Thursday, December 22, 2022

International Law Programs at at the AALS Annual Meeting in January 2023

For those of you attending the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), the International Law Section is sponsoring and co-sponsoring several events that may be of interest.  We hope to see you there!

AALS Discussion Group: Russia and Ukraine in the New Global Order

Thursday, January 5, 2023, 8:00 am - 9:40 am

Join professors in international law for a discussion of a variety of legal developments with respect to the situation in Ukraine and its aftermath.


International Law – Award Ceremony

Thursday, January 5, 2023, 12 – 1pm


Conflict in Ukraine: Can Prosecuting Atrocity Crimes Make a Difference?

Friday, January 6, 2023, 10:00 – 11:40 am 

Cosponsors: Section on Comparative Law, Section on International Human Rights, Section on Global Engagement

This program will focus on the atrocities committed during the conflict in Ukraine, from 2013 to the present time, as well as state responses to those actions. We will explore the actions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other justice mechanisms, including national systems, and the steps needed to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes, as well as the political and diplomatic challenges to those prosecutions. We will also explore the reluctance of the United States to embrace the ICC as a global institution and the implications of that hesitancy for the legal academy and the Court. Finally, the panel will ask whether and how prosecuting atrocity crimes can make a difference either in Ukraine or elsewhere.


How Can Students and Faculty Make a Difference via Teaching and Clinical Work in Times of Crisis?

Friday, January 6, 2023, 3:00 – 4:40 pm

Co-Sponsored by Comparative Law, Global Engagement, and International Human Rights 

When international crises occur, law school community members are impacted emotionally and often want to use their training and skills to respond in positive and constructive ways. Some topics and crises may overwhelm or trigger students. Some crises may require an immediate response; others require longer-term attention. This program is designed to explore these issues and suggest beneficial ways law school communities can assist persons most affected by these crises. The discussion leaders will begin the conversation and will invite audience participation to share innovative ideas and best practices for how law school communities can constructively respond to international crises.


Global War and Conflict in Ukraine and Beyond: An Effective and Balanced Response?

Saturday, January 7,  8:30 am – 10:10 am

Co-Sponsored by Comparative Law, Global Engagement, International Human Rights, and Litigation

The conflict in Ukraine, almost more than any other, has brought a host of international institutions and mechanisms to the fore and sparked litigation all over the globe. The United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, International Court of Justice, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Human Rights Council, European Court of Human Rights, World Trade Organization, and International Criminal Court are among the institutions that have acted or been engaged in addition to national courts.  Have national and international institutions been effective?  And why has the response in Ukraine seemingly been so different than the response in Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Israel/Palestine and a host of other “hot spots” around the world? This panel will take a look back at the events of 2022 and take stock of how well our international institutions have handled (or weathered) the events that unfolded.


International Law’s Co-sponsorships:

Friday, January 6, 1:00 pm – 2:40 pm

International Human Rights


Saturday Jan 7,  1:00 pm -2:40 pm

Global Engagement


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