August 13, 2011
International Technology Transfers and Deemed Export Compliance
It's hard to find a really good seminar on technology transfers and the deemed export rules. The American Conference Institute seems to have come up with a great one, though. It is going to be held September 26-27, 2011 in Washington DC at the Westin Hotel. Contact the American Conference Institute at 1-888-224-2480 or click here for more information. It's an expensive conference -- tickets for the conference and workshop can run you between $1995 and $3495, but there are financial scholarships for government employees, law students, non-profit entities and others. And the quality of the program appears to be excellent. If you teach this subject or work in this area, you owe it to yourself to learn more about this conference.
International Law in Crisis?
Two days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the American Branch of the International Law Association (AmBranch or ABILA) will hold a one-day symposium called "International Law in Crisis." It's being held at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Registration is free unless you want CLE credit. The impressive line-up of speakers on September 9, 2011 includes:
- The Honorable Richard Goldstone
- Prof. Michael Scharf
- Prof. Michael Kelly
- Prof. Ruth Wedgwood (President of ABILA)
- Prof. Raj Bhala
- Prof. Joel Trachtman
- Judge Rosemelle Mutoka (Kenya Piracy Court)
- Prof. Elizabeth Burleson
- William Burns
- Prof. Hari Osofsky
- Steven Schneebaum
- Prof. Ved Nanda
- Prof. John Murphy
and other academic and government speakers. Register online at law.case.edu/lectures or call 216-368-1798 for more information.
August 12, 2011
US Imposes Additional Sanctions Against Belarusian Entities
The U.S. Departments of State and Treasury have announced the imposition of additional economic sanctions against four Belarusian companies: the Belshina tire factory; Grodno Azot, which manufactures fertilizer; Grodno Khimvolokno, a fiber manufacturer; and Naftan, a major oil refinery. The US government has determined that these four entities are owned or controlled by the Belneftekhim conglomerate, an entity already designated as subject to sanctions under U.S. Executive Order 13405. The additional sanctions are in response to the continued incarceration of political prisoners and crackdown on political activists, journalists and civil society representatives. The econcomic sanctions target those responsible for the repression in Belarus following the December 19 presidential elections. The new sanctions augment the travel restrictions, asset freezes and sanctions already in place since January 2011. More information regarding these sanctions may be found at the website of the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
August 10, 2011
US Court Orders Sprint to Pay Monies Owed to Iran to Victims Instead
The US District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered Sprint Communications Company to turn over approximately $600,000 it owes to the state-owned Telecommunications Infrastructure Company of Iran to victims of a 1996 bombing carried out with Iranian assistance. The case is Heiser v. Islamic Republic of Iran, CV 2329 (August 10, 2011), and was originally filed in 2000 by plaintiffs who were injured by a bombing in Saudi Arabia for which Hezbollah was responsible. Plaintiffs alleged that Hezbollah received material support from the Republic of Iran in carrying out the attack. Plaintiffs sued Iran under the state sponsored terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), 28 USC 1605(a)(7). Plaintiffs obtained a default judgment after Iran refused to participate in the lawsuit.
In 2008, the US Congress amended FSIA to permit recovery of punitive damages and to make it easier to enforce judgements under the Act. As a result, this judgment represents only a small portion of the total amount owed to plaintiffs, which is close to $600 million.
UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon Calls on Academics for Help
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has called on academics to use their expertise to help solve global hunger and malnutrition, come up with ideas to promote sustainable and inclusive development, and advance tolerance through mutual respect and understanding.
Mr. Ban wants to focus on practical measures such as drought-resistant seeds, irrigation, rural infrastructure, livestock programs as well as improvements in early warning systems.
Speaking to the Korean Council for University Education and Handong Global University, Mr. Ban said: “We need to focus on the links among hunger, water and energy, so that solutions to one can become solutions to all. The academic community can help us connect the dots." He urged scholars to take their ideas to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil in June next year.
On tolerance and peaceful coexistence, the Secretary-General stressed that the academic community, with its long-standing traditions of cultural exchange, can set an example of mutual respect and understanding.
“During a period when extremism and polarization show little sign of lessening, such a contribution would be timely indeed."
“So let us go forth together – students, teachers, university presidents, national governments and the United Nations – to affirm our common purpose and the partnerships that can do so much to build a better world for all,” Mr. Ban added.
He stressed the need for unfettered sharing and exchange of human thought to promote collective solutions to common problems, integrity of research and support for academic activity.
(cgb) ( adapted from a UN press release)
August 8, 2011
ICJ Announces Public Hearings in The Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy)
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will hold public hearings in the matter of The Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy) (Greece Intervening) from September 12-16, 2011 in the Peace Palace at the Hague. More information may be found in this press release.
Germany initiated this proceeding in 2008 because Italian courts were entertaining suits against Germany by private persons alleging harm suffered during World War II. Germany claims that as a sovereign state, it should be immune from such suits in Italian courts.