Friday, March 22, 2019

Bocconi University in Milan Hosts Conference on "The American Presidency After the First Two Years of President Trump

Bocconi University in Milan held a conference today on "The American Presidency After the First Two Years of the President Trump." Speakers include:

  • Giuseppe Franco Ferrari (Bocconi University)
  • Donato Masciandaro (Bocconi University)
  • Nausica Palazzo (University of Trento)
  • Paolo Passaglia (University of Pisa)
  • Roberto Toniatti (Univeristy of Trento)
  • Attilio Geroni (Foreign Affairs Editor, Il Sole 24 Ore)
  • Davide Zecca (University of Pavia)
  • Donald H. Regan (University of Michigan Law School)
  • Giancarlo Rando (Universita Giustina Fortunato)
  • Gennaro Sangiuliano (Director, TG2, RAI)
  • Guerino D'Ignazio (University of Calabria)
  • Anna Ciammariconi (University of Teramo)
  • Roberto Louvin (University of Calabria)
  • Andrea Colli (Bocconi University)
  • Roberto Scarciglia (University of Trieste)
  • Davide Bacis (University of Pavia)
  • Arianna Vedaschi (Bocconi University)
  • Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School--Chicago and Fulbright Professor, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Bari
  • Mario del Pero (SciencesPro)

The conference was organized by the Angelo Sraffa Department of Legal Studies, Baffi Carefin Centre for Applied Research on International Markets, Banking, Finance, and Regulation, School of Law. The conference was supported by the U.S.-Italian Fulbright Commission and the Consulate General of the United States in Milan.

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March 22, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 18, 2019

International Law and the Constitution of Mongolia: A Question for Our Readers

Flag of MongoliaArticle 10 of the Constitution of Mongolia provides:

  1. Mongolia shall adhere to the universally recognized norms and principles of international law, and shall pursue a peaceful foreign policy.
  2. Mongolia shall enforce and fulfil in good faith its obligations under the international treaties to which it is a Party.
  3. The international treaties to which Mongolia is a Party, shall become effective as domestic legislation, upon the entry into force of the laws on their ratification or accession.
  4. Mongolia shall not comply with or abide by any international treaty or other such instruments that are incompatible with this Constitution.

So here's our question. Does article 10(3) state that treaties are effective as domestic legislation when the treaty enters into effect or when implementing domestic legislation enters into effect? Please leave your answers for us in the comment section, thanks!

English text of the Mongolian Constitution courtesy of the constituteproject.org, a database of enacted and draft constitutions from around the world.

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March 18, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

New Edition of "Transnational Business Problems"

The sixth edition of Transnational Business Problems, a casebook by the late Detlev F. Vagts, William S. Dodge (California-Davis), Hannah L. Buxbaum (Indiana-Bloomington) and Harold Hongju Koh (Yale), will be published in May 2019 and available for Fall 2019 courses. Click here for more information about Transnational Business Problems, Sixth Edition. If you're a professor teaching an international business transactions course, contact the publisher to request a review copy.

Here's what the publisher would like you to know: At fewer than 600 pages, this compact book is ideal for a one-semester course. It's a single volume book with four introductory chapters discussing the role of the international lawyer, the resolution of international disputes, the relationship between international and domestic law, the extraterritorial reach of domestic law, and corporate social responsibility. The introductory chapters are followed by eight problems, each focused on a different kind of transaction: transnational sales, agency and distributorship agreements, licensing, foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, concession agreements, and international debt instruments. Each problem covers both contractual and regulatory issues. Nearly all begin with a sample contract.

Other points from the publisher:

  • Sophistication. The book uses primary source materials—draft contracts, statutes, regulations, treaties, cases, and arbitral awards—that allow students, with help from the text, to work through issues in a realistic way. The book goes beyond the nuts and bolts of transactions to encourage consideration of broader policy issues: from the liability of corporations for human rights violations to restrictions on foreign investment; from the compulsory licensing of HIV drugs to the restructuring of sovereign debt.
  • Geographical Diversity. Transnational Business Problems reflects the geographical diversity of business today. The problems focus on China, the European Union, the Andean Community, Mexico, and Brazil. Materials from other parts of the world are included in the introductory chapters.
  • Intellectual Heritage. Transnational Business Problems grows out of a rich intellectual heritage that began with Milton Katz and Kingman Brewster’s International Transactions and evolved into Henry Steiner and Detlev Vagts’s Transnational Legal Problems. The book views transnational business problems as a particular species of transnational legal problem that both generates and is influenced by transnational legal process.
  • Fully Updated. The Sixth Edition of Transnational Business Problems is fully updated to account for developments through the start of 2019. The introductory chapters and many of the problems have been substantially revised. Every year between editions the authors provide an update in memo form that teachers can distribute as a supplement to their classes.
  • Useful Teacher’s Manual. Transnational Business Problems has a complete teacher’s manual that provides suggestions on how to approach the material and answers to all of the questions posed in the text. The manual also contains sample syllabi.

