Saturday, February 29, 2020

Surprise! One Month From Now, North Korea Will Become a Party to the CISG

Perhaps it could have chosen a day other than April Fool's Day, but it didn't. And it does seem so fantastic that international lawyers might be forgiven for doubting this news. But here it is: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) will become a party to the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) on April 1, 2020. 

Other countries joining the CISG in 2020 include Laos and Liechtenstein.

This brings the number of state parties to 93. Australia, China, South Korea, and the United States for example, are all parties to the CISG. India, Pakistan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom are still not parties to the CISG. 

Click here to see the CISG status table.

As stated on the UNCITRAL website, "The purpose of the CISG is to provide a modern, uniform and fair regime for contracts for the international sale of goods. Thus, the CISG contributes significantly to introducing certainty in commercial exchanges and decreasing transaction costs." Additionally, "the CISG provides modern, uniform legislation for the international sale of goods that would apply whenever contracts for the sale of goods are concluded between parties with a place of business in Contracting States. In these cases, the CISG would apply directly, avoiding recourse to rules of private international law to determine the law applicable to the contract, adding significantly to the certainty and predictability of international sales contracts."


February 29, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

University of Colorado to Hold Conference on Women's Enfranchisement

The University of Colorado Law School’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law will host the 2020 Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference on Constitutional Law on Friday, April 3, 2020, on the topic:  “Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment.”  2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, formally extending suffrage to some, but not all, women. But barriers to both political rights and social, lived equality persist, particularly for women at the intersections of race, gender identity, sexuality, and class.  The conference, featuring exciting discussion among diverse scholars and lawyers, will use the centennial to take stock of how far we’ve come and how far we have to go in terms of formal political enfranchisement as well as the social and economic empowerment of women more broadly.  The conference is free and breakfast and lunch will be served to attendees.  Please register here by March 30.

Location: Wittemyer Courtroom | Wolf Law Building (2450 Kittredge Loop Dr, Boulder, CO 80305)

Time: Friday, April 3, 2020 |8:30 am-5:00 pm

Speakers include: 

·       Keynote: Reva Siegel (Yale Law)  

·       Facilitation:  Suzette Malveaux (Colorado Law)

·       Panelists: 

o   Carolyn Ramsey (Colorado Law) 

o   Julie Suk (CUNY) 

o   Mary Ziegler (FSU Law) 

o   Susan Schulten (University of Denver) 

o   Dara Strolovitch (Princeton) 

o   Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law) 

o   Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law) 

o   Justin Levitt (Loyola Law) 

o   Ming H. Chen (Colorado Law) 

o   Aya Gruber (Colorado Law) 

o   Chinyere Ezie (Center for Constitutional Rights) 

o   Diana Flynn (Lambda Legal) 

o   Cary Franklin (UTexas Law) 

o   Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law). 


Hat tip to Prof. Scott Skinner-Thompson, University of Colorado Law School



February 29, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Grants for Research in Negotiation and Conflict Management

Indisputably, the blog for Dispute Resolution Professors, shared news that the Negotiation and Team Resources Organization has announced a grants program to promote the cross-fertilization of research, teaching, and expertise in the area of negotiation and conflict management.  The application deadline is April 20, 2020.  Grants will be awarded by June 15, 2020. 


Click here for more information about the grant, the application process, and to see what was funded last year.



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

University of Bari Hosts Italian Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Jessup Bari 2020The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot court competition in the world.  Every year, law students from more than 600 law schools and more than 90 countries take part in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

The 2019-2020 season marks the 61th edition of the Jessup Competition worldwide.

This year also marks the 18th edition of the Italian National Rounds and the first time that the Italian National Rounds of the 2020 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition will take place in southern Italy. The competition is being hosted this week by the Università degli Studi di Bari 'Aldo Moro', which will also be the host in May of the next Global Legal Skills Conference.

Congratulations to the University of Bari on hosting this year's competition and good luck to all of the teams who have worked so hard to get to this stage of the competition.


February 12, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Case Western Wins Chicago Regional Jessup

CWRU Jessup Chicago 2020Case Western Reserve University School of Law went undefeated over the weekend in the Chicago Regional Competition of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held February 7-9, 2020 at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. 

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot court competition in the world.  Every year, law students from more than 600 law schools and more than 90 countries take part in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

The 2019-2020 season marks the 61th edition of the Jessup Competition worldwide.

The Case Western Team is pictured here with Final Round Judges, Professors Stuart Ford (UIC John Marshall Law School), Talin Hitik, and Vincent Samar (Loyola University Chicago).

The Case Western team received the award for the third-best brief and awards for best speaker in the competition (Laura Graham), eighth-best speaker (Andrea Shaia) and ninth-best speaker (Anthony Severyn). The applicant side, composed of Laura Graham and Elizabeth Safier, then proceeded to beat Wayne State in the quarter-final round, Loyola in the semi-final round and Wisconsin in the final round.

It was the second year in a row that CWRU won the Chicago Jessup International Law Moot Court Championship, earning a berth in the International Rounds in Washington DC in April for the ninth time in 17 years. CWRU is the most recent U.S. team to win the World Championship of the world’s largest, oldest and most prestigious international moot court competition. The Jessup team was coached by CWRU Dean Michael Scharf and Jones Day partner Christopher McLaughlin, assisted by Professors Avi Cover, Jim Johnson, Andrew Pollis and Cassandra Robertson.

Congratulations to all of the teams competing in Jessup Rounds around the world, and thank you to the host institutions and armies of judges for both the memorials and the oral advocacy rounds. If you're a Jessup alumnus, we urge you to visit the website of the International Law Students' Association and make a small (or large) contribution to support the world's largest international law moot court competition.


February 12, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

UIC John Marshall Law School is Hiring Adjunct Professors in Various Subjects

The University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School, Chicago’s only public law school, seeks candidates for adjunct faculty positions to teach classes in the Law School’s Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Jurisprudence degree programs.

These are part-time positions with modest compensation. While adjunct faculty may not be eligible for many benefits, such as health care, they may still be eligible to participate in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).

Typically, Adjunct Professors teach one course per academic year. Specific classes and programs for which the Law School anticipates hiring adjunct faculty in the near future are posted at

Adjuncts generally teach experiential classes (including Lawyering Skills and Trial Advocacy) or advanced classes in the Law School’s master’s degree programs (Employee Benefits, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property Law, International Business & Trade Law, Privacy & Technology Law, Real Estate Law, and Tax Law). Experiential classes are normally taught at the Law School in Chicago’s downtown Loop. Classes in the master’s programs may be taught at the Law School or online, and in some instances, adjuncts also develop online classes for additional compensation. Adjuncts are required to participate in orientation and training sessions and to comply with academic and institutional policies. A learning management system is used in both live and online classes to post syllabi and other materials and communicate with students.

Candidates must have a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-approved law school or its equivalent from a foreign country, at least five years of relevant law practice experience, a record of or potential for excellent teaching, and experience with or willingness to learn the Blackboard learning management system. In addition, admission to a state or foreign bar (or inactive/retired status) is expected for most adjunct faculty positions, and candidates must be in good standing with any bar to which they have been admitted.

For fullest consideration, applicants should submit a resume or curriculum vitae, names of three references familiar with the applicant’s practice or teaching credentials, and a letter of intent identifying specific classes for which the applicant wishes to be considered to by February 28, 2020. (A catalog of the Law School’s classes may be found online at or


Applications are considered for particular classes on a rolling basis or as openings arise. An interview (in person, online, or by phone) may be scheduled following an initial screening. Applicants can continue to apply as a confidential review and screening of candidates will continue until positions are filled.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Illinois 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.



February 11, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)