As I did in a post this time last year, wearing my hat as President of the American Branch of the International Law Association, I write to welcome proposals for International Law Weekend 2012.
This premier international law event of the fall season will be held in New York City, on October 25 at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and on October 26 and 27 at Fordham Law School. Cosponsoring along with ABILA is the International Law Students Association.
The overall theme of ILW 2012 is Ideas, Institutions, and Interests – Dynamics of Change in International Law. As detailed in our call for papers:
'The unifying theme for this year’s meeting is to explore the mechanisms of change in international law. Panels may focus on key regions undergoing particularly dramatic change, for instance in the Middle East or China, and subject matter areas undergoing rapid change, such as tariffs and trade, human rights and humanitarian intervention, immigration, labor, public health, sustainable development and the environment.'We expect an audience that will include practitioners, professors, UN diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, writers, journalists, and interested citizens.
This year, we plan to have a broad array of public international law topics, but will also have dedicated tracks of private international law topics in each program slot. Thus, we welcome suggestions of cutting-edge issues in the international aspects of corporate, tax, securities, and investment law, as well as international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution. Equally welcome are topics in public international law and institutions, including issues regarding the United Nations, human rights, peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, arms control, the development of regional and sub-regional organizations, etc.
We also encourage suggestions of varied formats, such as debates, roundtables, lectures, and break-out groups, as well as the usual practice of panel presentations.
You and your colleagues are invited to submit proposals online for panels, roundtables, debates, and lectures, on issues in public and private law, no later than April 13, 2012. How-to details and the online submission form are set forth in the full call for papers.
Serving with me on the 2012 ILW Program Committee are: Steve Hammond, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; Nikolai B. Krylov, Winston & Strawn LLP; Vivian Shen, International Law Students Association; Mark R. Shulman, Pace Law School; and Michael Shewchuk, U.N. Office of Legal Affairs.