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.”