ASIL Midyear Meeting

The ASIL Midyear Meeting

The American Society of International Law hosts a Midyear Meeting annually in late October or early November. The meeting encompasses several events, including leadership meetings of the Society's Executive Council and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law; the Research Forum, which features cutting-edge international law scholarship by more than 70 authors; and the Practitioners' Forum. The Midyear Meeting has been held since 2010 in Miami, Los Angeles, Athens & Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and New York. The Society's 2020 Midyear Meeting will be held in a fully virtual format, on a platform similar to the one used for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. Participants will be able to engage with presenters and discussants throughout the conference, as well as each other. The Midyear Meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 29-30.



2020 ASIL Research Forum

October 29-30, 2019

ASIL Academic Partner Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio is the host of the Research Forum portion of the 2020 Midyear Meeting. In addition to the 24 panels featuring over 70 authors presenting cutting edge research in the field of international law and relations, the Midyear Meeting will include over a dozen hours of professional development opportunities for current law students and recent graduates. Mentoring sessions, skills training, cover letter and resume drafting workshops, and panels featuring insights into hiring practices during the global pandemic will all be available to attendees as well.

2020 ASIL Research Forum Committee

Co-Chairs

  • Kristen Eichensehr, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Blanca Montejo, United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
  • Michael Scharf, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Members

  • Angela Banks, Arizona State University School of Law
  • Zachary Kaufman, University of Houston School of Law
  • Jessica Peake, UCLA School of Law
  • Carlos Vázquez, Georgetown University Law Center

Research Forum Registration


  Rate
Students at ASIL Academic Partner Law Schools✝ $0
Students at Other Academic Institutions $25
Presenters and Discussants $50
All Other Attendees $100
✝ Students from ASIL Academic Partner Law Schools receive complimentary admission to the Midyear Meeting. (For a list of AP schools and to learn how to obtain the discount code, please visit here or contact services@asil.org.)
All prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

Updated: 10/21/2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony & Keynote
Featuring remarks by Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Break

11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ASIL Executive Council Meeting

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.       

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

  • The Dejudicialization of International Economic Law, Relja Radović, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law
  • Confusion and Uncertainty in Procedure: The Forgotten Problem of Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in International Investment Dispute Settlement, Nicola Strain, University of Oslo
  • Splitting the Baby, Irene Ten Cate, University of Houston Law Center
  • Discussant: Frédéric G. Sourgens, Washburn University School of Law

The Law of War

  • Killing Qasem Soleimani: International Lawyers Divided and Conquered, Luca Ferro, Ghent University
  • Reconceptualizing the Right of Self-Defence Against 'Imminent' Armed Attacks, Christopher O'Meara, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • The Syria Conflict and Its Impact on International Law, Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law & Paul Williams, American University Washington College of Law
  • Discussant: Mona Khalil, MAK Law

The Role of International Law in Regulating Cyberspace (pre-recorded)

  • A Clash of Sovereigns: Corporate Power and State Authority in the Social Media Era, Jenny Domino, International Commission of Jurists
  • Cyber Threats of Force in International Law, Ivana Stradner, American Enterprise Institute
  • The Criminalization of Cyber-Attacks under the International Criminal Court's Rome Statute, Jennifer Trahan, NYU Center for Global Affairs
  • Discussants: Duncan Hollis, Temple University School of Law, Kate Klonick, St. John's University Law School

International Non-Profit Jobs in a Time of COVID (Career & Professional Development track)

  • Heather Brandon, Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Jenny Domino, International Commission of Jurists
  • Tschika McBean, Bahá'ís of the United States Office of Public Affairs
  • Rita Siemion (moderator), Human Rights First

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.                  
Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (pre-recorded)

  • Who Owns Ocean Biodiversity?: The Legal Status of Marine Genetic Resources within the International Framework,Abhaya Ganashree, Special Tribunal for Lebanon
  • The Legal Status of Maritime Features with Artificial Construction in the Law of the Sea, Qin He, Southwest University of Political Science & Law & Chunliang Zhang, Southwest University of Political Science & Law
  • What is the threshold in international space law and jus ad bellum qualifying harmful space activities as armed attack?, Giulia Pavesi, KU Leuven
  • Discussant: Elizabeth Rodríguez-Santiago,  Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Carolina, Puerto Rico

