1L Career Panel

The International Law Society will be hosting a 1L Career Panel in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4th.

The 1L Career panel will feature four GW alum who are working in various fields of International Law, including panelists with backgrounds in International Human Rights, Environmental Law, and International Business and Trade.

This event, though focused on 1L’s and those interested in International Law, is open to all GW law students. We’ll be sending out reminders via email and Facebook throughout the week. Check out the attached poster for more info. Hope to see you there!

Panelists will include:

Paulina Rudnicka (ABA Rule of Law Initiative)

Nathaniel Bolin (Skadden Law Firm)

Scott Gilmore (The Center for Justice and Accountability)

Alicia Cate (US Department of State)

October – Early November Events

Thursday, October 16, 4 – 5:30 pm, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room: Professor David Wirth, Boston College Law School, presents The International and Domestic Law of Climate Change: A Binding International Agreement Without the Senate or Congress?  Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 20, noon – 1:30 pm, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room: Professor Federico Fabbrini, University of Tiburg Law School, presents Fundamental Rights in Europe: Challenges and Transformations in Comparative Perspectives.  Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, October 21, 6 – 8 pm, Strengthening Compliance with International Humanitarian Law, speakers include: Ambassador Valentin Zelweger, legal advisor to Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Professors Laura Dickinson and Sean Murphy, GW Law, Max Rettig, Office of Legal Adviser, US State Department, Chris Harland, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross.  This event will be located at the ASIL Headquarters; 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Monday, October 27, 4 pm, Faculty Conference Center: Fulbright Scholar and GW Law Visiting Scholar Professor Joe Oloka-Onyango will present keynote address (title forthcoming).

Thursday, October 30, 4 pm, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room: panel discussion on Litigating International Investment Disputes featuring Professor Chiara Giorgetti, University of Richmond Law School, Jeremy Sharpe, Office of the Legal Advisor, US State Department, John Crook, GW Law, and Eloise Obadia, Derains & Gharavi.  Reception to follow in Kelly Lounge.

Monday, November 3 – 4, GW Law hosts State Department Private International Law Advisory Committee Meeting, including keynote luncheon address on November 3 by Sean Hagen, General Counsel, International Monetary Fund, in the Faculty Conference Center.

Congratulations to our new E-Board members!

New E-Board Members
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new E-board members!

Irina Nossova – LLM Representative
Johannes Munter – 1L Representative
Dan Fiedler – 1L Representative


If you haven’t already, we are accepting dues for new members. It is $10, and this is a one time payment for your entire time here at GW.  You may drop off $10 or a check made out to GW Law SBA for $10 in the Intl Law Society Mailbox located in the records office. Deadline is Sept. 30th. 

These dues go a long way to help pay for club events and put you on the official list-serve for ILS.


National Security Law Career Fair

Hosted by The George Washington University Law School National Security Law Association, The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, and

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

When: From 1 p.m. To 4 p.m., October 6, 2014
Where: The campus of The George Washington University Law School, Continental Ballroom on the third floor of the Marvin Center, at 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, (between H and I Streets NW.)
Who: All area law students and members of the National Security Law Community are invited (ID required)

Confirmed attendees include the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Inc., U.S. Marine Corps Officer Selection Office, U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General; U.S. Department of Justice representatives from the Office of Attorney Recruitment,  Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Division and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel; U.S. Department of Homeland Security representatives from the Office of the General Counsel, the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, the Transportation Safety Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

These representatives and many others from the National Security Community will be available to present information and answer questions regarding career paths in this field

Questions? Email sjhillhouse@law.gwu.edu. Subject line: “NSLA Fair”

Welcome back to fall semester 2014!


Hello, ILS members — welcome back to the GW Law 2014 fall semester and another year of international law activities, scholarship and opportunities in and around GW and DC!

Just a reminder that our first general body meeting is coming up:

When: Wednesday, September 10th at 8:15pm

Where: L401

What: Come learn more about ILS and all the great events we have planned this year!

At the meeting, we will elect one 1L Representative and one LLM Representative.

Free pizza will be provided!

Dues ($10) will also be collected at this meeting.

ALSO: Be sure to join our Facebook group – and continue checking our blog for updates on meetings and for more information on international law topics.

