Center for International Law

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Barry Appleton photoPosted July 13, 2020: Center Co-Director and Professor Barry Appleton will be a panelist for an American Bar Association webinar program on July 17 on Investor-State Arbitration Claims and COVID-19. And beginning on August 1, he will become Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA Section of International Law.


Posted 07/09/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether international law allows the use of a missile that kills its target not by exploding but by using really sharp blades. Read more here.

 


Posted 07/08/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether international law protects the welfare of animals such as pets and those raised on farms. Read more here.


Posted 07/04/20: On today’s Fourth of July edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether international law allows a territory to secede and declare independence from a sovereign state. Read more here.

 


Posted 07/03/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” talks about “enforced disappearances” where governments detain people and refuse to acknowledge that they are in custody, and whether international law addresses this troubling practice. Read more here.


Posted 07/02/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether international law allows a nation to carry out a policy of forced birth control and sterilization deliberately aimed at a specific group of people. Read more here.


Posted 06/29/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether international law allows governments to pay a reward to their soldiers or other groups to kill enemy soldiers. To read more, click here.

 


Posted 06/25/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses the difference between ratifying a treaty and acceding to one. To read more, click here.

 


Posted 06/24/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether international law deals with mercenaries and the governments that hire them. Read more here.


Posted 06/22/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether any treaties prohibit employers from firing or discriminating against their employees for being gay or because of their gender identity. Read more here.


Posted 06/22/20: Prof. Nadine Strossen co-signed an amicus brief primarily authored by NYLS alum Pierre Ciric ’09, leader of the French-American Bar Association, in opposition to a French anti-hate speech law whose core provisions were struck down last week by France’s highest court as unconstitutionally restricting free speech.


Posted 06/19/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, and in celebration of Juneteenth, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether international law prohibits or addresses slavery. To read more, click here.

 


Professor Ruti TeitelPosted 06/18/20: Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel published “A Life in Development,” a piece on the life’s work of her late father – Simón Teitel, a development economist – in Project Syndicate. Read more here.


Posted 06/16/20: Dr. Americo Zampetti, a Senior Officer in the Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, at UN Headquarters in New York, will join the Center for International Law as a Fellow, and will also teach a seminar during the 2020-21 academic year.


Professor Ruti TeitelPosted 06/15/20: Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel will present a chapter from her in-progress book Righting Our Global Wrongs: The Case for Presidential Leadership (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2021) at Hebrew University Law School’s International Law Forum on June 16, 2020.


Posted 06/11/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether international law protects the right to protest and when police can break up a protest. To read more, click here.

 


Posted 06/10/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses the world’s anti-racism treaty and whether it should be scrapped because it didn’t stop the deaths of George Floyd, Eric Garner, and others at the hands of the police. Read more here.


Posted June 8, 2020: The Center for International Law has very sad news to share. Last Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Professor Sydney M. Cone, III, passed away at his home. He was 89 years old. Professor Cone was the first C.V. Starr Professor of International Trade and Finance and also the first director of the Center for International Law which he led for nearly 15 years from 1996 until his retirement in 2011. Read more here.


Posted 06/05/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether the U.S. Army can shoot looters and rioters during protests for George Floyd so that none of them are left alive. To read more, click here.

 


Posted 06/02/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether the International Criminal Court can get involved in the prosecution of the former officer who killed George Floyd. Read more here.


Posted 06/01/2020: Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel has been mentioned 870 times in scholarly papers as reported by Academia.edu, a platform for academics to share research papers.


Barry Appleton photoPosted May 30, 2020: Center Co-Director and Professor Barry Appleton was quoted in “Trump’s social media move could complicate digital regulation efforts” in the National Post.

 


Posted 05/21/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether nations can keep nuclear weapons floating around in Earth’s orbit. To read more, click here.

 


Posted 05/20/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether international law will allow poorer nations to import a generic version of a COVID-19 vaccine if the price for a patented one is too expensive. Read more here.


Posted 05/14/20: On today’s edition of SIDEBAR, Ophelia the International Law Orchid discusses whether a nation may display a show of force to intimidate another nation. To read more, click here.

 


Posted 05/13/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses how Germany can prosecute an individual for alleged crimes carried out in Syria even though the perpetrator, victims, and location of the crimes have no connection to Germany whatsoever. Read more here.


