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aalsLogoThe Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law welcomes papers on the “The Influence of International Law on U.S. Government Decision-Making,” the topic of the panel it will sponsor from 10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Organizers write:

This panel will explore the role that international law plays in informing the policy outcomes arrived at by U.S. government decision-makers. To what extent is international law determinative or even influential, and to what extent does the policy area, the branch of government, or the ideological orientation of the decision-maker matter? As a more practical matter, at what stage in the decision-making process is international law taken into account and who are the most influential actors? How can academics be most influential in that process?

A number of current or former U.S. government officials are already schedule to present on the panel; one additional presenter will be chosen from the call for papers, open to full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts or detailed abstracts  is September 2, 2014. For details, contact the Section Chair, Southern Illinois University Law Professor Cindy Galway Buys, an IntLawGrrls contributor, at cbuys [at] siu [dot] edu.

aalsLogoThere’s much of interest in the just-published newsletter of the Section on Children and the Law of the Association of American Law Schools. Not the least is the recent election of: Cynthia Godsoe of Brooklyn Law, Chair; Jim Dwyer of William & Mary Law, Chair-Elect; Annette Appell of Washington U.-St. Louis Law, Secretary (not to mention superb newsletter editor); and Meg Annitto of Charlotte Law, Treasurer.

Also of interest are the 2 panels (each of which involves invitations issued to AALS members) that the section will sponsor during the AALS 2015 Annual Meeting set for January 2-5 in Washington, D.C.:

Dead Upon Birth: The Inter-Generational Cycle of Thwarted Lives in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods, 2-3:45 p.m. Sunday, January 4. One speaker is being sought via a call for papers, with submissions due August 15, via e-mail to jgdwye@wm.edu, with “CFP submission” in the subject line. Already scheduled as speakers are Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law, Josh Gupta-Kagan of South Carolina Law, and Jim Dwyer of William & Mary Law; moderating will be Cynthia Godsoe of Brooklyn Law. On the panel, organizers write:

‘“The D.U.B.” is a nickname southside Chicago residents have given a neighborhood exemplifying a tragic reality in many of this country’s urban and rural areas: Children are born into struggling families in deeply dysfunctional neighborhoods and have little chance for full and flourishing lives. In some parts of America, a boy born today is more likely to end up in prison than college and a girl is more likely to become drug addicted than married. Many parents keep young children in “lockdown” at home when they are not in school, to shield them for as long as possible from gang recruitment and gun crossfire. This panel will discuss the economic, political, and cultural causes of concentrated poverty, crime, and disease and alternative strategies for sparing children from it. Panelists will address, from a child-centered perspective, issues such as “neighborhood effect” on child development, state response to parental incapacity, housing policy, relocation programs, foster care and adoption, inadequate education, school disciplinary policies, access to healthcare, employment opportunities, substance abuse and mental illness, criminal law enforcement and incarceration, and societal responsibility for the circumstances in which children live.’

► Junior-Scholar Works-in-Progress Workshop, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 3. Organizers write:

‘The idea is to give junior faculty who are writing on children’s issues an opportunity to present a current project at the annual meeting but in a relatively informal setting, so they can get more experience presenting their work and helpful feedback.’

The Section welcomes, from untenured faculty, submissions of full or partial drafts of papers not yet accepted for publication, and from tenured faculty, indications of willingness to serve as commentators on the selected papers. E-mail jgdwye@wm.edu, with “CFP submission” in the subject line, no later than the end of August.

Details for all Section events and calls here.

UNMy colleague, Vermont Law Professor Stephanie Farrior, Chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools, has put together a great lineup for the 2014 AALS annual meeting in New York – and she seeks an additional speaker to round out the panel.

The title for the section’s panel will be “International Law-Making and the United Nations.” Already set to speak on that topic at the meeting, set for 8:30-10:15 a.m. Friday,  January 3, are:

Mahnoush Arsanjani, whose 3-decade career in the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs included stints as Director of Codification, as Secretary of the International Law Commission, and as Secretary of the Committee of the Whole of the Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court.

► International Law Commission member Marie Jacobsson, who’s the 3d woman ever to be appointed to this 65-year-old U.N. body. Also the Principal Legal Adviser on International Law at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Jacobsson serves as the ILC’s Special Rapporteur on the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts.

Kimberly Prost, UN Security Council Ombudsperson for the Al Qaida Sanctions Committee and also the Head of the Legal Advisory Section, Division of Treaty Affairs, U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Prost is a former judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

aalsLogoThe section further invites eligible law faculty members to e-mail manuscripts or detailed abstracts addressing “any of numerous issues in United Nations law-making, including players, processes, or practices” to international@vermontlaw.edu no later than the deadline of September 10, 2013. Full call for papers is here.

