Friday, July 23, 2021
The 2021 Olympic Games officially begin today, July 23. Watching the Opening Ceremony gives rise to musings on the many areas of international law that impact and are impacted by the Olympic Games. How many can you envision? Of course, there is international sport law, but other areas include international health law, transportation, citizenship and state recognition, human rights, and environmental law. If you want to read more, check out volume 114 of AJIL Unbound (2020). Happy watching and best of luck to all the athletes!
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
The University of Kansas School of Law invites applications from entry level and junior lateral candidates for two tenure-track, associate professor positions to begin fall 2022. We will consider candidates in all subject areas, but are particularly interested in the areas of (1) property and (2) business, corporate finance, and transactional law, as well as candidates whose work engages these subjects in dialogue with other areas of law. Qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our law school community, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants must possess a J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school or equivalent degree, and must demonstrate strong scholarly potential and a commitment to excellence in teaching. The School actively seeks applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in higher education.
Review of applications begins in August and will continue until the positions are filled. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom. We will review candidate materials posted in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register (FAR), and also invite applications from candidates not participating in the FAR. Applications must be submitted online:
* Property area: https://employment.ku.edu/academic/19640BR
* Business area: https://employment.ku.edu/academic/19637BR
and should include a cover letter, a CV/resume, a detailed statement of research interests and future plans, a statement related to diversity, a writing sample, and the names of three references. Materials such as teaching evaluations or additional samples of scholarly work may be requested of candidates at a later date. For fullest consideration, candidates not participating in the FAR should apply by August 25, 2021.
Contact: Professor Uma Outka, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression or genetic information.
Hat tip to Prof. Kyle C. Velte
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Here's the abstract:
Jus cogens are a species of supernorm in international law. They are universally binding and trump all contrary rules—such as treaties and customary international law. They are typically framed in terms of substantive prohibitions: no genocide, no slavery, no crimes against humanity, etc. This Article seeks to identify a procedural jus cogens; namely, the right to due process of law made up of notice, a hearing, and an impartial and independent decisionmaker. To do so, it draws from what are called “general principles of international law”; that is, principles common to legal systems around the world, which make up a source of international law. It argues that a comparative approach to these principles can reveal an empirically supported, objective underlying natural law right. In particular, by looking to rights states deem most important, hierarchically superior, and foundational to their legal systems as contained in their constitutions, this approach solves major seemingly intractable jurisprudential and practical dilemmas for the international law of jus cogens by providing an alternative to horizontal, consent-based positivistic law of treaties and custom.
To make its argument it examines the 193 member states of the United Nations, plus Kosovo, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the Vatican City (Holy See). Diligent research has revealed that virtually all states in the world secure the most basic requirements of due process: notice, a hearing, and an impartial and independent decisionmaker. More specifically, 189 states provide notice to the accused, 196 states provide for the right to a hearing, and 196 states provide for an impartial and independent decisionmaker. Moreover, the vast majority of these protections are constitutional. The right to notice is protected in 179 constitutions, the right to a hearing is protected in 193 constitutions, and the right to an impartial and independent decisionmaker is protected in 193 constitutions. This analysis easily satisfies the recent International Law Commission criteria that for a norm to qualify as jus cogens it must be accepted by “a very large majority of states . . . across regions, legal systems and cultures.”
Discovering a procedural jus cogens would be revolutionary in some respects. A procedural jus cogens norm would expand the concept of jus cogens because such a norm would qualitatively differ from a substantive one since it is not merely a negative obligation on a state but imposes a positive duty to provide a right. Further, the Article’s argument holds powerful implications not just for international law but for domestic U.S. law as well. The Supreme Court long ago held that international law is part of our law, including the law of jus cogens, and mechanisms exist to enforce that law in U.S. courts.
If you'd like to read this paper in full before it's published, you can find a copy on SSRN. Colangelo, Anthony J., Procedural Jus Cogens (June 18, 2021). Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 60 (forthcoming, 2021), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 501, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3814193
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Khan, from the United Kingdom, was a legal adviser in the prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He also served as defense counsel on various cases at the ICC, the Yugoslav tribunal, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was most recently the head of the United Nations Security Council-mandated investigation of crimes committed by the extremist armed group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in Iraq.
Khan succeeds Fatou Bensouda, who has served as the ICC’s prosecutor since 2012. He will have the ability to shape the Court's docket going forward, including controversial investigations into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and Palestine.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
AALS Webinar Reminder: Finding Legal Jobs Around the World: How LL.M. and J.D. Study Abroad Programs Help
The webinar will be held on May 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. You must register in advance with the AALS, but the program appears to be free. Click here for more information.
