Tuesday, February 13, 2018

University of Oslo, Norway: Paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships in Public International Law

Here's a reminder that the University of Oslo Faculty of Law is offering up to two paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships within the project "State Consent to International Jurisdiction: Conferral, Modification and Termination" under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Freya Baetens. The fellowships will be at the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, Department for Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, as part of the Young Research Talents grant programme. Click here for more information about the project, including the main project outline.

Successful candidates must conduct their PhD research project on a topic that is part of the main project. Successful candidates will be required to work in Oslo during the project period (with possible research stays abroad up to one year as approved by the Project Leader and PluriCourts), and are expected to participate in the Project's activities, as well as common activities at PluriCourts. The Ph.D. Fellows will automatically be admitted to the Faculty's Ph.D. program and benefit from the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of Ph.D.
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
The Ph.D. candidate must hold a master's degree of high quality in law. .In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:
  • The quality of the project described in the Ph.D. research proposal and the extent to which it contributes to the comparative analysis of international adjudicatory bodies that is central to the main project (focusing on at least two of the following adjudicatory systems: WTO, ICC, regional human rights courts, and ISDS);
  • Academic and personal ability to conduct assigned research tasks within the allotted time frame;
  • Good co-operative skills and ability to work as part of a research team;
  • Theoretical and/or methodological competence.
More specifically, strong candidates will:
  • Have obtained an LL.B. and an LL.M. degree (or equivalent, such as a J.D. degree) cum laude (or equivalent, such as first class honors);
  • Have experience in conducting scholarly research (through the writing of an extensive LL.M. thesis, publications or prior work experience as a research assistant);
  • Be fluent in English (applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English);
  • Have a passive working knowledge of one or more of the other U.N. languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish (command of a Scandinavian language is not a condition for this position);
  • Have completed one or more internships, traineeships, or law clerkships (or similar) with an international or regional court, or arbitral institution, or have relevant legal practice experience as a member of the bar in their country of origin.
 
The University will offer:
  • A three-year contract without any teaching duties
  • Salary of between NOK 436 900 to 490 900 gross per year (approx. EUR 45 000 to EUR 50 000; or USD 56 000 to 63 000)
  • An inspiring and friendly working environment
  • A favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

And, of course, you get to be in Norway!

HOW TO APPLY
The application must include:
  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work) - maximum three pages
  • Copies of certificates and academic diplomas, including grade transcripts (If the original language is not English, an English language translation must be provided)
  • Project description (approximately 5 pages), including a progress plan. A complete list of academic publications
  • Up to 3 publications (If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and of the contribution of the applicant should be submitted)
  • A list of 3 to 5 referees (only name, function, affiliation, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number) - no submission of letters is required at the application stage
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28 February 2018
 
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/147632/doctoral-research-fellowship. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents submitted as part of the application must be in English.
 
STARTING DATE: 1 September 2018 (negotiable)

Hat tip to Freya Baetens, Cand. Jur. / Lic. Jur. (Ghent), LL.M. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Professor of Public International Law, PluriCourts Centre, University of Oslo Faculty of Law

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February 13, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Global Citizenship Law Project: Research Fellow

Job Offer

The WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, Project Group “International Citizenship Law” (led by Professor Liav Orgad) in the Research Area Migration and Diversity, is offering a position for a Research Fellow in the field of “Global Governance of Citizenship” to work initially 25.35 hours per week (65% of full employment), preferably starting in summer 2018 or earlier, for up to four year, with the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) within the context of the project, supervised by the project leader; if applicable, in connection with the Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences or the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies.

The position is within the research project “Global Citizenship Law: International Migration and Constitutional Identity”. The project, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC), is jointly hosted by the WZB Berlin (where the work place will mainly be located) and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, providing the Research Fellow with a unique opportunity to benefit from Europe’s two leading research institutes in the fields of international law, citizenship theory, and global migration.

Job Description

The Research Fellow should develop original research that will result in high-quality academic publications; present project results in conferences; contribute to the community life of the Project Group; participate in research-related activities; and help in the management of the project.