The Future of International Criminal Law

  • The ICC and Human Rights: The Crime Against Cultural Heritage as Part of a Trend Towards Greater Human Rights Influence, Haydee Dijkstal, 33 Bedford Row Chambers
  • Closing the Innocence Gap in International Human Rights Law, Laurence Helfer, Duke University School of Law
  • Need For Tailored Rehabilitation Programs for Perpetrators of International Crimes: What Can Former Yugoslavian Example Show Us?, Marina Maier, Leiden University
  • Discussant: Jim Johnson, Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone

International Immigration & Refugee Law Issues 

  • The Convention Against Torture and Non-refoulement in U.S. Courts, Trent Buatte, U.S. Department of State
  • The Division of Responsibility in Early International Refugee Responses, Sophie Capicchiano Young, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Health Care and Sanitation Rights of Asylum Seekers in United States Immigration Detention, Jari Rubio, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Discussant: Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple University School of Law

International Law Academic Jobs in a Time of COVID (Career & Professional Development track)

  • Steven Koh, Boston College Law School
  • Kish Parella, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Victoria Sahani (moderator), Arizona State University College of Law
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Historic Roots of International Law

  • Intersectional Sovereignties: Dr. Aline Chalufour, Woman at Nuremberg – and at Paris, Ottawa, and Dalat, Diane Amann, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Exposing Collaborators: Stories and Sentiments Starting in Communist Prague, Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University & Barbora Hola, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • International Lawyers and the Idea of a League of Nations, John Hepp, Wilkes University
  • Discussant: Adrien Wing, The University of Iowa College of Law

Novel International Law Making

  • Trade Executive Agreements, Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
  • The Other Secret Deals with Mexico and the Expansion of the Executive Bureaucracies, Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • The Global Arrest Game: The criminalization of foreign policy, Steven Koh, Boston College of Law
  • Discussant: Ingrid Wuerth, Vanderbilt Law School

Regional Arbitration and Investment Law (pre-recorded)

  • The "Africanization" Discourse and its Dilemmas in African International Economic Law, Olabisi D. Akinkugbe, Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law
  • The Constitutional Status of Investor-State Arbitration in Africa, Dominic Dagbanja, The University of Western Australia Law School
  • Discussant: Julian Arato, Brooklyn Law School

Pursuing a Career in International Law (Career & Professional Development track)

  • Ben Juvelier, American Society of International Law

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.                    
Break

4:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Atrocity Prevention

  • Preventing Crimes Against Humanity Within the United States, Elena Baylis, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • No Peace Without Justice: Ad Hoc Mixed Claims Commissions & Transitional Justice for Victims of Atrocity Crimes, Hannah Garry, USC Gould School of Law
  • Social Media and Genocide: The Case for Home State Responsibility, Kyle Rapp, University of Southern California
  • Discussant: Jessica Peake, UCLA School of Law

Domestic Governance during Pandemics

  • Pandemic Governance, Yanbai Andrea Wang, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Discussant: Sharona Hoffman, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

International Law and Technology (pre-recorded)

  • Protecting equality in a digital age: the need for more expansive anti-discrimination protections, Tetyana Krupiy, Tilburg University
  • The U.N. Needs a Reboot: A Declaration of Digital Human Rights, Margie Rutledge, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Are All Soldiers created Equal? – On the Equal Application of the Law to Military Enhanced Soldiers, Yahli Shereshevsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Discussant: Molly Land, University of Connecticut School of Law

Writing Your Resume for an International Law Career (Career & Professional Development track)

  • D. Wes Rist, American Society of International Law

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

6:15 – 6:30 p.m.                    
Break

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.                    
2020 Practitioners' Forum

Keynote Remarks:                 
"Digital Technology and Human Rights: Friends or Foes?"
Vivek Krishnamurthy, University of Ottawa