(mew)

 

March 13, 2019 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Proposals Invited for the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference in Phoenix, Arizona: First CFP Deadline is March 15

Here's a reminder that proposals are invited for the next Global Legal Skills Conference, which will take place on December 12-14, 2019 in Phoenix at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  In addition to the conference, there will be a Scholars’ Forum on December 11 and an optional day trip on December 15, 2019.

Proposals for presentations are now being accepted at http://forms.law.asu.edu/gls14.  The first call for proposals will close on March 15 and presenters will be notified by April 30.  Late submissions will be reviewed until May 31 on a space-available basis. 

Please contact Professor Kim Holst at Arizona State University or Professor Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago if you have questions about the conference.

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March 9, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 1, 2019

Proposals Invited for the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

Proposals are invited for the next Global Legal Skills Conference, which will take place on December 12-14, 2019 in Phoenix at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  In addition to the conference, there will be a Scholars’ Forum on December 11 and an optional day trip on December 15, 2019.

Proposals for presentations are now being at http://forms.law.asu.edu/gls14.  The first call for proposals will close on March 15 and presenters will be notified by April 30.  Late submissions will be reviewed until May 31 on a space-available basis. 

Please contact Professor Kim Holst at Arizona State University or Professor Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago if you have questions about the conference.

(mew)

March 1, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Early-Bird Prices Expire Today for the ABA Section of International Law Annual Meeting

A quick reminder that TODAY, FRIDAY, 1 MARCH is the LAST DAY for the "Early Bird" Discount on registration for the American Bar Association Section of International Law's Annual Conference, to be held  9-13 April 2019, in Washington, D.C.

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March 1, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Comparative Law Works-in-Progress Roundtable in Texas

The Constitutional Studies Program

at The University of Texas at Austin

 

and the

 

Institute for Transnational Law

at The University of Texas at Austin

 

in cooperation with the

 

Section on Comparative Law

Association of American Law Schools

 

invite submissions for

 

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS ROUNDTABLE IN COMPARATIVE LAW

 

Convened by

 

Richard Albert (Texas)

Lauren Fielder (Texas)

 

Submissions are invited from comparative law scholars around the world for a works-in-progress roundtable on all subjects of comparative law. Preference will be given to early-career scholars as well scholars working on book projects. The purpose of this roundtable is to offer scholars the opportunity to develop their ideas as they work toward submitting a draft for publication.

 

Convened by Richard Albert and Lauren Fielder, this roundtable will be held in the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The roundtable may be extended to a second day (Wednesday, May 22, 2019) depending on the number of submissions accepted.

 

Subject-Matter

 

Submissions are welcome on any subject of comparative law—public or private—taking any perspective and using any methodological approach.

 

Structure

 

The roundtable will feature a small number of accepted submissions. The roundtable will devote up to one hour to each accepted submission. Participants must have read all submissions prior to the program in order to facilitate a robust and constructive discussion on each submission.

 

Eligibility

 

Submissions are invited from comparative law scholars around the world at any level of seniority, including students enrolled in graduate programs in law or related disciplines that engage the study of comparative law.

 

Submission Instructions

 

Interested scholars should email PFD versions of their work-in-progress and CV by 5pm Austin (Texas) time on Thursday, March 14, 2019 to tdo@law.utexas.edu on the understanding that the work-in-progress will be shared with all accepted roundtable participants. Scholars should identify their submission with the following subject line: “Work-in-Progress Roundtable on Comparative Law.”

 

Notification

 

Accepted applicants will be notified no later than Monday, April 4, 2019. If you do not receive a notification by this date, we regret that we were unable to accommodate your application.

 

Costs

 

There is no cost to participate in this roundtable. Group meals will be generously sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Program at The University of Texas at Austin. The Constitutional Studies Program will moreover provide a travel stipend of $250 USD to each accepted applicant. The Institute for Transnational Studies at The University of Texas at Austin will offer an additional stipend of $250 USD for accommodation. Accepted applicants are responsible for securing their own funding for all other expenses.

 

Questions

 

Please direct inquiries in connection with this roundtable to:

 

Richard Albert

William Stamps Farish Professor of Law

The University of Texas at Austin

richard.albert@law.utexas.edu

 

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February 28, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 25, 2019

ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.

ICJ Peace PalaceThe International Court of Justice issued an Advisory Opinion today in respect of the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. Click here for the Advisory Opinion.

Vice President Xue Hanqin of China and Judges Peter Tomka of Slovakia and Ronny Abraham of France added declarations to the Advisory Opinion, as did Judges Kirill Gevorgian of the Russian Federation, Nawaf Salam of Lebanon, and Yuji Iwasawa of Japan. Judges Giorgio Gaja of Italy, Julia Sebutinde of Uganda, and Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica appended separate opinions.  Judge Augusto Cançado Trindade of Brzail also added a separate opinion and additionally joined a joint declaration with Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica. Judge Joan E. Donoghue of the United States appended a dissenting opinion.

