Tuesday, March 31, 2020

An Online Interview with ICJ Judge Joan Donoghue

The International Law Students Association (ILSA), the organization that normally brings you the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, has kindly scheduled a broadcast of "A Conversation with Judge Joan Donoghue," moderated by Amir Farhadi of Dechert LLP.

The event will be held online on April 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. GMT/2:00 p.m. EDT on Vimeo and Facebook.


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Monday, March 30, 2020

Snapshot of the Covid-19 Pandemic (Mar. 30, 2020)

As of March 30, 2020, the World Health Organization reports:

confirmed cases of Covid-19
countries, areas or territories with cases

As of March 30, 2020, the top 25 countries reporting cases of Covid-19 are:

  1. United States of America :122653 cases
  2. Italy :97689 cases
  3. China :82455 cases
  4. Spain :78797 cases
  5. Germany :57298 cases
  6. Iran (Islamic Republic of) :41495 cases
  7. France :39642 cases
  8. The United Kingdom :19526 cases
  9. Switzerland :14274 cases
  10. Netherlands :10866 cases
  11. Belgium :10836 cases
  12. Republic of Korea :9661 cases
  13. Turkey :9271 cases
  14. Austria :8813 cases
  15. Portugal :5962 cases
  16. Canada :5655 cases
  17. Israel :4247 cases
  18. Australia :4245 cases
  19. Norway :4102 cases
  20. Brazil :3904 cases
  21. Sweden :3700 cases
  22. Czechia :2829 cases
  23. Ireland :2615 cases
  24. Malaysia :2470 cases
  25. Denmark :2395 cases

March 30, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Law Library of Congress: Ask a Librarian is Available!

The website for the Law Library of Congress includes a feature called "Ask a Librarian." It's free, it's available to law professors, law students, and other researchers all around the globe. And it's open, even if the Law Library itself is closed. Click here to read more about it.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Snapshot of the Covid-19 Pandemic (Mar. 24, 2020)

Italy reported 608 coronavirus deaths yesterday, bringing its total to 5,476 fatalities. Spain extended its lockdown for another 15 days as the national death toll in Spain surged more than 25 percent. Spain now has more than 33,000 confirmed cases.

And Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India announced a stay-at-home order for 1.3 billion people to stay inside their homes for the next three weeks to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The World Health Organization reports that as of March 24, 2020 (6pm CET), there are:

confirmed cases
countries, areas or territories with cases     



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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Snapshot of the Covid-19 Pandemic

As of March 22, 2020, the World Health Organization reports that among the 187 countries, areas, or territories with cases of the novel caronavirus Covid-19, there are:

  • 294,110 confirmed cases; and
  • 12,944 confirmed deaths.

"Covid-19" is the acronym for Carona Virus Disease 2019.

Here are the recent daily numbers of cases reported to the World Health Organization:

  • On March 19, 24,200 new cases were reported.
  • On March 20, 32,900 new cases were reported.
  • On March 21, 27,100 new cases were reported.

Here are the countries, areas, and territories reporting cases as of March 22, 2020. Updated numbers can be found on the WHO website.



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Friday, March 20, 2020

McGill Conference in Paris on International Aviation Liability, Insurance, and Finance Postpoined

The McGill Institute of Air and Space Law has announced that its 13th Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability, Insurance, and Finance, scheduled to be held in Paris on June 15/16, will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall 2020. The organizers hope to keep the conference in Paris, and we can't blame them for that.

Hat tip to Brian F. Havel.


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International Contract Law: Force Majeure and the Covid-19 Pandemic

One of the legal issues for international businesses is whether contracts are enforceable in a pandemic. If a contract contains a force majeure clause, it probably doesn't specifically include a pandemic as a triggering event. Does the contract need to include pandemics specifically or will the general language of the clause include an unforeseeable and uncontrollable event such as a pandemic? Does force majeure excuse a simple inability to pay if the banking system is still functional (and the only problem is that the buyer has no money)? What exactly will excuse performance under force majeure under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Article 2-615, Article 79 of the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), or under another country's civil or commercial code? What notice must be given to invoke force majeure?

The topic is one arising repeatedly this week. It was the focus of the phone conference of the International Contracts Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and it will be the focus of a CLE program next week at the Chicago Bar Association.

Click here to read the Client Memorandum prepared by Paul Weiss on the topic of Force Majeure under the Caronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.

Click here to read Force Majeure and Exemption of Liability in Connection with the COVID-19 Outbreak from the Korean Law Perspective.

Hat tip to William P. Johnson, Chair of the International Contracts Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and Dean of the Saint Louis University School of Law.


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

"I Will Survive" - The Caronavirus Song for Professors

Dr. Michael Bruening is a Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).

His video about the anxiety of professors suddenly teaching online has, well, gone viral. You can enjoy it here, even if you're not a professor yourself.

