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International Law Weekend 2014

International Law Weekend 2014, took place in New York, from October 23-25, 2014.

ILW 2014

On Friday and Saturday, October 24-25, ILW 2014 Fordam Law School hosted thirty-five panels at its elegant new facilities on West 62nd Street. Many of the panels concerned topics of interest to private practitioners, including discussions of international investment arbitration, international aspects of internal corporate investigations, third-party liability regimes in high-tech industries, global regulation of financial institutions by the Internal Revenue Service, transnational labor standards enforcement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact, the intersection of copyright and human rights law in the digital age, cross-border anti-bribery and corruption laws, and the past year’s developments in private international law. Other panels explored recent developments concerning human rights, the United Nations and other international organizations, self-determination, international environmental law and the challenges of geo-engineering, space law, the law of the sea and problems associated with baselines and sea level rise, international criminal law and the International Criminal Court’s crime of aggression, the role of treaties in U.S. law, the role of Islamic law in conflict mitigation, international adjudication, and international family law and the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children. A panel on pathways to employment in international law was popular with students.

Professor Lori Damrosch, the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School and President of the American Society of International Law, gave the engaging ILW 2014 keynote address on “Democratization of Foreign Policy and International Law, 1914-2014.” Professor Damrosch explored the influence on foreign policy and international law of various trend lines, including the shift from monarchies to representative democracies, the women’s movement, self-determination and new states, and military enlistments and military governance. She reflected both on positive contributions of democratization to international law and the possibility that democratization might not lead to an optimal level of international peace and security.

A highlight of ILW 2014 was the Friday evening reception at the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations. The South African Branch of the International Law Association will host the next ILA biennial conference, in August 2014.

The American Branch is grateful to the following sponsors of ILW 2014:

  • American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • American Society of International Law
  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Arizona State University School of Law
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, European Affairs Committee
  • BitFury
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Brill/Martinus Nijhoff
  • Cardozo Law School
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Columbia Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Federalist Society
  • Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • George Washington Law School
  • Human Rights First
  • International & Non-J.D. Programs, Fordham University School of Law
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
  • Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham University School of Law
  • Lucinda Low & Daniel Magraw
  • New York University School of Law
  • New York University School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs
  • Oxford University Press
  • Princeton University, James Madison Program
  • Princeton University, Law and Public Affairs Program
  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden
  • School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • St. John's University Law School
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • University of Nebraska Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Washington and Lee School of Law
  • Yale Law School

ILW 2014 Program Committee

Tamara Cummings-John, Legal Officer, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs; Davis Robinson, Former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Stephen Shapiro, Managing Partner, BSR Investments; Vivian Shen, Programs Director, International Law Students Association; David Stewart, President-Elect, American Branch of the International Law Association; and Ruth Wedgwood, President, American Branch of the International Law Association.

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