Friday, March 30, 2018

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Named as National Security Advisor

John R. Bolton, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, has been named as the National Security Advisor, replacing Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. The move follows other firings in the Trump White House, including the replacement of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with the Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo.

When he was nominated for the U.N. position, Mr. Bolton had been considered so controversial and undiplomatic that the U.S. Senate refused to confirm him. He became the Ambassador to the United Nations only through a recess appointment by President George W. Bush. The recess appointment is a process that allows the President to appoint certain officials without Senate Confirmation when the Senate is in recess.

The position of National Security Advisor does not require Senate confirmation

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March 30, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Judge Joan Donoghue of the International Court of Justice to Speak in Chicago

Judge Joan Donoghue of the International Court of Justice will deliver the 2018 Herzog Memorial Lecture on April 10, 2018 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The topic will be "Common Law and Civil Law Influences on International Adjudication." The program runs from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. You can register online at by clicking here.

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March 30, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Program Highlights from the Upcoming ABA Section of International Law Annual Conference in New York

The American Bar Association Section of International Law will hold its 2018 Annual Conference from April 17-21 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. (Many section members will remember Spring and Fall seasonal meetings for the Section of International Law; those are now merged into a single annual section meeting).

Highlights of the Annual Conference include:

  • A plenary panel with the Honorable Marc-Andre Blanchard, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, Avril Haines, former White House Deputy National Security Advisor, Stephen Mathias, United Nations Deputy Legal Counsel, Patrick McCarthy, PwC Global Intelligence Operations Center, and Andrew Shapiro, Managing Director, Beacon Global Strategies;
  • A Dialogue with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg during the Thursday luncheon; and 
  • A Dialogue during the Friday luncheon with the Honorable Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Elizabeth Stong with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on the current status of international law in judicial decision-making.

Hope to see you there!

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March 30, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

ABA Section of International Law Annual Conference in New York

The American Bar Association Section of International Law will hold its Annual Conference in New York from April 17-21, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This "Annual Conference" replaces the Section's Spring and Fall Meetings, so it's even more important to attend. Lawyers and other legal professionals from around the world will gather to consider and discuss "The Fusion of Private and Public International Law," the theme of this year's conference. Click here for more information about the ABA Section of International Law Annual Conference in New York.

About the ABA Section of International Law

The ABA Section of International Law develops policy in the international arena, promotes the rule of law, and enhances the education of international law practitioners. The Section focuses on a full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.

The Section's purposes are to:

  • promote interest, activity, and research in international law and to further its development;
  • increase knowledge among members of the legal profession and the general public;
  • promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and
  • implement Goal IV of the Association – "To advance the rule of law in the world."

The Section has more than 60 regional and practice specific committees, task forces, and working groups within twelve divisions – Africa/Eurasia, Americas/Middle East, Business Law I, Business, Law II, Business Regulation, Constituent, Disputes, Finance, Legal Practice, Public International Law (Treaty) I, Public International Law (Treaty) II, and Tax, Estates & Individuals. Committees closely monitor and disseminate information on domestic and international policy developments with implications for law practice. Click here for more information about ABA Section of International Law.

Upcoming Section Regional Meetings

In addition to the Section's Annual Meeting in New York, the Section of International Law is also hosting

  • Singapore, May 10-11, 2018. Investment Arbitration and Trans-Pacific Transactions Conference.
  • May 21-22, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. Challenging the Perception of Risk in Africa.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, June 10-12, 2018. Life Sciences Conference.

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March 15, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Reminder: ABA Section of International Law Conference in Singapore

Here's a reminder that the American Bar Association Section of International Conference will hold a Conference on Investment Arbitration and Trans-Pacific Transactions in Singapore on May 10-11, 2018. Early-Bird registration rates are now available.