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February 25, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

International Court of Justice Allows Part of Iran's Case to Proceed Against the United States

ICJ Peace PalaceThe International Court of Justice delivered its judgment on the U.S. preliminary objections in Certain Iranian Assets (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America) on February 13, 2019. The ICJ found that it has jurisdiction to entertain part of the Application of the Islamic Republic of Iran and that its Application is admissible.

Iran had brought the action against the United States in 2016, alleging various violations of the Iran-U.S. Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights. In 2017, the United States raised preliminary objections to the admissibility of Iran's Application and to the exercise of jurisdiction by the ICJ. 

Iran argued that Iran and Iranian State-owned companies are entitled to immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and in respect of enforcement proceedings in the United States. Iran argued that the failure of the United States to recognize the separate juridical status and separate legal personality of Iranian companies violated its obligations under the Treaty of Amity and international law.

The United States asked the ICJ to dismiss all of Iran's claims as inadmissible.

Among its findings, the ICJ held that the Treaty of Amity was still in force and that none of its provisions excluded certain matters from the jurisdiction of the ICJ. However the ICJ found that Iran's claims based on the alleged violation of sovereign immunities guaranteed by customary international law did not relate to the interpretation or application of the Treaty of Amity.

More information about the case can be found by clicking here. Judges Peter Tomka of Slovakia and Jame Richard Crawford of Australia issued a joint separate opinion. Judges Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica and Kirill Gevorgian of the Russian Federation issued individual separate opinions, as did ad hoc judges Charles Brower (United States) and Djamchid Montaz (Islamic Repbulic of Iran). (The United States appointed an ad hoc judge because Judge Joan Donoghue recused herself from the case.) Judge Giorgio Gaja of Italy issued a declaration. The judgment and the separate opinions and declaration can be found at www.icj-cij.org/en/case/164/judgments.  The pdf of the Court's February 13 judgment can be found at www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/164/....

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February 25, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

ABA President Expresses Concern Over the Suspension of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2019 – The American Bar Association expresses its hope that Nigeria’s 2019 elections on Saturday will be credible, fair, free and transparent. The ABA is concerned about recent events that could undermine the country’s rule of law and calls for calm as Nigerians prepare to go to the polls.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension during this election period of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, the official responsible for overseeing the election, is troubling. The independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers are essential to ensuring Nigeria’s adherence to the rule of law. The basic precept of checks and balances requires that an action with such monumental consequences be accomplished strictly and unambiguously in accordance with the processes and procedures of the governing law. Failure to observe the basic precepts of checks and balances could raise questions about the legitimacy of the outcome of the forthcoming election.

The U.N. Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary assign all governments the duty to ensure the independence of the judiciary and to guard against inappropriate or unwarranted interference with the judicial process. The ambiguous circumstances of Chief Justice Onnoghen’s suspension appear to be in breach of the provisions of the U.N. Basic Principles governing the grounds and process for the removal of a judge.

On the eve of the largest election in Africa’s history, the ABA calls upon President Buhari, the Nigerian government, and all stakeholders to respect the rule of law, commit to violence-free, fair elections, and exercise restraint throughout the entire process.

(ABA Press Release)

February 23, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A New U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

President Trump has announced that he will nominate Ambassador Kelly Craft to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  She is currently the U.S. Ambassador to Canada.

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February 23, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Last Call for Nominating Books for the Scribes Book Award

Since 1961, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--has presented an annual award for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. The Scribes Book-Award Committee receives between 30 and 40 nominees each year. The Scribes Book Award is presented at a CLE program held in conjunction with the Scribes' annual meeting, which this year will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

International law experts may remember that the 2018 winner of the Scribes Book Award was The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro. Honorable mentions went to The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, and to Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice by Roberta Walburn.

Nominations for the 2019 Scribes Book Award will be accepted until February 15, 2019. To nominate a book for this year's book award, all a publisher needs to do is send a copy to each of our book award committee members.  For more information, please contact the Executive Director of Scribes, Philip Johnson, at scribesleglwriters@gmail.com.

(mew)

February 14, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

John Marshall Chicago is Hiring Podium Visitors

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago seeks two or more experienced faculty members to serve as full-time visiting professors for the 2019-2020 academic year (one or both semesters). We need coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure, Corporations, Employee Benefits, Estates & Trusts, Income Taxation, Legal Research and Writing, and Property. Candidates must have law school teaching experience. It is contemplated that the successful candidates will be current full-time faculty members at ABA-approved law schools, although others with extraordinary credentials may be considered.

