Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ASIL leadership nominees sought

This year's Nominating Committee of the American Society of International Law seeks a few good leaders.
Specifically, it seeks, from among its members, nominees – including self-nominees – to stand for election for a number of leadership positions, to be filled at the Society’s 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held April 3-6 in Washington, D.C.
ASIL's immediate past President, David D. Caron (University of California-Berkeley), who will chair the committee, whose members include Lucinda A.  Low (Steptoe & Johnson LLP), Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (University of Minnesota/University of Ulster, and an IntLawGrrls contributor), William H. Taft IV (Fried Frank/former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State), Catherine M. Amirfar (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP); Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown), and, as an alternate, Vikram Raghavan (World Bank).
According to the ASIL notice, "The Committee will seek to nominate those who have evidenced a willingness to contribute time and effort to the work of the Society, while endeavoring also to enhance the diversity of the Society's leadership." The Committee will be guided in its decisions by the Society's Guidelines, available here, which the Committee advises every candidate and prospective nominator to review.

President-Elect: The term will be for 1 year; then, in April 2014, the President-Elect will be expected to succeed incumbent President Donald Francis Donovan, and so to serve a 2-year term as President. In keeping with tradition of alternating between practitioners and academics, it's anticipated that the 2013 President-Elect will be drawn from among ASIL's academic members.
Vice Presidents: To be filled are 2 vacancies (an academic and a practitioner) for this position  – which carries a 1-year term, usually renewed once. Vice Presidents generally take the lead in overseeing a major ASIL activity or program.
Executive Council: To be filled are 8 vacancies on the Council, ASIL's chief governing body. Members convene as a group twice a year, at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and at the traveling Midyear Meeting (this year, in Georgia). Members, who served 3-year terms, are expected to provide leadership to one or more of ASIL's programs or activities.
Counsellors: To be filled are up to 8 vacancies, each for a 3-year term. Counsellors are nonvoting members of the Executive Council, who attend the Council meetings and are "chosen from from among the more senior members of the Society."

Nominating Process
To nominate someone else or yourself:
► Required is submission of the candidate's current CV, one that includes a description of the candidate's prior service to ASIL.
►  Also required, for all offices except Counsellor, is a 1- or 2-page statement setting out the candidate's ideas on the Society, its programs, and the candidate's potential contribution to its work.
► Optional (and not mentioned at all for the office of Counsellor) is a list of references whom the Nominating Committee may wish to contact for further information about the candidate. According to ASIL's notice, "The Nominating Committee does not encourage or expect to receive letters in support of particular nominees, and the Committee requests that no more than one such letter be submitted in support of any candidate."

The deadline for submission of candidates for all positions is August 3, 2012. 

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