Panel discussion:
Global Issues Related to Arbitrating Data Breaches and Privacy Rights

  • Kathleen Paisley, Ambos NBGO
  • Brian Edward Ray (moderator), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Crissy Solh, Square, Inc.
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Global business has been affected by data breaches and ensuing privacy violations. In response, some companies have looked to arbitration as a method of settling disputes related to data breaches and privacy violations. Last April, a U.S. federal court ruled in connection with the 2018 data breach at the education technology company, Chegg, that an arbitration clause contained in the company's clickwrap contracts was enforceable. The enforceability of arbitration clauses in connection with privacy rights may have implications for consumers who are prevented from joining class actions or otherwise enforcing their rights through recently enacted legislation.

Different countries have adopted distinct approaches toward data privacy and cyber security. The European Union has adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2018), aimed at harmonizing EU member states' laws and providing greater protection to data subjects. In the United States, responses have included state legislation, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, and non-governmental initiatives, such as the Sedona Conference's International Principles on Discovery, Disclosure and Data Protection in Civil Litigation, which includes a draft protocol that addresses data breaches and privacy issues. This panel will explore global issues related to arbitrating data breaches and privacy violations, including applicable law, mandatory law, and enforceability of forced arbitration clauses.

Friday, October 30, 2020

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.                  
AJIL Board Meeting

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

International Governance of Pandemics

  • How the coronavirus crisis challenges international investment (customary) law rules: which role for the necessity defence?, Federica Cristani, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • Effects of COVID-19 on the treaty interpretation: State's conduct in terms of subsequent agreement and subsequent practice, Rakesh Roshan, National Law University Delhi
  • On International Legal Regulation of Health Assistance under Major Epidemic Situation, Yinling Zhou, Wuhan University
  • Discussant: Anat Alon-Beck, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Privacy in International Law

  • Interfacing Privacy and Trade, Mira Burri, University of Lucerne
  • Access to Data in Cyberspace: the Challenges of International Law in a Digitalized World, Michaëla Roegiers
  • Privacy Before Trade: Assessing the WTO-Consistency of Privacy-Based Cross-Border Data Flows Restrictions, Julian Rotenberg, Harvard Law School
  • Discussant: Anupam Chander, Georgetown University Law Center

The Structure of International Law (pre-recorded)

  • The Strategy and Politics of Voting on the U.N. Security Council, Viva Jeronimo, Yale University
  • The Return of Reprisals, Ryan Mitchell, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • From Extraction to Equality: Transforming Human Rights Advocacy, Sarah Knuckey, Gulika Reddy, & Anjli Parrin, Columbia Law School
  • Discussant: Jennifer Trahan, NYU Center for Global Affairs

Government and International Organization Jobs in a Time of COVID (Career & Professional Development track)

  • Adom Cooper, U.S. Department of State
  • Christie Edwards (moderator), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Isavella Vasilogeorgi, United Nations
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.                
Break

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

International Environmental Law

  • Let the Trees Speak for Themselves: Incorporating Nature's Rights into the Global Pact for the Environment, Samantha Franks, Michigan Journal of International Law
  • The role of the principle of systemic integration in bringing norms of customary environmental law into the interpretation of investment treaties, Kseniia Soloveva, Universiteit Leiden
  • The Role of International Organizations in the Development of International Environmental Law: Adjusting the Lenses of Analysis, Rita Guerreiro Teixeira, KU Leuven - Centre for Global Governance Studies
  • Discussant: Jelena Aparac, UN Working Group on Mercenaries

International Law in Theory

  • Interpretive Entrepreneurs, MJ Durkee, University of Georgia School of Law
  • A Cognitive Turn for International Law: Implications for the Study of Global Inequality, John Linarelli, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • The Domesticization of Lawfare, David Hughes, University of Ottawa Law School
  • Discussant: Richard Steinberg, UCLA School of Law

Theories of Human Rights (pre-recorded)