Requirements

Applicants should hold a Master degree in law or political theory or related disciplines with excellent results by the time of starting the employment contract, and have a demonstrated interest in migration or citizenship.

Applicants must have excellent writing and presentation skillsin English (English is the working language of the research group). Applicants who have not completed their Master degree by the time ofthe application should include a statement confirming the expected date of the degree. In addition to the eligibility requirements, selection criteria will consider the applicant’s academic record, research plan, research motivation, and knowledge/experience in the research areas of the project.

The call is also open to students who are already enrolled in a PhD program at other German or international universities and are willing to relocate to Berlin for the duration of the contract. Equally well-qualified disabled persons will be given preference. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immigrant background to apply.

Remuneration:

Pay group E13 in accordance with German Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD Bund).

Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages);
  • Research Plan, which should contain a statement of the applicant’s ideas on the research questions, theoretical framework, and methodological approach (maximum 3 pages); and
  • Letter of Motivation, which should describe acareer plan and reasons for seeking to join the “Global Citizenship Law” project (maximum 500 words).

Please submit your complete application by email (as one PDF file) by the closing date of March 15, 2018 to: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH

Professor Liav Orgad, job_offer_ICLAW@wzb.eu. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview with the selection board at WZB Berlin in April 2018; travel expenses can be covered according to the WZB regulations for the reimbursement of travel costs to job-interviews.

Click here for more information about this position.

Hat tip to Liav Orgad

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February 6, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Univeristy of Oslo, Norway: Paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships in Public International Law

The University of Oslo Faculty of Law is offering up to two paid Ph.D. Research Fellowships within the project "State Consent to International Jurisdiction: Conferral, Modification and Termination" under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Freya Baetens. The fellowships will be at the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, Department for Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, as part of the Young Research Talents grant programme. Click here for more information about the project, including the main project outline.

Successful candidates must conduct their PhD research project on a topic that is part of the main project. Successful candidates will be required to work in Oslo during the project period (with possible research stays abroad up to one year as approved by the Project Leader and PluriCourts), and are expected to participate in the Project's activities, as well as common activities at PluriCourts. The Ph.D. Fellows will automatically be admitted to the Faculty's Ph.D. program and benefit from the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of Ph.D.
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
The Ph.D. candidate must hold a master's degree of high quality in law. .In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:
  • The quality of the project described in the Ph.D. research proposal and the extent to which it contributes to the comparative analysis of international adjudicatory bodies that is central to the main project (focusing on at least two of the following adjudicatory systems: WTO, ICC, regional human rights courts, and ISDS);
  • Academic and personal ability to conduct assigned research tasks within the allotted time frame;
  • Good co-operative skills and ability to work as part of a research team;
  • Theoretical and/or methodological competence.
More specifically, strong candidates will:
  • Have obtained an LL.B. and an LL.M. degree (or equivalent, such as a J.D. degree) cum laude (or equivalent, such as first class honors);
  • Have experience in conducting scholarly research (through the writing of an extensive LL.M. thesis, publications or prior work experience as a research assistant);
  • Be fluent in English (applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English);
  • Have a passive working knowledge of one or more of the other U.N. languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish (command of a Scandinavian language is not a condition for this position);
  • Have completed one or more internships, traineeships, or law clerkships (or similar) with an international or regional court, or arbitral institution, or have relevant legal practice experience as a member of the bar in their country of origin.
 
The University will offer:
  • A three-year contract without any teaching duties
  • Salary of between NOK 436 900 to 490 900 gross per year (approx. EUR 45 000 to EUR 50 000; or USD 56 000 to 63 000)
  • An inspiring and friendly working environment
  • A favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

And, of course, you get to be in Norway!

HOW TO APPLY
The application must include:
  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work) - maximum three pages
  • Copies of certificates and academic diplomas, including grade transcripts (If the original language is not English, an English language translation must be provided)
  • Project description (approximately 5 pages), including a progress plan. A complete list of academic publications
  • Up to 3 publications (If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and of the contribution of the applicant should be submitted)
  • A list of 3 to 5 referees (only name, function, affiliation, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number) - no submission of letters is required at the application stage
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28 February 2018
 
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/147632/doctoral-research-fellowship. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents submitted as part of the application must be in English.
 
