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This year’s annual meeting of the American Society of International Law features a unique trove of speakers and events. The gathering – from April 7 to 12, at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, on Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House – will also be the global biennial conference of the International Law Association. That combination promises multiple addresses, panels, debates, and roundtables, as donoghuewell as committee, working group, and interest group meetings, as detailed in the draft program.

sebutindeOne highlight will be the annual luncheon of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group, at which I xuewas honored to speak last year. This year, at the Thursday, April 10 luncheon, WILIG’s Prominent Women in International Law will go to three especially worthy women – International Court of Justice Judges Joan Donoghue, Julia Sebutinde, and Hanqin Xue.

radhikaA notable keynote will be the Grotius Lecture on Wednesday, April 9, by Radhika Coomaraswamy, who’s served as the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General with regard both to Children and Armed Conflict and to Violence against Women.

This year’s other honorees likewise include some very special people:

bensouda► International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (whom I am honored to serve as Special Adviser on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict) will receive the ASIL Honorary Membership awarded each year for “distinguished contributions or service in the field of international law.”

cherifM. Cherif Bassiouni, whose many titles include Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Law and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago – not to mention dean and mentor to all of us who work in international criminal justice – will receive the Goler T. Butcher Medal, given “for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights.”

pelletAlain Pellet, Professor of Public International Law at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and a frequent advocate before the International Court of Justice, will receive the Manley O. Hudson Medal “for outstanding contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law.”

Click here for details (including the complete draft program) and registration, which is significantly discounted through February 7, 2014.

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AbilaLooking forward to taking part next month in a panel on children and armed conflict as part of International Law Weekend, the annual gathering in New York of international law practitioners, professors, and students. This year’s ILW will be held on October 24 at the House of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, and October 25 and 26 at Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62d Street. Primary sponsors are the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association.

The session entitled “Accounting for Children Affected by Armed Conflicts” will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 25. Here’s the description:

‘Despite the international community’s increasing focus on assigning individual responsibility for violations of international law in armed conflict settings, insufficient attention is paid to the children affected by such conflicts. This panel brings together distinguished experts for a moderated dialogue that will assess both current and alternative approaches to securing the rights and well-being of children affected by armed conflict. The dialogue will incorporate relevant perspectives from international human rights law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law.’

Joining me on that panel, to be moderated by George State Law Professor Jonathan Todres, the children’s rights expert who chairs the Section on Children and the Law of the Association of American Law Schools, will be:

lzLeila Zerrougui (right), a longtime human rights lawyer who serves as the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Yesterday Zerrougui – recently returned from a mission to Syria and surrounding countries to which Syrian children and their families have fled – gave an update on issues related to children and armed conflict to the Human Rights Council during its session at U.N. headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mark A. Drumbl, Washington & Lee University Law Professor and author of Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law & Policy (2012), a must-read on the subject.

Mark and I are just two of many IntLawGrrls contributors scheduled to take part in panels during the 3-day event. As detailed in the full program, others include: Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal  Court; Karen E. Bravo, Indiana-Indianapolis; Elizabeth Burleson, Pace; Valerie Epps, Suffolk, and an ABILA Vice President; Molly Land, New York Law; Hope Lewis, Northeastern; Stephanie Ortoleva, WomenEnabled; Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University, and an ABILA Vice President; Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall; Jennifer Trahan, New York University; and Beth Van Schaack, U.S. State Department.

Panels will cover a range of issues in public and private international law. Among the many topics that caught my eye: another panel on children, entitled “The Globalization of Child Rights and Remedies”; the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty; cyberwarfare; the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; the inter-American human rights system; the Draft Convention for the Prevent and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity; head-of-state prosecutions at the International Criminal Court; the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law project; trials against suspected terrorists; and a host of careers panels.

imagesKudos to David Stewart (Georgetown), ABILA President-Elect, who helped organize mine and others’ panels, as well as other IntLawGrrls active in the leadership of sponsoring organizations – with ABILA, Kelly Dawn Askin (Open Society Justice Initiative), Andrea K. Bjorklund (McGill), Susan Tiefenbrun (Thomas Jefferson), and Ruth Wedgwood (Johns Hopkins); and with ILSA, Stephanie Farrior (Vermont) and Kaitlin Ball, my student at Georgia Law and this year’s ILSA Student President.

Details and registration here; full program here.

Next April international lawyers will be treated to an unusual event: the 108th annual meeting of the D.C.-based American Society of International Law will be held jointly with the 76th Biennial Conference of the London-based International Law Association, which has branches in the United States (that is, the American Branch) and throughout the world. The event will take place April 7-12, 2014,  at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, a block or so east of the White House; the conference hotel will be the J.W. Marriott nearby.

The theme for the event, “The Effectiveness of International Law,” is described in detail here.

Chairing the joint Program Committee will be Professors Oona Hathaway of Yale Law, Larry Johnson of Columbia Law, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin of Minnesota Law. They’ve put out a call for session topic ideas. Here’s an excerpt:

asil_logoThe aim of the joint conference is to promote discussion of important topics by including a range of voices and perspectives. To this end, the Program Committee will draw on the submissions process as it identifies important topics and knowledgeable speakers. Drawing on members’ suggestions, the Program Committee will create a program with the following goals in mind:

1. Ensurimagesing coverage of a wide range of important topics of current interest.

2. Ensuring wide participation by individuals from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives (for example, to the extent possible, including in each session both academics and practitioners, both women and men, and those of different nationalities and perspectives).

Abila3. Ensuring a place in the program for some sessions organized by ASIL Interest Groups and ILA Committees or Study Groups.

4. Ensuring a vibrant exchange of ideas through the use of innovative program formats.

Deadline for suggestions for keynotes, roundtables, panels, New Voices sessions, etc., is soon – Friday, June 21 – and must be made via the online form available here.