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ASIL’s International Refugee Law Interest Group welcomes all of you to this year’s Annual Meeting and the numerous exciting opportunities to connect it presents!
Among the many great panels and meeting sessions, you may find the following one’s of particular interest, all of which also co-sponsored by IRLIG:
So keep your eyes open for those and related sessions in the program (and please check the final program for updates and potential room/time changes), and why not meet some of your colleagues around those time-slots?!
In any case, we hope to see many of you, old and new, prospective members at our social gathering/business meeting, which has been scheduled for Friday, April 11 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Room Oceanic A/B of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (and thus will be ending just in time for those of you planning to attend the ensuing Gala Dinner at 8pm). Light refreshments should be served.
Apart from having a chance to mingle, the outgoing co-chairs intend to give you an introduction to what this IG is about, what we have worked with over the years since the group’s creation in 2009– from organizing ASIL Annual Meeting panels, co-sponsoring external conferences, and help organize and team up with international conferences–and open for discussing where we are heading towards, and what we should aim for next. Above all, this will be a chance for us to introduce our new, incoming co-chairs (so if you haven’t cast your vote yet in the online survey, please do so now), and for all, to give them a flying start by hearing their and sharing your ideas!
At long last, pending final approval by our membership, IRLIG will launch an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition later this spring. The competition will be open to all students currently enrolled at a university in the United States or overseas, and working on any legal topic related to international refugee law. Submissions must be unpublished papers written solely by the candidate in English. The winner will receive a $500 award and the opportunity to have the paper published in a leading academic journal in the field. There will also be travel funds available. Detailed competition rules and submission guidelines will be circulated later. So please watch out for the proposal establishing the International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition and give it your endorsement.
Hoping to see many of you in DC this spring!
Richard Falk and Tom Syring are the outgoing co-chairs of the International Refugee Law Interest Group.