STARTING DATE: 1 September 2018 (negotiable)

Hat tip to Freya Baetens, Cand. Jur. / Lic. Jur. (Ghent), LL.M. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Professor of Public International Law, PluriCourts Centre, University of Oslo Faculty of Law

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February 4, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Canada's National Anthem Goes Gender Neutral

The national anthem of Canada was changed this week to become a gender-neutral anthem. The line "in all thy sons command" was changed to "in all of us command." Bill 210 "An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender)" passed its third reading in the Canadian Senate on January 31, 2018. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly described the change as "another positive step toward gender equality."

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February 2, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA House of Delegates to Vote on a Resolution Supporting the Law Library of Congress

Law Library of CongressThe American Bar Association is holding its mid-year meeting this week in Vancouver.

On Monday, the ABA House of Delegates will meet to vote on a number of resolutions, including Resolution 109. That resolution "urges the Congress to approve appropriations to the Library of Congress necessary to enable the Law Library of Congress to adequately staff, maintain, modernize, and enhance its services, collections, facilities, digital projects, and outreach efforts."

The report accompanying the proposed resolution describes the work of the Law Library of Congress and its importance to the Congress, the nation's lawyers, and the legal profession. The Law Library of Congress is the largest law library in the world, including substantial collections of international and foreign legal materials. The ABA report states that "[f]or of nation of laws, the Law Library of Congress is an American treasure in the fullest sense" and states that the "Congress must adequately fund the Library of Congress in order to effectively support the needs of our nation's law library . . . ."

Click here to read Resolution 109 and the accompanying report on the Law Library of Congress.

Click here to visit the website of the Law Library of Congress.

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February 2, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hong Kong Legislature Votes to Ban Ivory Sales by 2021

The Hong Kong legislature has voted to ban all sales of ivory in Hong Kong by the year 2021. Most ivory sales around the world are already banned under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The new law will ban sales of antique ivory. Click here for more information about the new legislation.

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February 1, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

ASIL Book Award Winners Announced

The Book Awards Committee of the American Society of International Law has recommended and the Executive Council has approved the following three books to receive awards during the ASIL Assembly at the 2018 Annual Meeting, April 4-7 in Washington, DC.

  • In the category, "Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship": Is International Law International? by Anthea Roberts, (Oxford, 2017)       
  • In the category, "Specialized Area of International Law": International Climate Change Law, by Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, and Lavanya Rajamani, (Oxford, 2017)
  • In the category, "High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Lawyers and Scholars": Encyclopedia of Private International Law by Jürgen Basedow, Giesela Rühl, Franco Ferrari, and Pedro de Miguel Asensio (Edward Elgar, 2017)

Congratulations to the winners!

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January 28, 2018 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

First Call for Presentation Proposals - Global Legal Skills Conference - Melbourne, Australia (Dec. 9-12, 2018)

Global Legal Skills Conference 13

Melbourne, Australia

December 9-12, 2018

Co-Sponsored by Melbourne Law School and The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, in cooperation with the Legal Writing Institute, the American Bar Association Section on International Law, the Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, the International Law Students Association, the American Society of International Law, Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers, and other organizations.

In holding the GLS-13 Conference at Melbourne Law School, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where the law school is located: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.

First Call for Presentations

Presentation proposals for the GLS-13 Conference are now being accepted on topics relating to legal writing and legal skills education (particularly for lawyers and law students who speak English as a second language), international litigation, comparative and international law, and related subjects.

Please send an email to Prof. Mark E. Wojcik at mwojcik@jmls.edu with the subject line “GLS-13 Proposal.” Include a proposed title, brief description, and proposed speakers. Individual presentations will normally be 15-20 minutes. Panels and roundtables will normally be an hour and include three to five speakers. You may be nominated to be on more than one panel but speakers will normally be given only one speaking opportunity to allow others to participate.

