ASIL Cables

By: Rachel E. VanLandingham | April 15, 2017 |

Moderator: Gary Solis, Georgetown University Law Center

Speakers:

Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School AnnaBelle Bryan, National Center for Veterans Studies, University of Utah Brigadier General Marilyn Chiafullo, Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals Major Keith Petty, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps

This panel examined the legal obligations of service members who object to specific armed conflicts on legal and moral grounds, and asked whether soldiers have a right, or even an obligation, to refuse to serve in a conflict they believe violates jus...

By: Sophie Schiettekatte and Jasmine Rayée | April 15, 2017 |

The conference room was packed for this debate on the value of compulsory jurisdiction in international dispute settlement.  The topic was introduced as a “motion before the House” upon which the audience would be invited to vote after conclusion:

In the same building, only steps away, students from all over the world competed in the advanced rounds of the Jessup International Moot Court.  The speakers in this debate took on the role of proponents and opponents of the motion – and for a few minutes they were Applicant and Respondent arguing their case...

By: Jasmine Rayée & Sophie Schiettekatte | April 14, 2017 |

Hélène Ruiz-Fabri (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European, and Regulatory Procedural Law), led Thursday’s discussion on the importance of procedure as a vehicle for substance and its potential key role in whether justice is done or denied, or seen to be done or denied. The panel was structured around five procedural issues encountered in practice.

The first topic presented to the distinguished panelists was the increase in number, scope, and volume of written submissions. Caline Mouawad (King & Spalding LLP), noted this question implied a value judgment: the...

By: Amy Porges | April 14, 2017 |

On Thursday, April 13, a lively panel explored the ambition and stakes of deep integration through trade agreements, and related issues for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the WTO and the UK. Moderator Benedict Kingsbury set the stage for an examination of TPP and other agreements that he described as creating a controversial design for organized freedom to operate across borders – not harmonizing regulations, but smoothing discrepancies and facilitating cross-border value chains.  Yet these agreements have faced recent challenges with the US exit from TPP, and Brexit. 

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By: Rachel E. VanLandingham | April 14, 2017 |

This engaging and terrific session examined international law governing military intervention/use of force by consent and was ably moderated by Naz Modirzadeh, Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. Panelists included Ashley Deeks, University of Virginia School of Law; Eliav Lieblich, Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law; Jonathan Horowitz, Open Society Foundations; and Robert Taylor, Harvard Law School.

Professor Ashley Deeks widened the discussion’s aperture to include targeted killing with consent of a host nation and its...

By: Junteng Zheng | April 14, 2017 |

The Hudson Medal Luncheon recognizes and honors the recipient of the Manley O. Hudson Medal, the highest annual award given by the American Society of International Law to individuals for significant contributions to the field of international law. This year's Hudson Medal was presented to Georges Abi-Saab, Honorary Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, having taught there from 1963 to 2000. He is also Honorary Professor at Cairo University's Faculty of Law, and a Member of the Institute of International Law. Professor...

By: Junteng Zheng | April 14, 2017 |

The program was co-sponsored by the International Environmental Law Interest Group, International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group, and the Law of the Sea Interest Group.

The panel was moderated by Coalter Lathrop (Sovereign Geographic) and the panelists included David Freestone (George Washington University School of Law), Douglas Guilfoyle (Monash University Faculty of Law), Oliver Lewis (U.S. Department of State), and Joanna Mossop (Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law.  The moderator started by mentioning that the award in the South China Sea Arbitration was...

By: Marylin J. Raisch | April 14, 2017 |

Presenters: Jeffrey Dunoff and Mark Pollack, Temple University School of Law; Yuval Shany, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Judge Julia Sebutinde, ICJ; Judge  Helen Keller, European Court of Human Rights;

This panel posed important questions that cut across various forms of dispute resolution as well as the cultural and institutional expectations of different legal systems. What values do international courts advance? How are those substantive and/or process values advanced?  What strategies are used to advance those values? The speakers looked at these questions across international...

By: Pei-Lun Tsai | April 14, 2017 |

The session was co-sponsored by two interest groups: Nonproliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament, and Space Law, and the. Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict.

The moderator, Antonia Handler Chayes of the Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University, opened by providing a couple of examples of the success and failure of armed control regimes and asking, in view of new technologies, what rules should apply, how they might develop, and how they can be implemented. Each speaker was then asked to comment on a certain aspect/category of the new technologies....

By: Charles Bjork | April 14, 2017 |

Jennifer Hillman, a Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, moderated the panel.  Professor Hillman formerly served as General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), as a commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), and as a member of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body.  The panel included Melissa Blue Sky, a Staff Attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law; Lewis Karesh, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Labor; Jason Kearns, Chief International Trade Counsel (Minority Staff) for the...