Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Saudi Arabia Decides (Finally!) to Let Women Drive

The New York Times is reporting that Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive, reversing a  longstanding policy that symbolized the repression of women in Saudi Arabia. The new policy will take effect in June 2018. 

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Friday, September 22, 2017

South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business

S.C. J. Int'l L. & Bus.The South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business wants you to know that they are still accepting articles for publication for the 2017-2018 academic year. If you are considering publishing an article in international law or business, they request that you consider their Journal. And if you are not currently looking to publish, please consider telling a colleague about them.

They recently implemented Author Spotlights on their website where they feature the authors who publish with them. Articles can be submitted by e-mail to the Editor in Chief or to the Senior Articles Editor, or through Scholastica or Expresso.

Hat tip to Alasen Schell, Senior Articles Editor of the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business.

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September 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

International Law Weekend 2017

Fordham Law SchoolFor readers of this blog, EVERY weekend should be an International Law Weekend, but the official "International Law Weekend" will be October 19-21, 2017 in New York City.  Registration is open and the program is available at the home page of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA or AmBranch) and the International Law Students' Association (ILSA). 

It's a great program, there's CLE for practitioners, and it's absolutely free for current students. There's also some good book displays and excellent networking opportunities. There's also a terrific opening panel Thursday evening at the New York City Bar Association. The sessions on Friday and Saturday are being held at Fordham University School of Law, which has done a great job hosting this conference for the past few years.  This is worth your time.

Hat tip to David P. Stewart President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and a Professor from Practice at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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September 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Loyola-Chicago is Hiring

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hiring for a newly created position: Director of Bar Success and Academic Support.  The job posting, which includes a detailed position description, qualifications for the position, and information about the application process, can be found at:  http://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/5768

The Director of Bar Success and Academic Support will be responsible for developing and executing comprehensive programming to support student success throughout law school and the bar exam.  This position includes teaching classes and workshops, meeting individually with students, administering academic support programming, and tracking student performance and bar exam data to continually reassess the program and student needs. 

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is a student-focused law center inspired by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, intellectual openness, and service to others.  The Director of Bar Success and Academic Support will be a vital part of the School of Law's curriculum and mission.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.

The position is not tenure-track and may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.  Additionally the person hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Becker.

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September 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Legal Writing Institute will be another of the Cooperating Entities Supporting the 13th Global Legal Skills Conference in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Law School LogoThe Legal Writing Institute will be another of the cooperating entities supporting the 13th Global Legal Skills Conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia from December 9-12, 2018 at Melbourne Law School. The Melbourne Conference is being jointly organized with The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where the GLS Conference Series was founded.

Other cooperating entities include the International Law Students Association (organizers of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition), the Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers, and the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

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September 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

US Appeals WTO Ruling on Boeing Subsidies

The Trump Administration has appealed a World Trade Organization ruling that found the U.S. government gave illegal subsidies to the Boeing Corporation to produce its 737MAX aircraft.

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September 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Call for Papers – 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting New Voices

From April 4-7, 2018, the American Society of International Law will convene its 112th Annual Meeting. The theme of the 2018 Meeting is “International Law in Practice.” As in the past, the Annual Meeting will include at least one "New Voices" session that will provide a platform for junior scholars and practitioners to present their work. 

ASIL invites submissions from non-tenured scholars and junior practitioners on any topic of international law in connection with the Meeting’s theme.  Those who submitted an abstract as part of the call for session proposals do not need to re-submit; those abstracts remain under consideration. Abstracts should be well-developed and reflect advanced progress on a paper that will be presented at the Meeting.  Final papers will be due by March 26, 2018. Send your abstract to asilannualmeeting@asil.org no later than Monday, October 9, 2017, with the subject line “New Voices Proposal.” Please send the abstract as a Microsoft Word attachment, including your name and contact information (email address & affiliation). Abstracts should be no longer than 1000 words. Notifications will be made by the end of October.

Hat tip to Dr. Marija Đorđeska, Co-Chair of the ASIL New Professionals Interest Group,

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

International Law in Cleveland

20170915_100108There are two great international law conferences happening in Cleveland, OH this weekend. Yesterday, several well-known international law scholars participated in a conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law entitled "Corporations on Trial".  Judge Thomas Buergenthal opened the conference with a keynote address and the luncheon address was given by David Sheffer. Pictured here is the first panel, consisting of Milena Sterio of Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Carsten Stahn of Leiden University, Michael Kelly of Creighton University, Saran Sun Beale of Duke University, and James Johnson of Case Western Reserve University. 