The first call for presentations will be open until February 28, 2018 and decisions made by March 28, 2018. Additional presentation proposals will be accepted until April 30, 2018 if space is still available. Poster presentations will be accepted until November 1, 2018

More Information?

The GLS Website for the Melbourne Conference will launch on February 1, 2018 at http://glsc.jmls.edu with information about registration, travel, hotels, and a preliminary conference schedule. The website for the 2017 GLS conference in Mexico can be viewed at http://glsc.jmls.edu/2017.

Additional information about the GLS-13 conference, including sponsorship opportunities, can be had from the Conference Co-Chairs, Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago [(312) 987-2391 or mwojcik@jmls.edu] or Dr Chantal Morton, Director of the Legal Academic Skills Centre, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia.

January 14, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 22, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $60 Million in Grants to Help End Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Other Exploitative Labor Practices

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced nearly $60 million in grants to NGOs and a range of organizations to promote labor law enforcement and help end exploitative labor practices in 25 trade partner countries. The grants will support projects to combat some of the most abusive labor practices, including the use of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking in global supply chains. New technical assistance will also support trade partners’ compliance with the labor requirements of U.S. trade agreements and preference programs.

The new grants are part of a broader departmental effort to combine direct enforcement of trade-related labor commitments with targeted technical assistance to help trade partners who share our commitment, but lack the means, to strengthen the rule of law and fully comply with commitments made in trade agreements.

“Meeting trade agreement labor standards helps to shine a light into the shadowy acts of offenders who use the deplorable path of exploitation of their own people to try and gain an unfair advantage over U.S. competition,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “These grants are a useful tool for the U.S. and our allies in our goal of permanently rooting out the despicable practice of labor exploitation.”

Grants announced today by the Department will strengthen and expand efforts to identify, monitor, and combat abusive labor practices abroad that put U.S. businesses and workers at an unfair disadvantage.

Specific issues the projects will address include encouraging partnerships between the coffee industry in Latin America and buyers in the U.S. to develop social compliance systems to combat exploitative labor in their supply chains; working with labor ministries and other labor stakeholders to build their capacity to identify indicators of forced labor and human trafficking; and developing a toolkit to help program implementers reduce the risk of child labor and unacceptable conditions of work in women’s economic empowerment initiatives. Another project will help improve enforcement of minimum wage laws, hours of work and occupational safety, and health laws in the agricultural export sector, helping to ensure U.S. trading partners comply with their labor commitments.

The grants are made available through the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, whose mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the U.S. and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

For more information about the Department’s work on international labor issues, visit http://www.dol.gov/ilab.

(U.S. Department of Labor Press Release)

December 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The University of Illinois at Chicago and The John Marshall Law School

The American Bar Association Journal and other media outlets have reported that the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and The John Marshall Law School (JMLS) of Chicago have been discussing a possible merger that would make JMLS the first public law school in the city of Chicago. If an agreement is reached, the law school would remain at its downtown location next to the Chicago Bar Association and across the street from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

A page of frequently asked questions about the possible merger provides this additional information:

UIC is one of the few public research universities designated with the highest Research 1 classification by the Carnegie Foundation that does not have a law school. Sixty-five percent of all Research 1 universities, public and private, have a law school.

The John Marshall Law School is an independent law school and the possibility of becoming Chicago’s only public law school would allow it to expand its current mission and grow its quality, unique programs within a strong public university.

A natural alignment exists between UIC’s public mission and JMLS’s commitment to provide access and opportunity to students from underserved communities and to help fill the justice gap for citizens in the Chicago area. The new arrangement would fill a significant void in the country’s third largest city. Chicago is one of very few major cities in the United States without a public law school.

Any merger arrangement would require:

  • approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees;
  • approval by The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees;
  • degree approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education;
  • approval of a major change in operation from the American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; 
  • approval from the Higher Learning Commission, which is a regional accreditor for both institutions.

The timeline for a merger would also depend on the steps needed to ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of each institution.

Click here to read more.