Announcing the 2014 GW ILS International Law Week and Annual Embassy Gala: Embassy of Greece

The International Law Society presents:


February 18th to February 21st.

Tuesday, February 18th: International Trade Law Panel, at 11:30am in the SCC

  • Please join ILS on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:30AM in the SCC (LIS 201) for a panel discussing the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Trans-Pacific Partnership, & the Agreements’ Implications for Lawyers.
  • Speakers will include Nathaniel Bolin, international trade attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Raymond Ahearn, retired congressional advisor on international trade and finance issues.
  • Refreshments from Corner Bakery will be served

Wednesday, Feb. 19th: IL Movie Night, at 8:00pm in LL102

  • Join ILS in a showing of “The Square”, a documentary about the Egyptian revolution and aftermath revolving around Tahrir Square - Watch the Trailer Here.
  • Showing will begin at 8:00pm on Wednesday, February 19th in LL102.  Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, February 20th: ILS Trivia Contest—Cowboy Diplomacy, starting at 12:00pm in the Hard Lounge

  • Test your knowledge of past and present instances of Cowboy Diplomacy on Thursday, February 20th during lunchtime.  These are questions about the most brazenly imperial, obviously hypocritical, and pointedly undiplomatic acts perpetrated by states and individuals over the past century!  We’re talking about countries that don’t understand borders, soldiers without orders, and dictators with hilarious facial hair.  And best of all…
  • Whoever answers the most questions correctly will win 2 free tickets to our ILS Gala at the Greek Embassy (see below)!  Not an international relations buff?  You still win candy and are guaranteed a great time!

Thursday, February 20th: Keynote Speaker Event: Regional Proliferation — Reinforcing Uniformity or Creating Fragmentation?, at 5:00 pm in Tasher Great Room

  • Please join ILS for a dialogue between:
    • Claudio Grossman, Dean of AU’s Washington College of Law (former President of Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and former Chair of UN’s Committee Against Torture & Human Rights Treaty Bodies), and
    • Dinah Shelton, GW Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law (also former President of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights).
  • A reception sponsored by the International & Comparative Law Department will follow the Keynote Event.

Friday, February 21st: ILS Gala hosted by the Embassy of Greece, at 7:00 pm


  • His Excellency Ambassador Christos P.  Panagopoulos invites GW ILS members, JD & LLM students, alumni, and faculty to enjoy a night at the Greek Embassy!  Traditional Greek hors d’oeuvres & drinks included.
  • Tickets cost $15 for ILS members and $20 for non-members.  You may purchase tickets online below, or in the Hard Lounge starting Thursday.
  • The Embassy is located at 2217 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20008.  The event will start at 6:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm.

Purchase Gala tickets below:

GW ILS Student Member: $15.00 USD

GW Student Non-member: $20.00 USD

GW Alumni: $20.00 USD 

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New Events – Jan. 27, 2014


ICC Int’l Court of Arbitration Lunch Hosted by D.C. Bar Int’l Dispute Resolution Committee: January 28 1:00-2:30


Dear Friends of the D.C. Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee,

Please join us for lunch on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., as the USCIB Arbitration Committee welcomes John Beechey (President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration) to Washington, D.C.  Mr. Beechey’s remarks coincide with the start of operations at

SICANA, Inc. (the ICC’s affiliate and new case management team in New York).  He will describe this exciting new development for ICC arbitration in North America, and provide other important updates from the ICC Court.

The USCIB luncheon is cosponsored by Arnold &Porter LLP, and will be held in its offices at 555 Twelfth St., NW (Metro Center stop).  To register for the luncheon, please fill out the registration form here.

“Torture v. Targeted Killing: Which is the Lesser Evil?” Lecture: Jan. 30 Noon
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International Arbitration Month at Georgetown Law: Feb. 3-28
Below you can find the schedule for February’s “International Arbitration Month” at Georgetown Law, featuring a series of speaker conferences, workshops and networking events  co-sponsored by Georgetown International Arbitration Society (“GIAS”), Foreign Lawyers at Georgetown (“FLAG”) and Society of International Law (“SIL”).  Details and registration links below.  All these will be held at Georgetown University Law Center: 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. Click here to view the International Arbitration Month at Georgetown schedule.