  • "Words so Innocent and Powerless...How Potent They Become": Some Thoughts on the Corpus Linguistics of the ICC and Art.12(2)(A), Eleni Micha, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • A Right to Have Rights: The Continued Relevance of "The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man", Melissa Stewart, Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute
  • Al Jazeera at the International Court of Justice, William Worster, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Discussant: Avidan Cover, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

International Private Practice Jobs in a Time of COVID (Career & Professional Development track)

  • Christina Beharry (moderator), Foley Hoag LLP
  • Kimberly Larkin, Three Crowns LLP
  • Oonagh Sands, Fietta LLP
  • Nawi Ukabiala, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.                    
Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.                    

Multilateralism and International Institutions

The two presidential candidates have starkly different views of the United States' role in international institutions, such as the United Nations, NATO, and the World Health Organization, and its participation in multilateral agreements, such as the Paris Climate Agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and the Open Skies Treaty. This session will consider the prospects for multilateral cooperation and engagement under either a Biden administration or a second Trump administration. The panelists will discuss how the two prospective administrations would approach the tension between the pursuit of national interests and the need to create and maintain mutually cooperative relationships.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.                    
Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Developments in International Investment Law

  • The Meaning of Silence in Investment Treaties, Simon Batifort & Andrew Larkin, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Human Rights and the Trajectory of ISDS Reform, Nicholas Diamond, Georgetown University Law Center & Kabir Duggal, Columbia University Law School
  • Addressing Structural Inequality in Investment Treaty Arbitration, Victoria Sahani, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Discussant: Christian Leathley, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Enforcement of Transnational Law (pre-recorded)

  • Closing the Patent Loophole Across Borders, Mattias Rättzén, Harvard Law School
  • Emerging Powers, Legal Capacity, and the Transnational Legal Ordering of Trade, Gregory Shaffer, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Transnational Law in a Time of Crisis, Carrie Shang, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Discussant: Andrea Bjorklund, McGill University Faculty of Law

Gender Issues in International Law

  • Banging Your Head Against the Wall: Battle of the Special Rapporteur Over Women's Rights in Iran, Delaram Farzaneh, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Resisting the Playing Field, Desiree LeClercq, Cornell University
  • Gender-Based Violence in International Human Rights Law: Evolution towards a Binding Post-Binary Framework, Tatsiana Ziniakova, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Discussant: Nienke Grossman, University of Baltimore School of Law

Publishing in International Law: Tips and Tools from the AJIL Co-Editors-in-Chief (Career & Professional Development track)

  • Curt Bradley, Duke University School of Law, AJIL Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Larry Helfer, Duke University School of Law, AJIL Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Meaghan Kelly, Duke University School of Law, AJIL Administrative Editor

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.                    
Break

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Dispute Resolution and Compensation

  • The Settlement Paradox in Human Rights Litigation, William Aceves, California Western School of Law
  • Compensation in a Changing International Legal Order, Ashley Barnes, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Towards Postcolonial Jurisprudence: South Korea, Mitsubishi, and War Reparations, Timothy Webster, Western New England University School of Law
  • Discussant: Cathy Mansfield, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Repression, Expression, and the State (pre-record)

  • Women's Rights, Vulnerability, and Intersectionality: Achievements and Challenges of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, Laura Cahier, Georgetown University
  • Can Lachiri Stop the Avalanche? Recommitting Institutions to Protect Religious Expression Rights in Europe, Kaley Hanenkrat, University of Michigan Law School
  • Protests, Repression, and Varying Perceptions of Local and Federal Police in Iraq, Mara Revkin, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Discussant: Megan Mattimoe, Advocating Opportunity

The U.S. and International Law  

  • Back-stopping International Law? A Typology of FCPA Prosecutions of Foreign Defendants, Elizabeth Acorn, University of Toronto
  • President Trump's View on International Humanitarian Law, Stuart Ford, UIC John Marshall Law School
  • Propaganda Warfare on International Courts, Sara Ochs, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • Discussant: David Stewart, Georgetown University Law Center

Drafting an International Law Career Cover Letter (Career & Professional Development track)

  • D. Wes Rist, American Society of International Law

Mentoring Session: To Be Announced (Career & Professional Development track)

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.        
ASIL Midyear Meeting Trivia

The global pandemic in 2020 has disrupted the hiring market across multiple industries, making things difficult for students and recent graduates focused on pursuing a career in international law. The Society is committed to supporting students and new professionals seeking to enter into the practice of international law and is pleased to offer twenty hours of professional development opportunities during the Midyear Meeting.

