Apart from the diversions of International Law Weekend in New York City October 20-22, 2011, which I described in a post last week, and International Law Weekend MidWest, to be held on September 9, 2011,
we at the International Law Association, American Branch -- sponsor of the International Law Weekends -- would like to invite you to consider becoming a formal member.
Apart from these annual conference activities, the practitioners, academics and diplomats who belong to the American Branch are actively engaged in drafting projects and studies, together with members from the 45 other states that belong to the Association.
The studies of the ILA -- bearing as they do the unique authority of a group founded in 1873, that has truly international membership and international exchanges of views -- are enormously influential. An example is the study by Maurice Mendelson QC on customary international law, which has been widely cited by courts, including the International Court of Justice, and by academic commentators.
Over 25 members of the American Branch of the ILA have recently served on these international committees, including:
► IntLawGrrls guest/alumna Barbara Stark (left), Professor of Law at Hofstra, as chair of the ILA International Family Law committee;
► Christina M. Cerna, Principal Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as chair of the ILA International Human Rights committee;
► NYU Law Professor Linda J. Silberman, as a U.S. member of the ILA International Civil Litigation committee; and
► Duke Lecturing Fellow Coalter G. Lathrop, as rapporteur of the Law of the Sea Baselines.
Women have played a major role in the organization in other respects, with:
► Professor Christine Chinkin of the London School of Economics as the current headquarters director of studies;
► Professor Catherine Kessedjian of the University of Paris as chair of the International Civil Litigation committee; and
► Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (right) of the Unversity of Geneva as co-chair of the Practice and Procedure of International Tribunals committee.
There are also study committees of the American Branch itself, and its studies are published both in the biennial proceedings of the Branch and will soon be published on the web as well. The American Branch director of studies is IntLawGrrls guest/alumna Andrea K. Bjorklund (left), Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis.
Membership is a value-proposition, with lots of opportunity to break outside the bubble of American views of international Law. Besides, the next Biennial ILA meeting in August 2012 is in Sofia, Bulgaria, the pearl of the Black Sea. The 2014 meeting is set to be held in Japan, and the 2016 meeting in Washington, D.C.
For more information, contact yours truly, Ruth Wedgwood, President of the American Branch of the ILA, at email@example.com. Or visit the American Branch website for full details on membership.
We look forward to your participation!