On the first day of the conference there will be panel discussions that explore recent rules and regulations to investment arbitration. The second day will feature workshops that continue discussions of investment arbitration and four panels that will explore emerging issues that challenge parties and their counsel in high-tech, Trans-Pacific transactions. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions
  • Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity Issues Arising from Internet-of-Things Devices in Connected Cars
  • Regulation of Foreign Direct Investment
  • Averting and Responding to Corporate Ethical Crises

Contact the ABA Section of International Law for more information about the conference.

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March 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Useful Links for Customs and International Trade

The website of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) has a page of useful links to resources on customs and international trade law. Click here to have a look.

CITBA was founded in 1917 and incorporated in 1926. Its members are attorneys who are interested in the field of customs law, international trade law, and related matters. CITBA members represent importers, exporters, and domestic producers in matters involving U.S. customs laws, antidumping and countervailing duty laws, safeguards, export licensing, and other federal laws and regulations that affect imported or exported merchandise or international commerce. CITBA also includes U.S. Government lawyers at federal departments and agencies responsible for administering the customs and international trade laws.

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February 22, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

University of Oslo, Norway: Paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships in Public International Law

Here's a reminder that the University of Oslo Faculty of Law is offering up to two paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships within the project "State Consent to International Jurisdiction: Conferral, Modification and Termination" under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Freya Baetens. The fellowships will be at the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, Department for Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, as part of the Young Research Talents grant programme. Click here for more information about the project, including the main project outline.

Successful candidates must conduct their PhD research project on a topic that is part of the main project. Successful candidates will be required to work in Oslo during the project period (with possible research stays abroad up to one year as approved by the Project Leader and PluriCourts), and are expected to participate in the Project's activities, as well as common activities at PluriCourts. The Ph.D. Fellows will automatically be admitted to the Faculty's Ph.D. program and benefit from the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of Ph.D.
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
The Ph.D. candidate must hold a master's degree of high quality in law. .In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:
  • The quality of the project described in the Ph.D. research proposal and the extent to which it contributes to the comparative analysis of international adjudicatory bodies that is central to the main project (focusing on at least two of the following adjudicatory systems: WTO, ICC, regional human rights courts, and ISDS);
  • Academic and personal ability to conduct assigned research tasks within the allotted time frame;
  • Good co-operative skills and ability to work as part of a research team;
  • Theoretical and/or methodological competence.
More specifically, strong candidates will:
  • Have obtained an LL.B. and an LL.M. degree (or equivalent, such as a J.D. degree) cum laude (or equivalent, such as first class honors);
  • Have experience in conducting scholarly research (through the writing of an extensive LL.M. thesis, publications or prior work experience as a research assistant);
  • Be fluent in English (applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English);
  • Have a passive working knowledge of one or more of the other U.N. languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish (command of a Scandinavian language is not a condition for this position);
  • Have completed one or more internships, traineeships, or law clerkships (or similar) with an international or regional court, or arbitral institution, or have relevant legal practice experience as a member of the bar in their country of origin.
 
The University will offer:
  • A three-year contract without any teaching duties
  • Salary of between NOK 436 900 to 490 900 gross per year (approx. EUR 45 000 to EUR 50 000; or USD 56 000 to 63 000)
  • An inspiring and friendly working environment
  • A favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

And, of course, you get to be in Norway!

HOW TO APPLY
The application must include:
  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work) - maximum three pages
  • Copies of certificates and academic diplomas, including grade transcripts (If the original language is not English, an English language translation must be provided)
  • Project description (approximately 5 pages), including a progress plan. A complete list of academic publications
  • Up to 3 publications (If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and of the contribution of the applicant should be submitted)
  • A list of 3 to 5 referees (only name, function, affiliation, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number) - no submission of letters is required at the application stage
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28 February 2018
 
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/147632/doctoral-research-fellowship. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents submitted as part of the application must be in English.
 