Posted 05/13/20: The Center for International Law offers its condolences to the recent passing of Rosalind Elias, the widow of our beloved Professor Zuhayr Moghrabi. Ms. Elias was a world-renowned opera star who, much later in life, became a show-stopper on Broadway. She was always kind to our staff here at the Center. You can read her obituary in the New York Times and see a video of one of her performances on our Facebook page.


Posted 05/06/20: Ophelia the International Law Orchid launches a new series today called “SIDEBAR” where she gives quick answers to general questions on international and comparative law. To read the inaugural SIDEBAR, click here.

 


Posted 05/04/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether international law requires nations not only to guarantee a right to education but also equal funding for all school districts. Read more here.


Posted 04/27/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether national governments can declare bankruptcy after hearing the majority leader in the U.S. Senate calling on struggling states to file for bankruptcy in the wake of the massive economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.


Posted 04/22/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses a misconception on the role of the WHO during the COVID-19 pandemic and whether it has a hand in easing the current lockdown across the globe. Read more here.


Posted 04/16/20: The staff of the Center for International Law participated in a virtual Open House organized by the Law School’s Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning which highlighted a broad array of experiential learning opportunities, including simulation courses; externships and other field placement courses; clinics; upper-level writing electives; competition teams; and certificate programs.


Posted 04/09/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” provides a roadmap on how to determine whether a government is abiding by international law when limiting certain human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.


Posted 04/07/20: The Law School again fielded a team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in April 2020. Scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, the Moot instead took place online over the past four days. Team members included Serene Qandil (2), Andrea Castano (3), Celeste Palmer (4), Nicolette Shan Alvarez (5), and Eric Giglio (6). Team faculty advisers were F. Peter Phillips (1) and Barry Appleton (not pictured). Alice Charkhchyan (not pictured) was the student coach.


Posted 04/06/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether people have a right to clean and safe drinking water in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.


Ruti Teitel photoPosted 03/12/20: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel was quoted in “Benjamin Ferencz: The last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor” in Aliazeera.

 


Posted 03/12/20: Hack NYLS 2020 (our inaugural hackathon)

  • Date: Friday, April 24, 2020 (new due date!)
  • For more information and registration, click here.


Posted 02/26/20: Upcoming lunch lecture: Bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

  • Date: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020 (TO BE  RE-SCHEDULED)
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W400
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only, including alumni.


Posted 02/25/20: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel will participate in a book launch and discussion at NYU Law School on Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown (Oxford University Press, 2019) by Wojciech Sadurski who is the Challis Professor in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney Law School.


Posted 02/24/20: New York Law School had a strong showing at the 61st Annual Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court United States Regional Tournament from February 21–23, 2020. Jessup Team members (from left to right) Gabriel Marshall 3L, Megan Hawkins 3L, Brent Munyon 2L, Shada Paula 2L, and Abby Cannon 3L traveled to Denver, Colorado, with NYLS Center for International Law co-director Prof. Barry Appleton. The NYLS Jessup team improved its overall scores and its performance over the previous three years.

 


Posted 02/19/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses the role of the United Nations Secretary-General and the challenge he faces in addressing crises around the world. Read more here.


Posted 02/13/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” explains the role of the International Criminal Court and the decision of Sudan to hand over its former president to that body for prosecution. Read more here.


Posted 02/05/20: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel moderated a discussion in the Boardroom where participants discussed the legal implications of recent developments in Afghanistan and Iran, including the ongoing peace talks in Kabul and the U.S. targeted killing of one of the highest ranking Iranian generals. Panelists included Scott Anderson of the Brookings Institution and Shehzad Qazi of the Center for Global Policy. To see photos, please click here.


Ruti Teitel photoPosted 02/03/20: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel will be the commentator at New York University Law School’s JSD Forum today. The JSD Forum, a central institution of NYU Law’s JSD Program, offers an opportunity for JSD students and candidates to present their work to their peers in a workshop format.


Posted 01/30/20: Upcoming panel discussion: Iran and Afghanistan – Regional Reports

  • Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Time: 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
  • Location: Boardroom (W-204)
  • Refreshments: Will be available
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only, including alumni.


Posted 01/27/20: Upcoming lunch lecture: Killer Robots – Legal and Ethical Implications

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W400
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only, including alumni.


Posted 01/13/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether it was legal for the United States to carry out the recent drone strike against one of the highest ranking generals of Iran. Read more here.


Posted 01/03/20: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses the international principles which oversee the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials. Read more here.


