January 10, 2012
Tenth Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Detentions
January 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay as a place to hold detainees in the post 9/11 war on terror. Despite President Obama's campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay, Congress has made that impossible, leaving 171 detainees still there. Many of the detainees are potentially eligible for release, but some cannot be returned to their home countries, such as Yemen, due to unstable conditions. Other detainees are awaiting trial by military commission. News reports indicate that several of the detainees plan to protest their continued detention in recognition of the anniversary. Protests are also planned in other parts of the world.
January 9, 2012
Update on Private International Law - Wednesday
The Private International Law Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law will have a phone conference update on Private International Law on January 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST time. The speaker will be Hal Burman from the U.S. State Department, who always gives a great presentation filled with information.
If you're a members of the ABA Section of International Law and would like to receive the toll-free call-in number and access number for your country, please email me at mwojcik [at] jmls.edu. I am a co-chair of the Private International Law Coordinating Committee. The committee invites you to join this informative phone conference.
If you're not a member of the ABA or its Section of International Law, now is a good time to remedy that. Click here for more information.
Mark E. Wojcik, Co-Chair, ABA Section of International Law Private International Law Coordinating Committee
Japan Celebrates Coming of Age Day
If you turned 20 in the last year, today you would be celebrating "Young Adults Day" or "Coming of Age Day" in Japan. Congratulations!
Hat tip to the Box Turtle Bulletin