STARTING DATE: 1 September 2018 (negotiable)

Hat tip to Freya Baetens, Cand. Jur. / Lic. Jur. (Ghent), LL.M. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Professor of Public International Law, PluriCourts Centre, University of Oslo Faculty of Law

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February 13, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Global Citizenship Law Project: Research Fellow

Job Offer

The WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, Project Group “International Citizenship Law” (led by Professor Liav Orgad) in the Research Area Migration and Diversity, is offering a position for a Research Fellow in the field of “Global Governance of Citizenship” to work initially 25.35 hours per week (65% of full employment), preferably starting in summer 2018 or earlier, for up to four year, with the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) within the context of the project, supervised by the project leader; if applicable, in connection with the Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences or the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies.

The position is within the research project “Global Citizenship Law: International Migration and Constitutional Identity”. The project, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC), is jointly hosted by the WZB Berlin (where the work place will mainly be located) and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, providing the Research Fellow with a unique opportunity to benefit from Europe’s two leading research institutes in the fields of international law, citizenship theory, and global migration.

Job Description

The Research Fellow should develop original research that will result in high-quality academic publications; present project results in conferences; contribute to the community life of the Project Group; participate in research-related activities; and help in the management of the project.

Requirements

Applicants should hold a Master degree in law or political theory or related disciplines with excellent results by the time of starting the employment contract, and have a demonstrated interest in migration or citizenship.

Applicants must have excellent writing and presentation skillsin English (English is the working language of the research group). Applicants who have not completed their Master degree by the time ofthe application should include a statement confirming the expected date of the degree. In addition to the eligibility requirements, selection criteria will consider the applicant’s academic record, research plan, research motivation, and knowledge/experience in the research areas of the project.

The call is also open to students who are already enrolled in a PhD program at other German or international universities and are willing to relocate to Berlin for the duration of the contract. Equally well-qualified disabled persons will be given preference. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immigrant background to apply.

Remuneration:

Pay group E13 in accordance with German Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD Bund).

Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages);
  • Research Plan, which should contain a statement of the applicant’s ideas on the research questions, theoretical framework, and methodological approach (maximum 3 pages); and
  • Letter of Motivation, which should describe acareer plan and reasons for seeking to join the “Global Citizenship Law” project (maximum 500 words).

Please submit your complete application by email (as one PDF file) by the closing date of March 15, 2018 to: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH

Professor Liav Orgad, job_offer_ICLAW@wzb.eu. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview with the selection board at WZB Berlin in April 2018; travel expenses can be covered according to the WZB regulations for the reimbursement of travel costs to job-interviews.

Click here for more information about this position.

Hat tip to Liav Orgad

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February 6, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Univeristy of Oslo, Norway: Paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships in Public International Law

The University of Oslo Faculty of Law is offering up to two paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships within the project "State Consent to International Jurisdiction: Conferral, Modification and Termination" under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Freya Baetens. The fellowships will be at the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, Department for Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, as part of the Young Research Talents grant programme. Click here for more information about the project, including the main project outline.

Successful candidates must conduct their PhD research project on a topic that is part of the main project. Successful candidates will be required to work in Oslo during the project period (with possible research stays abroad up to one year as approved by the Project Leader and PluriCourts), and are expected to participate in the Project's activities, as well as common activities at PluriCourts. The Ph.D. Fellows will automatically be admitted to the Faculty's Ph.D. program and benefit from the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of Ph.D.
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
The Ph.D. candidate must hold a master's degree of high quality in law. .In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:
  • The quality of the project described in the Ph.D. research proposal and the extent to which it contributes to the comparative analysis of international adjudicatory bodies that is central to the main project (focusing on at least two of the following adjudicatory systems: WTO, ICC, regional human rights courts, and ISDS);
  • Academic and personal ability to conduct assigned research tasks within the allotted time frame;
  • Good co-operative skills and ability to work as part of a research team;
  • Theoretical and/or methodological competence.
More specifically, strong candidates will:
  • Have obtained an LL.B. and an LL.M. degree (or equivalent, such as a J.D. degree) cum laude (or equivalent, such as first class honors);
  • Have experience in conducting scholarly research (through the writing of an extensive LL.M. thesis, publications or prior work experience as a research assistant);
  • Be fluent in English (applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English);
  • Have a passive working knowledge of one or more of the other U.N. languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish (command of a Scandinavian language is not a condition for this position);
  • Have completed one or more internships, traineeships, or law clerkships (or similar) with an international or regional court, or arbitral institution, or have relevant legal practice experience as a member of the bar in their country of origin.
 