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December 7, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

U.S. Abandons the Global Compact on Migration

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson announced today that the United States has decided to stop its participation in the U.N. process to develop a Global Compact on Migration (GCM). Secretary Tillerson issued this statement:

Negotiations on the GCM will be based on the New York Declaration, a document adopted by the UN in 2016 that commits to “strengthening global governance” and contains a number of policy goals that are inconsistent with U.S. law and policy.

While we will continue to engage on a number of fronts at the United Nations, in this case, we simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.

The United States supports international cooperation on migration issues, but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal.

The Global Compact on Migration arose from the September 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, when 193 U.N. Member States adopted a political declaration (U.N. Doc. A/71/L.1) in which Member States committed to:

  • protect the safety, dignity and human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants, regardless of their migratory status, and at all times;
  • support countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants;
  • integrate migrants in humanitarian and development assistance frameworks and planning;
  • combat xenophobia, racism, and discrimination towards all migrants;
  • develop, through a state-led process, non-binding principles and voluntary guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations; and
  • strengthen global governance of migration, including by bringing International Organization for Migration (IOM) into the United Nations family and through the development of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

Click here to read more about the Global Compact on Migration.

Hat tip to Paul Johnson

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December 3, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Legislation Introduced to Repeal FACTA

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced legislation to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House. FACTA, a federal statute enacted in 2010, requires foreign financial institutions to report private financial information on U.S. citizens or else face a 30% withholding tax on U.S.-source income.

In response to the law, many foreign banks simply choose to deny any banking services to U.S. citizens because of the burdens and costs of compliance and fear of running afoul of the law.

Adapted from a news release from Senator Rand Paul.

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December 2, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Five Judges Elected to the ICJ, Marking First Time that the United Kingdom is Not Represented on the Court

The U.N. General Assembly and Security Council elected five judges last month to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). After five rounds of simultaneous voting, Ronny Abraham (France), Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia), and Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil) were re-elected to the ICJ and Nawaf Salam (Lebanon) was elected for the first time. A run-off between sitting judges Christopher Greenwood (UK) and Dalveer Bhandari (India) was held for the fifth seat on the court. With overwhelming support for Judge Bhandari in the General Assembly, the United Kingdom withdrew Judge Greenwood's candidacy, marking the first time in the history of the court that the ICJ will not have a British judge. Some observers characterized the development as fallout from Brexit. (mew)

December 1, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ICTY Convicts Ratko Mladić of Genocide in Srebrenica and Other Crimes

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Ratko Mladić, who served as a Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army from 1992 to 1996, “of genocide and persecution, extermination, murder, and the inhumane act of forcible transfer in the area of Srebrenica in 1995; of persecution, extermination, murder, deportation and inhumane act of forcible transfer in municipalities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina; of murder, terror and unlawful attacks on civilians in Sarajevo; and of hostage-taking of UN personnel.” Mladić was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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December 1, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI

Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty today to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. about conversations he had last December with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. According to a report in the New York Times, Mr. Flynn acknowledged that he was cooperating with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election in the United States. (mew)

December 1, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Be a Jessup Judge in Ukraine

If your schedule and personal travel budget allow, please consider being a Judge in the 2018 Ukrainian Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The competition will be held in Ukraine from 9-11 February, 2018. Register at https://goo.gl/rrucBU before 10 December 2017.

The 2017-2018 season marks the 59th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in at least 95 countries (and this year, maybe more than 100 countries!). The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.For other information about the Jessup competition, visit the Jessup Page on the website of the International Law Students Association by clicking here.

And yes, judges are also needed in at least 94 other countries, so please visit the Jessup Page to register as a judge.

(mew)

November 29, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Job Opening for a Russian-Speaking Staff Attorney with the ABA Center for Human Rights – Justice Defenders

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights is seeking an experienced staff attorney to join its Justice Defenders Program. Candidates with substantial experience living and working in Eurasia are encouraged to apply. All applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. The ABA does not sponsor visas. Russian fluency is required.

