Thursday, January 21, 2010
On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the secretary of Homeland Security had designated Haiti for temporary protected status (TPS) for a period of 18 months.
Under this designation, qualified Haitian nationals (and aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) may apply for TPS within the 180-day registration period that begins on January 21, 2010.
These nationals also may apply for employment authorization documents and for permission to depart from and return to the United States. This designation is effective from January 21, 2010 to July 22, 2011. The 180-day registration period is open until July 20, 2010. Click here to view the Federal Register notice.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) is now accepting orders for ad placements, exhibition tables, and other promotional opportunities at the 2010 White & Case International Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Over 600 students from around the globe gather in Washington, D.C. to attend this week-long event (March 21-27, 2010), along with hundreds more students and practitioners who serve as Competition judges and attend the ILSA spring conference held that same week. To learn about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, contact Ashley Walker, the Jessup Competition Coordinator at ILSA, by calling her at +1 (312) 362-5021.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Co-Blog Editor Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School was elected last week in New Orleans as the Chair of the International Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He will chair the International Law Section during 2010. His term will finish in January 2011, when the AALS will hold its annual meeting in San Francisco. The International Law Section is planning a full day program there to review the year's most important developments in international law.
Professor Wojcik teaches international law, other international courses (such as international organizations) and legal writing at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at law schools in Switzerland (University of Lucerne Faculty of Law) and Mexico (Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey). He is active in the leadership of the ABA Section of International Law and served as co-editor (with Professor William Mock) of the section's 2009 international law year in review. He has taught in many countries around the world and is leaving this week to teach a special seminar in Jordan (with Professor Steven Schwinn).
The chair of the AALS Section of International Law for 2009 was Professor Diane Marie Amann of the Univesity of California at Davis. During her year she worked quite hard to open up the section and broaden participation in section programs and leadership. She organized two programs for the section at the AALS annual meeting in New Orleans. She joins the Section's Executive Committee for 2011 as the immediate past section chair.
Daniel H. Derby, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Touro Law Center was chosen as the Chair-Elect. He will become Chair of the Section in January 2011.
Christiana Ochoa, who was the section treasurer, was elected as Section Secretary. She is an Associate Professor of Law at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University at Bloomington.
Professor Stephanie Farrior of Vermont Law School was elected as the new section Treasurer. She is the Director of International and Comparative Law Programs at Vermont and the former director and general counsel of Amnesty International.
Hari Osofsky of Washington & Lee University School of Law was elected to the Section's Executive Committee.
Because it is such a large section with the Association of American Law Schools, more people applied to be on the Executive Committee than could be accommodated. The section will be setting up a number of committees instead over the coming year to provide opportunities for professors to contribute to the work of the section. Some of these committees will likely include programming, newsletter, and by-laws. If you are a member of the section and would like to serve on a committee, please contact Professor Wojcik.
Continuing for another year as co-editors of the Section Newsletter are Professors Linda M. Keller of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and Annecoos Wiersema of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association will present the annual International Law Weekend (“ILW”) in New York on October 21-23, 2010, in conjunction with the 89th annual meeting of the American Branch. ILW 2010 will bring together hundreds of practitioners, professors, members of the governmental and non-governmental sectors, and law students. The conference will feature numerous panels, distinguished speakers, receptions, and the Branch’s annual meeting.
ILW 2010 will take place at the Association of the Bar of the City of
The Co-Chairs of ILW 20010 are Professor Elizabeth Burleson of the University of South Dakota Law School [Elizabeth.Burleson @ usd.edu], Hanna Dreifeldt Lainé of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs [dreifeldt @ un.org], Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Partner, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, [vvitkowsky @ eapdlaw.com], and Jill Schmieder Hereau, Program Coordinator at the International Law Students Association, [jshereau @ ilsa.org].
The Co-Chairs invite proposals for panels for ILW 2010. Please submit proposals by email to each of the Co-Chairs no later than Friday, April 9, 2010. The proposals should be structured for 90-minute panels, and should include a formal title, a brief description of the subjects to be covered (no more than 75 words), and the names, titles, and affiliations of the panel chair and three or four likely speakers. The proposals should also describe the format envisaged (point-counterpoint, roundtable, or other). One of the objectives of ILW 2010 is to promote a dialogue among scholars and practitioners from across the legal spectrum, so whenever possible, panels should include presentations of divergent views.
Hat tip to Jill Schmieder Hereau
Mark E. Wojcik, Board member of the International Law Students Association and Chair of the Teaching International Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association
Aaron Zelinsky, a third year law student at Yale who sends us postings from time to time, has written a blog post on the Huffington Post about effective relief organizations in Haiti. He co-wrote the post with fellow classmate, Jeff Kahn, who is also writing his Ph.D. about Haiti and who worked with the organization Partners in Health. In their article, they encourage donations to Partners in Health because it focuses on capacity building and infrastructure development, two keys for long term effective aid. Click here to read more.
Partners in Health is one of the donor organizations we highlighted in an earlier post on Helping Haiti.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
On January 18 - 22, 2010, Canada's negotiators will travel to Brussels, Belgium to take part in the second Round of Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations.
The first Round of talks took place in Ottawa, Ontario on October 19 - 23, 2009. Many, but not all, of the Canadian provinces were in attendance at those meetings. Based on my discussions with some who were in attendance, many committees were struck for the purposes of the negotiations and some of the provincial representatives participated in the meetings. That being said, the Canadian federal negotiator is the lead negotiator and Canada is planning to present a federal-provincial agreed position on various matters to the Europeans.
There has been little written about the upcoming Round of negotiations. Here is the link to the Canadian Government page - http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/eu-ue/can-eu-report-intro-can-ue-rapport-intro.aspx
Here is a link to the European Commission Trade page for Canada - http://ec.europa.eu/trade/creating-opportunities/bilateral-relations/countries/canada/
It is important to note that Canadian and the EU Unions are voicing concerns about the CETA - http://www.nupge.ca/node/2869. This should be expected given the vocal nature of unions to many recent FTAs. However, they have written "A Critical Assessment of the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Between the European Union and Canada", which is an interesting read.