Hat tip to John Smagula.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
TEACHING POSITION, GRADUATE LAWYERING PROGRAM
New York University School of Law, Academic Year 2021-2022.
NYU is seeking applicants for a full-time position to teach in its program for international LLMs. The position requires teaching a two-week introductory courses in the second half of August; four one-credit small sections of a legal research, writing, and reasoning course in the fall semester; and one one-credit small section of a legal advocacy course in the spring semester. The aim of these courses is to teach foreign-trained attorneys the real-world skills they need to practice effectively in the US and global legal environments.
Qualifications include a JD or LLM degree, excellent academic record, bar admission, practice experience (generally at least three years or two years plus a clerkship), and demonstrated ability in legal research, writing, analysis, and communication. Teaching experience is preferred as is experience working with foreign lawyers or law students, or in an international setting.
The position is classified as a Research Scholar and comes with salary of $80,000 and a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/professional-research-staff/benefits-guide-2021.html. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal and the potential for multiple-year appointments.
All applications must include resume, law school transcript (an unofficial copy is fine), one writing sample, three references (letters are preferred, but names and current e-mail or telephone contact information are acceptable), and cover letter. Applications are accepted exclusively through Interfolio. Please visit https://apply.interfolio.com/87352. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled; however, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply before May 26, 2021.
New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New York University is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth (or related medical condition), sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, caregiver status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.
Hat tip to Alice Burke
Monday, May 3, 2021
The 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was declared officially over on Monday, just three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu. The World Health Organization declaration marks the end of the country’s fourth outbreak of the deadly disease in less than three years.
(adapted from a UN press release)
Friday, April 30, 2021
The webinar will be held on May 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. You must register in advance with the AALS, but the program appears to be free. Click here for more information.
Hat tip to John Smagula.
Full-Time Visiting Faculty, Open Rank (Podium Visitors) for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
The UIC John Marshall Law School, Chicago’s only public law school, seeks two or more experienced faculty members to serve as full-time Visiting Faculty (Open Rank) for Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022.
Fall 2021 courses may be taught remotely. Coverage is needed in the areas of Civil Procedure I and II, Contracts, and Lawyering Skills (legal research and writing), and Business Associations.
For Spring 2022, coverage is also anticipated for the same areas, but teaching will likely be on campus. The school welcome applications for full-year visitors who can arrange to be in Chicago for Spring 2022.
Candidates must have a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-approved law school or its equivalent from a foreign country. Candidates must have prior law school teaching experience. It is contemplated that the successful candidates will be current full-time or emeritus faculty members at ABA-approved law schools, although others with extraordinary credentials may be considered.
For fullest consideration, applicants should submit a current CV, cover letter, three professional references, and if available, three years of past teaching evaluations, which can be addressed to Associate Dean David Sorkin by May 17, 2021 to https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=145533. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. The school may conduct an interview online.
All full time benefits eligible positions may include a comprehensive benefits package which include; Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability & AD&D insurance, a defined benefit pension plan as well as paid leave which includes Vacation, Holiday, and Sick. In addition, the school offer tuition waivers for employees and dependents. Click here for a complete list of benefits.
The University of Illinois Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University also requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
- Quarantine and individual rights
- Impeachment, pardons, and executive powers
- First Amendment speech and religion
- Second Amendment gun rights
- Fourth Amendment privacy
- Eight Amendment
- The Supreme Court and judicial review and decision making
- Equal protection, discrimination, and equality
- Legislative powers and democracy
- Administrative law
- Territorial protection and international and comparative law
- Family law
- Health law
- Environmental law
- Immigration law
- Voting rights
- National security
Friday, March 12, 2021
On July 1st, 2022, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will mark the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute, its constitutive treaty. To mark this coming event iCourts are hosting a virtual conference focusing on fact-finding and proof in international criminal trials. The conference intends to bring together researchers, academics, and practitioners across the fields of law, the forensic sciences, political science, and psychology, and allied disciplines. This unique conference will serve to generate dialogue, and to facilitate engagement, with the latest theoretical and empirical work: research which advances the study of evidence and proof in international criminal trials, shaping our current understandings, and laying the foundations for future innovations.
The organizers welcome contributions relating to the core topic of the ICC, and cognate international criminal courts and tribunals, but especially encourage submissions which engage with the overarching topics, as broadly construed. They particularly welcome papers focusing on national jurisdictional approaches to international offences, in addition to theoretical and empirical works whose application reaches beyond the sphere of international criminal adjudication. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, discussions of;
- Proof and procedure in international criminal courts.