The University will offer:
  • A three-year contract without any teaching duties
  • Salary of between NOK 436 900 to 490 900 gross per year (approx. EUR 45 000 to EUR 50 000; or USD 56 000 to 63 000)
  • An inspiring and friendly working environment
  • A favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

And, of course, you get to be in Norway!

HOW TO APPLY
The application must include:
  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work) - maximum three pages
  • Copies of certificates and academic diplomas, including grade transcripts (If the original language is not English, an English language translation must be provided)
  • Project description (approximately 5 pages), including a progress plan. A complete list of academic publications
  • Up to 3 publications (If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and of the contribution of the applicant should be submitted)
  • A list of 3 to 5 referees (only name, function, affiliation, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number) - no submission of letters is required at the application stage
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28 February 2018
 
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/147632/doctoral-research-fellowship. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents submitted as part of the application must be in English.
 
STARTING DATE: 1 September 2018 (negotiable)

Hat tip to Freya Baetens, Cand. Jur. / Lic. Jur. (Ghent), LL.M. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Professor of Public International Law, PluriCourts Centre, University of Oslo Faculty of Law

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February 4, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Canada's National Anthem Goes Gender Neutral

The national anthem of Canada was changed this week to become a gender-neutral anthem. The line "in all thy sons command" was changed to "in all of us command." Bill 210 "An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender)" passed its third reading in the Canadian Senate on January 31, 2018. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly described the change as "another positive step toward gender equality."

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February 2, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA House of Delegates to Vote on a Resolution Supporting the Law Library of Congress

Law Library of CongressThe American Bar Association is holding its mid-year meeting this week in Vancouver.

On Monday, the ABA House of Delegates will meet to vote on a number of resolutions, including Resolution 109. That resolution "urges the Congress to approve appropriations to the Library of Congress necessary to enable the Law Library of Congress to adequately staff, maintain, modernize, and enhance its services, collections, facilities, digital projects, and outreach efforts."

The report accompanying the proposed resolution describes the work of the Law Library of Congress and its importance to the Congress, the nation's lawyers, and the legal profession. The Law Library of Congress is the largest law library in the world, including substantial collections of international and foreign legal materials. The ABA report states that "[f]or of nation of laws, the Law Library of Congress is an American treasure in the fullest sense" and states that the "Congress must adequately fund the Library of Congress in order to effectively support the needs of our nation's law library . . . ."

Click here to read Resolution 109 and the accompanying report on the Law Library of Congress.

Click here to visit the website of the Law Library of Congress.

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February 2, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hong Kong Legislature Votes to Ban Ivory Sales by 2021

The Hong Kong legislature has voted to ban all sales of ivory in Hong Kong by the year 2021. Most ivory sales around the world are already banned under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The new law will ban sales of antique ivory. Click here for more information about the new legislation.

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February 1, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

ASIL Book Award Winners Announced

The Book Awards Committee of the American Society of International Law has recommended and the Executive Council has approved the following three books to receive awards during the ASIL Assembly at the 2018 Annual Meeting, April 4-7 in Washington, DC.

  • In the category, "Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship": Is International Law International? by Anthea Roberts, (Oxford, 2017)       
  • In the category, "Specialized Area of International Law": International Climate Change Law, by Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, and Lavanya Rajamani, (Oxford, 2017)
  • In the category, "High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Lawyers and Scholars": Encyclopedia of Private International Law by Jürgen Basedow, Giesela Rühl, Franco Ferrari, and Pedro de Miguel Asensio (Edward Elgar, 2017)

Congratulations to the winners!

