By Jo Wojtkowski
This year’s joint ASIL/ILA Annual Meeting is of historic importance for the international law community. It is the first time that ASIL and the International Law Association (ILA) have joined forces to create a single combined conference of epic proportions. According to ASIL it is “expected to be one of the largest in international law history.”
ASIL’s 108th Annual Meeting and ILA’s 76th Biennial Conference will be held in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, from 7-12 April 2014.
The 2014 conference theme is ‘The Effectiveness of International Law’, and participants will be tackling difficult questions such as: When, how, and why is international law most effective? Do the challenges facing international law vary across the globe? What role do non-state actors play in making international law more or less effective? Oxford Journals have pulled together a collection of articles from across our international law journals to tie-in with the theme.
More than 40 program sessions will address key topics across international law including the Approach of Courts to Foreign Affairs to National Security, Intelligence Material and the Courts, the Internet and International Law, Domestic Human Rights Enforcement after Kiobel, and even The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act’s Turn to International Law, to name but a few.
Here are some of the conference events we’re excited about:
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Oxford Online Reception: Join us at the OUP Booth #1-3, for light cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and scholarly conversation. Learn more about Oxford Online and receive two months of free access to our online law resources including Oxford Public International Law, Max Planck Encylopedia of Public International Law, Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law, Oxford Reports on International Law, and Oxford Constitutions of the World.
- Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Grotius Lecture: Radhika Coomaraswamy, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict and on Violence against Women, will discuss women and children in international law.
- Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:30-2:15 p.m.
WILIG Luncheon: Women in International Law Interest Group will have remarks from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, US Supreme Court (retired) and honorees include International Court of Justice Judges Julia Sebutinde, Joan Donoghue, and Xue Hanqin.
- Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Brower Lecture: Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore, will discuss international dispute resolution.
- Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:30-2:15 p.m.
Hudson Medal Luncheon: Peter Tomka, International Court of Justice (Discussant, President) will speak with Hudson Medal Winner Alain Pellet, University Paris Ouest.
- Friday, April 11, 2014, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Friday Plenary: If you missed in WILIG Luncheon, catch ICJ Judges Julia Sebutinde, Joan Donoghue, and Hanqin Xue in conversation.
- Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Gala Dinner: Join the luminaries of the international law community including Cherif Bassiouni (Butcher Medal) and the ASIL Certificate of Merit winners.
Don’t miss ILA’s 22 Committees and nine Working Groups, which include some of the top names in international law. We’re also thrilled to see so many of our authors among the speakers:
- Kai Ambos, Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law, Georg-August- Universitat Gottingen, and author of Treatise on International Criminal Law: Volume II: The Crimes and Sentencing
- Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor and Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization, Faculty of Law, at the University of Geneva, and author of Fresh Water in International Law
- Curtis Bradley, William Van Alstyne Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law, and author of International Law in the U.S. Legal System
- Jean d’Aspremont, Associate Professor of International Law, Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam, and author of Formalism and the Sources of International Law
- Mark A. Drumbl, Alumni Professor at Washington & Lee University, School of Law, Director of the Transnational Law Institute, and author of Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy
- Jenny S. Martinez, Professor of Law and Justin M. Roach, Jr., Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, and author of The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law
- André Nollkaemper, Professor of Public International Law, University of Amsterdam, and author of National Courts and the International Rule of Law
- Georg Nolte, Professor of International Law at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and author of Treaties and Subsequent Practice
- Jan Paulsson, head of the international arbitration practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and author of The Idea of Arbitration
- Cesare Romano, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, and editor of The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication
- Ben Saul, Professor of International Law at Sydney Law School, and co-author of The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and author of Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts
- Sandesh Sivakumaran, Associate Professor and Reader in Public International Law, School of Law, University of Nottingham, author of The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict, and editor of International Human Rights Law
If you are lucky enough to be joining us in DC, don’t forget to visit the Oxford University Press booth #1-3, where you can browse our award-winning books, and take advantage of the 35% conference discount. Stop by to enter our prize draw for a chance to win an iPad Mini, and pick up a free access passwords to our collection of online law resources, and featured Oxford journals.
See you in DC!
Jo Wojtkowski is an Assistant Marketing Manager on the Law team at Oxford University Press USA.
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