The Howard M. Holtzmann Research Center for the Study of International Arbitration and Conciliation was established by ASIL to serve as an education and research forum for individuals interested in international dispute resolution.
This Benchbook provides a hands-on introduction to international law as it arises in courts of the United States. Its primary audience will be U.S. District Judges, typically the first to encounter questions of international law in our system. Others too may find the Benchbook of use: Magistrate Judges who may handle discovery and similar matters in the first instance; federal appellate judges who review the work of the district courts; state court judges whose docket includes disputes for which there is concurrent federal-state jurisdiction; administrative law judges; law clerks, legal assistants, and staff attorneys who serve the judiciary; and litigants who seek clearly and accurately to present to judges pertinent issues of international law.
As the breadth of standardized examination requirements grows, international and human rights law is finding less and less room and nearly no mention in today’s high schools. To fill this gap, ASIL has created teaching modules modules designed for integration into existing history and civics curricula. Each module supplements subjects already commonly taught in high school – the drafting of the American Constitution, the American Civil War, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement – and gives teachers the ability to add a global perspective to those topics. ASIL's curricular support in these areas is grade level appropriate and assumes no background knowledge of international law.