ASIL Cables

By: Gabriela Femenia | May 08, 2017 |

Videos from the 111th ASIL Annual Meeting are now available to view on the ASIL website. 

Sessions covered include:

Grotius Lecture - Civil War Time: From Grotius to the Global War on Terror Lecturer: David Armitage, Harvard University Department of History Discussant: Mary Dudziak, Emory University School of Law   Keynote Address: "East West Street and Beyond: On the Origin of 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity'" Speaker: Philippe Sands, University College London Faculty of Laws   Keynote Address: Seen and Not Heard Speaker: Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice...
By: Tamara V. Lewis | April 30, 2017 |

The panel was organized by the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group.  The moderators were Zinaida Miller (Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy) and Lisa Laplante (New England School of Law).  The panelists were Naomi Roht Arriaza (UC Hasting Law School), Chris Mahony (World Bank Group), Phuong Ngoc Pham (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative), and Jamie Rowen (University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Political Science).

Professor Arriaza began the panel by exploring why there was such a high bar placed on the subject of non-repetition.  She noted measures of...

By: Orga Cadet | April 30, 2017 |

Judge Bruno Simma of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal moderated the New Voices panel. The panelists discussed jurisdictional issues relating to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), incidental questions in international proceedings, computer hacking for purposes of national security and law enforcement, and cross-border claims in U.S. federal courts.


Brian McGarry,...

By: Gabriela Femenia | April 23, 2017 |

Moderator: Paul Joffe (World Resources Institute)

Speakers: Susan Casey-Lefkowitz (Natural Resources Defense Council), E. Donald Elliot (Yale University School of Law), Carl Bruch (Environmental Law Institute)

Paul Joffe began with a history of the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, the latter of which is a hybrid instrument with both binding procedural aspects and non-binding targets. Each country develops plans in five-year cycles, with peer pressure rather than sanctions to promote compliance. Advocates therefore recognize the need for further commitments, but there are...

By: Isabel San Martin | April 20, 2017 |


Moderator: Susan Franck (American University Washington College of Law)

Speakers: Josephine Dawuni (Howard University), Meg Kinnear (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes), Kate Parlett (20 Essex Street), and Liesbeth Lijnzaad (The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The conference room was absolutely packed with women (and a few men) on this early Saturday morning.

Susan Franck introduced data on the percentage of women in the judiciary in several countries: 36% in Venezuela, 30-33% in the US, 40% in Germany...

By: Amy Porges | April 19, 2017 |

Sandie Okoro concluded the Annual Meeting program for Friday, April 14 with her stirring keynote address, “Seen and Not Heard”.  This report summarizes the keynote which is now online.

Sandie Okoro has been Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group since February 2017. She grew up in Balham, London, as the child of a teacher from Nigeria and a nurse from Trinidad. After university, she qualified as a barrister, then re-qualified as a solicitor and joined Schroders, rising to head of legal counsel; she then moved to Barings as its global general counsel, and...

By: Tamara V. Lewis | April 19, 2017 |

This program was co-sponsored by International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group, Human Rights Interest Group, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group, and the International Criminal Law Interest Group.  The panel was moderated by Michelle Brady (Rule of Law Unit, Office for Democratic Institutions, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). Mark Ellis (International Bar Association), Marie O’Leary (Office of Public Counsel for Defense, International Criminal Court), Kimberly Prost (Chef du Cabinet to the President, International Criminal Court) and Michele Roberts...

By: Soňa Ondrášiková | April 18, 2017 |

This panel brought together excellent experts of various professional backgrounds who shed some light on the most pressing issues in the field of space law.

Moderator: Oonagh Sands (Eversheds Sutherland) Speakers: Robin Frank (Office of the General Counsel, National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Andrea Harrington (University of Mississippi School of Law), Christopher Hearsey (Legislative Affairs, Bigelow Aerospace, LLC), Theresa Hitchens (University of Maryland Center for International and Security Studies)

Our life on Earth is becoming increasingly...

By: Amy Flick | April 18, 2017 |

The Prominent Woman in International Law Award is awarded annually by the Women in International Law Interest Group in recognition of a woman recipient’s contribution to the development of international law. This year’s award was presented to Judge Rosemary Barkett of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, previously the first woman chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Judge Barkett was introduced by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court, who praised both Judge Barkett’s work on...

By: Soňa Ondrášiková | April 17, 2017 |

This panel brought together jurists with an impressive level of expertise, who discussed the recent development of case-law in the field of international environmental law. The valuable contributions of the panelists drew from their first-hand experience in environmental law litigation.

Moderator: Catherine Amirfar (Debevoise and Plimpton LLP)

Speakers: Ximena Fuentes (Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Charles di Leva (American University Washington College of Law), Andrew Loewenstein (Foley Hoag LLP), Daniel Magraw (John Hopkins...