ILA American Branch Call for Panel Proposals

by Roger Alford

The American Branch of the International Law Association will again hold its annual International Law Weekend in New York, featuring numerous panels, a distinguished keynote speaker, receptions, and the Branch’s annual meeting. International Law Weekend 2008 will take place on October 16-18, 2008, at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The Weekend’s overall theme is “The United States and International Law: Legal Traditions and Future Possibilities.” Co-chairs of ILW 2008 are Catherine Amirfar of Debevoise Plimpton (cmamirfar [at] debevoise [dot] com), Katarina Grenfell of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (grenfell [at] un [dot] org), and John Noyes of California Western School of Law (jnoyes [at] cwsl [dot] edu).

The co-chairs invite proposals for panels for ILW 2008. Please submit proposals to the co-chairs no later than Friday, April 25, 2008. Proposals should be geared for 90-minute panels and should include a formal title, a brief description of the panel (no more than 75 words), and the names, titles, and affiliations of the panel chair and three or four possible speakers.

2 Responses

  1. C’mon, where’s the good old Opinio Juris? The government declassifies Professor Organ-Failure-or-Death’s 81 page atrocity memo, and you guys just talk about conferences and herbicides!

    I recognize that you’ve been polishing the site’s academic cred recently by publishing more long-form pieces, which is fine and all, but there’s still a place for the open discussion of current events related to IL. Especially torture–just look at your “Special Features” listing. Opinio cut its eye teeth on this stuff.

    “In the old days” you’d have posted three pieces before 3pm: one tearing apart Prof. Organ-Failure-or-Death’s “boilerplate” claim, one assessing the impact of this memo on the convictions/appeals of the Abu Ghraib guards, and one assessing the legal ethics of keeping the memo classified and hidden away from criminal defense discovery requests (when it obviously would have been a key exhibit in any prosecution of high level folks).

    Or perhaps finally a blog post on the difficult tension between the military’s constitutional duty to obey the civilian chain of command, the duty to obey orders that are not readily-apparent unlawful (in light of this and other memos), the presence of civilian advisers to the President (~and VP~) who have been delegated real but vague authority and whose views of constitutional executive power are far more reminiscent of King George III than of George Washington, all combined with the military oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies . . . .

    With warmest regards, and bright hope for tomorrow,


  2. DG,

    Point well taken. I had been reading the memos and was delayed in posting something. Thanks for the friendly and constructive criticism.

    Roger Alford

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