Nominations sought for next ASIL leaders

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 109th Annual Meeting, set for April 8 to 11, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, N.W., in Washington, D.C. (Note: Deadline in the call for Annual Meeting proposals detailed here has been extended to the end of this month.)
ASIL’s immediate past President, Donald Francis Donovan (Debevoise & Plimpton), will chair the committee, whose members include Andrew Guzman (California-Berkeley), Karen Bravo (Indiana-Indianapolis), Rosemary Barkett (Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal), David Bowker (WilmerHale), and, as an alternate, Elizabeth Andersen, the longtime ASIL Executive Director who soon will become Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative.

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.  Positions are:

President-Elect: The term will be for 1 year; then, in April 2016, the President-Elect will be expected to succeed incumbent President Lori Damrosch, 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 2015 President-Elect will be drawn from among the Society’s practitioner 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 Chicago). They serve 3-year terms and 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.”

Deadline for nominations is August 8, 2014; details on how to nominate here.

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