Thursday, May 22, 2008
Elections were held on May 21 for 15 of the 47 seats in the UN Human Rights Council. The elections were somewhat controversial because some of the newly elected members, including Pakistan, Bahrain, Gabon and Zambia, have been critized by NGO watchdogs for their human rights records in the recent past. France and the United Kingdom also were among those elected.
In accordance with paragraph 7 of General Assembly Resoultion 60/251, the Human Rights Council "shall consist of forty-seven Member States, which shall be elected directly and individually by secret ballot by the majority of the members of the General Assembly; the membership shall be based on equitable geographical distribution, and seats shall be distributed as follows among regional groups: Group of African States, thirteen; Group of Asian States, thirteen; Group of Eastern European States, six; Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, eight; and Group of Western European and other States, seven; the members of the Council shall serve for a period of three years and shall not be eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms”.
I am the Assistant Dean for International Programs at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where I administer the school's study abroad, exchange, Visiting Scholars, and other student and faculty mobility programs. In particular, I administer the annual Summer Institute for Global Justice (jointly run with Case Western and Utrecht Law School) and the new Transnational Law Program (a joint enterprise with Utrecht University, University of Trento, Queen's University Belfast, and Catholic University of Portugal). I am also the Executive Director of the law school's Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, where I work with director Leila Nadya Sadat to administer the scholarly aspects of the school's international, comparative, and transnational programming.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Ukraine became the 152nd member of the World Trade Organization, completing a accession negotiations that began 15 years ago. Read more about it from the WTO. Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe by area, and has a population of 46.6 million people.
The Law Librarian Blog announced that a book called The Secret Treaties of History has won the Association of American Law Libraries Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. The book is by Edward Grosek, and it indexes treaties that nations entered into secretly. The book annotates 973 secret treaties (some going back to as early as 499 A.D.) among 110 nations.
The Law Librarian Blog notes correctly that is a unique resource for legal researchers. Grosek is an associate professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb Illinois and is in charge of the United Nations collection at the Founders Memorial Library. The book is now in its second edition, published by Hein.
Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
When I was a college student I subscribed to the U.S. State Department's Background Notes, which had detailed information on every country. These reports were always fascinating to me, and they still are. The only difference is that they are now available online for free. Here's a link to the report for China. You can click on that link and find reports for other countries. These reports are a great resource, and now they're free.
China is the third largest trader in the world, thanks to reforms in Chinese trade laws and policies. The World Trade Organization has just posted its trade policy report for China. Click here for a link to a WTO press release that will give you further links to the WTO report and also a report from the Chinese government.
U.S. law schools continue to admit an ever-increasing number of students from other countries, including students whose first language is not English. Here is a short article that describes curricular choices that writing directors at U.S. law schools must make to meet the needs of international students. The article considers five essential points when designing writing and research programs for international students: (1) assess the needs of your international students; (2) set reasonable goals; (3) find appropriate course materials; (4) evaluate the course and have students evaluate it as well; and (5) document the need to support additional resources for international students. Click here to read the full article.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
If your students are still wondering what to do this summer, our friends at the Legal Profession Blog have posted news that it is not too late to get into Tulane's summer study program in Greece. Click here for more information.
Hat tip to the Legal Profession Blog
International Law Reports will soon be available electronically. This is the reporter series that gave us the most significant international law cases, going back to 1919. I've always found it to be an excellent resource in its printed version, and enjoyed browsing the subject-matter index in the back of each volume and the wide range of jurisdictions and international tribunals set forth in the front of the book. Now we'll have the pleasure of searching electronically as well. Click here for more information on the forthcoming electronic version.
This series is a great resource for international scholarship and for students competiting in moot court competitions such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. It was, at least for me, a great way to document some of the national practices that help create rules of customary international law, as well as being a source of general rules and interpretations of treaties.
Careers in International Law, a best-selling career guide from the ABA Section of International Law, has now been published in a second edition. It's a collection of essays by leading international lawyers about their own careers and career paths. It's a useful guide for law students and new lawyers who are seeking to enter the field of international law. It's also useful for more experienced international lawyers who are seeking to move into a new area of international practice. Here's the table of contents, which shows a wide range of topics and author experiences:
Monday, May 19, 2008
We had approximately 100 visitors on our first day of operation. Thank you all. Most of our visitors were from the United States, but we had visitors from these jurisdictions:
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Thanks for visiting!
