Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Go On! Join us at ASIL's October Midyear Meeting

It is my immense honor to welcome all of you to the 2012 American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting, to be held October 19 to 21 here in the great southeastern state of Georgia.
The meeting will take place in Atlanta – where one of the city's commercial anchors, the Coca-Cola Co., will host attendees at its downtown corporate headquarters – and in Athens, the wonderful community northeast of Atlanta that's home to the University of Georgia School of Law.
Having served as the law school's Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law since last year, yours truly is honored to be co-chairing the meeting along with my friend and colleague, Charles A. Hunnicutt, Senior Counsel at the law firm of Thompson Hine, as well as a former ASIL Vice President, Georgia Law alum, and Chair of the Advisory Board of Georgia Law's Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy.
Headlining the 3-day meeting will be the top lawyers for the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State, respectively:
Patricia O'Brien (left), Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, will deliver the luncheon keynote; and
► Harold Hongju Koh (right), Legal Adviser, State Department, will be the conference dinner speaker.
Working with Charlie and me to plan this meeting have been the many tireless staffers at Tillar House, ASIL's D.C. headquarters, as well as dozens of other members of various committees, detailed here.
Special thanks are due to 3 Host Committee members: Georgia Law Dean Rebecca H. White and William Lummus, Associate General Counsel International at the Coca-Cola Co., who will provide space for the Meeting, and Georgia Law's Peter "Bo" Rutledge, who organized the all-star arbitration panel.
Special thanks too to: Laura Dickinson of George Washington University School of Law, and Georgia Law's Timothy L. Meyer, Co-Chairs of the Research Forum; and Ingrid Wuerth of Vanderbilt University Law School and Midyear Meeting Host Committee member Harlan Cohen of Georgia Law, who will serve as inaugural Co-Chairs of the Society's new regional project, ASIL-Southeast.
We owe special thanks as well to the ASIL Academic Partners in our immediate region, among them, in addition to Georgia Law, our Atlanta neighbor, Emory University School of Law, and our North Carolina neighbor, Duke University School of Law
Look for future posts offering details on some of these events, as well as profiles of our host cities. Today, without further ado, here's the program for the Midyear Meeting  program (for which we welcome you to register here):

Friday, October 19
Coca-Cola headquarters, 1 Coca-Cola Plaza, N.W., Atlanta

3-5 p.m.
Career & Mentoring Fair
This Midyear Meeting kickoff event is geared for students and new professionals interested in learning more about various international law career paths and interacting with experienced public and private international legal professionals in a "speed-mentoring" format.

5-6:30 p.m.
When Transnational Business Deals Go Sour: The Challenges and Opportunities of International Arbitration
Speaking on recent developments, and on real-world case studies of arbitration’s success and failure, will be: Midyear Meeting Host Committee member Valerie Strong Sanders (left), Counsel, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Litigation Practice Group, Atlanta; Jack Goldsmith, Henry J. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General; Gary Born, Partner and Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, Washington, D.C.; ASIL Immediate Past President David D. Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley; ASIL President Donald Francis Donovan, Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York; and Midyear Meeting Host Committee member Brian A. White, Partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta. Moderator will be Midyear Meeting Host Committee member Glenn P. Hendrix, Partner at Arnall Golden & Gregory in Atlanta.
Attendees will be eligible for 1.5 to 2 MCLE credits in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, as detailed here.

6:30-8 p.m.

Friday, October 19

Hotel Indigo (left)
500 College Avenue, Athens

6-7:30 p.m.
Welcome reception

Saturday, October 20
All events except the evening dinner at the University of Georgia School of Law and its Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy (right), Athens

8-10:30 a.m.
ASIL Executive Council meeting

9-10:30 a.m.
Students from Academic Partner schools meet with Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel (an IntLawGrrls contributor).

11-12:30 p.m.
Research Forum sessions

Spanning Saturday and Sunday, each of these roundtable sessions will be moderated by a discussant. Among the confirmed discussants are many of our colleagues: Research Forum Committee membera Hari M. Osofsky (right), University of Minnesota, and Ingrid Wuerth, Vanderbilt University, both IntLawGrrls contributors; Midyear Meeting Host Committee members Robert Ahdieh of Emory University, Curtis A. Bradley of Duke University, and Michael Newton of Vanderbilt University; Research Forum Committee members Máximo Langer, UCLA, and David Zaring, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; and Paul Stephan, University of Virginia, and Robert Sloane, Boston University.

