The 2014 GW ILS Executive Board!
UPDATE: The 2014 Embassy Gala has now sold out. Thanks everyone for your support, and we will see you all on Friday!
The International Law Society presents:
INTERNATIONAL LAW WEEK 2014: EXPLORING REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES
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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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.
(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
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.
The program will include:
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.
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 email@example.com. We welcome all individuals and organizations to join us in this new initiative.
- See more at:http://codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=6457
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
This is a 3-month unpaid internship from September 23 to December 13, full time or part time (min. 20 hrs a week). The intern will work closely in a human rights international organization, researching on aboriginal women in the Americas, with a strong emphasis in Canada.
- Excellent research and writing skills.
- Available at least 20 hours/week for 12 weeks, during regular Monday-Friday business hours.
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail;
Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org with “internship” in the subject line.
U.S. Department of State Internship
We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State 2014 Summer Student Internship Program (unpaid).
Click here (https://state.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/351699900) to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications isNovember 1, 2013.
This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.
The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.
As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
So consider spending your Summer 2014 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*
* Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.
Please visit http://careers.state.gov/students/programs for more information about the Summer 2014 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 1, 2013.
We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.
Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.
U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.
Call for Papers: Dalhousie
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – DALHOUSIE JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES
TOP ESSAY PRIZE $1,000DEADLINE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013The Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies (DJLS) is now accepting papers for its 23rd Volume (to be published in Spring/Summer 2014). Established in 1991, the DJLS operates out of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a non-profit, student-run academic journal that offers undergraduate and graduate law students, as well as recent law graduates (within one year), the opportunity to have their work published to a broad, international subscription base.Attached to this message you will find our official Call for Submissions, which contains important information on the submissions process.The DJLS accepts essays, articles, case comments, and reviews concerning contemporary issues, only in Canadian or international law and not exceeding 15,000 words. All authors may receive feedback from our editorial team upon request. Papers selected for publication will be eligible for the following cash prizes:1st prize: $1,000 CAD2nd prize: $500 CAD3rd prize: $250 CAD(Note: We will not publish articles that focus exclusively on American domestic law.)The deadline for Volume 23 submissions is Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com.
ILR – Drew Cohen Brown Bag Lunch
GW HRLS – Networking Event
The GW Human Rights Law Society will host a wine and cheese peer networking even on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow law students who are also interested in Human Rights, and who may already have some experience in the field!
“International Professional Development and the White House Fellows Program”
On Tuesday, October 15, at 5:30 p.m., ASIL will host a unique opportunity to learn about the White House Fellows experience and application process from a former Fellow and current ASIL member. Ziad Haider is an attorney at White & Case LLP in its international arbitration practice. He previously served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and a national security aide in the U.S. Senate. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Alumni Association and Foundation and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Director of the Truman National Security Project’s Asia Expert Group. Ziad was an ASIL Arthur C. Helton Fellow at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in 2008 conducting research on governance reforms in Pakistan’s tribal belt.
He will discuss his experience as a Fellow as well as walk attendees through the application process, while providing insight into what makes a strong application for the Fellowship.
This event is free to ASIL members, students of ASIL Academic Partners, and members of the Washington Foreign Law Society. Non-members fee is $15.
To register for the event, please email Events@asil.org with your name and affiliation.
“Combating the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia,” with Nick Marx, Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:30PM, R812
China and Beyond: Understanding State Owned Enterprises and State Immunity in International Arbitration
We are delighted to announce our Committee’s co-sponsorship of a November 5 afternoon program on “China and Beyond: Understanding State Owned Enterprises and State Immunity in International Arbitration.” Brought to you by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre with the support of the Association of Corporate Counsel, this program will focus on dispute resolution involving state owned enterprises. In today’s global marketplace, states commonly conduct commercial activities through state owned enterprises, but national practices regarding state immunity are so diverse that formulating rules of universal application is a very difficult task. The seminar will discuss the role of state owned enterprises, highlighting recent issues in the area of state immunity that are frequently encountered in international commercial arbitration and the steps companies can take to mitigate risks.
Confirmed speakers from Asia, Europe and the US include Chiann Bao, Secretary-General of the HKIAC; Gaela Gehring Flores of Arnold & Porter; Brenda Horrigan of Herbert Smith Freehills; Jean Kalicki of Arnold & Porter;Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator; Julian Lew of 20 Essex Street; Patrick Pearsall, Attorney-Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser; Ted Posner of Weil, Gotshal and Manges; John Wang Qiang, General Counsel of China National Machinery Industry Corporation, and Ariel Ye of King & Wood Mallesons.
