Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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International Law in Crisis

American Branch of the International Law Association
Midwest Regional Conference
Hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Friday, September 9, 2011

2011 is shaping up to be one of those especially turbulent years in history. This timely symposium is designed to examine both the application of international law in times of crisis and whether these events are pushing international law itself to the brink of crisis, with panels examining developments in Northern Africa and the Middle East, climate change, international economic law, universal jurisdiction, piracy, and the war on terrorism. The Symposium features an opening lecture by Ruth Wedgwood, President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and a midday lecture by the Hon. Richard Goldstone, who served as Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and Chairman of the U.N. Commissions on Kosovo and the Gaza conflict.

Several of the Symposium panels will be webcast live on the Internet; all of the panels will be archived on the law school website and on YouTube for subsequent viewing on demand. In addition, the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, one of the oldest and most prestigious international law journals in the world, will publish a special Symposium double issue with the articles generated by the Symposium (Volume 44, Numbers 1 & 2, due out in Spring 2012).

SCHEDULE - Friday, September 9
8:30-8:45 AM Welcome:
Dean Lawrence Mitchell (Case Western Reserve University School of Law)
Prof. Michael Scharf (Case Western)
Prof. Michael Kelly (Creighton), president, American National Section, International Association of Penal Law
-Presentation of International Association of Penal Law Book of the Year Award

8:45-9:30 AM - Opening Lecture
Prof. Ruth Wedgwood
, president, American Branch, International Law Association

9:30-9:45 AM Break

9:45-11:00 AM Morning Panel #1A
Universal Jurisdiction in Crisis and the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann Trial
Moderator: Prof. Michael Kelly (Creighton)
Prof. David Luban (Georgetown)
Ruth Bettina Birn former Chief Historian, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Section, Department of Justice, Canada
Prof. Michael Newton (Vanderbilt)
Prof. Charles Jalloh (Pittsburgh)

9:45-11:00 AM Morning Panel #1B
International Economic Law in Crisis or Merely in Times of Crisis?
Moderator/Speaker: Prof. Juscelino Colares (Case Western)
Prof. Raj Bhala (Kansas)
Prof. Jide Okechuku Nzelibe (Northwestern)
Prof. Joel P. Trachtman (Fletcher)

11:00-11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM-12:30 PM Morning Panel #2 A
Piracy: New Threats, New Responses
Moderator: Prof. Robert Strassfeld (Case Western)
Judge Rosemelle Mutoka of the Kenya Piracy Court (Jurist in Residence at Case)
Prof. Milena Sterio (Cleveland State University)
Sandy Hodgkinson (Dept. of Defense Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense)
Jennifer Landsidle (Dept. of State Office of the Legal Adviser)

11:15 AM-12:30 PM Morning #2B
Climate Change - What does Hope Look Like?
Moderator/Panelist: Prof. Elizabeth Burleson (Pace)
Prof. Deepa Badrinarayana (Chapman)
Prof. William Burns, PhD (Johns Hopkins University)
Prof. Hari Osofsky (Univ. of Minnesota)

12:30-1:00 PM Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 PM - Lecture
Honorable Richard Goldstone
, former Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa; former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda 

2:00-2:15 PM Break

2:15-3:30 PM Afternoon Panel #3A
Northern Africa and the Mideast: To Where?
Moderator/Panelist: Prof. Paul Williams (American Univ./PILPG)
Prof. Amos Guiora (Utah)
Prof. Louis Rene Beres (Purdue)
Ori Nir (Journalist)

2:15-3:30 PM Afternoon #3B
Crisis in the Courtrooms: International Law and Domestic Litigation
Moderator/panelist: Prof. Cassandra Robertson (Case Western)
Prof. Melissa Waters (Washington University, St. Louis)
Prof. Laurie Blank (Emory)
Steven M. Schneebaum (Greenberg Traurig LLP)

3:30-3:45 PM Break

3:45-5:15 PM Plenary Closing Panel
International Law and the War on Terror: A Ten-Year Retrospective
Moderator: Prof. Ved Nanda (Denver)
Prof. John Murphy (Villanova)
Prof. Julian Ku (Hofstra)
Prof. Ruth Wedgwood (Johns Hopkins University)
Prof. Michael Scharf (Case Western)

The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.