 In the afternoon, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Midwest Interest Group opened its annual conference on works in progress at Cleveland Marshall College of Law.  That conference continues today with several more thought provoking discussions on the development of international law.

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The 2018 Jessup Compromis Has Been Released: The Case Concerning the Egart and the Ibra

The compromis for the 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition has been released and is now available on the website of the International Law Students Association (ILSA). The 2018 problem presents a hypothetical dispute before the International Court of Justice between Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Anduchenca (“Anduchenca,” the Applicant) instituted proceedings against the Federal Republic of Rukaruku (“Rukaruku,” the Respondent).

The 2017-2018 season marks the 59th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

The Jessup season officially begins in September and ends in April after the completion of the White & Case International Rounds. The Qualifying Rounds, internationally and in the US, take place between January and March. The 2018 International Rounds take place on 1-7 April 2018 in Washington, D.C. and will conclude with the Jessup Cup World Championship Round.

Students competing in the Jessup should visit the research resources page of the International Law Students Association website, which includes links to tips on international legal research, competition strategies, and even videos of  past competitions.

Many readers of this blog are past participants in the Jessup Competition. We urge you to make a financial contribution to ILSA to enable students from around the world to continue to participate in the Jessup Competition.

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September 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Texas A&M is Hiring

Texas A&M in Fort Worth, Texas, is looking for an Assistant Director of Academic Support to assist in developing and managing the first-year, peer mentoring and upper-level academic support program. The person hired will work in conjunction with the Associate Dean of Academic Support and the other Assistant Director of Academic Support, DeShun Harris. The incoming Assistant Director will also contribute to developing and managing the “Preparing for Bar” Course, our Bar Mentoring Program, and other Bar Exam preparation materials and services.

Candidates must have a J.D. and preferably some experience in legal education. Texas A&M University welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the law school’s academic community. Applicants can apply directly online at: https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/113980. Please also send your résumé or cv directly to Professor James McGrath, Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Support - jmcgrath@law.tamu.edu.  Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor McGrath at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.  Please respond by October 15, 2017.

Hat tip to Neil Sobol.

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September 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Contributing Authors Sought for a New ABA Book on Competition Law in Europe

The Europe Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law is seeking chapter/essay authors for an upcoming volume on competition law in Europe. 

Although the editors anticipate that many of the essays will address issues in EU competition law, they also welcome and encourage proposals about jurisdictions about non-EU states within Europe, including prospective members and presumptively soon-to-be-former members (i.e., the United Kingdom).

Essays should be written in English and provide a practitioner audience with useful information for engaging a particular topic or issue relevant to this area of law. 

Kindly submit topic ideas and a brief abstract to Dr. Jody Prestia (jody@jdprestia.com) and Jennifer Mozwecz (jmozwecz@srmlaw.com) by the close of business (EDT) Wednesday, 11 October 2017.

Hat tips to Jody Prestia and Jennifer Mozwecz.
 
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Save the Dates! Upcoming ABA International Conferences

The American Bar Association Section of International Law, with more than 20,000 members around the world, has some of the most interesting and productive conferences you'll find. Here's a list of upcoming events. Visit the ABA Section of International Law website for more information on any particular conference or forum.

   
Oct 20-22, 2017: Pre-Fall Conference Module (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Oct 24-28, 2017: Section of International Law Fall Conference (Miami, Florida)
Jan 31-Feb 6, 2018: ABA/Section Midyear Meeting (Vancouver, Canada)
April 17-21, 2018: Section of International Law Annual Conference (New York City)
June 10-12, 2018: Europe Forum (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Lawyers You Should Know: Holger Bielesz (Vienna, Austria)

We are launching a new feature of the International Law Prof Blog, "Lawyers You Should Know." We'll profile various lawyers from around the world who have an international practice or who practice international law.

Holger Bielesz ViennaOur first lawyer to profile in this series is Holger Bielesz, a partner in the Vienna (Austria) offices of Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG since 2010. Mr. Bielesz specializes in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, succession law disputes, and high-profile white-collar crime cases. He advises clients in relation to financial services disputes, internal investigations, bribery and corruption cases, and general commercial disputes.

Mr. Bielesz is a graduate of the College of Europe Brügge, (LL.M.), a highly reputed EU law academic institution, and the University of Vienna, (Mag. iur. and Dr. iur.). Along with his long-standing practice before the national courts of Austria, he has also pleaded before the European Court of Justice.

His clients include financial service providers, telecommunication and industrial enterprises, and private individuals. He speaks German, English, and French.

Mr. Bielesz has also been involved in professional organizations such as the American Bar Association Section of International Law, where he has served as Deputy to the Section Vice Chair and as Co-Chair of the International Criminal Law Committee.