- Open Source investigations and expert scientific evidence
- Bayesian and Wigmorean inference networks
- Evidential reasoning in epistemological and ontological perspective
- Eyewitness testimony, narrative and memory
- Innovative jurisdictional approaches to international crimes
The deadline to respond to the call for papers is March 29. The virtual conference will take place April 22nd - 23rd 2021 from 10:00 to 16:00. More information about the call for papers and the conference can be found here.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
"This is a very significant moment for the WTO. On behalf of the General Council, I extend our warmest congratulations to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment as the WTO's next Director-General and formally welcome her to this General Council meeting," said General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand who, together with co-facilitators Amb. Dacio Castillo (Honduras) and Amb. Harald Aspelund (Iceland) led the nine-month DG selection process.
"Dr Ngozi, on behalf of all members I wish to sincerely thank you for your graciousness in these exceptional months, and for your patience. We look forward to collaborating closely with you, Dr Ngozi, and I am certain that all members will work with you constructively during your tenure as Director-General to shape the future of this organization," he added.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala said a key priority for her would be to work with members to quickly address the economic and health consequences brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, February 15, 2021
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law will hold an online symposium this Thursday, February 18, 2021, on the subject of "International Perspectives on the Future of Incarceration." The symposium will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST.
- Alexander McLean, Founder and Director-General of Justice Defenders. (Founded in 2007 as the African Prisons Project, Justice Defenders is a registered U.K. charity and U.S. nonprofit with nearly 350 people working in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, and The Gambia.)
- Prof. em. Dr. jur. Frieder Dünkel, Universität Greifswald (Germany) (Chair of Criminology, 1992-2015)
- Prof. Claudia Mazzucato, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Dipartimento di Scienze giuridiche, Milan (Italy)
- Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, UIC John Marshall Law School, The University of Illinois at Chicago
- Prof. Regina Austin, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
- Prof. Bennett Capers, Fordham University School of Law
- Prof. Alexis Hoag, Columbia Law School
Mr. McLean will present the Keynote Address for the Symposium. Professors Dünkel, Mazzucato, and Wojcik will discuss the topic of “COVID-19 and Criminal Justice: Prison and Pandemic Management,” in a panel moderated by Professor Austin. Professors Capers and Hoag will round out the day with a discussion of “Race and Criminal Justice: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Click here to register for the symposium. It's free.
Hat tips to Hayden McGovern and Francesca Broggini.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
On February 12, the International Criminal Court’s member countries elected Karim Khan as prosecutor after a contentious process that initially tried to reach a decision through consensus.
Mr. Khan in a national of the United Kingdom who has extensive experience with international criminal law and procedure. He was a legal adviser in the prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He also served as defense counsel on various cases at the ICC, the Yugoslav tribunal, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He currently leads the United Nations Security Council's investigation of crimes committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq.
The difficulties in the selection process for the prosecutor have led to calls for reforms. Some observers have suggested a need for a professional vetting process that allows for the collection and review of information to assess candidates’ “high moral character,” one of the requirements for the office set out in the Rome Statute, the court’s founding document.
We wish Mr. Khan much success as he takes on this challenging role.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations regulates treaties excluded from the scope of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT). The VCLT applies only applies to agreements between States. The VCLT for IOs (International Organizations) recognizes the capacity of international organizations to conclude treaties necessary for the exercise of their functions and fulfillment of their purposes.
The VCLT for IOs considers treaties between States and international organizations or between organizations as a useful means of developing international relations and ensuring conditions for peaceful cooperation. The VCLT of IOs regulates the conclusion and entry into force of treaties, observance, application and interpretation of treaties, amendment and modification of treaties, and finally the invalidity, termination, and suspension of treaties. In its miscellaneous provisions the Convention deals with its relationship between the VCLT and the VCLT for IOs, as well as questions arising from succession of States, the outbreak of hostilities between States, or the termination of an international organization.
Click here for the status table for the VCLT for IOs. In addition to the list of states that have ratified the VCLT for IOs, it's fascinating to see the list of international organizations that have ratified (or signed and not yet ratified) the VCLT for IOs.
Friday, February 12, 2021
As a younger man, John initially planned to follow his father into medicine. He instead became intrigued with international law.