Status of Sources of International Law
This Panel, No. 1, will feature the following presentations: Midyear Meeting Host Committee member Harlan Cohen, University of Georgia, "Careening Towards International Law’s Erie Moment"; IntLawGrrl Neha Jain (left), University of Minnesota, "Revisiting the Sources Thesis in International Criminal Law"; and Ben Love, Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer, Paris, "The Importance of Soft Law in International Disputes."

Developments in International Criminal Justice
This Panel, No. 2, will feature the following presentations: Christian de Vos, Leiden University-Netherlands, "From a Ripple to a Tide: Taking Stock of the ICC’s Complementarity Principle," and IntLawGrrl Jenia Iontcheva Turner (right), Southern Methodist University, "Policing International Prosecutors."

Foreign Relations & International Law
This Panel, No. 3, will feature the following presentations:
Christopher Whytock, University of California-Irvine, "Court Access and Foreign Sovereign Immunity"; Cynthia Nicoletti (left), Mississippi College, "The Emancipation Proclamation, the Commander-in-Chief Power, and the Intersection of International Law and Domestic Law"; and IntLawGrrls contributor Margaret McGuinness (right), St. John's University, "Presidential Peace Powers."

Emerging Issues in International Trade, Development & Aid
This Panel, No. 4, will feature the following presentations: Meredith Lewis (right), University of Victoria-New Zealand, "Plurilateralism in International Trade Law: New Paradigm or Same Old Story?"; Mark Toufayan, University of Ottawa-Canada, "The Politics of Representing International Lawyers’ Contribution to the Trade-Development Nexus in Africa"; and Adrian Di Giovanni, International Development Research Centre-Ottawa, Canada, "Understanding the Uses of 'Do No Harm' in International Assistance."

12:45-2:15 p.m.
► Welcome by University of Georgia School of Law Dean Rebecca H. White
► Keynote address by Patricia O'Brien (left), Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel (an IntLawGrrls contributor).

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Research Forum sessions

Law of Armed Conflict: Training on the Ground, Virtual Battlegrounds & the Value of Foreign Lives
This Panel, No. 5, will feature the following presentations: Elizabeth Stubbins, London School of Economics, "Testing the Effectiveness of the British Army’s Military Training in the Principles of Distinction and Proportionality"; IntLawGrrl Emily Crawford (left), University of Sydney-Australia, & Michael Lewis, Ohio Northern University, "Virtual Battlegrounds: Distinction, Targeting, and Computer-Based Warfare in the 21st Century"; and IntLawGrrl Lesley Wexler (right), University of Illinois, "Foreign Life Valuation."

Corruption & Financial Rights
This Panel, No. 6, will feature the following presentations: Andrew Spalding, University of Richmond, "Freedom from Corruption: The New Human Right? Implications for Commercial Anti-Bribery Laws"; Philip Nichols, University of Pennsylvania, "An International Norm for Corporate Criminal Liability for Bribery"; and Karen Halverson Cross (right), John Marshall-Chicago, "Arbitration of Mass Sovereign Debt Claims: Abaclat v. Argentine Republic."

Comparative Law & International Institutions
This Panel, No. 7, will feature the following presentations: Francesca Bignami (left), George Washington University, "Comparative Law and the Making of the European Legal Order," and David Kosař, New York University, & Michael Bobek, European University Institute in Florence, Italy, "Global Governance, Global Solutions, Local Damages: A Critical Study in Effects of Judicial Councils."

4:15-5:45 p.m.
Research Forum sessions

Coercion, Compliance & Legitimacy
This Panel, No. 8, will feature the following presentations: IntLawGrrl Monica Hakimi (right), University of Michigan, "Unfriendly Unilateralism"; Abraham Bell, University of San Diego, "The Case Against Tit-for-Tat Proportionality"; and IntLawGrrl Cecily Rose (left), Jesus College, University of Cambridge, "Global Governance Challenges Posed by the Financial Action Task Force."

International Law, International Relations & International Institutions
This Panel, No. 9, will feature the following presentations: Michael Voss, University of Virginia, "Back to the Future or Onward and Upward: An International Relations and International Law Analysis of the United Nations Human Rights Council"; Mikulas Fabry, Georgia Tech, "The Norm of Territorial Integrity in International Relations and Law"; and Julian Arato, New York University, "Treaty Interpretation and Constitutional Transformation: Informal Change in International Organizations."

Investment Law
This panel, No. 10, will feature the following presentations: Jason Cross, University of Michigan, "Expertise and Legitimacy in International Investment Law: Governing Access to Investor-State Arbitration"; Natasha Marusja Saputo, Boies Schiller & Flexner, "Decisions, Decisions: Practical Considerations in Choosing between Commercial and Investor State Arbitration"; and Barnali Choudhury (right), Queen Mary University of London, "The System of International Investment Law as a Global Public Good."

