000 words, short articles of 5,000-8,000 words and notes or comments of 2,000-4,000 words. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2010. The issue will be published by the end of August, 2010. Citations should conform to the Bluebook system.
To see the first two issues of the journal, please click here. For questions about the special issue, send an email to ijiel [at] nls.ac.in, or to the Chief-Editor (Abhimanyu George Jain) at abhimanyugeorgejain [at] gmail.com.
Hat tip (and good wishes) to the IJIEL Editorial Board
March 23, 2010
Bangladesh Parliament Ratifies ICC Statute
The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday, which should allow it to become the 111th State to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the Statute in 1999, but did not immediately ratify it. To complete the ratification process, Bangladesh must deposit its instrument of ratification by April 1, 2010.
The ICC's jurisdiction currently extends to three major categories of crimes: gencide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Its jurisdiction is prospective, so it will not hear cases involving any crimes that may have been committed in Bangladesh before the Statute took effect.
Hitler Finds Out There is a New Edition of the Bluebook
A new post on the Legal Writing Prof Blog shares a video (created by Professor Karin Mika) about what happens when Hitler finds out there is a new edition of the Bluebook Citation Manual. Click here to see that post and to watch the short (humorous) video.
March 22, 2010
Filling a Vacancy at the ICJ
Shi Jiuyong has served on the International Court of Justice since 1994. He was Vice President of the Court from 2000-2003 and President of the ICJ from 2003-2006. Judge Shi announced that he would retire from the Court on May 28, 2010. Pursuant to Article 14 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, the U.N. Security Council has now set June 29 as the date for the election to fill his vacancy on the court. Under Article 8 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, the General Assembly and the Security Council proceed independently of one another to elect members of the court.
The election gives international law professors a chance to review with their classes Chapter 1 of the ICJ Statute (on organization of the Court).
Reminder: ASIL Annual Meeting Begins on Wednesday
The American Society of International Law (ASIL) holds its 104th Annual Meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. from Wednesday, March 24-Saturday, March 27. This year's theme is "International Law in a Time of Change." Among many interesting programs, my own interest group - Teaching International Law - is sponsoring a program on Thursday morning, March 25, from 9-10:30 am on the benefits and challenges of teaching international law students. Speakers include Professors Diane Edleman of Villanova University and Jill Ramsfield of the University of Hawaii. Professor Tom McDonnell of Pace Law School will moderate. The Teaching International Law Interest Group also will be holding a business meeting following the program and we welcome new members and ideas. I hope to see you in DC!