Monday, June 20, 2022

World Refugee Day 2022


That is the UN Refugee Agency's theme for World Refugee Day 2022. 

Sadly, the number of refugees continues to grow year after year. In the words of Anthony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, we are experiencing "unprecedented humanitarian crises across the globe, resulting in the largest number of refugees in history. Last month, we reached the tragic milestone of more than 100 million people forcibly displaced worldwide."

In light of these crises, ask what you can do to assist refugees: make a donation, take a pro bono case, or engage in advocacy for refugees.


June 20, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 17, 2022

GLS Online Coference on Legal Education in Ukraine

Ukraine Flag JPEGThe Global Legal Skills Conference Committee is organizing a series of three virtual workshops to help raise awareness about how the war in Ukraine is impacting legal skills education in that country and to provide a platform to discuss ways we can help our Ukrainian colleagues through collaboration and networking.  

Each session will be two hours long -- an hour of presentation followed by an hour of discussion in break out rooms.


DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT.  

Click here to locate the specific day and time for your time zone.

Plenary session will feature:

  • Artem Shaipov,  Legal Advisor/Team Lead for Legal Education Reform, USAID Justice for All Activity in Ukraine
  • Serhiy Riznyk, Vice-Rector for Research, Teaching, and International Cooperation at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine
  • Prof. Dmytro Boichuk, Head of the Center for Legal Education Quality Assurance at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Mariia Tsypiashchuk, Board Member of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, Head of the Pro Bono Legal Clinic of the National University of Ostroh Academy,Ukraine
  • Adil Abduramanov, President of the European Law Students’ Association in Ukraine.

Follow-up workshops will take place at the same time on:

  • Thursday, July 28, 2022 
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 

Attendance at each online session will be limited to 100 people, but a recording of the plenary presentations will be made available for those who cannot attend.

Please click here to register for the series.

Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, University of Illinois Chicago School of Law 

Artem Shaipov,  Legal Advisor/Team Lead for Legal Education Reform, USAID Justice for All Activity in Ukraine 

Prof. Kimberly Holst, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law 

Prof. Lurene Contento, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 

Prof. David Austin, California Western School of Law 

June 17, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Turkmenistan Restricts Women's Appearance and Personal Freedoms


The Republic of Turkmenistan has introduced restrictions on women’s appearance and beauty culture, as well as on personal freedoms related to travel and access to abortion. The new rules were imposed after a new president of the country, Serdar Berdymukhammedov, took office, replacing his father, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who ruled Turkmenistan for 16 years.

Click here to read more about this development from the Law Library of Congress.


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Monday, June 6, 2022

Call for Presentations: Central States Law Schools Association Scholarship Conference

The Central States Law Schools Association (CSLSA) is returning to an in-person scholarship conference this fall for the first time in about three years.  This year’s CSLSA conference will be held in person at Washburn Law in Topeka, Kansas, on Sept. 9-10, 2022.

The CSLSA scholarship conference is a wonderfully supportive environment with excellent camaraderie in which you may present a project on any subject, at any stage of development, for feedback.

Submissions are being accepted through August 15 at this link. Registration is open via the same link.

The organizers have announced that the keynote speaker will be Quinton Lucas, Mayor of Kansas City, MO.


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Friday, June 3, 2022

ICJ Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (1947-2022)

The International Court of Justice announced the passing of H.E. Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade on 29 May 2022 in Brazil.

Judge Cançado Trindade had been a Member of the International Court of Justice from 6 February 2009. Having been re-elected on 6 February 2018, his latest term of office was due to expire in February 2027.

Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on 17 September 1947. He led an illustrious career in the fields of international law and human rights. After obtaining a Bachelors’s degree in law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, he pursued his Master’s and PhD in international law at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He later obtained further honorary titles and prizes from various universities across Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

In his home country, he served as Legal Adviser to the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil from 1985 to 1990, and represented Brazil in a number of important regional and international conferences.

Judge Cançado Trindade was a member of the Commission of Advisors to UNESCO on the Right to Peace as a Human Right, a research supervisor for the project on International Humanitarian Law and Customary Law of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and an arbitrator of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

In Latin America, he notably served as a judge at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from 1995 to 2008, having been elected its President from 1999 to 2004. He was also Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights from 1994 to 1996.

Judge Cançado Trindade served as a professor and lecturer at a number of renowned universities, academies, and institutes throughout his long career. He authored 78 books and some 790 monographs, contributions to various publications, as well as articles on international law.

He published in numerous countries and several languages. He also held various advisory functions
in international and regional organizations.
Judge Cançado Trindade also participated in a number of professional associations and learned societies in different capacities. In particular, he was a member of the Institut de droit international from 1997, and, from 2004, a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law. He was also Director of the Brazilian Journal of International Law from 1985, and Co-Director of the Brazilian Journal of Human Rights from 2001.

(Adapted from an ICJ press release)


June 3, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Symposium on Early Career International Law Academia - Closing Event

The New Professionals Group of the American Society of International Law is hosting a virtual closing event for the Symposium on Early Career International Law Academia:

"Early career scholars in international law embark on a journey which has its very distinct and various challenges. The hierarchies of academic institutions, the political economy of modern universities, geographical location, language, race, gender, and mental health struggles are some of the issues of concern to junior legal researchers, and often even to those advanced in their career. These difficulties and uncertainties were a common meeting point for the conveners of the Symposium on Early Career International Law Academia. The symposium hosted by Opinio Juris and Afronomicslaw aimed to offer broad reflection and practical advice to junior international law researchers, to pass on the knowledge that the contributors gained with time and experience."

This Closing Event will offer a panel involving some of the contributors of the Symposium where the speakers will reflect on the posts in the series and will discuss common challenges of junior researchers around the world.

Speakers:Eliav Lieblich (Tel Aviv University)Frédéric Mégret (McGill University)Ntina Tzouvala (ANU College of Law)Tejas Rao (Cambridge University)Raghavi Viswanath (European University Institute)

Date and time: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Registration information may be found here.


June 3, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 2, 2022

New! Journal of Law Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning is thrilled to be launching a new scholarly journal.  The Journal of Law Teaching and Learning will publish scholarly articles about pedagogy and will provide authors with rigorous peer review. We hope to publish our first issue in Fall 2023. 

If you have a scholarly article that might fit the needs of The Journal of Law Teaching and Learning, please consider submitting it through the Scholastica platform. 

More information about the Institution for Law Teaching and Learning may be found here.


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