ASIL Cables

By: Marina Barakatt | April 16, 2014 | 11:30 AM EDT

As Donald Donovan noted, the 2014 Annual Meeting was structured to begin with the situation in Crimea and end with Syria.  Thus, Saturday's closing plenary centered on Syria.  Mr. Donovan began the discussion by asking each panelist to address the question of how the current international legal framework allows us to address the Syrian conflict. 

Vera Gowalland-Debbas of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva answered the question first.  She began by discussing United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC)...

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By: M. Imad Khan | April 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM EDT

On the Friday morning of the 2014 ASIL Meeting, Barry Appleton and Robert Howse moderated a panel entitled “Everybody Come Together Over Me: Systemic Integration and Vienna Convention Art 31(3)(c),” which discussed the role of VCLT Article 31(3)(c) in integrating different domains of international economic law and investment law with public international law, human rights law, and international environmental law.  Article 31(3)(c) provides that when interpreting treaties, “[t]here shall be taken into account, together with the context … any relevant rules of...

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By: Veronica Glick | April 16, 2014 | 10:45 AM EDT

On Saturday April 12, a compelling panel discussion identified and debated several complex and important issues focusing on sexual violence in armed conflict.  Jamille Bigio of the White House National Security Staff, moderated the panel which included Chris Dolan of the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University, Uganda, Olga Jurasz of the Open University, and Kimberly Theidon of Harvard University.

Jamille Bigio, in her...

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By: Annecoos Wiersema | April 13, 2014 | 11:00 PM EDT

This was a fascinating panel, with speakers addressing questions related to the role of international law in facilitating efforts to “green the economy.” Moderater Elizabeth Dowdeswell began by offering a trajectory of international environmental law, presenting the concept of greening the economy as the current theme, naturally following on from sustainable development. Markus Gehring’s presentation described this as an exciting time in the history of the green economy, as lawyers begin to work on what this policy slogan might actually mean and how it can be implemented...

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