Saturday, March 17, 2012

Call for Papers: International Law Weekend 2012

The American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association have issued a call for papers for International Law Weekend 2012, which will take place October 25-27, 2012, in New York City. The theme is "Ideas, Institutions, and Interests – Dynamics of Change in International Law." Here's the call:

In anticipation of International Law Weekend 2012 – the premier international law event of the fall season, to be held on October 25-27, 2012, in New York City – the sponsors would like to invite you and your colleagues to submit proposals for panels, roundtables, and lectures at International Law Weekend (ILW) 2012.

The overall theme of ILW 2012 is Ideas, Institutions, and Interests – Dynamics of Change in International Law. International Law Weekend is sponsored and organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (“ABILA”) – which welcomes new members from academia, the practicing bar, and the diplomatic world – and the International Law Students Association (“ILSA”). ILW 2012 will be held in conjunction with the 91st annual meeting of the American Branch.

We expect an audience that will include practitioners, professors, UN diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, writers, journalists, and interested citizens. This year, we plan to have a broad array of public international law topics, but will also have dedicated tracks of private international law topics in each program slot. Thus, we welcome suggestions of cutting-edge issues in the international aspects of corporate, tax, securities, and investment law, as well as international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution. Equally welcome are topics in public international law and institutions, including issues regarding the United Nations, human rights, peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, arms control, the development of regional and sub-regional organizations, etc. We also encourage suggestions of varied formats, such as debates, roundtables, lectures, and break-out groups, as well as the usual practice of panel presentations.

The unifying theme for this year’s meeting is to explore the mechanisms of change in international law. Panels may focus on key regions undergoing particularly dramatic change, for instance in the Middle East or China, and subject matter areas undergoing rapid change, such as tariffs and trade, human rights and humanitarian intervention, immigration, labor, public health, sustainable development and the environment. The meeting will be held in Manhattan at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York at 42 West 44th Street on Thursday evening, October 25, and at the Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center on October 26-27. ILW 2012 is expected to attract an audience of more than one thousand practitioners, academics, diplomats, members of the governmental and nongovernmental sectors, and most importantly, foreign policy and law students who are learning about the range of practice and career opportunities.

The program chairs invite proposals to be submitted on-line via the 2012 ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form on or before Friday, April 13, 2012. Please provide a title, brief description of the topic, and the names, titles, and affiliations of the chair and likely speakers – but also describe what you think would be the most engaging and exciting format, including ways to enhance participation by the audience.

One of the objectives of ILW 2012 is to promote new dialogues among scholars and practicing lawyers; so formats should include presenters with diverse experiences and perspectives. Additionally, extra consideration will be given to proposals including at least one law student or recent graduate. The 2012 ILW Program Committee Members are: Steve Hammond, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP,; Nikolai B. Krylov, Winston & Strawn LLP,; Vivian Shen, International Law Students Association,; Mark R. Shulman, Pace Law School,; Michael Shewchuk, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs,; and Ruth Wedgwood, ABILA, (Ex officio).

The online Proposal Submission form can be found on the ILSA website, here:

2012 International Law Weekend Panel Proposal Submission Form