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Preparing for International Law Weekend 2015

This year’s International Law Weekend (ILW) will take place in New York City, from 5 through 7 November. Organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association, this annual event attracts over 800 attendees including practitioners, diplomats, academics, and law students.

The ILW 2015 theme is Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers. Daily panels will give attendees an opportunity to discuss and debate the role of international law in addressing global challenges, as well as explore innovative resolutions to these problems. The conference’s opening panel takes place at the House of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on Thursday evening, followed by a reception for all conference attendees. Friday’s and Saturday’s keynote address and panels will be held at Fordham University School of Law.

All the conference events should incite important conversations about international law’s power to address evolving global issues. In addition, the wide variety of topics will present a comprehensive overview of developments in the different areas of international law.

Our Top Panel Picks:

The Road to Paris: What Can We Expect from the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change?
Friday 6 November, 9:00 a.m.

The upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be the topic of this roundtable, where participants will discuss the effectiveness of the likely outcomes of the conference. Before attending this panel, read the first chapter of The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary to get a better idea of the impact of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, adopted at the Earth Summit in 1992.

It’s “Shocking” to Think There Is Corruption at FIFA
Friday 6 November, 10:45 a.m.

This panel will seek to answer the many questions raised by the FIFA indictment of 14 individuals and also discuss developments in this international prosecution. If you’re looking for a detailed explanation of the history and development of international anti-corruption norms, we’ve made the introduction of International Anti-Corruption Norms: Their Creation and Influence on Domestic Legal Systems freely available.

Saving Lives and Building Society The EU’s New European Migration Agenda
Friday 6 November, 3:00 p.m.

Panelists will look at measures in the new EU “European Migration Agenda” which was implemented in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis. Read the introduction of Marie-Bénédicte Dembour’s When Humans Become Migrants: Study of the European Court of Human Rights with an Inter-American Counterpoint, to learn more about how the European Court of Human Rights and Inter-American Court of Human Rights engage with claims lodged by migrants.

Ethics for Counsel in International Adjudication
Friday 6 November, 4:45 p.m.

In this session, Chester Brown, along with co-panelist Judge Joan Donoghue and moderator Jeremy Sharpe, will look at unclear or nonexistent ethics rules for counsel in international adjudication. Brown is the editor of Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties, part of the Oxford Commentaries on International Law series.

Law-making by the UN Security Council
Friday, 6 November, 4:45 p.m.

Ian Johnstone, one of the co-authors of the forthcoming new edition of Law and Practice of the United Nations, closes out the first day of panels as a participant in this session, which will address the UN Security Council’s role as a lawmaker.

The Individual Petition Procedure in International Human Rights Law: Has It Lived Up To Its Expectations?
Saturday 7 November, 9 a.m.

Dinah Shelton kicks off the final day of the conference with this panel focused on recent criticisms to the international human rights law movement. If you’re attending, read the introduction of The Oxford Handbook of Human Rights Law, edited by Shelton, which has been made freely available on Oxford Handbooks Online.

International Courts as Architects of the International Legal System and SubSystems
Saturday 7 November, 1:45 p.m.

Jean d’Aspremont is one of the panelists taking on this session examining international courts’ contribution to consolidating secondary rules of international law. d’Aspremont’s Formalism and the Sources of International Law is part of the Oxford Monographs in International Law series and you can read the book’s Introduction for free on Oxford Scholarship Online.

Rising Seas, Baselines Issues: The Work of the International Law Association Baselines and Sea Level Rise Committee
Saturday 7 November, 1:45 p.m.

The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea contributor David Freestone will participate in this panel which will explore two International Law Association committees and their current work with the law of the sea. Freestone’s co-written Handbook chapter on the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico is freely available for you to read before the session.

New York City Attractions Map

From international arbitration and sovereign debt, to human rights and the law of the sea, International Law Weekend will explore many emerging trends in international law and its various sub-disciplines. It will be a busy couple of days, but luckily you’ll be in the city that never sleeps! Make some time to explore some of the Big Apple’s many attractions, a lot of which won’t take you too far from the conference.

If you’re attending International Law Weekend, don’t forget to stop by the OUP booth to see our collection of international law titles discounted 20%, pick up a postcard for free access to law’s online resources, and browse our collection of law journals. To stay connected throughout the conference, follow us on Twitter @OUPIntLaw and like our Oxford International Law Facebook page. See you in New York!

Image Credit: “Law” by Daniel Kulinski. CC BY NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

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