Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Go On! International law & capital punishment

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest) Judges' use of foreign and international legal norms -- an issue often treated at IntLawGrrls (most recently here) -- will be the topic of discussion for a free-of-charge panel to be held in conjunction with the upcoming annual meeting of the American Bar Association (a meeting, incidentally, that will conclude the year-long term of the ABA's current President, Carolyn Lamm, an expert in international arbitration, litigation, and trade).
Here's the plan for the session entitled The Influence of International Law and Opinion in US Death Penalty Cases, to be held 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 7, at Bingham McCutchen LLP, Three Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California:

Panelists will discuss whether it is legitimate to consider international human rights instruments or treaty obligations in capital cases, recent capital cases involving issues of international law and comity, and the effect of foreign governments’ opposition to the implementation of the death penalty on foreign nationals. We will conclude the session with a discussion on what, if any, universal principles of fairness and due process exist among countries that retain the death penalty.
Speakers confirmed so far are Juan Manuel Sanchez, Consul for Protection and Legal Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, and our colleague Richard J. Wilson, Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Moderator will be Maurice Possley, a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School.
No need to be registered for the ABA annual meeting to attend this event. RSVP here.

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