Dr. Bruening is a historian of medieval and early modern Europe who specializes in the Reformation.  He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies.  His first book, Calvinism's First Battleground, explores the origins of Calvinism in early modern Switzerland through the religious and political struggles between Catholics and Protestants in the region, as well as within Protestantism itself.  In 2012, he published Epistolae Petri Vireti, a critical edition of the unedited correspondence of the Calvinist reformer Pierre Viret. He most recently published A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate, a reader for courses on the Reformation. At Missouri S&T, Dr. Bruening teaches early Western Civilization, as well as upper-level courses on pre-modern European history, from ancient Rome through the Reformation.  He also teaches the history of Christianity and Islam.  Before coming to Missouri S&T in 2007, Dr. Bruening taught at Concordia University, Irvine.

And somewhere along the way he also learned to sing.



March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ASIL Conference Postponed

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) has decided to postpone its 2020 Annual Meeting. The organization emphasizes that "this is only a postponement" and that it "remain[s] committed to holding an Annual Meeting in 2020 in some form, whether in person or virtually online."

Click here for more information.


March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ACPIL Meeting Canceled

The U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL) annual meeting on Friday, April 17, 2020 has been canceled.

Hat tip to Houston Putnam Lowry.


March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

U.S. State Department Advises Against All International Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.

Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.  These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.

March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

UNA-USA Cancels 2020 Leadership Summit

The United Nations Association for the United States (UNA-USA) announced that it is canceling its 2020 Global Leadership Summit, previously scheduled to take place June 7-9 in Washington, DC. The organization had also previously canceled its 2020 Global Engagement Summit that had been scheduled to take place on Friday, March 27 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.


March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA Section of International Law Annual Meeting in New York is Canceled

The American Bar Association Section of International Law has canceled its 2020 Annual Meeting in New York, which was to have been held from April 21-24, 2020.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

U.S. News Rankings for International Law Programs

The magazine U.S. News and World Report released the rankings we love to hate: its list of the "Best International Law Programs" for 2021. This year's winners are:

  • (1) New York University
  • (2) Harvard University
  • (3) Georgetown University
  • (Tie for 4) American University Washington College of Law
  • (Tie for 4) Columbia University
  • (Tie for 4) Yale University
  • (7) University of Michigan
  • (8) George Washington University
  • (Tie for 9) Duke University
  • (Tie for 9) Stanford University
  • (Tie for 11) University of California at Berkeley
  • (Tie for 11) University of Virginia

Click here to see the 2021 rankings for Legal Writing Programs.


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Thursday, March 12, 2020

75th Anniversary of the United Nations

By a modalities resolution adopted by UN Member States on 14 June 2019, the UN will mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, 21 September 2020 on the theme, 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

UNA-USA Cancels 2020 Global Engagement Summit

The United Nations Association for the United States (UNA-USA) announced that it is canceling its 2020 Global Engagement Summit, previously scheduled to take place on Friday, March 27 at United Nations Headquarters. COVID-19 has presented too great a challenge to bringing together over 1,500 Americans in the UN General Assembly Hall, particularly as other large UN gatherings have been canceled and U.S. and global guidance is changing daily related to the COVID-19 virus.


UPDATE: The UNA-USA has also decided to cancel its 2020 Global Leadership Summit, previously scheduled to take place June 7-9 in Washington, DC.

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Guidance for Student Foreign Travel

The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance for Institutes of Higher Education with students participating in foreign exchange or study abroad programs.

Consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange programs

Given the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) institutes of higher education (IHE) should consider postponing or canceling upcoming student foreign exchange programs. IHE should consider asking current program participants to return to their home country. Those overseeing student foreign exchange programs should be aware that students may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad.

IHEs should consider asking students participating in study abroad programs to return to the United States. IHEs should work with state and local public health officials to determine the best approach for when and how (e.g., chartered transportation for countries or areas assessed as high-risk for exposure) their study abroad students might return. All plans for returning study abroad students should be designed to protect participants from stigma and discrimination.

The COVID-19 situation is dynamic. Given the speed of spread and the number of countries experiencing human-to-human transmission, IHEs should evaluate the risks associated with choosing to maintain programs abroad and take the appropriate proactive measures. IHEs that continue to maintain programs abroad should monitor cdc.gov/COVID-19 for additional information.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Global Legal Skills Conference in Bari is Rescheduled

Because of uncertainties in global travel relating to the caronavirus, the next Global Legal Skills Conference is being rescheduled from May 2020 to May 2021. The location will remain at the University of Bari (southern Italy).
Proposals submitted for the 2020 conference will be carried over to the new conference dates, which we believe will be May 19-21, 2021. The conference organziers will also be accepting additional proposals.
The GLS Conference organizers are grateful to the University of Bari Department of Law for hosting the next conference and they thank them for being able to accommodate the new conference schedule.

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