Georgia Law team in Vienna for Vis International Arbitration Moot

Delighted to introduce the representatives of the University of Georgia School of Law who are competing this week in Vienna, Austria, at the 24th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. They continue a long Georgia Law tradition of participation in this annual event.

At either end are two Associates at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta: Sara Sargeantson Burns, team coach, and Christopher Smith, who was a member of Georgia Law’s Vis team while earning his J.D. degree here; in the middle is 3L Emily Cox, a member of last year’s competition team and this year its student coach. Also pictured, from the left of Burns to right, are 2L team members Jared Magnuson, Victoria Barker, Maria Kachniarz, and Wheaton Webb.

Viel Glück!

100 from around world to take part in IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference on March 2 and 3 at Georgia Law

Delighted to announce that about a hundred scholars and practitioners in international law and related fields will participate in IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference, to be hosted by the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, on March 2 and 3, 2017.

The call for papers issued last autumn produced a trove of proposals from around the world – from women, and a few men, at all stages of their careers. That’s allowed us to build a research forum comprising 16 breakout panels, each with 5 presenters and a moderator. As detailed below, participants will be coming here to Athens from all over North America and Europe, and from as far away as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Kosovo. (Although panels are full, attendance registration is available here.)

Additional highlights will include the March 2 screening of 500 Years, a Sundance-selected Guatemala documentary by IntLawGrrls contributor Pamela Yates, as well as a plenary on Strategies to Promote Women’s Participation in Shaping International Law and Policy amid the Global Emergence of Antiglobalism. Joining in the plenary conversation will be jurist Patricia A. Wald, American Society of International Law President Lucinda A. Low, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations President Mary L. Dudziak, and former White House official Catherine Powell, as well as two of IntLawGrrls’ original editors,  Jaya Ramji-Nogales and moderator Beth Van Schaack.

Making all this possible are the many cosponsors who’ve helped support various events, or partial travel grants aiding participation by several very-early-career attendees: IntLawGrrls, of course, plus the University of Georgia School of Law (its Dean Rusk International Law Center, Georgia Women in Law Lead initiative, International Law Society, and Women Law Students Association), the University of Georgia (its Willson Center for Humanities & the Arts and Institute of Native American Studies), the Planethood Foundation, the American Society of International Law and its Women in International Law Interest Group, and a few who wish to remain anonymous.

We look forward to celebrating the blog’s birthday – it was launched exactly a decade ago, on March 3, 2007 – with old and new colleagues alike.

IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference

Film: Thursday, March 2, 2017
  7 p.m. Ciné, 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens

ypA.1. Screening of “500 Years” and Discussion with Filmmakers
Pamela Yates, Co-founder and Creative Director, Skylight Pictures, Brooklyn, New York
Paco de Onís, Executive Director, Skylight Pictures, Brooklyn, New Yorkop
nraModerator: Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco


Research Forum: Friday, March 3, 2017
University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

B. 8:45-10:15 a.m.

B.2. The Practice of International Criminal Law
wcmMadeline Cameron Wardleworth, Solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Digital Allies: Is Female Access to International Justice Being Improved via Technology and Innovation?
fm Megan A. Fairlie, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Miami, Recorded Testimony and Fair Trial Concerns in International Criminal Justicelb
Beth S. Lyons, Defense Counsel, International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, New Jersey, Treatment of the ICTR Acquitted: The “Achilles Heel” of International Criminal Justice
mcdy Yvonne McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Bangor University, Wales, Borrowed Truths: Expert Evidence and Authority in International Criminal Trialscj
► Moderator: Jason A. Cade, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

B.3. Human Rights
Ali Aghahosseini Dehaghani, Ph.D. Candidate in Public International Law, University of Nantes, France, International Law-Making by International Judicial Bodies: Towards a More Effective Role for Women’s Participation
bkKaren E. Bravo, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & International Affairs and Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Interrogating Everyperson’s Roles in Today’s Slaveries
btTequila J. Brooks, Attorney and International Employment Policy Specialist, Washington, D.C., Sexism and Gender Stereotypes in International Guest Worker Programs: An Analysis of Two 2016 Petitions under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation
ddDeepa Das Acevedo, Sharswood Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, God’s Homes, Men’s Courts, Women’s Rights
juUrvashi Jain, LL.M. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Educational Rights of the Transgender Children in India
Natalie W. Romeri-Lewis, Senior Project Associate, The WomanStats romeriProject, Provo, Utah, and Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, International and Comparative Domestic Violence Law: A 176-Country Study of Banning, Ignoring, and Sustaining Domestic Violence
Moderator: Jaya Ramji-Nogales, I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia

B.4. Women’s Leadership in Legal Institutions
djJosephine J. Dawuni, Assistant Professor of Political Science and founding Executive Director of the Institute for African Women in Law, Howard University, Washington, D.C., Matri-legal Feminism, International Law and the African Woman Judge
gnNienke Grossman, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, Maryland, Taking Stock of Women in International Legal Academia
gemMaryann E. Gallagher, Lecturer, Department of International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, Engendering Justice: Women Prosecutors in International Courts
mcClaudia Martin, Professional Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., Article 8 of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination against Women: A Stepping Stone in Ensuring Gender Parity in International Organs and Tribunals
Samantha McLane, Budget and Operations Associate Director, Office of the rlChief Strategy Officer, Planned Psamanthamclane-portraitarenthood Federation of America, New York, New York, Breaking the Federal Judiciary Glass Ceiling: How Affirmative Action Can Accelerate Gender Parity in the Mexican Supreme Court
Moderator: Lori A. Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

B.5. Issues in International Criminal Justice
ddvDieneke de Vos, Ph.D. Candidate in International Criminal Law and Gender, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, Complementarity’s Gender Deficits – Analyzing Interactions Between the ICC and National Accountability Processes for Sexual Violence Crimes
ecChristie J. Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross, Washington, D.C., Forced Contraception as a Means of Torture
mcathCatherine Moore, Coordinator of International Law Programs, University of Baltimore School of Law, Maryland, The Rise of “Effective” Head of State Immunity through Negative Norm Diffusion: The Case of Al-Bashir and South Africa
Jenica Marie Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, The Search for Justice and Clarity in International Crimes: An Argument for a Change in How We Understand and Prosecute Mass Violence
tjJennifer Trahan, Clinical Associate Professor, The Center for Global Affairs, New York University School of Professional Studies, New York, Highlights of the ICC Crime of Aggression and Its Relationship to Humanitarian Intervention
icc2013_autocorrectModerator: Diane Marie Amann, Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, and International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict

C. 10:30 a.m.-12 noon

C.6. International and Transnational Criminal Justice
Maya Ezgi Avci, J.S.D. Candidate, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois, Female Recruiters: Victims or Perpetrators?dy
Yvonne M. Dutton, Associate Professor of Law, Dean’s Fellow and Grimes Fellow, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Bridging the Legitimacy Divide: The International Criminal Court’s Public Perception Challengefmon
Monica Feltz, Executive Director, International Justice Project, Newark, New Jersey, Victim Participation at the ICC: the Darfur Situation
gengjJing Geng, Visiting Researcher, Michigan Law School, and Ph.D. Candidate in Law, Católica Global School of Law, Lisbon, Portugal, Theorizing the Victim-Agent: A Response to the “Ideal” Victim of Traffickingsm
Milena Sterio, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Ohio, wlThe Karadzic Genocide Conviction: Inferences, Knowledge and Intent
Moderator: Lesley Wexler, Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign

C.7. Human Rights and Accountability across Levels and Regions
fsStephanie Farrior, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Applied Human Rights, Vermont Law School, Vermont, Extraterritorial Treaty Obligations: Human Rights and the Environment
karhoffKaren Hoffman, On-the-Ground Legal Advocate, Aldea–The People’s Justice Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, Redress for “Some Folks”: Pursuing Justice for Victims of Torture through Traditional Grounds of Jurisdiction
kaAnna Karapetyan, Legal Intern, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague, the Netherlands, A Recurring Phenomenon: The Prohibition of Torture and the Question of Judicial Corporal Punishment under International Human Rights Law
Hannah Williams, J.D. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, The International Right of Syrian Refugee Children to an Education: Turkey’s Legal Responsibility
ohModerator: Hari M. Osofsky, Robins Kaplan Professor, Faculty Director of the Energy Transition Lab, and Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

C.8. Feminism/Theories
bdDafina Buçaj, Assistant Lecturer in International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, Failure of International Law in Times of Crises: Have Women Played a Better Role in Being Problem-Solvers?hm
Mary Hansel, Deputy Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, From the Crisis Model to an International Law of the Everydayhg
Gina Heathcote, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies & International Law and Chair of the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, England, Feminist Dialogues on International Lawsb
Bérénice K. Schramm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, London, England, A Future Case (of) Study(ies): Francophone Feminist Approaches to International Lawths
Sabrina Tremblay-Huet, Doctoral Candidate in Law, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, Law and literature as a nnfeminist method to explore scarcities of legalization in international law: The example of the law on tourism
Moderator: Naomi Norberg, Translator and Editor, Northmountain Translations, Pouilly sur Loire, France