Welcome to new International Law Prof Blog! I am very excited to be co-editing this blog with Professors Mark Wojcik, Michael Peil, and Cyndee Todgham. I am an Associate Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale where I have been teaching a variety of international law courses for the past seven years. Prior to entering academia, I practiced public and private international law in Washington, D.C. for 10 years. In addition to my regular teaching duties at SIU, I co-direct a summer study abroad program for law students in Ireland and direct an Immigration Detention Project at the SIU School of Law. I am currently the Co-Chair of the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, the Vice-Chair of the International and Immigration Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the President of the Central States Law Schools Association. We hope you find this blog useful and interesting and welcome your contributions.
The American Bar Association Section of International Law provides many wonderful resources for professors, students, and practitioners. Many U.S. law professors are members of the ABA through their law schools. If you're already a member of the ABA, visit the website to join the ABA International Law Section for a nominal fee. If you're not already a member of the ABA, you might find the fee to be more expensive -- but still very much worth the investment. As but one example, the forthcoming edition of the section's International Law Year in Review will be more than 800 pages!
Additionally, if you are a member of the ABA and the Section of International Law, you should look at the list of committees to join. Committee memberships are free to section members, and they provide wonderful opportunities for keeping current with international law developments.
The Institute for International Education has released a new report today on increasing study abroad programs. Click here for a copy of the report. Although the report is generalized to all foreign study programs, students of international law have a special motivation and need to spend at least part of their law school years abroad. Foreign language ability has been a substantial barrier in the past, but in Europe it is common to find law school classes in English even where that is not the first language of the country. The conclusions in the report urge the United States to increase the number of students traveling abroad by increasing the stature and visibility of foreign institutions within the United States and by making for funding and scholarships available to allow more students to go abroad.
Hat tip to the Chronicle of Higher Education
We're pleased to announce a new blog for professors who teach international law (and for those who are interested in teaching international law, or just keeping current with new issues in international legal education).
Our coverage will include all areas of international law taught in the United States and in law schools around the world. We know that many of you teach in more than one international subject, and that many of the teaching resources of interest to more than one narrow group (including announcements of upcoming international law conferences, materials, calls for papers, and other opportunities. Without limitation, we'll include information on these areas:
- Public International Law
- Private International Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Business Transactions
- International Trade Law
- International Legal Exchange
- Comparative Law
- Summer abroad programs
- International Institutions
- Canadian international law developments
- Mexican international law developments
- European international law developments
- African international law developments
- Chinese international law developments
- Islamic international law developments
- Latin American international law developments
- South Pacific Islands and International Law
- International Antitrust
- International Environmental Law
- International Moot Court Competitions
- Submitting Articles to International Law Journals
- LL.M. programs for international students
- International Intellectual Property
- International Commercial Dispute Resolution
- NAFTA Tribunal Decisions
- WTO Decisions
- International Court of Justice
- European Court of Human Rights
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights
- International Litigation
- International Tort Law
- Foreign Legal Consultants
- International Art and Cultural Heritage Law
- International Health Law
- United Nations
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Law of the Sea
- International Employment Law
- International Family Law
- International Taxation
- Transnational Legal Practice
- Global Legal Skills
If you have other categories to add to this list, or if you have some information to share about any of these international law categories, just let us know by sending an email message or simply posting a comment below. We hope that you find information posted here to be of interest.
I'm a professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. I've been teaching there for 15 years now. I also teach in Mexico at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, and in Switzerland at the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law. I'm also the Director of the Legal English Program at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
I am a former chair of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group in Teaching International Law. I also previously chaired the Association of American Law Schools Sections on North American Cooperation, International Legal Exchange, Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers. I'm the Publications Officer for the American Bar Association Section of International Law and for two more issues I'll be Editor-in-Chief of the International Law News published by that section. I also previously chaired the international and immigration law section of the Illinois State Bar Association. Most recently I was elected to the board of the International Law Students' Association (ILSA).
Again, welcome to this blog. We look forward to your visits.
Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School - Chicago (mew)