The Justice Defenders Program provides pro bono legal assistance to human rights advocates working in difficult environments and vulnerable circumstances by: advising on, and raising public awareness of, sensitive trials and cases; connecting pro bono lawyers with requisite expertise with local lawyers to provide advice on international law standards, share best practices, and assist in developing advocacy and litigation strategies; and observing trials that have garnered local, regional, or international attention or have the potential of changing the law, for better or worse, within the country, and providing analysis of those trials. The Justice Defenders Program’s global reach enables it to help human rights defenders in virtually any country. Contact the ABA Center for Human Rights for more information about this job position.

November 26, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today, November 20, 2017, is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson issued the following statement:
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence.
Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and arbitrary arrests in many parts of the world. Often these attacks are perpetrated by government officials, undermining the rule of law.
Transgender persons should not be subjected to violence or discrimination, and the human rights they share with all persons should be respected.
On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons. These principles are inherent in our own Constitution and drive the diplomacy of the United States.
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November 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Investment Dispute Settlement in the Americas

Investment Arbitration ABA-SIL MiamiThe Fall Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of International Law concludes today in Miami, finishing a week of outstanding substantive panels on various aspects of transnational business, foreign investment, and international law, and with a special focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

One of the final panels was on investment dispute settlement in the Americas, including disputes under bilateral and multilateral treaties applicable in the Americas:

  • NAFTA (Canada and Mexico, 1994, currently being renegotiated)
  • Chile (2004)
  • Colombia (2012)
  • DR CAFTA (the Dominican Republic Central America Free Trade Agreement, with the United States and the nations of Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, with different dates of entry into force)
  • Panama (2012)
  • Peru (2009)

The panel also considered other bilateral treaties that the United States has with various nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, including:

  • Argentina (1994)
  • Bolivia (2001, terminated in 2012)
  • Ecuador (1994)
  • Grenada (1989)
  • Honduras (2001)
  • Panama (2001)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (1996)
  • Uruguay (2006)

The panel moderator was Viren Mascarenhas (King & Spalding LLP). Other speakers were Laura Sinisterra (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) and Shane Spelliscy (Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada). The panel chair was Paula Henin (Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP) who was also a speaker on the panel.

The panel discussed new developments and trends in international investment arbitration, including the "Mauritius Convention on Transparency," formally known as the United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration. The Mauritius Convention entered into effect just 10 days ago, on October 18, 2017. It is an instrument by which Parties to investment treaties concluded before 1 April 2014 agree to apply the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration,  a set of procedural rules to make information publicly available on investor-State arbitrations under investment treaties. Although it has been signed by a number of countries (including the United States), so far only Canada, Mauritius, and Switzerland have ratified that treaty (and that was enough to bring the treaty into effect 10 days ago).

(mew)

 

October 27, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ethics of Client Communication with New Media in a Global Pracitce

The American Bar Association Section of International Law continues today in Miami. One of the CLE panels is on the ethics of client communications with new media in a global practice.

The panel moderator was Alexandra Darraby (The Art Law Firm, Los Angeles), co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law International Legal Ethics Committee and co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law New Media and Innovation Committee. The panelists were David M. Levine (Carey Rodriguez Milian Gonya LLP, Miami) and Ekaterina Schoenefeld (Schoenefeld Law Firm LLC, Princeton, New Jersey).

Social Media Ethics ABA-SIL MiamiThe panel discussed ethical issues and recent U.S. federal and state court decisions involving a large number of social media and electronic communication platforms, including:

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Google Translate
  • Instagram
  • Kik
  • LinkedIn
  • MeetMe (a social networking service)
  • MocoSpace (a mobile gaming community)
  • MySpace
  • Snapchat
  • Tagged (a social networking service)
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • Yik Yak (a social media smartphone application)

The panel raised a number of practical tips, such as a warning on using Google Translate with discovery documents (because the service is not confidential and searches done using Google Translate are discoverable).

The panel did not mention any active litigation matters involving the International Law Prof Blog.

One new resource for attorneys interested in these issues is the Handbook of Global Social Media Law for Business Lawyers, edited by John Isaza and Valerie Surgenor and published by the ABA Business Law Section. The book covers employees and social media, social media as evidence, cybersecurity, electronic defamation, and specific social media legislation for a number of countries including Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

(mew)

October 27, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)