C.9. Transnational Crime and Corporate Accountability
acornElizabeth Acorn, Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, The National Enforcement of International Anti-Foreign Bribery Standards: Multilateralizing the American Model
lsSydney Lang, B.C.L./LL.B. Candidate, McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Colonial Violence and Corporate Illusions in the Canadian Mining Industry: Investigating Access to Justice and Legal Accountability in Canada
Lisa J. Laplante, Associate Professor, New England Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, Privatizing Human Rights Enforcement through Company Level Grievance Mechanisms
potTemitayo O. Peters, Associate, Palomar Law Group, Escondido, California, A Proposal: Using Mediation to Hold Transnational Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Violations
Reem Radhi, Ph.D. Candidate in Law, Durham Law School, England, Restorative Justice for Corporate Criminal Liability and Sentencing in the US and the UKbjosh
► Moderator: Joshua Barkan, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens

D. 12:15-1:45 p.m. Plenary Panel

D.10. Strategies to Promote Women’s Participation in Shaping International Law and Policy amid the Global Emergence of Antiglobalism
dmlMary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, at llEmory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, and President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Lucinda A. Low, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and President of the American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C.
powellCatherine Powell, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham Law School in New York, Adjunct Senior Fellow on Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and former State Department and White House official
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Jaya Ramji-Nogales, I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphiawaldp
Patricia M. Wald, former Judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and former member of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Boardvsb
Moderator: Beth Van Schaack, Visiting Scholar, Center for International Security & Cooperation, Stanford University, California, and former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State

E. 2-3:30 p.m.

E.11. Culture and Transitional Justice Mechanisms
kmbKaitlin M. Ball, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science & International Studies, University of Cambridge, England, Negotiable Space: Policing of Youth in Post-Conflict Northern Irelandbv
Victoria Barker, J.D. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Cultural Rights in Canada’s Residential Schools: 1939-2000
baylis_elenaElena Baylis, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joint appointment with the university’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, Pennsylvania, Transnational Models and Rule of Law Initiativesfries
Mirka Fries, International Criminal Law Specialist, Berlin, Germany, Prosecuting Former Child Soldiers under International Criminal Law: Towards a System of kanjiJust Punishment
Azeezah Kanji, Director of Programming, Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada, The Al Mahdi Case at the International Criminal Court: Cultural oneill_peter_01_thumbProperty and Common Humanity in the “War on Terror”
Moderator: Peter D. O’Neill, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Georgia, Athens

E.12. International Economic Law and Dispute Settlement
Nguyet Thi Anh Le, Fulbright Scholar, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., The Jurisprudence of International Investment Arbitration Awards on State-Owned Enterprise (SOE): The Quest for the SOE Law Revisions in Developing Countries?mcm
Megan E. McCloskey, Ph.D. Candidate in Law, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, International Investment Law and Gender Equality: The Case for Gender-Sensitive Policy-Making
pmonaMona Pinchis, Visiting Researcher, Stanford Law School, California, and Ph.D. Candidate in Law at King’s College London, England, Fair and Equitable Treatment in the Charter for the International Trade Organization
rhHayley Roberts, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Bangor University, Wales, The South China Sea Arbitration: The Role of Negotiations in UNCLOS Dispute Settlement
Chie Sato, Associate Professor, School of Law, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, The Rule Making for the Protection of Marine Environment Based on the Law of the Sea
► Moderator: Harlan G. Cohen, Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

E.13. Postwar/Cold War Policies and Legacies
aralIşıl Aral, Ph.D. Candidate in Public International Law, University of Manchester, England, The Myth of the Cold War: Is 1991 Really a Turning Point for the Neutrality of International Law Regarding Democratic Governance?
dkKathleen A. Doty, Director of Global Practice Preparation, Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, and M.A. Candidate in Political Science & International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of nraGeorgia, Athens, Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations
Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, San smithkristinFrancisco, Safeguarding Development: Environment, Gender Empowerment and Human Rights Protections in U.S. Foreign Aid
Kristin J. Smith, Fellow, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Humanitarian Intervention Policywl
Lesley Wexler, Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, U.N. Amendsdml
► Moderator: Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, and President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

E.14. Laws of War
carmichaelLeah Carmichael, Lecturer, Department of International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, The Bombing of Bakeries: The Role of Intentional Starvation in Armed Conflicts and the Lack of Accountability under International Lawcc
Chanel Chauvet, J.D. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Syria’s Responsibility under International Law to Protect Children from Warfare Attacks on Hospitals and Healthcareandra
Andra le Roux-Kemp, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, School of Law, Hong Kong, The Normative Genesis of Security as an Individual and Public Goodpayne
Cymie Payne, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, War, Peace, the Environment and International Lawsa
Ashika Singh, Forrester Fellow, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Identifying and Resolving Genuine Conflicts of International Law: A Case Study on Human Rights in Armed Conflict
smModerator: Milena Sterio, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Ohio