ILA/ASIL Biennial/Annual Meeting: April 7-12

ILA 76th Biennial Conference • 108th ASIL Annual Meeting

Washington, DC, April 7-12, 2014

Early Bird Discount Ends January 31, 2014 - Click here for full program and to register.

For the first time, ASIL and the American Branch of the International Law Association are partnering to host the ILA Biennial Conference together with the ASIL Annual Meeting, forming a single, joint gathering, representing a unique and historic convening of the international law community.The week’s events, organized around the theme “The Effectiveness of International Law,” will include keynotes by leading figures in the field; meetings of ILA Committees and Working Groups; more than 40 program sessions featuring panels, debates, and roundtable discussions on current issues in the field; ASIL Interest Group meetings, ASIL’s annual Women in International Law Interest Group and Hudson Medal Luncheons; and a Gala dinner, receptions, and networking opportunities. All events are open to all meeting attendees.


Grotius Lecture: Radhika Coomaraswamy, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict and on Violence against Women, Wednesday, April 9

Brower Lecture: Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore, Thursday, April 10

Hudson Medal Luncheon: A Conversation with Hudson Medal Winner Alain Pellet, University Paris Ouest, Friday, April 11

Plenary Session: A Conversation with ICJ Judges Joan Donoghue and Julia Sebutinde, Friday, April 11

Plus:ILA Committees and Working Groups: Click here to view the work program of the ILA’s 22 committees and nine study groups, to be discussed at the 2014 meeting.

Program Sessions: More than 40 program sessions will address topics such as:

  • The Approach of Courts to Foreign Affairs and National Security
  • Everybody Come Together Over Me: Systematic Integration and Vienna Convention Article 31(3)(c)
  • Intelligence Material and the Courts
  • The Internet and International Law
  • Domestic Human Rights Enforcement after Kiobel
  • The Effectiveness of the WTO in Dealing with Climate Change and Energy Initiatives
  • The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act’s Turn to International Law
  • The Effectiveness of International Law Governing Cyberspace

Visit the 2014 Joint ASIL-ILA Meeting website for details and to register while the early bird discount applies.

Early Bird Discount Ends January 31, 2014 - Click here for full program and to register.

Cooperating Organizations:

  • American Bar Association’s Section of International Law
  • International Studies Association
  • United Nations Association-National Capital Area

Upcoming Events – Nov. 9, 2013

GW Law School IL Events
1.  Wednesday, November 13, 10 am, Moot Court Room:  Israeli Judge (Ret.) Amnon Straschnov (former Military Advocate General of the Israeli Defense Forces, holding the rank of Brigadier-General; President of the Military Courts in the West-Bank; and Chief Military Prosecutor). Judge Straschnov will discuss human rights and the West Bank.


2.  Wednesday, November 13, 3 pm, Moot Court Room:  GW Law co-hosts with the World Bank-IFC the launch of the2014 Women, Business and the Law.  Speakers are GW Law Professor Karen Brown; GW’s Director of Global Women’s Institute Dr. Mary Ellsberg; and the World Bank’s Nayda L. Almodovar-Reteguis.    


3.  Monday, November 18, 6 pm, Faculty Conference Center:  GW Law hosts a reception in honor of attendees at the World Bank’s Law, Justice and Development Week forum.


DC Bar’s International Dispute Resolution Committee Events

(1)     China and Beyond: Understanding State Owned Enterprises and State Immunity in International Arbitration – Nov. 5, 4:00 – 7:30 pm including reception (NB – the prior email incorrectly listed the start  time)

(2)     Symposium: Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration – Nov. 7 (full day program).

(3)    Do States Draft their BITs and FTAs with Sufficient Clarity? An Arbitrator’s View Point (Bernard Hanotiau) – Nov. 18, 5:30 pm (reception),6:30 pm (lecture)

(4)     BG Group v. Argentina: The Oral Argument Today Before the Supreme Court – Dec. 2, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.including lunch

Flexing Author’s Rights – Nov. 7th


American University Washington College of Law
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

The 2nd Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture: 
Professor Bernt Hugenholtz – Flexing Authors’ Rights

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November 7, 2013 | Room 603
5:30 Reception | 6:15 Lecture | 7:30 Dinner Reception
American University Washington College of Law
For registration, CLE and live/on-demand webcast:

