Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Among the many changes being made by the Biden Administration is the United States' decision to reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council. In a statement issued yesterday, the new U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the United States will rejoin the UN Human Rights Council as an observer for now, giving it a voice in the Council's activities. While acknowledging certain flaws of the Council, Secretary Blinken stated that the United States' absence had created a void in leadership without bringing about meaningful change. He further stated that the United States can be more effective in bringing about positive change if it is engaged with the work of the Council.
The Association of American Law Schools' Section on Comparative Law provides a forum for discussion of problems in the comparison of laws which are of concern to the comparatists as a profession, and brings to the attention of members of the Association of American Law Schools the experience of other countries with matters of current concern to American professors of law
The AALS Section on Comparative Law announced its officers and executive committee for 2021-22. They are:
- Section Chair: Margaret Y. Woo (Northeastern University School of Law)
- Chair-Elect: Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School)
- Secretary: Elizabeth M. Iglesias (University of Miami School of Law)
- Treasurer: Irene Calboli (Texas A&M University School of Law
Executive Committee Members:
- Afra Afsharipour (University of California, Davis, School of Law)
- Richard Albert (The University of Texas School of Law)
- Jorge Contesse (Rutgers Law School)
- Erin F. Delaney (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
- Virginia Harper Ho (University of Kansas School of Law)
- Mark S. Kende (Drake University Law School)
- Sudha N. Setty (Western New England University School of Law)
- Timothy Webster (Western New England University School of Law)
Saturday, February 6, 2021
One benefit of this pandemic is the increased ability to attend interesting symposia and lectures that we would otherwise miss. This week we're looking forward to a symposium organized by the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy.
"International Legal Challenges Facing the New U.S. Administration: Critical Analyses from the American Heartland" will be held online this Friday, February 12, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST.
The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Friday, February 5, 2021
We're happy to congratulate the new leadership of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Anthropology.
Chair: Deepa Das Acevedo (Alabama)
Chair-Elect: Alyse Bertenthal (Wake Forest)
Secretary: Anna Offit (SMU Dedman)
Executive Committee: John Conley (UNC) and John Linarelli (Touro)
We're happy to congratulate the new officers and executive committee members of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education.
- Chair: Colleen Ference Burke, Georgetown University Law Center
- Chair-elect: John B. Thornton, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
- Treasurer: Celeste Hammond, The University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School
- Secretary: Ashley Sim, USC Gould School of Law
Executive Committee Members
- William H. Byrnes, Texas A&M University School of Law
- Cecilia Caldeira Frain, Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law
- Deborah Call, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
- Robert Coulthard, New England Law, Boston
- George E. Edwards, Indiana University McKinney School of Law
- Jon Garon, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
- Gabrielle Goodwin, Indiana University, Mauer School of Law
- Karen L. Jones, University of Houston Law Center
- Sarah Kelly, St. John's University School of Law
- Spencer Kimura, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
- Polly Lawson, University of Virginia School of Law
- Eric Menkhus, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
- Rebecca Purdom, Emory University School of Law
- John N. Riccardi, Boston University School of Law
- Karen Alicia Shaw, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Carole Silver, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
- John Smagula, Temple University School of Law
- Audrey Woods, Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the Digital Millennium
Founded in 2009, the philosophy of Trade, Law and Development has been to generate and sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in international economic law and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas. In keeping with these ideals, the Board of Editors is pleased to announce “Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the Digital Millennium” as the theme for its next Special Issue (Vol. XIII, No. 1).
The WTO framework emerged out of the requirement to promote comparative advantages of countries in the post-Industrial Revolution era. However, the developments that followed via Ministerial Conferences, Council discussions and Appellate Body Reports have not moved away from the traditional methods of trading involving brick-and-mortar factories, recognized fiat currency, etc. With the unstoppable growth in digital innovation and dense proliferation of the Internet and ICTs, International Economic Law and its framers must go back to the negotiating table to chalk out a novel framework relevant for the new digital millennium.
E-Commerce emerged as the virtual marketplace connecting consumers to sellers across borders. Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds enormous potential to solve efficiency deficits in manufacturing, public health and education. 3D Printing is expected to meet demand shortages of essentials like hearing aids. Blockchain and Digital Currencies could change payments and banking services as we know it along with possible implications for trade finance opportunities. This Issue aims to foster stimulating discussions on what these developments mean for trade as we know it.
