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The Idea of Effective International Law: Continuing the Discussion

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Vijay Padmanabhan

The joint 108th American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting and 76th International Law Association (ILA) Biennial Conference was organized under the theme “The Effectiveness of Inte

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Dworkin's Philosphy of International Law

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Laurisha Cotton

Known for his American philosophy of

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Emerging Trends and Challenges in International Legal Education and Scholarship

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R. Martin Witt

Sponsored by the International Law Students Association, this panel discussion touched on a number of issues of vital importance to the teachin

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The Idea of Effective International Law

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Gary J. Shaw

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Book Comment -- "Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change: Grotian Moments" by Michael P. Scharf

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R. Carter Paret

 

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IG Update: International Legal Theory Interest Group to Convene Human Rights Symposium

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John Linarelli

The International Legal Theory Interest Group's spring symposium will focus this year on "Human Rights in Emergencies." It will address the relationship between state sovereignty

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2014 ASIL Book Awards Announced!

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Elizabeth Andersen

The Society has announced the 2014 winners of its annual book awards.

Not Just State - International Law in the US Government

The Government Attorneys Interest Group of the American Society of International Law invites you to attend a continuing legal education course featuring practicing international lawyers in a variety of positions within the U.S. government. The panel will discuss the role that international law plays in the day-to-day practice of attorneys not only in the U.S. State and Defense departments, but also in legal offices outside of the most commonly understood "international" agencies.

Customary International Law: What is its Role in the U.S. Legal System?

Customary international law is now coming up in a variety of contexts in U.S. courts, including civil suits under the Alien Tort Statute, the review of military commission proceedings in the "war on terror," and criminal prosecution of piracy. Is customary international law a form of federal law, as claimed by the Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States? How does its status in the U.S. legal system compare with the status of treaties? Even if it is not directly applicable as U.S.

Guantanamo Military Commissions: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward

ASIL, in cosponsorship with its Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, will host a discussion of the United States's decade-long experience with military commission proceedings against detainees held at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, featuring Jess Bravin, an award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter and author of The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay. Bravin will summarize the findings in his book, which draws on more than a decade of first-hand reporting at Guantanamo and extensive interviews with insiders in the commission process.