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January 28, 2018 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

First Call for Presentation Proposals - Global Legal Skills Conference - Melbourne, Australia (Dec. 9-12, 2018)

Global Legal Skills Conference 13

Melbourne, Australia

December 9-12, 2018

Co-Sponsored by Melbourne Law School and The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, in cooperation with the Legal Writing Institute, the American Bar Association Section on International Law, the Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, the International Law Students Association, the American Society of International Law, Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers, and other organizations.

In holding the GLS-13 Conference at Melbourne Law School, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where the law school is located: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.

First Call for Presentations

Presentation proposals for the GLS-13 Conference are now being accepted on topics relating to legal writing and legal skills education (particularly for lawyers and law students who speak English as a second language), international litigation, comparative and international law, and related subjects.

Please send an email to Prof. Mark E. Wojcik at mwojcik@jmls.edu with the subject line “GLS-13 Proposal.” Include a proposed title, brief description, and proposed speakers. Individual presentations will normally be 15-20 minutes. Panels and roundtables will normally be an hour and include three to five speakers. You may be nominated to be on more than one panel but speakers will normally be given only one speaking opportunity to allow others to participate.

The first call for presentations will be open until February 28, 2018 and decisions made by March 28, 2018. Additional presentation proposals will be accepted until April 30, 2018 if space is still available. Poster presentations will be accepted until November 1, 2018

More Information?

The GLS Website for the Melbourne Conference will launch on February 1, 2018 at http://glsc.jmls.edu with information about registration, travel, hotels, and a preliminary conference schedule. The website for the 2017 GLS conference in Mexico can be viewed at http://glsc.jmls.edu/2017.

Additional information about the GLS-13 conference, including sponsorship opportunities, can be had from the Conference Co-Chairs, Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago [(312) 987-2391 or mwojcik@jmls.edu] or Dr Chantal Morton, Director of the Legal Academic Skills Centre, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia.

January 14, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 22, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $60 Million in Grants to Help End Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Other Exploitative Labor Practices

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced nearly $60 million in grants to NGOs and a range of organizations to promote labor law enforcement and help end exploitative labor practices in 25 trade partner countries. The grants will support projects to combat some of the most abusive labor practices, including the use of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking in global supply chains. New technical assistance will also support trade partners’ compliance with the labor requirements of U.S. trade agreements and preference programs.

The new grants are part of a broader departmental effort to combine direct enforcement of trade-related labor commitments with targeted technical assistance to help trade partners who share our commitment, but lack the means, to strengthen the rule of law and fully comply with commitments made in trade agreements.

“Meeting trade agreement labor standards helps to shine a light into the shadowy acts of offenders who use the deplorable path of exploitation of their own people to try and gain an unfair advantage over U.S. competition,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “These grants are a useful tool for the U.S. and our allies in our goal of permanently rooting out the despicable practice of labor exploitation.”

Grants announced today by the Department will strengthen and expand efforts to identify, monitor, and combat abusive labor practices abroad that put U.S. businesses and workers at an unfair disadvantage.

Specific issues the projects will address include encouraging partnerships between the coffee industry in Latin America and buyers in the U.S. to develop social compliance systems to combat exploitative labor in their supply chains; working with labor ministries and other labor stakeholders to build their capacity to identify indicators of forced labor and human trafficking; and developing a toolkit to help program implementers reduce the risk of child labor and unacceptable conditions of work in women’s economic empowerment initiatives. Another project will help improve enforcement of minimum wage laws, hours of work and occupational safety, and health laws in the agricultural export sector, helping to ensure U.S. trading partners comply with their labor commitments.

The grants are made available through the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, whose mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the U.S. and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

For more information about the Department’s work on international labor issues, visit http://www.dol.gov/ilab.

(U.S. Department of Labor Press Release)

December 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The University of Illinois at Chicago and The John Marshall Law School

The American Bar Association Journal and other media outlets have reported that the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and The John Marshall Law School (JMLS) of Chicago have been discussing a possible merger that would make JMLS the first public law school in the city of Chicago. If an agreement is reached, the law school would remain at its downtown location next to the Chicago Bar Association and across the street from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

A page of frequently asked questions about the possible merger provides this additional information:

UIC is one of the few public research universities designated with the highest Research 1 classification by the Carnegie Foundation that does not have a law school. Sixty-five percent of all Research 1 universities, public and private, have a law school.