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Prof. Hugenholtz: Flexing Authors’ Rights

The global future of cultural institutions, information industries, and individual creative work hinges, in part, on present decisions about the scope and character of copyright exceptions and limitations. Almost everyone agrees that modern copyright law needs to be flexible in order to accommodate rapid technological change and evolving media uses. In the United States fair use is the flexible instrument of choice. Author’s rights systems in Europe are generally deemed to be less flexible and less tolerant to open-ended limitations and exceptions. But are they really?This lecture makes the case that (1) author’s rights systems can be made as flexible as common law copyright systems, and (2) that the existing EU legal framework does not preclude the development of flexible norms at the national level.
Bernt Hugenholtz is Professor of law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a professor at the University of Bergen (Norway), and regularly teaches at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (Munich), Monash University (Melbourne) and Charles University (Prague).He is the co-author, with Prof. Paul Goldstein (Stanford University), of International Copyright. Principles, Law, and Practice (Oxford University Press, 3nd ed. 2012), and has written extensively on a range of copyright-related issues. He has acted as an advisor to the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Netherlands Ministry of Justice.

Prof. Hugenholtz is widely regarded as the foremost expert on copyright in the EU. He was a member of the Drafting Committee of the Wittem Project, a collaboration between copyright scholars across Europe that produced the ground-breaking model “EuropeanCopyright Code” in 2010. With Ian Hargreaves, he authored the 2013 Lisbon Council policy brief on “Copyright Reform for Growth and Jobs: Modernising the European CopyrightFramework.”

Recent publications are available at http://www.ivir.nl/staff/hugenholtz.html.

CODEPINK 2013 Drone Summit - Nov. 16-17th

Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance
Washington DC, November 16-17, 2013
 Register Now!The peace group CODEPINK, progressive think-tank Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter) are hosting a second drone summit titled “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance” in Washington, DC.

We are bringing together drone survivors and families of victims from Pakistan and Yemen, human rights advocates, lawyers, authors, social media experts, technology experts, artists and musicians, and grassroots activists for an International Drone Summit.

  • Time: Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Location: Georgetown Law Center, Hart Auditorium


The program will include:

  • Opening Remarks by Dr. Cornel West
  • Victims’ Testimonies: Honoring Voices, Acknowledging Lives
  • Drone Operators: Commanding the Machines
  • From Planes to Killer Robots: The Changing Face of Warfare
  • I Spy: Drones and the Surveillance State
  • Compensation: Helping with Loss
  • Global Action to Regulate Drones: The United Nations and the International Movement
  • Creative Resistance to Drone Warfare, Art and Poetry From Around the World
  • Drop Beats Not Bombs concert featuring Cornel West Theory
  • Film screenings throughout the weekend
  • Workshops on Sunday for direct action training, street theater, props making, social media and student organizing
  • Speakers include international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, Majorie Cohen, Amnesty International’s Zeke Johnson, ACLU’s Hina Shamsi, Pakistani attorney for drone victims Shahzad Akbar, author of Drone Warfare Medea Benjamin, Retired Colonel Ann Wright, Pakistani analyst and activist Noor Mir, UK/Europe drone expert Chris Cole, renowned British scientist and activist Noel Sharkey, inventor of Dronestagram James Bridle, designer of drone-repellent stealthwear Adam Harvey, and peace activists Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell.

Sunday, November 17th, will be a strategy session to look at how to better coordinate the work and to lay the foundation for a Global Drones Network.

  • Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Georgetown Law Center

Sunday’s session is for representatives of organizations and individuals who want to be actively involved in the work of a Global Drones Network. If you are interested in attending Sunday’s session, please email Noor Mir at noor@codepink.org. We welcome all individuals and organizations to join us in this new initiative.


- See more at:http://codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=6457

The International Fight Against Corruption: Are the OECD and UN Conventions Achieving their Objectives? - Dec. 4th
Registration for the forthcoming OECD/UNCAC conference at George Washington University Law School on December 4th from 8 AM – 7 PM is only a month away.This year’s event pays tribute to Mark Pieth for his 25 years serving as Chairman of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions.  Mark will be delivering the key-note luncheon address.Registration information can be found here: http://www.law.gwu.edu/News/2013-2014events/Pages/TheInternationalFightAgainstCorruption.aspx