Congratulations to the new E-Board!

ILS has chosen its executive board for next year:

President: Dan Fiedler
Vice President: Johannes Munter
Treasurer: Nicole Henry
Secretary: Margaux Roussel
International Law Week Coordinator: Anna Luft

If you’re still interested in taking a more active role next year, the E-Board will select language table coordinators at the beginning of the Fall semester.

In addition, the following Amendments to the ILS Constitution were ratified:
Amendment 1: Gender Neutral Language
Change all relevant sections of the constitution to be gender neutral (e.g. Section 208.1) 
Amendment 2: Combining Communications Director & Secretary 
Consolidate the ad hoc position of Communications Director (pursuant to Sect. 214) & Secretary, so that the role of Secretary includes the Communications Director’s duties.
Amendment 3: Number of E-board Meetings Required per semester 
Change Sect. 207 to read ..”The Board shall meet at least once per semester…” 
Amendment 4:  One-time Membership Fee Requirement
Change Sect. 103 to require a one-time dues payment, instead of an annual payment
Amendment 5: Removal of Organizational Representative Position 
Remove Section 213 (Organizational Representative Duties) and vest all responsibilities to Treasurer (Sect. 210).
The  ILS Constitution will be amended accordingly.

ILS General Body Meeting Monday, April 6th at 8:15PM in LL 102.

The International Law Society will be holding its General Body Meeting on Monday, April 6th.  We will vote on amendments to the constitution and elect next year’s E-board.  This meeting will be your opportunity to weigh in on what you’d like to see the ILS do differently next year, discuss what types of events and programs you’d like to see more of, and determine the leadership and direction for the organization next year.

Please consider running for an E-Board position if you’re interested in taking on a leadership position; the document linked below describes the available positions.  Feel free to contact the current officers if you have questions about their positions entail.

ILS Board Position Descriptions

International Law Week


Thurs., March 12th:  Professor Ralph Steinhardt and Dean Susan Karamanian, will host an “Intro to International Law” course preview in LL101 from 5:30PM-7:00PM. This is a great opportunity for students who may be interested in enrolling in International Law next semester to learn more about the content of the course!
Thurs., March 19th:  Professor Gregory Stanton of George Mason University will speak on “Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocide of Armenians, Native Americans, & Tutsis in Rwanda.”  The event will take place in the Faculty Conference Center on Thursday, March 19th from 4-6PM.  Space is limited. Please RSVP to See attached flyer for more information.
Thurs., March 19th: The International Law Society’s Thirsty Thursday Takeover! ILS will also host an international trivia game with prizes! Get a team together and head over to the Student Conference Center at 4pm. Alcohol will be available via a ticket distribution system to those over 21 with a valid, government issued ID.
Fri., March 20th:  You are cordially invited to the International Law Society’s Annual Embassy Gala on Friday, March 20th from 7-10PM.  See the details in the post below.

International Law Society Embassy Gala

You are cordially invited to the International Law Society’s Annual Embassy Gala. This year, the Gala will take place at the Embassy of Ecuador, which is located at 2535 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 on Friday, March 20th 7:00-10:00PM. ​Tickets are $20 for ILS members, and $25 for non-members. The cost of admission includes light appetizers, non-alcoholic refreshments, and [pending CADE approval] alcoholic beverages, which will be served via the ticket distribution method to individuals 21 and older with a valid, government-issued ID.

Tickets may be purchased here:

A valid, government-issued ID corresponding with the online purchase name will serve as your admission ticket.

Upcoming Events

Please join Dean Susan Karamanian, Professor Ralph Steinhardt and students to learn more about the Oxford Summer Program on International Human Rights Law. The info session will be held this Thursday, January 29th at 4PM in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room (Lerner 101).
2. Int’l Law Forum of the Women’s Bar Assoc. of DC: How to Get a Job in Int’l Law
Please join the International Law Forum of the Women’s Bar Association of DC and our co-sponsors on Monday, February 9 from 6-8PM at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP for an exciting panel discussion on How to Get a Job in International Law. Please see the attached flyer for details and be sure to register ASAP here! Panelists include:
  • Marcia Wiss, Of Counsel, Hogan Lovells LLP
  • Christie Edwards, Director of International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
  • Janie Chuang, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Kathryn O’Neal, Senior International Attorney, Millennium Challenge Corporation

WBA Intl Jobs Flyer 02-09-15

3. Capitol Hill Days: US Investment in International Family Planning
The event will take place Friday, April 10 – Tuesday, April 14, at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC. This weekend consists of informational sessions and interactive advocacy training focused on the pressing need for U.S. investment in international family planning, leading up to lobby visits on Capitol Hill.
The program is free to attend, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information, you can contact  Christina Ospina at Please find a flyer and the registration form attached.
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Pre-Release Screening of “To Light a Candle” followed by Panel Discussion with Director, Maziar Bahari

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This Saturday night at 7:00PM in the Marvin Center Amphitheater, there is a pre-screening for Maziar Bahari’s new film To Light a Candle.

Background on the Film:

A powerful new documentary film telling the story of the Baha’is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution.  Using interviews, personal stories, and archival footage – often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk – the film, entitled To Light a Candle, highlights the constructive resilience of Iran’s Baha’i community. When faced with systematic exclusion by the Iranian regime of Baha’i youth from higher education, this community utilized Baha’i academics, dismissed from their teaching positions on the basis of their religion, to put in place an informal arrangement known as the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE). BIHE allows Baha’i youth to have access to university-level courses.

The film vividly documents that the threat of arrest and imprisonment is a daily reality for Iran’s Baha’is, as academics barred from pursuing their professions attempt to educate young people in private homes.

Trailer of the Film may be found at:

About the Filmmaker:

The film was made by acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. He was Newsweek’s Iran reporter from 1998 to 2011 and has produced a number of other documentary films about Iran.

In September 2014, the movie Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.  Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari and his experiences.

Following the film will be a panel discussion where the audience can ask questions. Azar Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran will be the moderator for the panel. Included on the panel is Maziar Bahari, the film producer and the subject of Jon Stewart’s new film, Rosewater. Also on the panel will be Roya Boroumand, executive director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, and Parva Fattahi, BIHE (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education) graduate and Immigration Attorney.

In conjunction with To Light a Candle, a new campaign, entitled “Education Is Not a Crime,” is being prepared for a global launch culminating in an international “Education is Not a Crime Day” on February 22, 2015. The campaign will feature voices of support from citizens around the world, and will tell a comprehensive story of the Baha’is in Iran, from the 19th century until today, focusing on persecution under the Islamic Republic and the emergence of BIHE.

George Washington University
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Amphitheater
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Co-Sponsored by: GWU’s Baha’i Association, IranWire, ABF, The George Washington University, GW Law’s International Law Society, GW Law’s Human Rights Law Society, and GW Law’s International and Comparative Law Department