Saturday, October 20
Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt Street, Athens
7-10 p.m.
Reception and Dinner
► Special memorial tributes:
David Bederman by Midyear Meeting Host Committee member Robert Ahdieh, Emory University; Louis Sohn by Dorinda Dallmeyer (left), University of Georgia; and Dean Rusk by C. Donald Johnson, Midyear Meeting Host Committee member and Director of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy, University of Georgia School of Law.
► Keynote address by Harold Hongju Koh (above right), Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. (photo credit)

Sunday, October 21
University of Georgia School of Law and its Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy, 225 Herty Drive, Athens

9-10:30 a.m.
Research Forum sessions 

Theories of Ratification, Compliance & Reservation
This panel, No. 11, will feature the following presentations: IntLawGrrl Yvonne Dutton (right), Indiana University-Bloomington,"Why Ratify? The Evolution of Human Rights Treaties"; Rachel Brewster (left), Duke University, & Adam Chilton, Harvard University, "The Supply Side of Compliance"; and Kasey L. McCall-Smith, University of Edinburgh, "Severing Invalid Reservations: A Paradigm Shift in International Law."

This panel, No. 12, will feature the following presentations: IntLawGrrl Nienke Grossman (left), University of Baltimore, "A New Normative Theory of Legitimacy for International Courts"; Jan Kleinheisterkamp, London School of Economics, "The Myth of Transnational Public Policy"; and Donald "Trey" Childress, Pepperdine/visiting at Washington & Lee University, "Rethinking Legal Globalization: The Case of Transnational Personal Jurisdiction."

Issues at the Intersection of Public & Private Law
This panel, No. 13, will feature the following presentations:Cally Jordan (right), University of Melbourne-Australia, "International Financial Standards and the Explanatory Force of Lex Mercatoria"; Daphne Richmond-Barak (upper left), Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya-Israel, "Regulating Non-State Actors: Self-Regulation in the Private Security and Military Industry"; and Sabrina Safrin (lower left), Rutgers-Newark, "The Cellphone and the Flavr Savr Tomato Technology and International Law."

Panel 14
This panel, No. 14, will feature the following presentations: Andrei Mamolea, Duke University, "Thinking Like a State: Subjective Intent in International Law," and Christian Djeffal, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, "Evolutive Interpretation of Treaties by International Courts and Tribunals."

10:30 a.m.-12 noon Research Forum sessions

International Criminal Law
This panel, No. 15, will feature the following presentations: IntLawGrrl Saira Mohamed (left), University of California, Berkeley, "Adjudicating Deviance in International Criminal Law"; Alexander Greenawalt, Pace University, "International Criminal Law for Retributivists"; and Scott Gilmore, George Washington University and consultant at Center for Justice & Accountability, "All Tomorrow’s Massacres: Toward a Cybersecurity Framework for Mass Atrocity Crimes."

Customary International Law
This panel, No. 16, will feature the following presentations: Noura Erakat (right), Georgetown University/Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee & Residency Rights, "U.S. v. ICRC – Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction"; William Worster, Hague University-Netherlands, "The Transformation of Quantity in to Quality: Critical Mass in the Formation of Customary International Law"; and Pierre-Hugues Verdier, University of Virginia, "How Does Customary International Law Change the Case of State Immunity?"

Environmental & Other Disasters: Framing & Institutions
This panel, No. 17, will feature the following presentations: Michael Cooper, Georgetown University, "Disaster-Induced Displacement: Resolving Ambiguities in our Legal Lexicon"; Stuart Ford, John Marshall-Chicago, "Climate Change, Conflict, and International Law"; and J. Benton Heath, New York University, "Accountability in the United Nations Cluster System: The Consequences of Institutional Choice in Disaster Response."

New Rights & Remedies – Pushing the Boundaries of International Law
This panel, No. 18, will feature the following presentations: Moria Paz (left), Stanford University, "The Failed Promise of Language Rights"; IntLawGrrl Barbara Stark (right), Hofstra University, "Making Babies, Making Law"; and Antonio Carlos Cardesa-Salzmann, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, "Seeking Justice in a Multipolar World: Reflections on a Global Standard of Access to Justice for Transnational Litigation."

12 noon-1:30 p.m.
Inaugural Meeting of ASIL-Southeast
Co-chaired by Midyear Meeting Host Committee member Harlan Cohen, University of Georgia, and IntLawGrrl Ingrid Wuerth (right), Vanderbilt University.

Again, details and registration are here.
Please join us!

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