February 6, 2010
Greetings from Australia
The American Bar Association Section of International Law has an ILEX Briefing Trip this week in Australia and New Zealand. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his wife are joining us as part of the delegation. It should be an exciting week, with great Australian (and New Zealand) hospitality.
One event I'm looking forward to tomorrow is a meeting with Australian aboriginal lawyer Noel Pearson, who was described by the Australian Literary Review as "the most influential intellecutal in Australia." He's written much but just published his first book, Up From the Mission. It's a collection of his major writings, which focus on improving the situation of indigenous peoples. His writings consider identity, culture, tradition, history, law, language, education, and responsibility.
February 2, 2010
Progress on cutting emissions?
Many of the world's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide filed plans for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 with the United Nations this past week in compliance with the January 31 deadline set by the Copenhagan Accord. 55 nations filed such plans, representing 78% of the worlds' emissions. The United States was among those nations who submitted a plan. The United States has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020 as compared to 2005 levels. (President Obama also ordered federal agencies to cut their emissions by 28%). The European Union pledged a 20% reduction, as did India, while China committed to reduce its emissions by 40%. The plans are purely voluntary and no enforcement mechanisms are built into the Copenhagen Accord, but it is at least a step in the right direction.
January 31, 2010
Hague Justice Journal
A reminder of a deadline . . .
The editorial board of The Hague Justice Journal / Journal Judicaire de La Haye (HJJ-JJH) is seeking contributions for 2010 from academics, practitioners, and post-graduate students working in the field of international law and international relations. The general theme is: "The Relationships between the International Courts and Tribunals: Conflict and Cooperation." HJJ-JJH is a bilingual, peer-reviewed journal. Articles may be up to 10,000 words. Shorter articles, legal commentaries, and case notes may be up to 3,500 words. Submissions may be written in English or French. The deadline is 31 January 2010.
UNA-USA Conference at United Nations in New York (Open to Public)
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is Friday, February 19, 2010 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The UNA-UNA Southern New York State Division invites interested persons to come to the United Nations headquarters in New York to attend the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and the 2010 UNA-USA Members’ Day. This FREE of CHARGE event is open to the public, though prior registration is mandatory.
Amid urgent public concerns about the world economic crisis, the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the continuing war in Afghanistan, the 2010 conference will feature the following three panels:
Afghanistan: From Ramping Up to the Exit Ramp
Hitting the Reset Button on the Global Economy
Turning Back the Bomb: Hard Cases and Grand Designs
This event is a unique opportunity to learn about the crucial role the United Nations plays in addressing the most pressing challenges of times. Register online at www.unausa.org/MembersDay2010 by 12 February 2010.
Hat tip to UNA-USA