Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Write On! Africa & Intlaw

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)

Papers are being sought for Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, a conference to be held on April 13 and 14, 2012, at New York's Albany Law School. Cosponsoring the conference is the African Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, whose co-chairs are our colleagues Angela M. Banks, Associate Professor of Law at William & Mary, and James Gathii, Albany Law's Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law.
Featured at the conference will be:
► A keynote address by Judge Abdul Koroma of Sierra Leone, a member of the International Court of Justice since 1994;
► Another keynote, by Dr. Willy Mutunga, since June of this year the Chief Justice and President of the Kenyan Supreme Court; and
► Confirmed participation by Adama Dieng of Senegal, since 2001 the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and U.N. Deputy Secretary-General.
Speakers will address "a broad range of themes from public to private international law, as well as international and regional economic and trade legal systems," organizers write. A sure topic for discussion is a topic we've frequently discussed in posts available here; that is, the relation among the International Criminal Court, the African Union, and the states party to either or both treaty regime.
Organizers write:

Abstracts and papers are invited on a broad range of themes including the French intervention in Cote D’Ivoire, the NATO/US allied action in Libya, the fledgling jurisprudence of regional integration tribunals as well as piracy trials being conducted under universal jurisdiction, the race for African resources by China and other countries.

They add:

Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in the inaugural issue of a new international law journal which will serve as an authoritative mouthpiece of the African international law experience.

Deadline for submitting proposals to jgath@albanylaw.edu is this week -- September 30, 2011. Details are in the full call for papers here.


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