Upcoming Events: On Arbitration, International Humanitarian Law, Fellowships and More

Event – Approaches to Arbitration: Across the Ages

On Thursday, November 1, Young ICSID — in collaboration with Young ICCA, the ICDR Young & International, and the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, along with the DC Bar’s International Dispute Resolution Committee — will a host an “inter-generational discussion … [to] give practical insights on the skills and tools necessary to excel in the arbitration world. Moderated by Jean Kalicki of Arnold & Porter, the panel will feature: Stephen Anway of Squire Sanders, Marsha Echols of Howard University, Kiera Gans of DLA Piper, Simon Greenberg of Clifford Chance, David Rivkin of Debevoise & Plimpton, Tomas Solis of Foley Hoag, Edna Sussman of Sussman ADR, and Albert Jan van den Berg of Hanotiau & van den Berg.

The event will be held at the World Bank, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. The event will conclude with a reception from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Register at this link:https://icsid.worldbank.org/ICSID/FrontServlet?requestType=ICSIDNewsLettersRH&actionVal=ShowDocument&DocId=DCEVENTS17.

Opportunity – AU 3rd Annual International Humanitarian Law Writing Competition

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are pleased to announce the Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.

The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The winning authors will present their papers at a conference at American University Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in IHL with a panel of expert professors and practitioners. In addition, winners will receive a complimentary registration to the ASIL 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on April 3-6, 2013, and a one-year ASIL student membership.

Please find enclosed a poster that provides further details about the Competition. You can also learn more on the Competition website (www.WCLCenterforHR.org) for comprehensive rules, submission guidelines and award information. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST. You can direct any questions to TeachingIHL@wcl.american.edu or to 202-274-4180.

Opportunity – Summer Fellowship at Auschwitz

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. Tentative program dates for FASPE are May 26 – June 6, 2013.

Completed applications must be received by January 11, 2013.  Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:  http://www.FASPE.info If you have any questions, please contact Thorin Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at ttritter@FASPE.info.

Opportunity – Event Planning Committee 

If you would are interested in putting on future international law events on campus, please let us know! Please include your relevant area(s) of interest. 

In The News – Venezuela Denounces the American Convention on Human Rights 

Click here for press release from the Organization of American States (OAS).

“On September 10, 2012, Venezuela denounced the American Convention on Human Rights, days after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed deep concern regarding reports of a massacre that allegedly took place in the Community of Irotatheri, of the Yanomami Indigenous Peoples, Municipality of Alto Orinoco, Amazonas State, Venezuela.”

The OAS Secretary General expressed regret at Venezuela’s decision to “denounce this legal instrument, one of the pillars of the legal regulations that protect the defense of human rights in the hemisphere,” but he also “expressed his hope that in the year that must elapse before the decision becomes effective, as established by Art.78, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela may reconsider its decision.”

Wellness Wednesday – with ILS and Carmen Sandiego

Wellness Wednesday – September 26th

12 – 3 p.m. (Location TBD)

Hosted by:

 The George Washington University International Law Society

  • Join ILS for a Carmen Sandiego-themed Wellness Wednesday!
  • Watch episodes from the classic animated series: Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
  • Come play the Carmen Sandiego game, and test your photo knowledge on cities and places around the world
  • Meet other J.D. and LLM ILS members
  • Relax for a couple of hours!

Games, movies, and international snacks will be provided.


ILS Upcoming Events: September

Please see below for important announcements regarding membership, volunteer opportunities, and events taking place in the coming weeks:

Membership Dues

All students interested in becoming members of ILS must submit their dues by October 1. Dues are a one-time fee of $10 and contribute to the multitude of events that we host throughout the year. Membership also secures benefits such as access to our e-mails, and discounts to future events, such as our February Embassy Gala! We will be collecting dues  Tuesday and Thursday, from 12 – 2 p.m. in the hard lounge. You can also leave cash or checks in an envelope in our Treasurer’s student mailbox (Ariana Sarfarazi, 2L). The mailboxes are located on third floor Lerner. If you chose this option, please send an email directly to Ariana to let her know. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ariana or myself in the coming weeks.

Opportunity Event — Planning Committee

If you would are interested in putting on future international law events on campus, please let us know! Please also include your specific areas of interests. 

Wellness Wednesday Hosted by ILS! 

Come relax for a bit this Wednesday, September 26 and join ILS for a Carmen Sandiego-themed Wellness Wednesday! Games, movies, and international snacks will be provided!

Brown Bag Lunch: “Careers in International Arbitration for Young Lawyers”

On Tuesday, September 25, the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee, together with the Dispute Resolution Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and the Georgetown International Law Society, will hold a free brownbag lunch program on “Careers in International Arbitration for Young Lawyers?”  The brownbag will be held at the offices of Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., Paul Porter Room, 10th Floor, from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Bring your own lunch or pick it up at the A&P cafeteria (3rd floor) before the program.  While the event is free, advance registration is requested to ensure adequate seating.  Please let Kelby Ballena (kelby.ballena@aporter.com) know if you plan to attend.

Event — Student And Alumni Networking Reception 

All students are invited to join GW Law alumni for a networking reception featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The reception will be from 5-6 p.m. in the Dee Kelly Student Commons on Saturday, September 29. Please email alumni@law.gwu.edu to RSVP.