February 26, 2010
Friday Fun: Why People Don't Walk Cats
OK, this really has absolutely nothing to do with law. It's just a bit of Friday fun. Enjoy.
February 24, 2010
International Finance Symposium at Cleveland-Marshall Law School
The Global Business Law Review ("GBLR") of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is sponsoring a symposium entitled International Finance after the Crash: Regional Responses to the Global Financial Crisis. The symposium will feature distinguished speakers who will address the current state of corporate finance in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. It will take place on Friday, April 9, 2010 between 1:30PM and 4:30PM. A reception will follow. The symposium is free and qualifies for 2.5 CLE credits (pending approval). Please feel free to visit the GBLR website at www.globalbusinesslawreview.org for more information.
Global Legal Skills Conference Starts Today in Monterrey, Mexico
The fifth Global Legal Skills Conference starts today in Monterrey, Mexico. It is being hosted by the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (FLDM), one of the best law schools in northern Mexico (and some would say -- correctly I think -- in all of Mexico). FLDM hosted the conference two years ago (the photo here is from that conference).
The Global Legal Skills Conference began at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where it was held the first two times. Last year the conference was held at Georgetown University Law Center.
Click here for more information about the conference (including a video).
February 23, 2010
2010 SIEL/CUP Prize for an Essay in International Economic Law
The Society of International Economic Law and Cambridge University Press has established a prize for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law. The competition is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students and those who have graduated no earlier than five years before the submission deadline. Members of the SIEL Executive Council may not submit entries. The essay may not have been previously published. The prize consists of £200 cash, £300 of Cambridge University Press book vouchers, and a three year subscription to the World Trade Review. The winning essay will be submitted to the World Trade Review for publication. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2010. For terms and conditions please click here.
February 22, 2010
ABA ILEX Delegation to Australia and New Zealand
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia participated in the delegation.
The delegation considered a number of issues throughout the week, including issues facing the Australian and American legal systems, appropriate uses of foreign and international law in U.S. court decisions, the internationalization of commercial law, emerging forms of property in the global context, and current issues facing the judicial systems of Australia and New Zealand.
One of the public events was a standing-room only demonstration of comparative advocacy styles. The program was held at the University of Sydney Law School, in cooperation with the Law Society of New South Wales Young Lawyers. Advocates from Australia and the United States (including one U.S. lawyer living in France) presented a hypothetical cross-border dispute with parallel proceedings in the United States and Australia.
I thank our Australian and New Zealand hosts for the tremendous hospitality extended to us during our briefing delegation.
Photos courtesy of Russ Kerr.
Interlaken Declaration Calls for Reform of European Court of Human Rights
On Friday, the 47 member states of the Council of Europe issued the Interlaken Declaration calling for reforms to the European Court of Human Rights to deal with the increasing case load of the Court. Currently, the Court has a backlog of approximately 120,000 cases. It is believed that most of these cases (perhaps as many as 90%) are inadmissible or lack a legal basis. However, new, more efficient procedures are needed to screen out those cases that are inadmissible, while allowing meritorious cases to go forward. The Declaration calls on the involved parties to develop such procedures for screening cases by 2011.
The Declaration also recognizes that the phenomenon may result from member states not complying with their obligation to prevent human rights violations in their own countries, or adequately addressing those violations when they occur, causing more and more persons to resort to filing petitions with the European Court of Human Rights.
The Declaration both reaffirms the member states' commitment to the individual petition process, and reiterates the obligation of member states to ensure respect for human rights at the national level. It calls on the Committee of Ministers to find more effective and transparent ways to monitor the execution of the Court's judgments. In addition, the Declaration suggests the parties consider implementing a simplified procedure for amending the Convention with respect to organizational matters.