Job-Seeking During the Global Pandemic
These four sessions are geared toward educating and informing students and recent graduates as to how to navigate the job market in academia, private practice, government and international organizations, and the non-profit sector in the current climate. Experts from across these sectors will address the fundamentals of the relevant job market, as well as discuss topics including what students should be doing now to prepare for a career in that field, how COVID-19 has impacted the hiring process, and how recent graduates seeking employment can demonstrate professional experience in the absence of proper employment.

Mentoring Sessions
Following their success at this year's Virtual Annual Meeting, we are pleased to offer eight one-hour sessions with mentors from academia, government, private practice, and beyond. Participants will be able to engage in a dialogue with a mentor and ask them questions about their career, professional development, or areas of expertise.

Publishing Tips with the AJIL Co-Editors-in-Chief
Curtis Bradley and Laurence Helfer, the co-Editors-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law (AJIL), will discuss the submission process for the Journal. They will describe what they look for when reviewing submissions, and they will offer tips for developing a successful article and for navigating the peer-review process. This session is aimed at early career scholars and first-time authors who may be interested in submitting future work to AJIL.
Cover Letter and Resume Workshops
Our cover letter workshop and our resume workshop will each offer participants detailed insight drafting these documents in a way that makes them attractive to prospective employers from a variety of legal sectors. Topics under discussion will include cover letter and resumé "must-haves," dos and don'ts, how to strike the correct tone, and an overview of what should be showcased in a cover letter vs. what should be saved for the resumé.

Pursuing a Career in International Law
The market for legal jobs is difficult right now and specializing in a particular issue, like international law, can make your job search even more frustrating. This session will discuss the steps that students and graduates can take while still in law school or in their early career to help themselves stand out in the search for an international law position. Topics covered will include targeted job searching, managing one's professional contacts, identifying appropriate international experiences, pursuing valuable volunteer and professional membership opportunities, and other practical issues that students can pursue.




2020 Practitioners' Forum
Thursday, October 29, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Keynote Remarks:                 
"Digital Technology and Human Rights: Friends or Foes?"
Vivek Krishnamurthy, University of Ottawa

Panel discussion:
Global Issues Related to Arbitrating Data Breaches and Privacy Rights

  • Kathleen Paisley, Ambos NBGO
  • Brian Edward Ray (moderator), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Crissy Solh, Square, Inc.
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Global business has been affected by data breaches and ensuing privacy violations. In response, some companies have looked to arbitration as a method of settling disputes related to data breaches and privacy violations. Last April, a U.S. federal court ruled in connection with the 2018 data breach at the education technology company, Chegg, that an arbitration clause contained in the company's clickwrap contracts was enforceable. The enforceability of arbitration clauses in connection with privacy rights may have implications for consumers who are prevented from joining class actions or otherwise enforcing their rights through recently enacted legislation.

Different countries have adopted distinct approaches toward data privacy and cyber security. The European Union has adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2018), aimed at harmonizing EU member states' laws and providing greater protection to data subjects. In the United States, responses have included state legislation, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, and non-governmental initiatives, such as the Sedona Conference's International Principles on Discovery, Disclosure and Data Protection in Civil Litigation, which includes a draft protocol that addresses data breaches and privacy issues. This panel will explore global issues related to arbitrating data breaches and privacy violations, including applicable law, mandatory law, and enforceability of forced arbitration clauses.



2020 ASIL Practitioners' Forum Committee

Members

  • Christian Hioureas, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Bart Smith Duijzentkunst, United Nations
  • Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law