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September 3, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 1, 2017

CSLSA Deadline for Submissions Extended

The registration deadline for the Central States Law Schools Association 2017 Scholarship Conference has been extended to September 15, 2017.  This conference will be held on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 at Southern Illinois University School of Law in beautiful Carbondale, Illinois. We invite law faculty from across the country to submit proposals to present papers or works in progress.  You can go here to register. 

CSLSA is an organization of law schools dedicated to providing a forum for conversation and collaboration among law school academics. The CSLSA Annual Conference is an opportunity for legal scholars, especially more junior scholars, to present working papers or finished articles on any law-related topic in a relaxed and supportive setting where junior and senior scholars from various disciplines are available to comment. More mature scholars have an opportunity to test new ideas in a less formal setting than is generally available for their work. Scholars from member and nonmember schools are invited to attend. 

More information is available on the CSLSA website.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Comments Sought on Revisions to ABA Standard 106 (Separate Locations and Branch Campuses)

The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has approved for Notice and Comment proposed revisions to Standard 106 (Separate Locations and Branch Campuses) of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools. The proposed revisions and accompanying explanations can be found on the Section of Legal Education’s website.

Written comments on the proposed revisions are invited before Friday, September 22, 2017. A hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago (321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, North Board Room).

Please send your written comments and requests to speak at the meeting to J.R. Clark, jr.clark@americanbar.org, by Friday, September 22, 2017.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting in Miami

 
What: American Bar Association Section of International Law 2017 Fall Conference
When: October 24-27, 2017

Where: Marriott Marquis | Miami, Florida
MiamiThe ABA Section of International Law’s annual Fall Conference will take place in the vibrant city of Miami from October 24-27th at the JW Marriott Marquis.
The ABA Section of International Law Fall Conference is one of the world’s most important gatherings of international lawyers, attracting over 1,000 attendees from 36 countries. 
The theme of the conference is Doing Business in the Americas in the New Global Economy: A New Dawn in the Hemisphere. With over 65 substantive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions on cutting edge topics with word class speakers, the Fall Conference offers an entire year’s worth of CLE.  The Fall Conference will offer exceptional networking opportunities at some of Miami’s most exciting venues, such as evening receptions at Pérez Art Museum and Jungle Island, and an after-hours party at Ball & Chain in Little Havana, the best neighborhood for live music and salsa dancing. Luncheons will feature exceptional keynote speakers including Luis Almagro (Secretary General of the Organization of American States) and Julio Frenk (President of the University of Miami).
The Fall Conference is a “must-attend” meeting for lawyers with a practice or interest in international legal issues.

Events at the 2017 Fall Conference of the ABA Section of International Law include:
  • A behind-the-Scenes cargo tour of the port of Miami
  • Luncheons with exceptional keynote speakers including Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States, and President Julio Frenk, University of Miami
  • Tuesday, Council Reception followed by First Time Attendee Welcome Reception, and Private Chartered Yacht Cruise
  • Wednesday Reception at the Perez Art Museum
  • Thursday, Committee Dinners followed by Women’s Business Law Network Sweet Endings Dessert Reception at Area 31
  • Friday Chair’s Closing Reception at Jungle Island
  • After Hours at Ball and Chain
  • Optional Key West Day Trip
Register before September 8th to lock in early bird discounts. Consider joining the section for additional discounts if your're not already a member of the ABA Section of International Law.
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August 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The International Criminal Court Issues a 2.7 Million Euro Reparation Order for Destruction of Religious and Historic Buildings in Timbuktu

For deliberately attacking religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has this week issued to Malian Islamist a nearly three million euros Reparations Order, due on 16 February 2018.

“The Chamber highlighted the importance of cultural heritage and stressed that, because of their purpose and symbolism, most cultural property and cultural heritage are unique and of sentimental value,” said the Court, based in The Hague and the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal. “Their destruction thus carries a message of terror and helplessness; destroys part of humanity's shared memory and collective consciousness, and renders humanity unable to transmit its values and knowledge to future generations,” it added.

ICC Trial Chamber VIII issued the Reparations Order in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, concluding that Mr. Al Mahdi is liable for 2.7 million euros (roughly $3.2 million) in expenses for individual and collective reparations to the Timbuktu community for intentionally directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in that city.

Noting that Mr Al Mahdi is indigent, the Chamber encouraged the Trust Funds for Victims (“TFV”) to complement the reparations award, directing it to submit a draft implementation plan for 16 February 2018.