In addition to these developments, the COVID-19 outbreak provides strong impetus for countries to relook their digital trade and investment policies as reliance on digital resources increase. While some steps have been taken to include digital technologies in regional trade agreements, a more comprehensive and cohesive framework is yet to emerge in this regard.
Moreover, given the significance of these issues, governments across the world have begun implementing rules and regulations for data privacy, cyber security, etc. The differences across regulatory regimes could cause problems as to their interoperability across countries. The impact of these regulations on the international trade level is yet to be seen.
An illustrative list of areas under the theme that authors could write upon are:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Implications for Trade Facilitation
- Data Protection and Security
- Competitiveness and Digital Taxation
- Digital Divide between Advanced Economies and Developing World
- Impact on Investment
- Trade Policy
- Implications for Gender Equality
These sub-issues are not exhaustive, and the Journal is open to receiving submissions on all aspects related to Trade and Technology and its impact on the global trading system. This special issue, currently scheduled for publication in Summer 2021, will provide an ideal platform to deliberate on such issues related to trade and technology. Accordingly, the Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for the Special Issue on Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the Digital Millennium for publication as ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and ‘Book Reviews’.
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 31 March, 2021
Thursday, February 4, 2021
On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at American University College of Law will hold the fifth Symposium on Salient Issues in International Arbitration. The topic of this Symposium will be: Does a Transnational Legal Order Exist in International Arbitration?
The Symposium is organized by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration under the direction of Professor Horacio A. Grigera Naón, and the Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé, represented by Professors Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer and Rodrigo Polanco Lazo. The Symposium is co-sponsored by the following institutions: UNIDROIT (Rome), Hague Conference on Private International Law (The Hague), Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Escuela Libre de México (México), and Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing). The Symposium is also supported by Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) as media partner.
This call for papers is open to scholars and practitioners with an interest in international arbitration, including the field of commercial or investment arbitration. Submissions may address either theoretical or practical issues related to the Symposium theme. For example, the papers may inquire if it is possible to speak today of a genuine “transnational legal order” or if the substantive rules of international arbitration are too fragmented and unstructured to receive such a label. Submissions may also consider the efficiency and desirability of other alternative sources of law governing international arbitration. One of the central areas that may be explored is the assessment, general outreach and application of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts or the 2015 Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts.
To submit a paper, the authors should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing the advanced draft of their articles together with an abstract of between 300 and 600 words to email@example.com. The deadline for submission of articles is June 15, 2021. Submissions received thereafter will not be considered. More information may be found here.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to remove two cases scheduled for argument during the February session from the argument calendar, citing policy changes that President Joe Biden announced shortly after his inauguration. The cases are Biden v. Sierra Club, Bid, the dispute over funding for former President’s border wall, and Pekoske v. Innovatoin Law Lab, a challenge to the “remain in Mexico” policy that requires non-Mexican immigrants seeking asylum at the southern border to stay in Mexico while they awaited U.S. hearings.
Friday, January 29, 2021
The Southern Illinois University (SIU) Law Journal invites proposals for its symposium on “Innovations in International Legal Education During the Pandemic: Breaking Down Physical Barriers and Borders with Technology and Cutting-Edge Teaching Pedagogies.” This symposium will consider the challenges, opportunities, and issues related to changes in legal education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With an emphasis on international legal education, speakers will consider how legal educators developed innovative teaching pedagogies taking advantage of technology and breaking down physical barriers and borders. The symposium will be held virtually on Friday, April 9, 2021.
SIU Law Journal invite proposals for presentations and papers on a wide range of themes related to this topic. The journal is especially interested in the following general topics: (1) forging international collaborations during the pandemic; (2) teaching advocacy in an online setting; (3) adapting and transforming classroom experiences during the pandemic; (4) adapting and transforming clinical legal education during the pandemic; and (5) finding institutional growth opportunities during the pandemic. They encourage presentations with an international theme, but are also interested in comparative perspectives.
The Southern Illinois University Law Journal will consider papers from the symposium for publication in its fall issue.
