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|UN Decade Response Update||Your Turn|
This is the fourth issue since inception of the Interest Group's
Newsletter. Judge Macdonald and I are quite pleased with the growth
of this group as well as numerous requests for back issues of its
Newsletter. At the request of the ASIL, the last issue was sent to
all IG Chairs.
Prior to providing the latest news about our Interest
Group, timely op-eds from members and friends of the ASIL, and the
latest in publications of interest to members, some "thank yous" are
in order. I would like to thank Mary Ellen Smoczynki of the ASIL
staff for her valiant efforts in promoting the timely production of
this Newsletter and its dispatch to the growing number of members from
all over the world. Without the support of Dr. Charlotte Ku, members
of this Interest Group within the ASIL could not enjoy this effective
medium for communicating.
Next I would like to thank members of our Interest
Group for responding to my questionnaire (last issue - and again, on
the final page of this issue). One result is that a page-one Index
appears in this issue. This will permit me to avoid the "breaking" of
articles with portions scattered throughout future issues. The above
box will thus be your guide to the various Newsletter features.
Finally, I would appreciate your taking a few moments
to fill out the Newsletter Questionnaire on the back of the last page
of this issue. You may submit your response to the ASIL in Washington
or directly to me. This is a valuable tool for making modifications
which will benefit the reader. Please feel free to be as candid as
you deem appropriate - one cannot implement unspoken recommendations.
Open Forum: Our Interest Group is sponsoring an Open Forum at
the 1994 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Open Forum will occur
on Friday, April 8, 1994. The tentative time is 8:45 PM (evening) -
10:15 PM. The goal is to provide a unique opportunity for ASIL
members to share their research interests. The guidelines were
announced on Page 16 of the September/October issue of the ASIL
The Forum will be conducted in a "Meet the Author" format, where
the ten most prominent entrants will be featured presenters.
Invitations will be mailed in early March, 1994 to ten presenters -
although this number may expand if there are more qualifying papers.
The authors' one-page summaries will be included in the 1994
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting.
The guidelines are reprinted here for your convenience:
Should you have additional questions, please contact Dr.
Charlotte Ku at the Tiller House Headquarters of the ASIL in
Washington (see complete mailing address on front page of this
Beginning with this issue, UN Decade Interest Group (UNDIG) Members
are requested to forward news of relevant speaking engagements and
publications to the Editor at the address/fax specified at the
beginning of this Newsletter. This feature will help us keep track of
developments related to the objectives of the UN Decade. Please
advise if you prefer a different acronym for our Interest Group -
UNDIG was the best that I could contrive prior to receiving your input
for future issues. Please assist me in developing this exchange by
forwarding news of your relevant activities directly to me.
UNDIG Members Speak at UN: Interest Group members John
Gamble (Penn State University), Bill Slomanson (Western State
University), and ASIL Society member Roy Lee (UN Legal Office) spoke
at the Mexican Mission to the UN at UN Plaza on July 1, 1993.
Members of the Sixth Committee from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru
and Mexico hosted this roundtable entitled "Approaches to the Teaching
of International Law." This event was co-hosted by the ASIL, Penn
State, and Western State University.
The audience consisted of approximately two-dozen lawyers and
national representatives who currently serve on the Advisory Group of
the UN Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination
and Wider Appreciation of International Law.
Professor Gamble discussed the work which culminated in his
recently published ASIL publication "Teaching International Law in the
1990s" (reviewed below in Readers' Corner). Attorney Lee addressed
the imminent need to further disseminate information on the teaching
of International Law, as well as teaching related courses at all
levels of education. Professor Slomanson discussed the problem method
of teaching International Law, particularly at the undergraduate level
where it is offered in most countries.
UNDIG Member Speaks in Mexico City: The Editor presented a
series of lectures at the Universidad Anahuac del Sur in Mexico City
on various matters relating to International Law. This lecture series
was designated a Regional Meeting of the ASIL.
As a member of the Regional Outreach Committee, I discussed the
work of the ASIL and the desire of its membership to facilitate the
teaching of International Law at the undergraduate and other levels in
more universities throughout the world. As a member of the UNDIG, I
discussed the UN program and what the ASIL is doing to assist in its
realization. ASIL membership brochures were distributed to faculty
and students with an invitation to attend the Society's future Annual
Meetings. (The Director of International Programs and Dean of the
International Relations School will be helping on this.)
NATIONAL & ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSES TO THE UN DECADE OF
INTERNATIONAL LAW: Once again, Richard Hartzman, an ASIL
representative at the UN -has provided useful information to the UNDIG
membership. In the following column, he will begin to report on the
national and organizational responses to the UN Decade:
The second issue of this Newsletter (Feb. 1993) summarized the
1992 Report of the Secretary-General on the UN Decade (26 Aug. 1992-
UN Doc. A/47/384). The report reviewed national and organizational
responses to the UN Decade. A similar report covering 1992-93
activities was released by the Office of the Secretary-General on 25
Aug. 1993 (UN Doc. 48/312).
During the first part of the 1993, the Secretary-General invited
national governments and other entities working in the field of
international law to submit additional information on the
implementation of the UN Decade activities. As of 12 August 1993, the
governments of Australia, Austria, Finland (on behalf of the Nordic
countries), Guyana and Namibia replied. In addition, numerous UN
organs and international bodies responded.
The responses to Secretary-General's invitation form the basis
for the Report. It is organized into the five main areas into which
the UN Decade program is divided. The Report also contains a section
reviewing activities of the UN relevant to the progressive development
of International Law and its codification.
A future issue of this Newsletter will provide a summary of this
This final segment of each Newsletter provides the opportunity to comment on any topic of
interest to the UN Decade Interest Group (affectionately dubbed "UNDIG"). It has been a very
source for planning meeting agenda, new issues to be addressed by UNDIG, and the like. Please
moment to jot down any comments, constructive criticisms, or suggestions. Send E-Mail to Editor, UN Decade