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Robert B. Von Mehren Remembered

Robert B. Von Mehren The Branch has belatedly learned that former ABILA President Robert B. von Mehren died on May 5th. His obituary was published in the New York Times on May 7, 2016. To view it, and to write memories of Bob in the Guest Book at Legacy.com (now being maintained in perpetuity in honor of Bob's service to the ILA), go to http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=ROBERT-VON-MEHREN&pid=179909973.

In addition to his service as President of the Branch from 1979 through 1986, Bob also served as Chairman of the Branch Executive Committee (now the Branch's Board of Directors) for the two years of Professor Edward Gordon's term as President. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the International Law Association from 1989 to 2008.

As Bob was about to step down from the latter post, the then-Chairman of the Executive Council, Lord Slynn, remarked upon Bob's invaluable help on the Steering Committees of the ILA's Biennial Conferences.

Even before his tenure as a Vice Chairman, Bob had always attended the ILA’s Biennials and was well known to and cherished by the international community of the ILA long before he became the "Mr. International Commercial Arbitration" so well described in the NYT obituary.

Bob also once told his colleagues that of all the organizations he served, the ILA was his very favorite. His death is a great loss not just to the international arbitration community but to the community of all international lawyers, what Oscar Schachter called "the invisible college." The Branch mourns his passing at the same time we celebrate his life and his many contributions to the field of international law.

Charles Siegal Remembered

Charles SiegalCharles Siegal, our great and admirable friend and a former president of the American Branch of the International Law Association, passed away last week, on Sunday, August 26, 2012. He was 66 years old.

Charles was patient, wise and humane – and in all his various roles as president, chair of the executive committee and honorary vice president, offered sage advice and leadership to the American branch of the worldwide International Law Association. He and his wife Sandra made a beautiful couple at our meetings, radiating love. Their daughter Anne has carried on the tradition.

A memorial service was held in his honor on Monday, September 10, 2012, at the California Club, in Los Angeles.

The American Branch is also proud to dedicate its annual meeting in October to his memory, since Charles was a fervent supporter of the role played by International Law Weekend in educating thousands of students in the traditions of international law.

Charles was a litigation partner with the prominent Los Angeles firm of Munger Tolles & Olson, and his practice of more than three decades focused on commercial litigation, including insurance disputes, electric industry regulation and patent law.

In his work with the ILA, he was particularly interested in human rights issues and served on the ILA’s International Human Rights Law Committee. He also served on the Executive Council of the ILA.

Charles was especially passionate about disability rights. He was a past president of the Disability Rights Legal Center of Los Angeles, which annually presents the Charles D. Siegal President’s Award to an individual, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of people with disabilities. In 2009, Charles received an award from the Legal Aid Association of California for his service on the Disability Rights Legal Center’s board and his career-long dedication to the rights of people with disabilities. Charles also co-authored a seminal casebook in disability law, Disability Civil Rights Law. The 2009 U.S. signature to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is another testament to the importance of his work.

Charles was born in Pittsburgh, and received his A.B. and Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University, and then attended Stanford Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1975. He clerked for renowned Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and then spent a year in the State Department’s Office of Legal Adviser before joining Munger Tolles.

The family requests that any person wishing to honor his memory may wish to contribute a donation to the Disability Rights Legal Center (DLRC) or to Carnegie Mellon University. Donations to the DRLC can be made online at www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org or mailed to 800 South Figueroa St., Suite 1120, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Please designate the “Siegal Fund.” Donations to Carnegie Mellon University can be made online at https://www.cmu.edu/campaign/ways/online.html?PCH=A0703 or mailed to P.O. Box 371525 Pittsburgh, PA 15251-7525. Please designate the “Charles Siegal Memorial Fund.”

Charles’ passionate intellectual engagement in the central issues of public and private international law was a central part of his life’s work, and we are proud to have had his brilliance among our company.

David Bederman Remembered

Prof. David Bederman David Bederman was a member of the ABILA Executive Committee and a brilliant scholar at Emory University. He died on December 4 after a battle with cancer. David was the complete international lawyer - teaching public international law, legislation and regulation, admiralty, international institutions, law of international common spaces, Roman law, international environmental law and foreign relations power. He had an intellectual command of the legal history of international law that few could match. And of course, he had a boy's love of the sea and its wrecks, litigating cases on finds on the seabed floor, and serving as chairman of the board of directors of Odyssey Marine Exploration. Not least, David was a wonderful human being - lively, gracious, and unduly modest about the Renaissance range of his accomplishments. It is hard to think of anyone who has matched his Olympiad as a lawyer, able to command the courtroom and the classroom with insight and humor, graced by a humane sense of people and their quixities. His books included Custom as a Source of Law (2010), Globalization and International Law (2008); The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution (2008); The Spirit of International Law (2002); International Law in Antiquity (2001); and International Law Frameworks (2001).

Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife Lorre and his daughter Annilese at 1395 Cornell Road, Atlanta, Georgia. Remembrances of David will also be collected at Emory Law School, via communications@law.emory.edu.