To submit a proposal: Submit a brief abstract in no more than 250 words to Professor Cynthia Fountaine (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Abstracts should include a brief description of the proposed presentation along with an explanation about how it fits into the theme of the symposium. Also submit a current CV or bio along with your proposal.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
As one of the last acts of his administration, President Trump placed Cuba back on the list of states that sponsor terrorism today. The move means that Cuba is ineligible to receive certain financial aid and certain exports from the United States. According to reports, the move is intended to make it more difficult for the new Biden Administration to return to Obama-era policies that eased restrictions on Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo claims the move is in response to Cuba's continued harboring of an American fugitive from the 1970s and its refusal to extradite National Liberation Army members to Columbia. Secretary Pompeo is quoted as saying that the Trump Administration is intent on: "denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to oppress its people at home, and countering its malign interference in Venezuela and the rest of the Western Hemisphere," (despite that fact that Fidel Castro died in 2016 and Raul stepped down from the presidency in 2018, although he remains part of government).
The United States first placed Cuba on the state sponsor of terrorism list in 1982. President Obama removed Cuba from the list in 2015 in an effort to improve U.S.-Cuba relations. The only other two states currently on the list are North Korea and Syria, nations for which there is more international agreement with respect to their role in terrorism.
The Biden Administration will be able to reverse the policy, but it is likely to take some time.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
During the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), the Section on International Law elected its new 2021-22 Officers and Executive Committee Members as follows:
Chair: Hari Michele Osofsky, The Pennsylvania State University – Penn State Law
Chair-Elect: Leila N. Sadat, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
Secretary: Jason Palmer, Stetson University College of Law
Treasurer: Sahar Aziz, Rutgers Law School
- Lisa Benjamin, Lewis & Clark Law School
- Cindy Buys, Southern Illinois University School of Law
- Janie Chuang, American University Washington College of Law
- George Edwards, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
- Craig Martin, Washburn University School of Law
- Thomas M. McDonnell, Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
- Victoria Sahani, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
- Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University
- Mark E. Wojcik, UIC John Marshall Law School
Congratulations to all! Looking forward to some great programming.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Join a discussion with Cleveland-Marshall Law School Professor Milena Sterio, who is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its staff on January 24, at 7 p.m. She will discuss how the U.S. economic sanctions on the ICC unconstitutionally interfere with the free speech rights of the plaintiffs and prevent their work pursuing justice on behalf of victims of war crimes around the world. The program is co-sponsored by the Southern Illinois Chapter of the UNA and the SIU School of Law. Register here.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools is that organization's first online annual meeting. This year, law schools could purchase a registration package for all of their faculty, and it seems that most every U.S. law school did exactly that. If you're a faculty member at a U.S. law school, check with your school or the AALS to take advantage of the registration that will be free for you.
Here is a guide to help you negotiate the international law panels that will be offered during the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting:
All times are EASTERN STANDARD TIME ZONE. Panels sponsored or co-sponsored by the AALS Section of International Law are in bold. Visit the AALS Annual Meeting Website for more information about each panel and the speakers.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
2:45 to 4:00 p.m. EST Section on International Human Rights, Co-Sponsored by Comparative Law and Law and Religion: Building Bridges between Secular and Religious Human Rights Communities
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST Section on East Asian Law & Society, Co-Sponsored by Law and South Asian Studies: East Asian Responses to Crises - Pandemics, Trade, Climate, and Beyond
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST Section on East Asian Law and Society, Co-Sponsored by Comparative Law: Bridging East-West Divides - The Role of Experts in an Age of Misinformation
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. EST. Section on International Law Networking Session. Network and enjoy informal conversation with colleagues from the AALS Section of International Law.
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Section on Comparative Law, Co-Sponsored by Africa, Constitutional Law, and International Human Rights: Socio-Economic Rights From a Global Perspective
2:45 to 4:00 p.m. EST. Section on Global Engagement, Co-Sponsored by Teaching Methods, Technology and Law and Legal Education: Virtual Mobility: Innovating and Promoting Global Legal Education in Times of Crisis.