F. 3:45-5:15 p.m.

F.15. Transitional Justice
brodMarissa R. Brodney, J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Candidate for Master of Public Affairs degree, Princeton University coopWoodrow Wilson School, New Jersey, Implementing International Criminal Court-Ordered Collective Reparations: Unpacking Present Debates
Belinda Cooper, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, and Adjunct Professor at New York University Center for Global Affairs and Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights, New York, Nuremberg’s Misunderstood Influence on Post-WWII Germany
Saskia Nauenberg, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, Colombia in Transition: Negotiating Accountability for Human Rights Violationsod
Diane Orentlicher, Professor of International Law, American University Washington College of Law, tsWashington, D.C., International Justice Delayed: A Case Study
Shana Tabak, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law & Global Studies, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, Revisiting Gender within Colombia’s Peace Process
Moderator: Amy J. Ross, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens

F.16. Laws and War and Counterterrorism
zaZohra Ahmed, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, New York, New York, U.S. Deployment of the Consent Exception as a Justification for Drone Strikes in Pakistan
blLaurie R. Blank, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, The Extent of Self-Defense against Terrorist Groups: For How Long and How Far?tk
Tetyana Krupiy, Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and Accountability: A “Transformer” Test for a Game-Changing Technology
marchIryna Marchuk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, How Has the Conflict in Ukraine Challenged the Foundation of International Law?
trueC. Cora True-Frost, Associate Professor, Syracuse University College of Law, New York, Addressing the ecConditions Conducive to Terrorism: The Role of “Civil Society” in International Security
Moderator: Christie J. Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross, Washington, D.C.

F.17. International Environmental and Space Law
ebElizabeth Burleson, Burleson Institute, Cos Cob, Connecticut, Climate-Energy Sinks and Sources: Multilateral Paris Agreement and Dynamic Federalism
ggGwendolyn Gordon, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Environmental Personhood
ohHari M. Osofsky, Robins Kaplan Professor, Faculty Director of the Energy Transition Lab, and Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, The Paris soeteAgreement and Polycentric Climate Change Governance
Anemoon Soete, Ph.D. Candidate and Academic Teaching Assistant in European, Public and International Law, Ghent University, Belgium, Beyond Statehood: The steerHuman Security Paradigm
Cassandra Steer, Junior Wainwright Fellow, McGill University Faculty of Law, and Executive Director, Women in International Security Canada, Montréal, mjQuébec, Canada, What’s Wrong with the Colonization of Outer Space? A Feminist Analysis of Space Law
Moderator: Joseph S. Miller, Professor of Law and Director of the Georgia Law at Oxford Program, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

F.18. International and Transnational Prosecution of Sexual Violence Crimes
maikeMaike Isaac, Associate Scholar at the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, The Prosecution of Sexual Violence against Men in Armed Conflict under International Criminal Law: dkravPast Omissions and Future Prospects for the Enhancement of the Visibility of Male Victimhood
Daniela Kravetz, International Criminal Lawyer, The Hague, the Netherlands, Challenging Impunity for mblSexual Violence during Chile’s Military Past
Mélissa Beaulieu Lussier, Avocate, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Prosecuting Sexual Violence against Child Soldiers and the Expressive Value of Sex Crime Prosecution: A Feminist Perspectivess
Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., A Critique of Modes of Liability as Applied to Sexual Violence Crimes
gem Moderator: Maryann E. Gallagher, Lecturer, Department of International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens

Georgia Law’s International Law Colloquium returns for Spring 2017

intl_law_colloquiumThe International Law Colloquium, a time-honored tradition at the University of Georgia School of Law, returns this spring semester with another great lineup of global legal experts.

Led by our newest holder of an international law professorship, Harlan G. Cohen (prior posts), this 3-credit course consists of presentations of substantial works-in-progress on a variety of international law topics by prominent scholars from other law schools. Since the series began in 2006, students have read and written reaction papers on the scholars’ manuscripts, and then discussed the papers with the authors in class. Other Georgia Law and university faculty often have joined in these dialogues.

We at the Dean Rusk International Law Center are pleased to support this colloquium, thanks to the work of Kathleen A. Doty and Britney Hardweare, respectively, our Center’s Director of and Administrative Assistant for Global Practice Preparation.

