Thursday, December 27, 2012

Law Student Writing Competition (International Humanitarian Law)

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are holding their the Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.

The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law. The winning authors will be flown to Washington, D.C. to present their papers at a conference at American University Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in IHL with a panel of expert professors and practitioners. In addition, winners will receive a complimentary registration to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C. on April 3-6, 2013, and a one-year ASIL student membership. Last year, the Competition received over 50 submissions from 13 different countries.

This Competition is part of a multi-pronged initiative to expand and support the teaching and study of IHL among both students and professors in which both the Center and ASIL have been deeply involved.  In 2007, the Center published a study with the International Committee of the Red Cross on Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools (available at center/ihl_report.cfm). The study identified a growing need for resources to support and expand the teaching of IHL among law faculty, but also a desire to support the interest of students in learning about IHL. The IHL Student Writing Competition promotes and supports student interest and deepening scholarship in IHL by providing students with a tangible way to become more directly involved in the global discourse around IHL.

Further details and the comprehensive rules, submission guidelines, and award information is availableby clicking here. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST.

Hat tip to the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

More nominations for WTO Director General

WTOTwo more persons have been nominated for the post of Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Indonesia has nominated Ms. Mari Pangestu and Mexico has nominated Mr. Herminio Blanco.

Ms. Mari Pangestu served as the Minister of Trade for Indonesia from 2004 to 2011.  She currently holds the position of Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy.

Mr. Blanco was the chief negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on behalf of Mexico.  He also served as the Secretary of Commerce and Industry in the cabinet of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

Nominations close later this week on December 31.  On January 29, 2013, the WTO General Council will hold a meeting at which the candidates will present themselves to the membership.


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Houston Journal of International Law

For those of you looking for something to do until classes start again in January, the Houston Journal of International Law welcomes articles, papers, and comments addressing issues of international law, immigration, and human rights. The Journal welcomes topics relevant to both practitioners and the academy. The Houston Journal of International Law is received by subscribers world-wide, including a number of universities, law firms, and the United States Supreme Court.  Please email submissions to  For more information on submission guidelines, please visit  Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Hat tip to Jordan Paust.

We also invite other international law journals (in the United States and around the world) to send us invitations to publish that we can post here for our blog readers around the world.  Our readers are also writers!


December 23, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

A Snapshot of Same-Sex Marriage Around the World

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the following countries:  Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark,  Iceland, the Netherlands (and the Caribbean island of Saba), Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.

In Mexico, same-sex marriage is legal in the Federal District (Mexico City) and in the states of Oaxaca and Quintana Roo. Under a constitutional decision by the Mexican Supreme Court, other states in Mexico must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the Federal District, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo.  

In Brazil, same-sex marriage is legal in the states of Alagoas, Bahia and São Paulo. Elsewhere in Brazil, same-sex couples can enter into a "stable union" then go before a judge and convert the union into a full marriage.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington -- and in Washington, D.C.  California will also recognize same-sex marriages performed during a window when it was legal in that state.

Same-sex marriage also is legal within the Suquamish Indian tribe in Washington state and the Coquille Indian tribe in Oregon.

h/t to RW.  (mew)

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