In lieu of flowers, David's family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Patient Assistance Fund at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University or to the laboratory of Dr. H. Richard Alexander Jr., professor of research and associate chairman for clinical research at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Professor Jon van Dyke Remembered

Jon van Dyke, who died on November 29, was another unique figure in our common profession -- known as a pioneer in defending and explaining the rights and claims of native Hawai'ians under international and American law. Jon was the ABILA's representative to the London ILA Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He joined the faculty of the University of Hawai'i in 1976, teaching constitutional law, international law, international oceans law, and international human rights. He was a law clerk for the celebrated Chief Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court and a visiting fellow at the Center for Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, California. He served as the Hawai'i law school's associate dean, directed the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace, and was a fellow at the East-West Center.

His books include Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea, Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai`i?, International Law and Litigation in the U.S. - Consensus and Confrontation, The United States and the Law of the Sea Convention, International Navigation: Rocks and Shoals Ahead? , Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century, Updating International Nuclear Law, Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement Processes, and The Law of the Sea. Jon was a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in Spring 2011.

But alongside his scholarship, the tributes to Jon note his larger-than-life role as a voice for native Hawai'ians, and as a champion for human rights and the preservation of the oceans. He was a towering figure within the islands and beyond.

Private messages to Professor Van Dyke's family may be sent to huangck@hawaii.edu. The Hawai'i Law School has also created a tribute page for Professor Jon Van Dyke. Another way of honoring his memory is available through the Jon Van Dyke Fund at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i, which will help to establish the Jon Van Dyke Institute for International Law and Justice. Donations can be made on line at www.uhfoundation.org/JonVanDykeFund.

Professor Louis Henkin Remembered

Louis Henkin, Professor at Columbia Law School who helped to shape international human rights law, died on October 14, 2010, at the age of 92. Lou Henkin was the author of numerous influential works, including Foreign Affairs and the Constitution and How Nations Behave. He was Vice President of the American Branch of the International Law Association from 1973-1986, and Honorary Vice President from 1986 until his death. See Harold Koh's tribute to Lou Henkin at Opinio Juris and Prof. Henkin's obituary in the New York Times.

Photo credit: Jon Roemer; Courtesy of Columbia Law School

ABILA Honorary Vice President Ted Giuttari Remembered

American Branch Honorary Vice President Ted Giuttari passed away on August 30, 2010, at age 79. He was a member of the Executive Committee from 1969-1994, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer from 1969-1973, Vice President from 1985-1994, and Editor of the Branch’s Proceedings from 1969-1972 and again from 1981-1994. In 1994, Ted Giuttari was elected Honorary Vice President of the Branch, a position he held until his death. Ted Giuttari received a Ph.D. in International Law and Relations at Columbia and taught as an adjunct professor at Rutgers and other institutions. He practiced international law in several capacities, most recently serving as legal advisor at Prima Law & Consultation for Prince Abdulrahman bin Saud Al-kabeir in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and as legal consultant in the Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany in Doha, Qatar. For more background, see the in memoriam piece in the September 2010 Branch Newsletter, available on this website.

Professor Michael Scharf Publishes Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis

ABILA Executive Committee member Professor Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Professor Paul R. Williams of American University in Washington, DC have published a new book, appropriate both for scholars and casual readers, on U.S. foreign policy and the role, in recent decades, of the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State.

Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis was published in January 2010 by Cambridge University Press and is available in paperback, hardcover, and e-book formats through the publisher (ISBN-13 9780521167703).

Aníbal Sabater Publishes “Towards Transparency in Arbitaration (A Cautious Approach)” in Berkeley Journal of International Law

ABILA Executive Committee member Aníbal Sabater of Fulbright and Jaworski recently published an essay on international arbitration in The Publicist, an online supplement to the Berkeley Journal of International Law that specializes in timely, concise pieces by international law experts. The paper, Towards Transparency in Arbitration (A Cautious Approach), is available online at The Publicist’s website, http://bjil.typepad.com/publicist/vol-5-riesenfeld-symposium-2010/.

Prof. John Murphy's new book published by Cambridge University Press

Prof. John Murphy

Cambridge University Press has published a new book by Professor John Murphy of Villanova University School of Law entitled "The Evolving Dimensions of International Law: Hard Choices for the World Community".

Professor Murphy is one of the American Branch’s Honorary Vice Presidents and a Patron of the American Branch.

Professor Leila Sadat Attends Kampala ICC Conference

ABILA Vice President Professor Leila Sadat is attending the first Review Conference on the Rome Statute in Kampala, Uganda. The conference is being held in Kampala, Uganda from May 31 to June 11, 2010. The Review Conference constitutes a special meeting of states parties to the ICC – distinct from the annual Assembly of States Parties – to consider amendments to the Rome Statute and to take stock of its implementation and impact.

Professor Sadat has written an informative and well-balanced article reviewing the proceedings at Kampala thus far, which can be read here: intlawgrrls.blogspot.com (The link directs to the blog “IntLawGrrls;” scroll down the page to reach Professor Sadat’s post.)

