Tuesday, September 22, 2020
A panel of five experienced international law professors will address the very important topic of teaching International Law during challenging times on Friday, October 2 at 1:30 pm EST. International Law has occupied a less central role within American law schools' curricula. At many law schools, International Law is taught as an upper-level elective course; thus, numerous American law school students graduate without ever having had exposure to International Law. It is this panel's starting premise that International Law is a crucial course of study for every law school student; that International Law occupies a very important place in every lawyer's practice; that International Law should be taught more frequently at all law schools in the U.S.; and that during the Covid-19 pandemic - a challenging time for all - the role of International Law should be re-emphasized and the course taught to all students. This panel will thus focus on exchanging insights in teaching International Law, with a particular emphasis on best practices, resources, and challenges regarding remote, online or hybrid teaching of International Law. The panel is sponsored by the American Society of International Law, Teaching International Law Interest Group.
To register for the program, click here. We hope you will join the conversation.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced her selection of Shira Perlmutter as the 14th Register of Copyrights. Click here for more information on the appointment.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
U.S. President Trump announced sanctions today against the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda. She earned the United States' disapproval because she is investigating allegations of possible war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The Prosecutor has been placed on the U.S. Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list and, as a result, is subject to having any assets in the U.S. frozen among other restrictions.
Human rights groups have condemned US sanctions on ICC personnel saying it undermines respect for the international rule of law. The United Nations also has expressed concern and said it is monitoring the situation.
The United States is not a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC and maintains that the Court does not have jurisdiction over the US troops. It is important to remember, however, that the matter is only at an investigative stage. If the United States believes its soldiers have not committed war crimes, it would show much more respect for the rule of law and serve as a positive example by cooperating with the ICC and providing evidence proving their innocence rather than unilaterally imposing sanctions.
Participants are invited to author an essay in English between 2000-3000 words (excluding footnotes and references) examining the impact and usefulness of UNIDROIT instruments either during the COVID-19 pandemic, or in the post COVID-19 economy.
The focus of this essay should be any relevant UNIDROIT instrument such as the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts, the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocols, the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, the UNIDROIT-FAO-IFAD Legal Guides on Contract Farming, and/or Agricultural Land Investment Contracts, among others.
The top five essay received will be rewarded in the following manner:
- 1st Position: 2,500 € + Publication opportunities
- 2nd Position: 1,500 € + Publication opportunities
- 3rd Position: 500 € + Publication opportunities
- 4th and 5th Position: Publication opportunities
The deadline for submission is 7 September 2020 (CET).