Live from “L” Event, Thursday, Feb. 23: U.S. Legal Advisers to Discuss The Arab Spring

by Peggy McGuinness

The ABA Section on International Law is co-sponsoring with ASIL and GW Law School the second “Live from ‘L'” event. “L,” for the uninitiated, is the U.S. State Department Office of the Legal Adviser. State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh, along with several other lawyers from L, will be leading the discussion at GW Law School on “The Arab Spring and International Law.” GW Professor Sean Murphy will be moderating. You can attend in person or catch the discussion on a live webcast.  Students can register for the webcast free of charge.

Full information here.

2 Responses

  1. Response…
    There will also be a conference at Cornell Law School on Forces Without Borders: Non-State Actors in a Changing Middle East, Feb. 17-18th.

  2. Response…
    A Keynote for the Cornell Conference:
    New on ssrn:
                Various individual and group participants in the Arab Spring have noticeably embraced and reaffirmed predominant patterns of human expectation and claims occurring worldwide regarding individual dignity and worth, self-determination of peoples, related human rights with respect to relatively free and genuine participation in governmental processes and the standard of legitimacy of governments, democracy as a universal core value, and the right of rebellion or revolution and the concomitant right of a given people to seek self-determination assistance.  As documented, each of these forms of human expectation and claim has a present legal and policy mooring in basic international legal instruments, including the United Nations Charter and a number of authoritative human rights instruments.  This article also contains a section near the end on the propriety of U.S. and NATO use of force in Libya to protect civilians and to support regime change or self-determination assistance.
                            International Law, Dignity, Democracy, and the Arab Spring
                                                                            – Jordan J. Paust
       I.  General International Legal Policies at Stake
                A.  Human Dignity
                B.  Self-Determination and Relevant Human Rights
                C.  Democracy as a Core Value
                D.  Unlawful Political Oppression
                E.  The Right of Rebellion or Revolution
       II.  Regime Change in Libya and Self-Determination Assistance to the People of         Libya

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