Presenting at the Spring 2017 Colloquium are:


◄ January 20: Duncan B. Hollis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Philadelphia’s Temple University Beasley School of Law, Constructing Norms for Global Cybersecurity.

kingsbury► January 27: Benedict Kingsbury, Murry & Ida Becker Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law, Contested Megaregulation: Global Economic Ordering After TPP.

todres◄ February 3: Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, Human Rights Education: Traversing Legal and Geographical Boundaries.

jain► February 10: Neha Jain, Associate Professor of Law and McKnight Land-Grant Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, Radical Dissents at International Criminal Courts.

puig◄ February 24: Sergio Puig, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the International Economic Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Blinding International Justice.

donde► March 15: Professor Javier Dondé Matute (LLM 1998) of the National Institute of Criminal Sciences, Mexico City, Mexico, a Spring 2017 Georgia Law Visiting Scholar, Criminal Responsibility as a Founding Principle of International Criminal Law.

durkee◄ March 24: Melissa J. Durkee, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, The Global Norms Market.

achiume► March 31: Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, International Law and Xenophobic Anxiety.

Travel grants to help students and early-career persons take part in IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference


A scene from IntLawGrrls’ last conference, “Women in International Criminal Law,” October 29, 2010, at the American Society of International Law

Delighted to announce that we will be able to make it easier for some students or very-early-career persons whose papers are accepted for “IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference” to take part in this daylong celebration.

Thanks to the generosity of the Planethood Foundation, we have established a fund that will provide small grants to help defray the costs of travel to and accommodation at our conference, to be held March 3, 2017, at the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia USA. The law school is hosting as part of its Georgia Women in Law Lead initiative.

We’re pleased too to announce two additional conference cosponsors: the American Society of International Law and ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG).

As detailed in our call for papers/conference webpage and prior posts, organizers Diane Marie Amann, Beth Van Schaack, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, and Kathleen A. Doty welcome paper proposals from academics, students, policymakers, and advocates, in English, French, or Spanish, on all topics in international, comparative, foreign, and transnational law and policy.

In addition to paper workshops, there will be at least one plenary panel, on “strategies to promote women’s participation in shaping international law and policy amid the global emergence of antiglobalism.”

The deadline for submissions will be January 1, 2017. Students or very-early-career person who would like to be considered for one of these grants to help defray travel costs are asked to indicate this in their submissions. Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis – indeed, we’ve already received several – so we encourage all to submit as soon as they are able.

For more information, see the call for papers or e-mail

(Cross-posted from IntLawGrrls)

National Jurist magazine features Georgia Law LL.M. alum Tobias Henke

henkecompThe new edition of the magazine National Jurist features a recent stellar graduate: Tobias Henke, who earned his Georgia Law LL.M., or Master of Laws, degree in 2015.

Henke, who earned his undergraduate law degree from Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is now back in Frankfurt, practicing as an Associate in the Capital Markets Group of the international law firm Taylor Wessing.

As described on p. 34 of National Jurist’s Fall 2016 issue, he landed the position based on a interview at the International Student Interview Program in New York City – the University of Georgia School of Law belongs to a select group of law schools that participate in this annual LL.M. careers event.

Henke told the magazine that he applied here based on the recommendation from a law firm where Henke had clerked, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe:

henketobias_sep2016‘Since I always wanted to go back to the U.S., I decided to apply for an LL.M. program. My former boss at Orrick was, by coincidence, an alumnus of [University of Georgia] and spoke highly of this school. Because I really liked Atlanta, it was obvious for me to come back to Georgia.’

Georgia’s a draw for Germans, the magazine reported:

The state of Georgia is home to more than 17,000 Germans and 450 German companies.

Henke cited an additional reason for preferring Georgia Law:

‘LL.M. students are always included in classes and viewed as equals.’

Details on our LL.M. curriculum and application process here.

“Africa’s time”: Team members reflect on SE Model African Union summit

logoIt’s our pleasure today to publish this post, jointly written by the Georgia Law team that last week was named Best Delegation at the Southeast Model African Union, and so is eligible to compete in the 35th annual national competition in February in Washington, D.C. The 6 students on the team each won individual achievement awards at the event, which was hosted by the University of Georgia African Studies Institute and cosponsored by the law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center. They write:


“This is Africa’s time.”

So said the keynote speaker and Honorary Consul of Sierra Leone, Cynthia Jarrett-Thorpe, to delegates at the 20th Annual Southeast Model African Union, This was the beginning of what turned out to be an eventful competition. Over the course of the next 2-1/2 days we would be tasked with working together in various negotiations, in order to provide solutions to complex situations on behalf of the country we represented, the Republic of Niger.


► Rebecca Wackym left, listens to statement by delegate from South Sudan

Rebecca Wackym, 1L, Executive Council

My role as a delegate for the Republic of Niger in the Executive Council was not only as an advocate for the interests of Niger, but also a servant to the interests of the entirety of the African Union. As a member of the Executive Council, I was not required to draft or advocate for a resolution. I introduced a hypothetical crisis situation caused by Boko Haram to the committees, who then had to create resolutions to solve the crisis.

