ASIL Cables

By: Margaret deGuzman | April 12, 2015 |

This panel, ably moderated by Professor Sasha Greenawalt of Pace Law School, examined the impact of international criminal law in national law systems.  

Elizabeth Evenson, Senior Counsel at Human Rights Watch, began the discussion by offering some thoughts on how the International Criminal Court (ICC) might enhance its impact on affected national communities.  She discussed two aspects of the Court’s work in this regard: the prosecutor’s case section decisions and interactions of other court actors with affected communities.  With regard to...

By: Z.J. Jennifer Lim | April 12, 2015 |

On April 9, the 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting concluded a successful day with a session about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  This session was organized as a series of questions and answers, creating an interactive discussion among the audience, the moderator Dr. Abiodun Williams (President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice), and the keynote speaker, H.E. Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü, the Director-General of OPCW.

After introducing Ambassador Üzümcü, Dr. Williams noted that the...

By: Amy Porges | April 12, 2015 |

On April 10, an engaged and twittering audience listened to four experts talk about how they use social media to listen to and generate conversations about international law on the internet. Moderator Joanne Neenan of the UK Foreign Office (@joanneneenan) noted the rise of “people-centered” foreign policy and the importance of social media in widening participation – as in the Arab Spring. A large Twitter following is not one of the Montevideo criteria for statehood – but social media channels manifestly affect the political and legal narratives on international...

By: Bruce Zagaris | April 12, 2015 |

Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University Law Center, moderated a program on The U.S. Role in Preserving Global Security, which the Lieber Society International Group co-sponsored.  The panel focused on the role the United States should play in maintaining or establishing international peace and security.

Jake Sullivan, Yale Law School and senior advisor to the United States on the Iran negotiations, discussed the framework agreement with Iran.  It gives shape to the verification requirements although the devil is in the details. ...

By: Ryan Harrington | April 12, 2015 |

In the Hot Topic panel on Economic Sanctions, Kristen Boon moderated a panel of questions for Daniel Glaser, Justyna Gudzowska, Katherine Shepherd and David Stetson.

First, the panel attempted to characterize targeted sanctions. Targeted sanctions mark an evolution over the past two decades in contrast to embargoes against nations, which can have the effect of hurting everyone in a nation, perhaps even more so than the “bad actors.”  Targeted sanctions can instead be applied to groups or individuals by their status (for example, political...

By: Amy Porges | April 12, 2015 |

When a regional integration body’s tribunal extends its jurisdiction into human rights, and issues rulings inconvenient to a government, what happens then?  On April 9, an Annual Meeting panel chaired by Prof. Abdulwahab Egbewole explored the different experiences of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (ECOWAS Court), the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) and the Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC Tribunal) in the wake of human rights rulings by these courts.

Prof. Laurence Helfer presented a paper on these three...

By: Tafadzwa Pasipanodya | April 12, 2015 |

The oceans brim with promise.  Technological advances are enabling discoveries of new oil and gas resources and the harnessing of renewable energy from ocean winds, tides, currents, and thermal gradients.  Offshore wind power, for example, is said to have the potential to supply a third of the world’s current annual electricity consumption, and wave energy could fulfill a tenth of global energy needs.  But is the prevailing legal regime able to govern these multiple, often competing, uses in an effective, efficient, and sustainable manner?  A knowledgeable and dynamic...

By: Christel Tham | April 12, 2015 |

Inspired by Karen Alter’s new book, The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights, which won this year’s ASIL Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship, this panel discussed the nascent field of international adjudication and how its interdisciplinary perspective has impacted and will impact the practice and study of international law moving forward. The panel was moderated by Duncan Hollis (Temple University).

Karen Alter (Northwestern University) began the discussion by providing a brief précis...

By: Jason Yackee | April 12, 2015 |

The panel explored the concept of “transparency” in international economic law.  Professor Jarrod Wong, the panel’s moderator, started the discussion by noting, with irony, that the concept of transparency was “opaque”.  

Professor Padideh Ala’i, drawing on her recent book, a “Research Handbook on Transparency” (Edwin Elgar Publishing), discussed a number of different concepts of transparency.  She noted that it was often used as a more palatable synonym for “anti-corruption” reforms; that it could refer to the transparency of domestic policies...

By: Hansel T. Pham | April 11, 2015 |

On April 10, 2015, former ASIL President David Caron moderated a lively discussion on “Global Public Interests in International Investment Law.”  He was joined by a panel of distinguished speakers featuring Clara Brillembourg (Foley Hoag LLP), José Daniel Amado (Miranda & Amado Abogados), and Julie Maupin (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law).

First, Clara Brillembourg spoke about the intersection of public health and investment arbitration through the lens of the pending tobacco arbitrations.  She noted that the arbitrations brought against...