ASIL Cables

By: Charles Bjork | April 14, 2017 |

Professor Laura A. Dickinson, of the George Washington University Law School, moderated the panel, which included Colonel Gary Corn (U.S. Army), Professor Sean M. Watts of Creighton University School of Law, and attorney Jeannie S. Rhee.  Each panelist offered 10 minutes of introductory remarks, followed by questions from Professor Dickinson and members of the audience.

During his preliminary remarks, Col. Corn, the Staff Judge Advocate for the U.S. Cyber Command, spoke about the use of cyber operations as a means of statecraft.  He emphasized the challenges posed by the “grey zone...

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

Moderator Catherine Powell, Fordham University School of Law

Jennifer Daskal, American University Washington College of Law Harold Koh, Yale Law School Stephen Pomper,  Holocaust Memorial senior scholar at USIP Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia School of Law

This panel was simply outstanding. Professor Harold Koh kicked it off by asking three questions, and answered "no" to all three: (1) is humanitarian intervention always illegal under international law? No. (2) Were the U.S. missile strikes in Syria last week illegal under domestic and international law? No. (...

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

The moderator of this provocative panel was Benjamin Wittes, Brookings Institution.

Speakers included John Bellinger, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Shireen Hunter, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First.

Mr. Wittes opened by noting that the panel’s title should bring a smile to folks’ faces. Ms. Hunter substantively kicked off the panel by noting that as a non-lawyer, she was there to inject political realism into the discussion. She was true to her word, repeatedly emphasizing that pure power is what counts on the...

By: Pei-Lun Tsai | April 14, 2017 |
The session was co-sponsored by four interest groups: International Courts and Tribunals, Dispute Resolution, Human Rights, and International Economic Law.   The moderator, R. Doak Bishop of King & Spalding LLP, opened the session by introducing the background for today’s discussions. Past decades have seen the substantial increase of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, as well as mechanisms for dispute settlement and resulting awards. In the meantime, such mechanisms have also faced significant criticisms. Some doubt the transparency of investor-state dispute resolution...
By: Gabriela Femenia | April 14, 2017 |

The Society annually bestows three book awards, known as ASIL Certificates of Merit, for a "preeminent contribution to creative scholarship;" in "a specialized area of international law;" and for "high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars." The winners are selected by the Society's Executive Council on the nomination of the Book Awards Committee and are presented at the Society's Annual Meeting. 

By: Junteng Zheng | April 13, 2017 |

The panel was moderated by Erika de Wet, and speakers included James Gathii, Vincent O. Nmehielle, and Alexandrea Huneeus. 

Erika de Wet in her opening statement mentioned that this particular question essentially arises in two main fields. First, the prosecution of certain international crimes in national courts. The second is about prosecuting grave crimes in both international and hybrid tribunals. In June 2014, the African Union adopted a treaty that would establish the regional court with jurisdiction over human rights, general and criminal matters including international and...

By: Kristina J. Alayan | April 13, 2017 |

This program was organized by the International Legal Research Interest Group and discussed the role and impact of international criminal tribunals on domestic and international legal systems.  Panelists highlighted selected tribunals (past and present) where legal practitioners were more (and less) effective.  Panelists examined the intersection of the international and domestic legal systems and the extent to which they can promote the rule of law and influence the rebuilding of post-conflict communities. 

Moderator: Victoria Szymczak, University of Hawai'i School of Law


By: Gabriela Femenia | April 13, 2017 |

The 19th Annual Grotius Lecture, "Civil War Time: From Grotius to the Global War on Terror", was presented at 4:30 p.m. on April 12 by David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, with reactions from distinguished discussant Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Chandler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law.

By: Marylin J. Raisch | April 13, 2017 |

Moderator: Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu Center for U.U.- Russia Studies

Speakers: Lori Damrosch, Columbia Law; Vincent Nmehielle, African Development Bank; Maria Teresa Infante, Ambassador of Chile in the Netherlands,  Jacques De Lisle, University of  Pennsylvania

With a view to unpacking how perspectives on international law have become more fragmented, speakers for this panel appropriately represented both U.S and regional perspectives. Moderator Malksoo presented this foundational problem in international law. In the past European western international law norms used...