Regarding the process, I had to work with other delegates in the Executive Council to first decide on how to setup the crisis in a way that would guide them to a solution while simultaneously, allowing each committee to achieve the goals set forth in the Union’s Agenda 2063.

The Executive Council ferociously debated how we wanted to achieve these goals in the context of the Boko Haram crisis. For example, we contemplated:

  • Would we ask the Committee on Peace and Security to involve states with more resources to combat Boko Haram?
  • Would we rather rely on our own resources, even though we had far less than the Americans?

I had to advocate for a position that struck a balance between safety and sovereignty of Niger and the goals of the Agenda. We eventually negotiated an agreement to ask the committees to formulate plans in a tiered manner, which put the African Union’s sovereignty first, but allowed for support outside of the Union.

However, our work did not end with tasking the committees. We also were tasked with creating a final report, called a “communiqué.” We had discretion to adopt an entire committee’s resolution, or certain parts, or to scrap the entire resolution and draft our own. At this point, we divided into groups so that we could discuss the edits, if any, that we wanted to make to the resolution. I was asked to look over the Committee on Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights’ resolution because the other delegates believed that my whole t3 months in law school afforded me more expertise in regards to judicial reform in the African Union. Drafting the communiqué might have been one of most hectic couple of hours, but with exceptional teamwork we churned out a comprehensive report.

My takeaway from this experience is that the diplomatic system works well when all the parties decide put the interest in solving the crisis above their own individual interests. The Executive Council ran efficiently when we all saw each other as colleagues working towards a common goal rather than a competition of whose interest would be given most prominence.


From left, team members Shummi Chowdhury, Amanda Hoefer, and Chanel Chauvet

Amanda Hoefer, 1L, Committee on Democracy, Governance and Human Rights

I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the 2016 Southeastern Model African Union Competition held at UGA, with the support of both the Dean Rusk International Law Center and the UGA Department of African Studies. I represented the Republic of Niger in the Committee on Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights, and helped with the drafting of four resolutions, addressing a wide spectrum of issues, including the scope and jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the use of transitional justice as a means of compensating victims of human rights abuses, the reduction of corruption throughout the continent, and the African Union’s role in promoting economic growth throughout the diaspora.

The most rewarding aspect of this experience was working with undergraduate students with little experience in mock diplomacy; having participated in Model United Nations in high school, I was able to use my rusty knowledge of parliamentary procedure to help steer my fellow delegates to a rewarding and enriching resolution. Diplomacy competitions are an incredible opportunity to flex your teamwork muscles and to collaborate on creative solutions to complex problems; in a word, competitions like SEMAU are empowering. I enjoyed watching those in my committee who had never participated in a similar competition become increasingly confident in their public speaking and critical thinking skills, and loved having a chance to dig into complicated diplomatic problems myself.

I also enjoyed having the chance to learn about African culture and politics, having never had a particular opportunity to immerse myself in the topic before this competition. While preparing for the competition during the Fall semester of my 1L year was a bit stressful, my inner-diplomacy nerd jumped at the opportunity to do some research about Niger and the AU, and to delve into the complex policy problems that we were asked to face. I’m incredibly grateful to both Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center and the University of Georgia African Studies Institute for their patronage and support in this endeavor, and look forward to competing again at the national competition in February.


On behalf of Niger, Johann Ebongom (center) joins in discussion

Johann Ebongom, LLM, Committee on Economic Matters

The Model African Union is known as a competition in which student delegates represent their selected countries and develop an understanding of African issues from an African perspective. Practically speaking, the Model African Union is a simulation of the African Union Summit which occurs twice a year in Africa.

At the 20th annual Southeastern Model African Union competition, I had the opportunity to participate in the Economic Matters Committee. We convened on the afternoon of November 3, to discuss on two main agenda topics:

  • Promoting a balanced and inclusive economic growth: aspirations and implementation
  • Promoting a sustainable ecosystem and climate resilient economies: aspirations and implementation

The objective was to debate and engage in diplomatic principles and standards to ultimately resolve major economic issues currently harming African countries. Some of these issues include concerns of water resources and agricultural development, management of mineral resources, debt relief, energy and development, multilateral trade negotiations, and food security. The committee created a resolution that represented the majority opinion of the different countries present. Following negotiations, we presented the resolution to Heads of State and Government during the General Assembly on the last day of the event for their final approval.

The Delegation of Niger recognized that despite a sustained agricultural productivity growth, a large number of households continue to face food insecurity and malnutrition problems due to on-site effects of soil degradation and the mismanagement of revenues from the exportation of the continent’s natural resources. At this point, it was clear that our challenge would not only be that of enhancing our agricultural production to meet the increased food demands of the expanding population, but also to focus on the judicious use of soils in order to promote a sustained productivity in the foreseeable future.

