Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will host a symposum on March 11-12, 2011 in Sacramento, CA on "The Global Impact and Implementation of Human Rights Norms." The symposium is intended to bring together scholars from diverse areas of substantive law to discuss the impact of human rights norms in their fields. Panel topics will include:
- The Relationship between Human Rights Norms and Corporate Governance
- Human Rights and Labor Law
- The Environment and Human Rights
- The Impact of Human Rights Norms on the Law of Intellectual Property
- The Role of Tort Law in Implementing Human Rights Norms
- Human Rights Norms in the Context of Armed Conflict and Security Issues
- The Impact of Wider Dissemination of Human Rights Norms: Fragmentation or Unity?
Distinguished speakers include Richard Goldstone, Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Fausto Pocar, Judge in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and Dinah Shelton, Member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. For more information or to register, click here.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The OECD now has 34 members. Estonia became the OECD’s 34th member on December 9 2010, when it deposited its instrument of accession to the OECD Convention. Estonia had been invited by OECD countries to open negotiations for membership in May 2007.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others received its first indictment today, but its contents remain confidential at this stage.
The Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Daniel Bellemare, submitted the indictment and supporting materials to Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen, who will now review them, court Registrar Herman von Hebel said in a statement in Leidschendam, Netherlands, where the tribunal sits.
The situation in Lebanon has been marked by rising tensions in recent months and last Wednesday, the government of national unity collapsed when 11 cabinet ministers from Hizbollah and allied groups resigned after months of negotiations brokered by Saudi Arabia and Syria failed to produce a compromise over the Tribunal.
In a statement from his spokesman today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his support for the court, an independent body set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and the others was seriously flawed, and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack.
“The independent judicial process should not be linked with any political debate,” the statement said, stressing that the STL indictment “is in pursuit of its mandate to end impunity for the terrible crimes” that killed Mr. Hariri and 22 others, as well as for related attacks. It underscored that the Tribunal is an independent court of law established at the request of the Government of Lebanon, with a clear mandate from the UN Security Council.
“The Secretary-General reiterates his call on all parties to refrain from any interference or influence in its work, but to allow it to proceed in accordance with the highest legal principles and standards applied by all United Nations-assisted international tribunals,” the statement said.
Last week Mr. Ban met with Mr. Hariri’s son, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in New York to highlight his support for the Tribunal, stressing its independence and voicing the hope that its work would help end impunity in the country.
For readers of this blog who are international law professors about to start a new semester, you may be interested to know that a new version of the International Law Video Course, directed by Professor Elizabeth Defeis at Seton Hall University in cooperation with the American Society of International Law, is now available. The 10-part DVD video course was updated in 2010 and features experts in international law on the subjects of the law of treaties, international human rights, international organizations, use of force, international criminal law and several other topics. Each program is approximately 30 minutes in length and includes an introduction to the subject and its historical perspective, a presentation by scholars and experts, historical and contemporary film footage, photos and graphics, and a Learner's Guide and Reading List. For more information or to order programs, contact William Whitlock of WTL Productions at 212-355-1893.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The Southwestern Journal of International Law and the International Law Association (American Branch) Explore the Future of International Law
2021: International Law Ten Years From Now, presented by the Southwestern Journal of International Law in conjunction with International Law Weekend-West of the International Law Association (American Branch), will examine a broad range of legal areas that are coping with and adjusting to the challenges of conflict, technology and globalization in the modern era. The one-day symposium will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2011, on the Southwestern Law School campus in Los Angeles, and is co-sponsored by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel, as well as the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Los Angeles County Bar Association International Law Section and State Bar of California International Law Section.
Panels will identify significant developments or issues related to a specific area of international law and analyze their potential impacts in shaping the future of international law. Topics will include international arbitration and litigation, international finance, international transactions, international trade, international human rights, climate change and international environmental law, international criminal law and legal developments of note in Latin America or Asia. Members of co-sponsoring organizations not seeking 7.5 hours of CLE credit receive complimentary admission to the symposium. For more information, including a complete schedule, registration details and hotel information, click here.