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By: Kristina Alayan | April 14, 2016 |

The American Society of International Law's 110th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC welcomed more than 1,150 conferees from over 50 countries, and many stated that it was the best conference program they had attended in years. We hope it was a professionally rewarding, informative, and stimulating experience. As you know, the Annual Meeting is the Society's premiere event of the year, featuring more than 40 substantive programs over the course of four days, as well as receptions and other networking events. This year's conference, designed around the theme "Charting New Frontiers in...

By: Kristina Alayan | April 09, 2016 |

On-demand viewing of video recordings from this year's conference are available to members of the public for viewing here.  Additional content is available on the ASIL YouTube Channel here.

Recorded sessions include:

Countering Violent Extremism Address by Justice Stephen Breyer Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on The Challenges to International Law in the 21st Century Address by Brian Egan Emerging Frontiers in the South China Sea Inaugural Detlev F. Vagts Roundtable on Transnational Law: Transnational Professional Ethics Adjudication of Military...
By: Catherine Moore | April 09, 2016 |

The International Courts and Tribunal Interest Group’s (ICTIG) Business Meeting this year featured a works-in-progress event on Regional Approaches to International Adjudication with ICTIG's European Society of International Law (ESIL)   counterparts on Friday, April 1. ASIL ICTIG Co-Chair Nienke Grossman and ESIL representative Geir Ulfstein moderated the event. After a joint call for papers, three were selected: Thomas Antkowiak, on “The American Convention on Human Rights: Essential Rights;” Margaret DeGuzman, on “Emerging Regional Criminal Law: The Proposed African Criminal Court;” and...

By: Kirsteen Shields | April 09, 2016 |
In 2014, Ecuador and South Africa tabled a resolution before the UN Human Rights Council to establish  an intergovernmental working group to elaborate a treaty on human rights and corporations. The group’s first session was held in 2015.  This panel was designed to address the following questions: Is an international treaty on business and human rights needed? Is it achievable?   Amol Mehra, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, opened by stating that civil society are calling on government to act nationally and internationally to provide appropriate responses to corporate...
By: Amy Porges | April 03, 2016 |

A roundtable of experts from the world of international courts and tribunals discussed the role of agents before tribunals– as representatives of their governments, coordinators of legal teams and strategy, and interacting with the court’s machinery during a case.  How do agents balance legal and political considerations, and engage with their own states and with their legal teams? How do strategies differ between inter-state cases and investment disputes? Did judgments or awards in their cases address the essence of the dispute and resolve it? What are international courts and tribunals...

By: Laura Livingston | April 03, 2016 |

Moderated by Martin Scheinin, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the European University Institute, the panel of “promising new voices” addressed various areas of international law, including international sanctions, gap-filling at the International Court of Justice, the state responsibility doctrine, and current refugee detention practices.  Panelists included Jessica Beess und Chrostin, King and Spalding’s international arbitration group; Yang Liu, UCLA School of Law; Dr. Vincent-Joël Proulx, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law; and Shana Tabak, Georgia State...

By: Laura Livingston | April 03, 2016 |

Moderating the discussion, Professor Katja Ziegler highlighted that the panel sought to underscore courts’ growing influence in military deployments across the globe.  Panelists included Major General Thomas E. Ayres, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army; Douglas Wilson, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Claire Landais, French Ministry of Defense; and Eyal Benvenisti, Tel Aviv University, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law. The panelists, many of whom are or have been government officials, highlighted that the views expressed are their own and do not represent the...

By: Maggie Gardner | April 03, 2016 |
Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, Foley Hoag LLP, adeptly moderated a discussion on Africa’s “blue economy.” Co-sponsored by the International Economic Law and International Environmental Law Interest Groups, the panel considered how Africa can achieve the sustainable and socially equitable use of its ocean resources, and how international law can help ensure that the benefits of those resources accrue to African nations.   Vincent Nmehielle, African Union Commission, described the early stages of the African Union’s efforts to develop an integrated maritime strategy. Despite the promise of the ...
By: Laura Livingston | April 03, 2016 |

Donald Francis Donovan of Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Disputes Group moderated the panel, which addressed various approaches to implementing reparations for states’ internationally wrongful actions under international law. Panelists included Judge Margarette May Macaulay, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR); Andrés Jana, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados; Makane Moïse Mbengue, University of Geneva Law School; and Judge Heikki Kanninen, General Court of the European Union.

After overviewing the IACHR’s work, Judge Macaulay highlighted the IACHR’s...

By: Kirsteen Shields | April 02, 2016 |

Professor Tara Melish, SUNY Buffalo Law School, introduced the human rights cities movement as giving local definition and embodiment to human rights. Examples of human rights cities since 1997 include Rosario in Argentina, and cities in South Korea, Ghana, Austria, Canada, and the US - including Washington D.C. She argues that the concept of human rights cities give exposure to ‘human rights framing’, based on proactive and participatory governance. 

Dr. Emily Murase, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, explained that some ‘human rights’ cities were born out of civil...