Prof. John Noyes co-authors "Law of the Sea in a Nutshell, second edition"

ABILA President John Noyes, Professor Kristen Gustafson Juras of the University of Montana School of Law, and Professor Erik Franckx of Vrije Universiteit Brussel have coauthored a second edition of Law of the Sea in a Nutshell (West, 2010) (ISBN 978-0-31416-9-419). Prof. Juras and the late Professor Louis B. Sohn wrote the first edition, which was published in 1984.

The book summarizes and analyzes current principles and rules governing the international law of the sea and includes important historical perspective.

Topics include: the rights and responsibilities of states in various zones of the oceans; fisheries and non-living resources; vessel nationality and jurisdiction over vessels; maritime terrorism and security; maritime boundary delimitation and baselines; the marine environment; and dispute settlement mechanisms. These topics are explored by examining the widely accepted 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea and other relevant treaties, along with legislation, international and national cases, and other state practice.

Exhibition of "Mare Liberum" organized by Edward Gordon

Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library marked the 400th anniversary of Grotius’s “Mare Liberum” in an exhibition organized by former ABILA President and current Honorary Vice President Edward Gordon. The exhibition, “Freedom of the Seas, 1609: Grotius and the Emergence of International Law,” was on display through mid-January 2010 in the Yale Law School. Installments of and information about the exhibition remain available on the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog at (http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/rarebooks/archive/tags/Freedom+of+the+Seas+1609+exhibit/default.aspx).

In the early 1600’s, the Dutch East India Company commissioned the young prodigy Hugo Grotius to prepare a legal argument rejecting Spanish and Portuguese claims of dominion over the oceans around their overseas empires. His essay, “Mare Liberum” (“On the Freedom of the Seas”) touched off a “Battle of the Books” with John Selden and set the foundations of the international law regime governing the common interest in shared resources. The exhibition documented the contributions of Grotius, Selden, and other European jurists, with books from the Rare Book Collection of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Harvard Law School Library, and the private collection of Edward Gordon. The exhibition was curated by Edward Gordon (Yale Law School ’63) and Mike Widener, Yale’s Rare Book Librarian.

Prof. David Stewart co-authors new CaseBook

For those teaching, practicing or interested in the rapidly expanding field of international criminal law, WoltersKluwer (Aspen) has published a new casebook by David Luban, Julie O'Sullivan, and ABILA Vice President David Stewart (all of Georgetown Law), entitled International and Transnational Criminal Law (ISBN 9780735562141, published December 28, 2009). Designed for use at the JD or LL.M. levels, it adopts a comprehensive approach, including introductory chapters on public international law and criminal justice policy (to make the topic accessible even to first-year law students) as well as in-depth discussions of such transnational crimes as money laundering, corruption, organized crime and terrorism (for those wanting more detailed treatment).

The book contains substantial coverage of the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals (including the "core crimes" of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) as well as the jurisdictional and procedural issues crucial to transnational practice (such as extradition, mutual legal assistance and immunity).

The authors bring varied perspectives to the subject: Luban is a renowned expert in jurisprudence and ethics, O'Sullivan is a former federal prosecutor and expert in white collar crime, and Stewart spent his career as a public international lawyer.

For professors, a comprehensive Teacher's Manual will be available shortly (to assist those without specialized background), and a companion website provides links to key documents as well as periodic updates for both the casebook and the Teacher's Manual.

Lord Mance elected to four-year term as Chairman of the Executive Council of the ILA

At the ILA Executive Committee meeting in London on November 21, 2009, Lord Mance, a Justice of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, was elected to a four-year term as Chairman of the Executive Council of the International Law Association. Lord Mance has been active in international law organizations. He was the first chairman of the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and continues to represent the U.K. on the CCJE; he is a trustee of the European Law Academy; and he is a member of the UN-supported Judicial Integrity Group. He has also been active in the ILA as an adviser to the ILA Study Group on the Practice and Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals, which has produced the Burgh House Principles on the Independence of the International Judiciary, and which is currently working on draft Principles concerning the Professional Conduct of Counsel and Advisers in Proceedings before International Courts and Tribunals. The ILA “nominating committee,” composed of representatives from a range of ILA branches, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S., received significant input from ILA branches, considered fourteen candidates, and enthusiastically recommended Lord Mance.

Scott Horton Is Contributing Editor of Harper's Magazine

Scott Horton

ABILA Executive Committee member and Human Rights Committee Co-Chair Scott Horton is Contributing Editor of Harper's Magazine. His work for the magazine includes preparation of a daily online blog entitled "No Comment," which readers recommend as "sophisticated" and "erudite."


Prof. Thomas M. Franck Remembered

ABILA Honorary Vice President Thomas Franck died peacefully on May 27, 2009, after battling cancer.

Tom Franck, a Professor Emeritus at New York University, was a prolific and renowned scholar in the areas of use of force, United Nations law, and international legal theory. He served as Honorary Secretary-Treasurer of the American Branch and for many years as a Vice President, before being elected Honorary Vice President in 1994. He contributed his time, energy, wit and ideas to many American Branch activities, most recently organizing and speaking at the keynote panel on the Future of the United Nations at International Law Weekend 2008 last October.

For remembrances of Tom Franck, see:
Tom Franck remembered in ABILA Newsletter - by Rachel Smith

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