The ASIL annual dinner presentation of the Society Honors and Awards. Which problems is international law particularly well-suited to solve? Which seem to defy its regulation? What tools does international law have to manage this complexity? Where are best practices emerging? What has our profession learned in the last half-century? Is law, with its emphasis on rules and stability, conceptually and functionally capable of responding to the challenges of complexity? If not, how should law react? What do experts from outside the legal profession, from technology, finance, counterinsurgency, climate science, and risk, believe law can add? During the 2012 ASIL Annual Meeting we will address these questions and discuss how international law responds to complexity."
Erick Antonio Acuña Pereda
Mr. Acuña obtained his law degree (with honors) in 2010 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. In 2011, he earned a scholarship from the Human Rights Centre of the University of Chile for the Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights and Women: Judicial Strategies for Incidence. Mr. Acuña worked for three years at the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Idehpucp), where he developed academic reports, publications, and projects with institutions like Oxford University, the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education and the College of the Americas, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, among others. He also worked as a teacher's assistant in international law courses and the Human Rights Master's Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Law School. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Acuña participated in the National Human Rights Moot Court Competition (first place team) and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition (semi-finalist team). In addition, he worked as an intern at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He is currently a researcher for the Peruvian Working Group of the Ibero-American Network of Experts on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Siena Anstis is a Swedish-Canadian second-year law student (BCL/LLB McGill University), freelance journalist and development communications consultant based in Montreal, Canada. She is currently a Legal Research Fellow with the Center for International Law and Sustainable Development, as well as Chair of the McGill Faculty of Law Human Rights Working Group. She recently completed a legal internship with the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights in Phnom Penh. Previously, she worked with Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach(BOSCO) in Northern Uganda and the Aga Khan Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. Recipient of the 2009 Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Journalism and Development Award, she has written about ICT4D, human rights and other social issues in Syria, Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda and Kosovo. She is also founder and advisor for Women of Kireka, a womenâ€™s cooperative in Kireka, Uganda and Project Diaspora team member.
James R. Crawford
James Crawford SC, FBA, is Director of the Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge, Whewell Professor of International Law and a Fellow of Jesus College. He was a Member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1992-2001 and Special Rapporteur on State Responsibility (1997-2001). In addition to scholarly work on statehood, self-determination, collective rights and international responsibility, he has appeared frequently before the International Court of Justice including in the Advisory Opinions on Nuclear Weapons (1996) and the Israeli Wall/Barrier (2004). He has also appeared before other international tribunals, and is actively engaged as an international arbitrator.
Asma Jahangir is currently the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and has been twice elected as Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She is also a Director of the AGHS Legal Aid Cell, which provides free legal assistance to the needy. Jahangir was instrumental in the formation of the Punjab Women Lawyers Association in 1980 and the Women Action Forum in 1985. She was placed under house arrest and later imprisoned for participating in the movement to restore political and fundamental rights under the military regime in 1983. Due to her efforts to secure justice for disadvantaged groups, she has been frequently threatened by militant groups. Jahangir has authored two books and five papers. She has received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Queen's University, Canada, and Amherst College, USA. She has been the recipient of a number of international and national awards, among them the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1995.
In 1998, Mrs. Jahangir was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or arbitrary execution of the Commission on Human Rigths and in 2004 she was appointed United Nation Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the Council of Human Rights.
She served as a leading figure in the campaign waged by the women activists against the promulgation of the controversial Hadood Ordinances and draft law on evidence. Moreover, she has defended cases of discrimination against religious minorities, women and children. Ms. Jahangir represented several clients who were denied their fundamental rights. Notable amongst them are the cases she fought for brick kiln workers, who are mostly bonded labourers in Pakistan, and tried in setting for them a legislation passed through the parliament in favour of bonded workers.
She has authored two books: Divine Sanction? The Hadood Ordinance (1988) and Children of a Lesser God: Child Prisoners of Pakistan (1992).
Asma is recipient of several national awards, including Sitara-I-Imtiaz in 1995. In recognition of her services in the field of human rights, she was awarded the American Bar Association International Human Rights Award in 1992, the Martin Ennals Award and the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1995.
Megan A. Karsh
Megan A. Karsh is based in Phnom Penh, where she oversees Access Justice Asia's representation of Khmer Krom Civil Parties at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. She also co-directs the English Faculty of Law at the Royal University of Law and Economics and teaches courses in Legal Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution. A licensed attorney in the United States, Karsh has experience working in Africa and North America as well as Asia. In recognition of her work on victims' rights and restorative justice, Karsh was awarded the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship by the American Society of International Lawyers in 2012. She earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2009.
Oktawian Kuc is a winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Award from the American Society of International Law.
Luis Mancheno is a winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Award from the American Society of International Law.
Jen Marlow graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 and is a member of the Washington State Bar. Marlow co-organized the Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights, and co-founded the Three Degrees Project on climate justice, serving as an inaugural fellow to the project. Marlow graduated from Middlebury College in 2002, where she studied environmental studies and literature with John Elder and Bill McKibben. After graduating, Marlow worked as an editor at award-winning Orion magazine, and then as the communications associate for the Portlandâ€“based think tank Ecotrust (which included a column in Edible Portland). Marlow also co-organized the Inaugural Next Generation Leadership Retreat for The Center for Whole Communities to provide leadership opportunities for emerging environmental and social justice leaders. As a law student, Marlow advised the Washington Environmental Council and Sightline Institute on legal barriers to developing fair climate policies for Washington state, interned for the Berman Environmental Law Clinic, and externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour.
Maeve O'Rourke is the Human Rights Program's 2010-2011 Global Human Rights Fellow. She is currently working in London for Equality Now, an international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women. O'Rourke is focusing on discrimination against women in law and in practice in Europe and Central Asia.
Catarina Prata is a winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Award from the American Society of International Law.
Jaclyn Sheltry is a winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Award from the American Society of International Law.
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh is the co-founder and Managing Editor of Global Brief, Canada's leading international affairs magazine (www.globalbrief.ca). He is equally the Head of the Counsel Assistance Unit at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Andrew Smith is a winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Award from the American Society of International Law.
Body of legal rules, norms, and standards that apply between sovereign states and other entities that are legally recognized as international actors. The term was coined by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Important elements of international law include sovereignty, recognition (which allows a country to honour the claims of another), consent (which allows for modifications in international agreements to fit the customs of a country), freedom of the high seas, self-defense (which ensures that measures may be taken against illegal acts committed against a sovereign country), freedom of commerce, and protection of nationals abroad. International courts, such as the International Court of Justice, resolve disputes on these and other matters, including war crimes. See alsoasylum; immunity.