International Law Weekend

The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), with the International Law Students Association, will host International Law Weekend (ILW), as part of the 88th Annual Meeting of ABILA in New York City. The 2009 ILW theme is “Challenges to Transnational Governance.” International Law Weekend 2009 will take place at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (42 West 44th Street) on October 22, and at Fordham University School of Law (140 West 62nd Street) on October 23rd and 24th. ILW is free for students and members of ILSA. Online registration is closed on the ILSA web page. Interested students can register onsite at the upcoming ILS.

The two-and-a-half day conference will feature several discussion panels, speakers, and networking events for lawyers and students. Among the many sessions is one called Trade and Climate Change which Brooklyn Law School Professor Claire R. Kelly will chair. The panelists include Steve Charnovitz of George Washington University, Laura Campbell of Environmental Law International and attorney Gary N. Horlick. This session is described in the Full Conference Program: “The nexus of trade and climate change law is complex and convoluted. While some see WTO trade rules as a potential threat to efforts to address climate change, others argue that WTO rules will not threaten such efforts, and could be modified to enhance Members’ abilities to confront climate change. This panel will look at the judiciousness of modifying WTO rules in this context, as well as the prospects for a trade policy response to climate change given the current state of the Doha negotiating round.”

This is a great opportunity for BLS law students to join with hundreds of practitioners, members of the governmental and non-governmental sectors and other students. ILW begins Thursday evening, October 22, with a distinguished opening panel at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, with a reception, open to conference attendees, to follow. More than 30 panels are scheduled for Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at Fordham University School of Law. A luncheon featuring distinguished guest speaker Lucy Reed, President of the American Society of International Law and partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, will also take place Friday, October 23 at Fordham School of Law.