The John Marshall Law School is an independent law school and the possibility of becoming Chicago’s only public law school would allow it to expand its current mission and grow its quality, unique programs within a strong public university.

A natural alignment exists between UIC’s public mission and JMLS’s commitment to provide access and opportunity to students from underserved communities and to help fill the justice gap for citizens in the Chicago area. The new arrangement would fill a significant void in the country’s third largest city. Chicago is one of very few major cities in the United States without a public law school.

Any merger arrangement would require:

  • approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees;
  • approval by The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees;
  • degree approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education;
  • approval of a major change in operation from the American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; 
  • approval from the Higher Learning Commission, which is a regional accreditor for both institutions.

The timeline for a merger would also depend on the steps needed to ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of each institution.

Click here to read more.

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December 7, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

U.S. Abandons the Global Compact on Migration

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson announced today that the United States has decided to stop its participation in the U.N. process to develop a Global Compact on Migration (GCM). Secretary Tillerson issued this statement:

Negotiations on the GCM will be based on the New York Declaration, a document adopted by the UN in 2016 that commits to “strengthening global governance” and contains a number of policy goals that are inconsistent with U.S. law and policy.

While we will continue to engage on a number of fronts at the United Nations, in this case, we simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.

The United States supports international cooperation on migration issues, but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal.

The Global Compact on Migration arose from the September 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, when 193 U.N. Member States adopted a political declaration (U.N. Doc. A/71/L.1) in which Member States committed to:

  • protect the safety, dignity and human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants, regardless of their migratory status, and at all times;
  • support countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants;
  • integrate migrants in humanitarian and development assistance frameworks and planning;
  • combat xenophobia, racism, and discrimination towards all migrants;
  • develop, through a state-led process, non-binding principles and voluntary guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations; and
  • strengthen global governance of migration, including by bringing International Organization for Migration (IOM) into the United Nations family and through the development of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

Click here to read more about the Global Compact on Migration.

Hat tip to Paul Johnson

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December 3, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Legislation Introduced to Repeal FACTA

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced legislation to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House. FACTA, a federal statute enacted in 2010, requires foreign financial institutions to report private financial information on U.S. citizens or else face a 30% withholding tax on U.S.-source income.

In response to the law, many foreign banks simply choose to deny any banking services to U.S. citizens because of the burdens and costs of compliance and fear of running afoul of the law.

Adapted from a news release from Senator Rand Paul.

(mew)

 

December 2, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Five Judges Elected to the ICJ, Marking First Time that the United Kingdom is Not Represented on the Court

The U.N. General Assembly and Security Council elected five judges last month to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). After five rounds of simultaneous voting, Ronny Abraham (France), Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia), and Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil) were re-elected to the ICJ and Nawaf Salam (Lebanon) was elected for the first time. A run-off between sitting judges Christopher Greenwood (UK) and Dalveer Bhandari (India) was held for the fifth seat on the court. With overwhelming support for Judge Bhandari in the General Assembly, the United Kingdom withdrew Judge Greenwood's candidacy, marking the first time in the history of the court that the ICJ will not have a British judge. Some observers characterized the development as fallout from Brexit. (mew)

December 1, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ICTY Convicts Ratko Mladić of Genocide in Srebrenica and Other Crimes

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Ratko Mladić, who served as a Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army from 1992 to 1996, “of genocide and persecution, extermination, murder, and the inhumane act of forcible transfer in the area of Srebrenica in 1995; of persecution, extermination, murder, deportation and inhumane act of forcible transfer in municipalities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina; of murder, terror and unlawful attacks on civilians in Sarajevo; and of hostage-taking of UN personnel.” Mladić was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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