The Section on Children and the Law of the American Association of Law Schools seeks a paper to fill out a panel on “Guns, Violence, and Children,” to be held as part of the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held January 2-5, 2014, in New York City. Organizers write:

letter‘Gun violence is a leading cause of death and injury to children, and continues to be a major risk factor to many children nationwide, whether at home or in their community. Twenty years separate the Columbine and Newtown tragedies, yet we are no closer to addressing the root causes of gun violence, particularly as it affects children. And potential causes, such as the impact of violent media and the accessibility of weapons, are hotly contested as illustrated by the recent Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchant’s Ass’n and current Congressional debates over gun regulation. Nor do we adequately understand the impact on children of witnessing gun violence. This is particularly significant in the family violence context, where children too frequently experience trauma by witnessing violence between their parents or other intimate partners, and by being harmed themselves. Topics to be addressed include the potential causes and ways to prevent gun violence by and against children, as well as the impact on children of witnessing violence.’

Section Chair Jonathan Todres of Georgia State Law will moderate. Already confirmed are the following speakers: Sarah Buel, Arizona State Law; Martin Guggenheim, New York University Law; and Ronald Sullivan, Harvard Law. An additional speaker will be selected from among those who submit in response to the call for papers.

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2013. E-mail Section Chair-Elect Cynthia Godsoe, Brooklyn Law, at cynthia.godsoe[at]brooklaw.edu, with “CFP submission” in the subject line.

(credit for detail for 13-year-old girl’s letter to President Barack Obama)

Sandwiched once again between New Year’s and the new semester is the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.

imagesAmong the international/comparative/transnational law panels during the meeting – to be held January 4-7, 2013, in New Orleans – is one for which yours truly is honored to serve as commentator.

Called Human Rights in Times of Conflict, it’s the new voices panel for the AALS Section on International Human Rights, for which Quinnipiac Law Professor William V. Dunlap serves as Chair, and Mississippi Law Professor Michèle Alexandre as Chair-Elect. We’ll meet from 8:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday, January 6, in the Jasperwood Room on the 3d floor of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside to explore these thoughts:

‘The first casualty of war may be truth, but the overwhelming majority of its victims are civilians who have nothing to do with the conflict. They are victims not only of war itself – strategic bombings, terrorist attacks, accidents, famine and disease. Tens of millions more have died in the past century from intentional policies directed at civilians, often by their own governments – genocide, forced pregnancy, sterilization, enslavement, ethnic cleansing, and torture. And then there are the refugees and internally displaced persons, forced from their homes, trapped in squalor, and destabilizing international relations in Africa, Asia, and the Near East. The Geneva and Hague conventions on the law of armed conflict go only so far in protecting noncombatants, and some argue that they displace international human rights law when they do apply. This panel will examine the role of law – especially international human rights law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law – in protecting civilians in times of armed conflict. … Topics include humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, the Georgian War of 2008, human rights implications of U.S. and U.K. antiterrorism laws since 2001, and contemporary implications of Lincoln’s pardons in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.’

Panelists will be the 4 colleagues whose paper submissions were selected following a call for papers: Albany Law Professor Paul Finkelman, George Mason Law Professor Neomi Rao, Louisville Law Professor JoAnne Sweeny, and Indiana Law Professor Timothy Waters. With Dunlap moderating, I’ll will pose questions to these 4, working to draw them – and our audience – into a discussion about how these topics interweave with the overall theme. Hope to see you there.

Other offerings include Alexandra Huneeus’ prizewinning presentation, about which I previously posted, as well as a host of panels (list here) identified by the Chair of the Section on Comparative Law, Cardozo Law Professor Julie C. Suk, who’s visiting this year at Harvard. There’s  a Presidential Panel on international criminal justice, as Julie notes, and much more – to identify all, search for keywords like “international” in the pdf version of the AALS program. (photo credit)

huneeus_2012Congratulations to Wisconsin Law Professor Alexandra Huneeus, whose paper entitled “International Criminal Law by Other Means: The Quasi-Criminal Jurisdiction of the Human Rights Courts” has been selected the 2013 winner of the scholarly paper competition sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools!

Here’s the abstract of her paper:

‘Scholarship on the international prosecution of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity has typically focused on two types of international courts, the criminal tribunals and the hybrid tribunals. This article proposes that there is an alternative international mechanism of accountability that has been overlooked: the jurisdiction exercised by international human rights bodies of ordering and supervising national prosecutions. Original empirical research reveals that the regional rights bodies have forged a quasi-criminal practice that strives towards the very same outcomes as the international and hybrid criminal tribunals: punishment and deterrence, restorative justice, processes of societal reconciliation, and justice system reform. Further, this form of jurisdiction has unique attributes: it promotes prosecutions that are local and paid for by the state (rather than the international community), even as its process is responsive to victims’ needs. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in particular has made national prosecution of gross state-sponsored crimes a center-piece of its regional agenda. And, like the international and hybrid tribunals, it has achieved some success. The article concludes that the quasi-criminal jurisdiction of the human rights courts should be considered as a complement and, in certain situations, an alternative to the work of the current international and hybrid criminal tribunals.’

Alex, whose contributions to IntLawGrrls blog may be found here, will present her paper during the upcoming AALS Annual Meeting, at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2013, in the Cambridge Room, 2d floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside. (Yours truly will serve as a commentator at a “New Voices in Human Rights” panel that same day – 8:30 January 6 in the Hilton’s Jasperwood Room; hope to see you there.)

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of reading Alex’ manuscripts, and am delighted to see this worthy recognition of this work.