John earned both his B.A. and his LL.B. degrees from Cornell University. Following law school, John was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship to work in India. Upon his return, John worked at Wall Street firms, and later in the legal advisor’s office for U.N. affairs at the U.S. Department of State, before turning to a career in academia. He began as a law professor in 1969 at the University of Kansas Law School, and ended at Villanova University School of Law, where he had joined the law faculty in 1983, and remained until his retirement in 2014. John also traveled the world to participate in conferences, teaching in Aix-en-Provence, London, Mexico City, Paris, and Haifa, and at Cornell and Georgetown Law Schools, and The Naval War College.
John had been recognized in 2011 with the Louis B. Sohn Award for Public International Law. He authored many law journal articles and books, including The Regulation of International Business and Economic Relations (published in 1991 with the late Alan C. Swan), a legal casebook that was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law.
His family asks that in lieu of flowers, you should consider a prayer for the betterment of the world, and, when the spirit moves you, to donate to a charity of your choice.
Professor Cindy Buys of the Southern Illinois University School of Law has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law. The award is presented by the American Bar Association's Section of International Law.
The Mayre Rasmussen Award is a non-monetary honor conferred on distinguished lawyers who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in international law.
A pioneer in the field, Mayre Rasmussen was one of the first women to break into the practice of international business law at a major international law firm (Coudert Brothers). After making her mark in private practice, she went on to successes in corporate law at two different companies in the San Francisco Bay area. One of the first women to hold a senior leadership position in the ABA Section of International Law (as it is now known), Mayre also mentored many current and former Section leaders, particularly women rising in the Section and, more generally, in the ABA. In addition, Mayre was one of the founders of the Women’s Interest Network (“WIN”), one of the Section’s most successful committees, which is devoted both to promoting and protecting the rights and interests of women around the globe and to advancing the engagement of women in the practice of international law.
Professor Buys joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2001. She teaches International Law, International Business Transactions, Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, and a variety of other international law and study abroad courses. In 2008, Buys was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in 2015, she was a Visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. She has been named both the Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2013) and the Outstanding Scholar of the Year (2016). She also was awarded the Illinois State Bar Association Elmer Gertz Award in 2016 for her work advancing human rights.
Professor Buys holds leadership positions in the American Society of International Law, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the United Nations Association–Southern Illinois Chapter. She is a member of the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and serves on the Boards of The Immigration Project and the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project. She also has served as a panelist for NAFTA Chapter 19 disputes.
Prior to coming to the SIU School of Law, Professor Buys spent ten years in public and private practice in Washington, D.C. Buys was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Commerce where she advised the Import Administration in connection with its implementation and enforcement of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws. In that capacity, Professor Buys defended the agency’s decisions before the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and World Trade Organization panels. Prior to that, Professor Buys was in private practice with a Washington, D.C., law firm that specialized in international transportation law.
Professor Buys has an LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University School of Law in International and Comparative Law, where she earned the Chetwood Prize for the Most Outstanding Academic Performance. She also holds a J.D. degree and an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University. Professor Buys obtained her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany where she majored in Political Science and minored in French and Fine Arts.
Professor Buys joins this distinguished list of Rasmussen Award Recipients:
- 2021 Cindy Buys
- 2020 Hon. Delissa Ridgway and Rose Rameau
- 2019 Linda Strite Murnane
- 2018 Carolyn B. Lamm and Lisa J. Grosh
- 2017 Priti Suri
- 2016 Amy L. Sommers
- 2015 Lisa J. Savitt
- 2014 “Courageous Counsel” (Kara Baysinger, Michele Coleman Mayes, Louise Firestone, GailA. Lione, and Louise Pentland)
- 2013 Maria Vicien-Milburn
- 2012 Hope Lewis
- 2011 Carol M. Mates
- 2010 Diane Marie Amann
- 2009 Mary J. Harnett
- 2008 Deborah Enix-Ross
- 2007 Marsha A. Echols
- 2006 Aaron Schildhaus
- 2004 Rona R. Mears
- 2001 Dianna P. Kempe
- 2000 Lucinda A. Low
- 1999 Mayre Rasmussen (posthumous)
Congratulations to Professor Buys on the recognition of her contributions
Thursday, February 11, 2021
This may be the longest legal education conference in history. The "Transnational Conference on the Future of Legal Education, the Practice of Law, and the Judiciary" is organized and hosted by Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi in Istanbul, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, and the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. It's being held from February 9-12 and February 15-18, 2022 on zoom. And it's free.
Hat tips to Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, Professor Kathleen Burch, and to the many presenters over these two weeks.