2:45 to 5:30 p.m. EST (extended program): Section on Civil Rights and Poverty Law Joint Program, Co-Sponsored by Comparative Law: Politics, Pandemic, and the Future of Civil Rights and Poverty Law
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. Section on European Law: Works-in-Progress Panel in European Law
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. Section on Immigration Law: Works-in-Progress
Thursday, January 7, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST. Section on Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property and Culture
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Section on Immigration Law: Outsourced Borders and Invisible Walls
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. Section on International Law: Pedagogy Session: How to Pick an International Law Casebook
Friday, January 8, 2021
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. EST. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law: Reopening International Programs. Discussion of the steps and challenges in reopening international programs. Sign up here: https://mcgeorge.wufoo.com/forms/mcgeorge-global-center-aals-breakfast-rsvp/
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST. Section on Islamic Law, Co-Sponsored by International Law and Law and Religion: Islam and the Modern International Legal Order
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. EST. Section on Immigration Law - Networking Session
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Section on International Law: The United Nations at 75 and the Challenges Facing International Law. A panel with Hans Corell (Former Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations), Ved P. Nanda (Denver), Hari Michele Osofsky (Penn State Law and Penn School of International Affairs), George Edwards (Indiana McKinney School of Law), Leila N. Sadat (Washington University in St. Louis and President of the American Branch of the International Law Association), and Mark E. Wojcik (University of Illinois at Chicago).
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. Section on International Human Rights, Co-Sponsored by Comparative Law: New Voices in International Human Rights
Saturday, January 9, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST. Section on Law and South Asian Studies, Co-Sponsored by East Asian Law & Society: Role of Public Health in Trade after the COVID Crisis.
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Section on Scholarship, Co-Sponsored by Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, and Law and Anthropology: Defining Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century.
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. Section on International Law: New Voices in International Law and International Legal Research Update.
Visit the AALS Website for more information about each of these programs, including the names of speakers and descriptions of each panel.
Trading began in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on January 1, 2021, launching the largest Free Trade Area in the world.
The AfCFTA will cover a market with 1.2 billion people and a combined GDP of $3 trillion. 54 of the 55 African Union member states (all but Eritrea) had signed the agreement establishing the AfCFTA and 33 of those countries have deposited their instruments of ratification.
The agreement will eliminate tariffs on 90% of intra-Africa goods. It is expected to aid in the movement of capital and people between countries. It is also expected to reduce non-tariff barriers by expediting customs procedures.
And here is a video with further information about the AfCFTA.
Hat tip to Toyin Umesiri.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) holds its annual meeting next week online. We'll have a full "dance card" of the programs for international and comparative law, but we want to be sure that you save these dates and (Eastern) times for the formal programs sponsored by the AALS International Law Section.
Section on International Law - Networking Session
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)
Section on International Law: Pedagogy Session: How to Pick an International Law Casebook
Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Section on International Law: The United Nations at 75 and the Challenges Facing International Law
Friday, January 8, 2021 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Section on International Law: New Voices in International Law and International Legal Research Update
Saturday, January 9, 2021 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Thursday, December 10, 2020
December 10 marks the 72nd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
The theme of this year's Human Rights Day is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights.” This theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring human rights are central to recovery efforts.
As Eleanor Roosevelt said,
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
Friday, December 4, 2020
The Officers and Trustees of the Pound Civil Justice Institute have bestowed the Institute’s 2021 Civil Justice Scholarship Award to International Law Prof Blog founder and editor Prof. Mark Wojcik (UIC-John Marshall), as well as to Prof. Sandra Sperino (Cincinnati) and Prof. Suja Thomas (Illinois).
Professor Wojcik, of UIC John Marshall Law School, is honored for his article, Extending Batson to Peremptory Challenges of Jurors Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 40 No. Ill. U. L. Rev. 1 (2019), in which he argues that it is time to extend the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Batson v. Kentucky to all federal and state trial courts, and to prohibit expressly the exclusion of jurors based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Professor Sperino, of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and Professor Thomas, of the University of Illinois College of Law, are honored for their book, Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law (Oxford University Press 2017), in which they examine the ways in which courts have impeded private enforcement of anti-discrimination laws through civil litigation.
Congratulations to all the 2021 Awardees!