ASIL Cables

By: Ahmad Shah Katawazai | April 17, 2017 |

On Friday, April 14, 2017, in an interesting panel on the Emerging Law of Energy Transition moderated by Hari Osofsky and Jacqueline Peel, participants Elliot Diringer, Deepa Badrinarayana and Myles Culhane explored and discussed climate change and modern ways of energy transition.

Professor Hari M. Osofsky is the Robins Kaplan Professor of Law; the Faculty Director of the Energy Transition Lab; and the Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Professor Jacqueline Peel, of the University of Melbourne...

By: Jasmine Rayée | April 17, 2017 |

Jim Goldstone (Open Society Justice Initiative) introduced a timely panel evaluating the future of the international criminal justice system. He noted that despite its significant achievements, the field has come under attack, both in the form of predictable political backlash and the criticism of the ICC’s focus on Africa.


By: Ahmad Shah Katawazai | April 16, 2017 |

On Friday, April 14, an engaging panel discussed and elaborated the bases for jurisdiction in private international disputes.

The panel participants included Carolyn Lamm, a lead counsel in arbitration-related litigation matters and Professor of International Investment Arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law in the White & Case LLM program in International Arbitration; Marta Pertegas, a lawyer with extensive experience on the Hague Convention on recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments; George A. Bermann, a renowned lawyer and the director for the Center...

By: Ahmad Shah Katawazai | April 16, 2017 |

The panel of speakers included Professor Margaret M. deGuzman, who is a professor of criminal law, international criminal law, and transitional justice at Temple University School of Law. She is currently participating in an international expert group studying the proposed addition of criminal jurisdiction to the mandate of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Stephen J. Rapp is an American lawyer and the former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice.

Dr. Godfrey Musila holds a Ph.D in International Criminal...

By: Isabel San Martin | April 16, 2017 |

Speakers: Valerie Hughes (Queens University), Luke Sobota (Three Crowns LLP), Ricardo Ramirez Hernandez (WTO Appellate Body) and Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University)

Valerie Hughes – WTO

She gave three reasons why WTO adjudicators are independent:

1)     The way the dispute settlement system is designed.

The WTO Appellate Body is a standing body, which adds to the independence factor. The appellate body members shall be unaffiliated with any government and they shall be broadly representative of the WTO membership.

In any given...

By: Pei-Lun Tsai | April 16, 2017 |

This session was co-sponsored by the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict and the International Criminal Law Interest Group.

The moderator, Christie Edwards from American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Division, opened the session by introducing the background and format. Recent practice of the United States and other states targeting the revenue sources of ISIL for attacks triggers the question of whether such sources are lawful targets under international humanitarian law (IHL) and tests the line between military objectives and civilian objects. The...

By: Isabel San Martin | April 16, 2017 |

Moderator: Alejandro Sousa (UN General Assembly).

Speakers: Simon Chesterman (National University of Singapore Faculty of Law), Patricia Galvão Teles (UN International Law Commission - ILC), and Andreas Vaagt (UN Secretariat).

Simon Chesterman

He provided the academic perspective by defining the concept of accountability, which he introduced with the following question: Who is accountable for what?

For what: He started by asking whether the UN should be bound by rules at all, and the difficulty in answering this question given the...

By: Amy Porges | April 16, 2017 |

On April 14, Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute chaired a discussion on trade policy in the Trump Administration’s first 100 days, with four well-informed panelists: Rachel Brewster of Duke Law, Warren Maruyama of Hogan Lovells, Aaditya Mattoo of the World Bank’s Development Research Group, Michael Smart of Rock Creek Global Advisors.

Mattoo set the scene for the discussion by analyzing the recent backlash against globalization.  In his diagnosis, the backlash may be a historical inevitability, linked in part to the catch-up of China -- but it is narrow in scope.  The...

By: Charles Bjork | April 15, 2017 |

Thomas Antkowiak, a member of the faculty at Seattle University School of Law, served as the moderator.  Members of the panel included Bernard Duhaime, Professor of Law at the University of Quebec in Montreal and Vice Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; Alejandra Gonza, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law; and Viviana Krsticevic, the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law and an Adjunct Professor at the American University’s Washington College of Law....

By: Marylin J. Raisch | April 15, 2017 |

Moderator: Oonagh Fitzgerald, Centre for International Governance Innovation


Eileen Donohoe, formerly of UN Human Rights Council; currently with Stanford University Emma Llanso, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology Peter van Valkenburgh, CoinCenter

The protection of the “digital individual” in human rights as well as in other areas of international law is a topic of great concern and some urgency. The rights advocates and the technology specialist on this panel set out the practical legal and technological...