Niger promoted the implementation of a tax, on the total revenue from natural and agricultural resources exportation, which would be deposited and managed at the level of the African Union through an African Fund for Development. The funds would then be distributed back across the continent to support integration-related projects which will lead to the inclusive economic growth of the continent. Niger supported this motion using the slogan:

“Give what you own for the benefit of the continent!”

Niger also reminded the delegation about the importance of a collective solution that would benefit the 54 African countries. We also urged the honorable house to vote for a resolution that will take into account the effects of the current Boko Haram security issue, which directly affects the economy of a number of western African countries, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Niger was leading the negotiations and after long hours, a compromise was found! The resolution was adopted by a 2/3 majority of the house.

I had the honor of being promoted by the organizers of the competition as a “Parliamentarian Dais” for the rest of the session. As such, my role was to ensure the respect of for the rules and proceedings during the working session, and advise the Chair in maintaining the parliamentary order during the debates. I also had the opportunity to fill this role during the General Assembly of Heads of State and Government on November 5, 2016.


► Nelly Ndounteng, right, seeks to intervene on behalf of Niger

Nelly Ndounteng, LLM, Committee on Social Matters

The 20th Southeast Model African Union (SEMAU) competition was a noble experience for me. I am delighted to have represented the law school as the Republic of Niger in this conference. As the representative for the Committee on Social Matters, I was tasked with the responsibility of providing a solution to:

  • Empowering the African Woman and Eliminating All Forms of Violence and Discrimination (Social Economic, Political) Against Women and Girls.
  • Eliminating Youth Unemployment and Promoting the Creativity, Energy and Innovation of African Youth as the Driving Force Behind the Continent’s Transformation.

I was especially excited to work on the sub-topic that dealt with African women because it required the committee to resolve matters concerning hardship, inequality and degradation suffered as a result of male counterparts.
It was my first experience using parliamentary procedure, and I must say I enjoyed every bit of it. During the first session, I decided to observe the proceedings in order to see how procedure was carried out. Once I was comfortable, I began participating, and later, took the lead, which made the whole experience more exciting for me.

My sincere appreciation goes to the founder of SEMAU, the organizers and most importantly, the Dean Rusk International Law Center for allowing me this great opportunity to promote Africa’s development.

Shummi Chowdhury, 1L, Committee on Pan-Africanism and Continental Unity

The Southeast Model African Union Competition (SEMAU) proved to be an eventful and rich learning experience to kick off my 1L career. I participated on the Pan-Africanism Committee as the delegate for the Republic of Niger. One of the important tasks we faced on the first two days of the competition was to read and scrutinize the resolutions from all the countries represented, and then engage in debate over the merits and drafting of the resolutions. Having been exposed to the concise and effective style of legal writing, I took an active role in drafting the two main consolidated resolutions that passed through our committee. This competition helped me reflect on my newly acquired skills and for the first time appreciate that all the work spent on my courses thus far actually have substantial application outside the classroom.

nigerThe part I enjoyed most during the competition however was in the negotiations that occurred. Everyone had a resolution, or an idea that they wished to promote. For me, I focused on human trafficking as it affects Niger, particularly in light of the Boko Haram crisis. In order to get my ideas drafted into a resolution, I had to work the room and speak to different delegates to find common ground and similar interests. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of negotiating and coming together with distinct parties to draft a resolution that satisfactorily acknowledged differing goals in a coherent manner.

Though the competition occurred in November, which is a very busy time for 1L students, I have no regrets and am thankful to have had the opportunity to participate. It really forced me to manage my time, so that I could focus on the competition and also stay on top of all the schoolwork and studying that is required to be successful in law school.

Chanel Chauvet, 2L, Committee on Peace and Security

As the delegate for the Republic of Niger in the Committee on Peace and Security, I was engaged in the intricate task of educating and debating my fellow delegates about the impact of Boko Haram and al-Qaeda within my state. According to the United Nations, more than 20,000 people have been killed, and 2.2 million people have been internally displaced as a result of the Boko Haram and al-Qaeda.

My primary focus however, involved the potential remedies that the African Union could provide through the use of education. One of the solutions that Niger emphasized in accordance to the “Achieving Freedom From Armed Conflict, Terrorism, Extremism and Intolerance by 2063: Aspirations and ecowasImplementation” topic was the implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) within school and military curriculums. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have considered how treaties related to IHL can be strengthened through the legal system, as detailed here; however, the organizations have yet to explore these other avenues of implementation. Educating the youth about the legal protections and obligations of parties involved and affected by conflict would ultimately serve to generate respect for treaties that promote IHL and prevent conflict.