Covering the three categories of damage to the attacked historic and religious buildings; consequential economic loss; and moral harm, the ICC stated: “Reparations may assist in promoting reconciliation between the victims of the crime, the affected communities and the convicted person.”

Reparations for site rehabilitation and wider Timbuktu community

“Reparations are to be collective for rehabilitation of the sites and for the community of Timbuktu as a whole to address the financial loss and economic harm as well as the emotional distress suffered as a result of the attack. It may also include symbolic measures – such as a memorial, commemoration or forgiveness ceremony – to give public recognition of the moral harm suffered by the Timbuktu community and those within it,” the ICC statement elaborated.

The Chamber also ordered individual reparations for those whose livelihoods exclusively depended upon the attacked buildings and those whose ancestors' burial sites were damaged in the attack.

As a symbolic measure, the Chamber ordered the Registry to post an excerpt of the video of Mr. Al Mahdi's apology, which it considers “genuine, categorical and empathetic” on the Court's website.

Given the specific nature of the case, it also ordered one symbolic euro to be received by the Malian State and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Upon subsequent approval by the Chamber, the TFV will identify projects and discrete implementation partners for the Chamber's final approval.

On 27 September 2016, Trial Chamber VIII – composed of Judge Raul C. Pangalangan (Presiding), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Bertram Schmitt – unanimously found Mr. Al Mahdi to nine years in prison for committing a war crime by deliberately destroying in 2012 nine mausoleums and the secret gate of the Sidi Yahia mosque in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Timbuktu in Mali.

(adapted from a UN press release)

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August 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Save the Dates! Upcoming ABA International Conferences

The American Bar Association Section of International Law, with more than 20,000 members around the world, has some of the most interesting and productive conferences you'll find. Here's a list of upcoming events. Visit the ABA Section of International Law website for more information on any particular conference or forum.

   
Oct 20-22, 2017: Pre-Fall Conference Module (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Oct 24-28, 2017: Section of International Law Fall Conference (Miami, Florida)
Jan 31-Feb 6, 2018: ABA/Section Midyear Meeting (Vancouver, Canada)
April 17-21, 2018: Section of International Law Annual Conference (New York City)
June 10-12, 2018: Europe Forum (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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August 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Comparative and Trans-Systemic Legal Education

Victor RamrajVictor V. Ramraj, Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in Canada, spoke this week to students and faculty at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in Thimphu, Bhutan. His topic for the JSW Law Faculty was on "Comparative and Trans-Systemic Legal Education."

Professor Ramraj previously taught at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He holds five degrees from McGill University, the University of Toronto, and Queen’s University Belfast, served as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa and as a litigation lawyer in Toronto, and remains a non-practicing membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has held visiting teaching appointments at Kyushu University and the University of Toronto.

His research interests include comparative constitutional and administrative law, transnational regulation, and the history of and regulatory challenges arising from state-company relationships in Asia. He is currently revising a book manuscript on how national legal orders respond to and interact with economic globalization.

His presentation to the JSW Law Faculty included observations about transnational legal practice, legal systems of other legal traditions, and advances in transnational legal education. Among other things, he discussed his home institution's new program in common law and indigenous law. That new program at the University of Victoria is expected to launch in 2018.

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August 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Reminder: ASIL Women in International Law Mentoring Program - Application Deadline Extended to August 18, 2017

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) and its Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) has extended the application deadline for its its fifth year of the Women in International Law Mentoring Program. Since 2013, over 420 women have enrolled in ASIL's Mentoring Program as both mentors and mentees in 10 countries and 28 cities from Tucson to Singapore. The feedback has been extremely positive, and with the enthusiasm of its current participants, the ASIL has built a strong, inter-connected, and global network. It hopes to reach more even women for its 2017-18 program.  The new deadline for applications is Friday, August 18, 2017.

 

The Women in International Law Mentoring Program is the first of its kind in international law and is designed to foster the next generation of female international lawyers. The program connects experienced female international law professionals with female law students and new attorneys interested in professional development in the field of international law. Mentoring takes place locally, in a group setting, with a maximum of four mentees for every mentor. Mentors and mentees meet in person every other month during the course of an academic year to discuss topics and engage in activities designed to help junior women enter and be successful in the field of international law. Mentors will be provided with optional pre-planned meeting topics to structure meetings for their groups. Upon finishing the requirements of the one-year program, all participants receive a certificate of completion.

Here's a link to the blog post about the program on IntLawGrrls blog.

Here is a link to an ASIL video explaining the program.

 

And here's a link to the Application for the 2017-18 program.

 

Hat tip to Luli Hemmingsen,  WIL Mentoring Program Manager.

 

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