The event will be held at Arnold & Porter, 555 12th St. NW (Metro Center stop), Washington, DC, from 4:30-7:30 pm, including reception. Registration fees are modest (early bird of just $20 before October 18, $30 thereafter; $20 for non-profits, government employees and members of the DC Bar International Law Section, and just $10 for law students). For the full flyer and a link to the registration and payment pages, see
International Law Weekend 2013
International Law Weekend 2013
Internationalization of Law & Legal Practice
October 24-26, 2013
New York City
Join hundreds of members of the international legal community at the annual International Law Weekend (ILW) conference/the 92nd Annual Meeting of the ABILA, October 24-26, 2013, in New York City. The theme of ILW 2013 is ”Internationalization of Law and Legal Practice”. More than 40 expert panels will examine how and why an appreciation and knowledge of international law is an increasingly relevant and important professional tool for virtually every lawyer. Panels may explore, for example, how international law principles and instruments are involved in such domestic areas as civil litigation, commercial transactions, trade regulation, family law, criminal prosecution, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and dispute settlement. ILW 2013 is expected to attract an audience of more than 1,000 practitioners, academics, diplomats, members of the governmental and nongovernmental sectors, and most importantly, foreign policy and law students who are learning about the range of practice and career opportunities. There will be three sessions of career panels at ILW 2013 in addition to a Pathways to Employment in International Law panel.
ILW 2013 is FREE for all ILSA members but you must pre-register for the conference. Please visit the following website for more information and the registration link: http://ilsa.org/conferences/international-law-weekend-ny
View the ILW 2013 Program *please note this program is subject to change
The GW International Human Rights Clinic, The International Law Society, the International and Comparative Law Program, and the American Society of International Law, are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion:
Does the World Need More Crimes Against Humanity Legislation?
Join us for a celebration of the launch of the Clinic’s new report, Comparative Law Study and Analyses of National Legislation Relating to Crimes Against Humanity and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. The report will be presented by its co-authors, Professor Arturo Carrillo, and former clinic staff attorney, Annalise Nelson.
Commentators on the report will include GW Law Professors Sean Murphy and Mike Matheson, discussing related topics such as the International Law Commission’s on-going work around an international CAH convention, and a perspective on the challenges to codifying crimes against humanity in the United States.
Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, Susan L. Karamanian, will moderate this event.
The event will be followed by a reception in the Kelly Lounge.
Location: The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room (L101), 2000 H St. NW, Washington D.C. 20052
Date and time: Wednesday, October 9 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
New E-Board Members
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new E-board members!
Kristen Tassone – Marshall Inn Representative
Ryan Cowdin – Jackson Inn Representative
Leah Moushey – Brandeis Inn Representative
Melissa Tuarez – O’Connor Inn Representative
Nnamdi Okoli – Cardozo Inn Representative
Ariel Glickman – Jay Inn Representative
Calla Li – LLM 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. ILS board members will be available in the hard lounge to accept your dues and sign you up for official membership on:
Tuesday 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 10am – 4pm
Thursday 10am – 4pm
These dues go a long way to help pay for club events and put you on the official list-serve for ILS.
ILS Logo Competition
ILS is looking for a new logo! If you have an idea, submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org before OCTOBER 1st!
Hello, ILS members — welcome back to the GW Law 2013 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 TONIGHT:
When: Monday, September 9th at 8:15pm
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.
Please Note: This meeting will also be recorded for those who cannot attend.
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.
Please see below for two great events taking place this afternoon and tomorrow evening:
Today at 4 pm in the Faculty Conference Center we are hosting Professor Harris Mylonas from GWU’s Department of Politics to discuss his new book The Politics of Nation-Building (Cambridge University Press 2012). Professor Mylonas completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008 and then joined the Political Science department at George Washington University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2009. He is also an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies where he conducted research in 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 academic years.
Tomorrow at 6 pm in the Great Room we will celebrate our colleague Professor Robert Cottrol and his new book, The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race and Law in the American Hemisphere (2013). We will have a panel discussion featuring Commissioner Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants and Against Racial Discrimination, OAS; Professor Eric Arensen, GW History Department; and Judith Morrison, Inter-American Development Bank.