Perhaps, what was the most difficult part about the committee process for me was the need to use of parliamentary procedure in order to communicate my points effectively to the other delegates. This required extensive knowledge of the rules and procedure, in order to redirect the committee to certain point favorable to my country. Fortunately, our team had laboriously practiced parliamentary procedure in the weeks leading up to the competition, so we were well-prepared.


Overall, we are grateful for this experience, and pleased with our team performance. We managed to earn the “Best Delegation” award, in addition to numerous individual awards.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law and our faculty advisor for extending this opportunity to us. We would also like to thank the African Studies Institute at UGA and its Director for his assistance.

Third-party funding a focus of Atlanta international arbitration conference

meganIt’s our pleasure today to publish this post by Megan Alpert, a member of Georgia Law’s J.D. Class of 2018. Along with 2 other students who posted yesterday, Megan recently took part in the 5th annual conference of AtlAS, the Atlanta International Arbitration Society. She served as a rapporteur for a roundtable on “The Rise of Third-Party Funding: Flattening the Playing Field between Haves and Have-Nots?,” featuring attorneys Carlos Forbes (Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada and Mundie Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil), Andrea Menaker (White & Case), Eloise Obadia (Derains & Gharavi), Lawrence S. Schaner (Jenner & Block), and Tim Scrantom (JD’83) (Scrantom Dulles International), and moderated by John Watkins (JD’82) (Thompson Hine). Reflecting on this panel, Megan (above left) writes:

atlantamapAtlanta’s infrastructure and legal framework have made it a major seat for international dispute resolution. To secure that position and foster its continued growth, the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS) facilitates a conference where representatives of the international legal community discuss various topics relating to international arbitration. I had the privilege of attending the 5th annual AtlAS conference, “International Arbitration in a Not So ‘Flat’ World: Practical Considerations for Counsel and Their Clients.” Here are some things I learned from the panel for which I served as student rapporteur:

► This particular panel focused on the role of third-party funding in cases of international arbitration. Third-party funding, or more simply “TPF”, is a process by which a claim-holder, either on its own behalf or by means of an attorney, approaches and asks a third-party funder to take an interest in the case by agreeing to provide the funds necessary to carry the case forward. The need for TPF typically stems from the so-called “David versus Goliath” cases, in which claim-holders are practically barred from bringing or defending a case because of a lack of funding.

► TPF agreements involve large investments of capital and large amounts of risk, so it’s no surprise that the “reward” sought by third-party funders is also quite substantial. The typical matrix for the funder is a contingency fee split between a fixed and variable return. Often, the funder not only wants to see its capital returned, but also wants to receive a multiple of that investment dispensed on a preferential basis. The fixed return is typically phrased as “investment plus 200%” or “three times capital invested.” The variable return, on the other hand, is roughly 10%-15% of the final award. This arrangement is, in some respect, a means of obviating the risk of not getting paid, but also insuring that some of the risk remains with the firm so they maintain an interest in the case.

► Challenges with TPF present themselves mostly on the battlefield of professional ethics. Panelists alluded to specific challenges for attorneys and their firms, such as:

  • The potential for a conflict of interest or violation of American Bar Association Model Rule 1.8.
  • Issues of disclosure and finder’s fee implications.
  • Practical concerns of jurisdiction and transparency.

It ultimately depends on the characteristics of the specific tribunal but, in general, these hurdles are not insurmountable; rather, they are areas for exercising caution. They require parties to cross every ‘T’ and dot every ‘I’.

► From the point of view of a third-party funder, the biggest issue seems to be in understanding the legal jargon and its minutiae. The difference in “privilege” and “work product” seems to be especially troubling. Third-party funders operate outside the bounds of the attorney-client relationship, and may themselves seek opinions or advice from outside counsel. It’s extremely important that all parties pay close attention to the transfer of documents as well as communications in this web of relationships. To properly operate with these challenges, an attorney will most likely require a confidentiality agreement involving the third-party funder and assurances of protection from any outside counsel having knowledge of the matter. This agreement seeks to make sure none of the parties improperly turns over protected work-product and that there isn’t any leakage of confidential or privileged information once it passes beyond the bounds of general attorney-client privilege.

atlas-logoPanelists broke down the issues into understandable bite-sized pieces, yet still managed to tackle the tough and more technical issues. They brought to light common issues and misconceptions of the use of third-party funding in hopes of correcting any misunderstandings and encouraging those who may have previously been on-the-fence to not shy away from this avenue for funding. Because of their diverse backgrounds, panelists were also able to provide different perspectives on the issues, including the international application of third-party funding for non-US tribunals. All in all, this panel was incredibly informative – especially considering I had absolutely no idea what TPF was prior to my arrival.