International Legal Dialogue - Middle East North Africa

President's Global Innovation Fund
Columbia Global Centers | Middle East

This proposal seeks a planning grant to lay the groundwork for an international conference projected as a collaborative venture between Columbia Law School; Columbia University’s Global Center in Amman, Jordan; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Principal Investigator

Lori Damrosch, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization and Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy - School of Law

The principal investigator, Professor Lori F. Damrosch, Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, will serve as President of ASIL from April 2014 to April 2016. With nearly 4000 members in more than 100 countries, ASIL is the leading scholarly society in the international legal field. Professor Damrosch proposes to convene a major international law conference at the Amman Center during her ASIL presidency, preferably in 2015, to draw together scholars, practitioners, and students of international law from around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

With the working title of “International Legal Dialogue – Middle East and North Africa,” the conference would engage the international law community in the MENA region with ASIL on themes of mutual interest. Among topics under consideration for the conference program are international commercial and investment arbitration; environmental cooperation and compliance; families, women and children in refugee situations; other human rights and humanitarian issues; and legal education in international law and clinical practice.

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