Tuesday, April 8, 2008

ASIL Annual Meeting and Related Events

Beginning this Wednesday and continuing through mid-day Saturday, the American Society of International Law will hold its 102nd Annual Meeting. There are also a number of related events before and during the conference. Beginning yesterday and continuing today, the George Washington University Law School is hosting a conference on "Transnational Corporate Responsibility for the 21st Century." On Wednesday morning, ASIL and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration will hold their fifth annual joint conference. This year's topic is "'Soft Law' Instruments in International Arbitration." On Wednesday afternoon, ASIL, the World Food Law Institute, and the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council will host a panel discussion on "Climate Change and Trade: WTO Rules and Jurisprudence on Process and Production Methods."

Perhaps also of interest to conference attendees are two congressional hearings scheduled for Thursday. In the morning, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing on "Negotiating a Long Term Relationship with Iraq." Witnesses will include: David Satterfield (Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State and Coordinator for Iraq), Mary Beth Long (Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs), Joan Donoghue (Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State), Michael J. Matheson (George Washington University Law School), and Michael J. Glennon (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University). In the afternoon, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs's Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight will hold a hearing on "War Powers for the 21st Century: The Constitutional Perspective." Witnesses will include: Bruce Fein (The Lichfield Group), Louis Fisher (Special Assistant to the Law Librarian, Law Library of Congress), Michael J. Glennon (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Jules Lobel (University of Pittsburgh School of Law), and Edwin D. Williamson (Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP).