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am14_header_sitetop_1Having posted a while back on early registration, I write to report: Now available is the full program for the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting/International Law Association Biennial Conference, set for April 7 to 12 in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, on Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House.

Numbering more than a hundred pages, the program, available in full here, details the more than 250 persons, from A (Frederick M. Abbott) to Z (Marten Zwanenberg) scheduled to speak at myriad sessions. Besides my certain attendance at the WILIG Luncheon on which I previously posted – note that former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been added as a luncheon speaker – I’m pleased to note 2 other events in which I’ll be participating:

► I will have the immense honor of serving as discussant for the Grotius Lecture, a keynote event 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Delivering the lecture will be Radhika Coomaraswamy, whose former posts include Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Children & Armed Conflict and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. Her talk is entitled “Women and Children: The Cutting Edge of International Law.”

► During the ASIL Annual General Meeting set for 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, I look forward to the opportunity to launch ASIL’s Benchbook on International Law, a just-completed volume for which I’m honored to be Editor-in-Chief. (Beta version now online; keep checking here for the final version.) About 4 dozen ASIL member colleagues contributed to this multiyear project intended to aid judges and litigants in federal courts; it will be great to demonstrate the Benchbook and give a heartfelt thanks to all who helped.

You can still register for the meeting here. Would be great to see you there.

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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Proposals are welcomed for the spring conference of the International Law Association British Branch. Hosting the May 23 and 24 conference will be the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London – the law school where my erstwhile California colleague, David D. Caron, has served as Dean for the last year.

Regarding the theme for this year’s conference, “Foundations & Futures of International Law,” organizers write:

‘The time is ripe both to revisit the foundations of international law and to imagine its possible futures. Once the preserve of a small community of specialised academics and practitioners, international law increasingly plays an important role in cases decided by national courts; it is at the centre of renewed interest by political and legal theorists; and in International Law Associationmany countries (Britain among them) it even shapes public argument on foreign policy, national security and the resort to armed force. Amidst these developments one finds different methodological approaches seeking to explain the role of international law, as well as different instrumental camps using international law to advocate particular priorities.’

The call for papers welcomes one-page proposals that apply this foundations/futures inquiry to a range of topics, such as:

► Relationship among international, regional and domestic legal orders
► Identification and development of customary international law
► Regulation of armed conflict
► Combating climate change
► Preventing human trafficking
► Managing financial risk
► Encouraging businesses to respect human rights
► Promoting socially responsible investment

Deadline for submission of proposals is January 30, 2014. Details here.