 

To apply, submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at 7sorkin@jmls.edu. The Committee will begin reviewing applications as they are received and will continue on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. We may conduct an interview via Skype or a similar platform or in person, and may request submission of teaching evaluations or other materials.

 

The John Marshall Law School is committed to diversity, access, and opportunity. Subject to the approval of our accreditors, John Marshall is in the process of being acquired by the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an anticipated closing date in August 2019. For more information, visit www.jmls.edu and jmls.uic.edu.

 

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

 

(mew)

February 14, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Santa Clara is Hiring

Santa Clara University School of Law is hiring both full-time and adjunct faculty for its Office of Academic and Bar Success, and for the Legal Writing Department. The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings, although the issue of voting for renewable term faculty is under discussion and set for a vote this spring semester.

The law school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary of $90,000 to $119,999.  (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.) Renewable term faculty members are entitled to a $3,000 faculty support budget.  Other teaching and coaching opportunities are available for additional stipends.

The number of students enrolled in each semester will be 30 or fewer for the legal writing course. The number of students taught overall will depend on teaching assignments other than the first-year legal writing course.

Hat tip to Associate Dean Michael W. Flynn at Santa Clara University School of Law

(mew)

February 12, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Jessup National Rounds Underway Around the World

National rounds of the 2019 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition are underway around the world. We wish the best of luck to all of the competitors and extend special thanks to the oral round judges, memorial judges, law student bailiffs, and other volunteers who make this global competition possible. And we don't mind asking Jessup alumni to visit www.ilsa.org and donate a couple of (hundred?) dollars to the International Law Students Association, which organizes the competition. They need and deserve our support.

(mew, judging the national rounds in Italy)

February 6, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

FYROM Becomes North Macedonia; Country Can Now Join NATO and the EU

In an emotional and highly-divisive vote, the Greek Parliament voted 153-146 to approve its neighbor's name change from FYROM (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) to North Macedonia. The measure will now allow North Macedonia to join NATO and the European Union.

The Republic of Macedonia had declared independence in 1991 during the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Greece blocked the Republic of Macedonia from joining NATO and the European Union because it objected to the name. Greece feared that the name chosen would eventually lead that country to claim the Greek province of Macedonia as its own.

Many Greeks will still reject the name North Macedonia, as seen by the closeness of the parliamentary vote. But the Greek Parliament's approval of the new name will now clear the way for North Macedonia to join both NATO and the European Union.

(mew)

 

January 26, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Best Job Posting of the Week

The Wine and Viticulture Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure track Assistant/Associate/Full professor in Wine Marketing Strategy to start September 12, 2019. Click here for details.

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January 25, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 24, 2019

American Society of International Law - International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group Works in Progress Conference in Chicago

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The International Courts and Tribunals Interest Groups (ICTIG) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is holding a program on Friday, January 25, 2019 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago to present various works in progress. Speakers include:

  • Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak – How Environmental Justice Movements Need International Human Rights Frameworks
  • Anastacia Greene – The Campaign to Make Ecocide an International Crime
  • Christopher Bailey – Piracy Prosecution in Kenyan Courts
  • Milena Sterio – The Role of Women at International Criminal Tribunals
  • Sara Ochs – In Need of Prosecution: The Role of Personal Jurisdiction at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • Nergis Canefe –Through the Looking Glass: Hybrid Courts and International Criminal Law in the Global South
  • Ashley Barnes – Compensation in the History of International Courts and Arbitral Tribunals

Hat tip to Stuart Ford, Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group

(mew)

January 24, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Nominations Open Until February 15 for the 2019 Scribes Book Award

Since 1961, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--has presented an annual award for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. The Scribes Book-Award Committee receives between 30 and 40 nominees each year. The Scribes Book Award is presented at a CLE program held in conjunction with the Scribes' annual meeting, which this year will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

International law experts may remember that the 2018 winner of the Scribes Book Award was The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro. Honorable mentions went to The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, and to Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice by Roberta Walburn.

Nominations for the 2019 Scribes Book Award will be accepted until February 15, 2019. To nominate a book for this year's book award, all a publisher needs to do is send a copy to each of our book award committee members.  For more information, please contact the Executive Director of Scribes, Philip Johnson, at scribesleglwriters@gmail.com.

(mew)

January 19, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

AALS Section of International Law

AALS LogoThe Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law elected a new slate of officers for the 2019-20 term. These officer will serve until the end of the next AALS Annual Meeting, which will be held from January 2-5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

  • Section Chair: Professor Tom McDonnell (Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University)
  • Section Chair-Elect: Professor Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School - Chicago)
  • Secretary: Dean Hari M. Osofsky (The Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Law)
  • Treasurer: Professor Jason Palmer (Stetson University College of Law)
  • Immediate Past Chair: Professor Milena Sterio (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University)

(mew)

January 17, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)