Posted 12/19/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” talks about the special court that issues warrants for the surveillance of foreign powers, their agents, and U.S. persons suspected of working with them within the United States. Read more here.


Posted 12/11/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether international law can address the proper disposal of the millions of tons of electronic waste piling up around the world. Read more here.


Posted 12/10/19: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel is at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, participating in an experts meeting on memorialization in the context of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law organized jointly by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Posted 12/09/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether NATO members must automatically and without debate come to the aid of another NATO member who is being attacked. Read more here.


Posted 11/26/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” describes the treaty that outlaws torture. Read more here.


Posted 11/25/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether combatants can attack civilians during an armed conflict. Read more here.


Posted 11/20/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether it is legal for Israel to build civilian settlements in the West Bank, a territory occupied by Israel. Read more here.


Posted 11/15/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether the United States can seize private land in Texas so that it can start building a border wall, and whether international law has any say in this kind of matter. Read more here.


Posted 11/12/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” discusses whether nations can revoke the citizenships of people who fought for ISIS in Syria and are now coming back home. Read more here.


Ruti Teitel photoPosted 11/12/19: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel chaired an expert seminar – hosted at the Law School and led by the Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group – on transitional justice and North Korea. Speakers included 25 interdisciplinary experts from human rights groups, academia, the media, and diplomatic circles, all of whom have shaped transitional justice policies or documented human rights violations.


Posted 11/06/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question on whether international law can stop seafaring pirates. Read more here.


Posted 11/05/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question on whether international law regulates the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Read more here.


Posted 10/29/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about whether the United States can target a terrorist for death under international law. Read more here.


Ruti Teitel photoPosted 10/29/19: Center Co-Director and Professor Prof. Ruti Teitel facilitated a discussion during a human rights seminar at the City College of New York with Professor Jack Snyder of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


Ruti Teitel photoPosted 10/25/19: Center Co-Director and Professor Prof. Ruti Teitel spoke at a London Transitional Justice Network Event remembering the life and work of Chandra Lekha Sriram, including her contributions to the study and practice of human rights, international law, transitional justice and peacebuilding.


Ruti Teitel photoPosted 10/23/19: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel has been giving presentations in London this week. On October 21, she presented at the King’s College War Crimes Research Group, which is part of the College’s Department of War Studies and conducts research and teaching on war crimes and war. Ruti’s remarks were titled “Transitional Justice and Digital Memory Activism.”


Posted 10/16/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about whether attacking a hospital during armed conflict is a war crime. Read more here.


Posted 10/16/19: Upcoming lunch lecture: Managing Global Migration

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W400
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only.


Posted 10/11/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about whether refugees have a right to enter the United States and force its government to make them American citizens right away. Read more here.


Posted 10/09/19: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel will chair a panel called “The Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and International Law” during International Law Weekend 2019, held from October 10 to 12 at Fordham Law School. The panel focuses on a new book by Martin S. Flaherty called “Restoring the Global Judiciary: Why the Supreme Court Should Rule in U.S. Foreign Affairs.” To see the entire schedule, please click here.


Posted 10/02/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about whether there is a difference between migrants and refugees. Read more here.


Posted 10/01/19: Upcoming lunch lecture: Securing Peace Through the Rule of Law

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W301
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only.


Posted 09/25/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about the role of international law in containing the spread of diseases and how nations respond to them. Read more here.


Posted 09/18/19: Upcoming lunch lecture: International Treaties – An Overview

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W400
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only.


Posted 09/17/19: Upcoming event – The 2019 Otto L. Walter Lecture: A Justice’s Reflections on the European Court of Human Rights in the 21st Century with Andras Sajo, former judge of the European Court of Human Rights 

  • Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
  • Time: 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Location: W301
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is open to the public.


Posted 09/12/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about the rights of people (and the obligation of governments) in the aftermath of a disaster. Read more here.


Posted 09/12/19: Upcoming lunch lecture: International Trade and Customs Law – An Introduction

  • Date: Monday, Sept. 23, 2019
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W401
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only.


Posted 09/11/19: Upcoming lunch lecture: Ethics and Compliance – Private Sector Versus the United Nations

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W401 (new room)
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only.


Posted 09/05/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about whether the government can bar the entry of a person into the United States because it didn’t like the posts made by his friends on social media. Read more here.


Posted 09/02/19: International Law Q&A: On this Labor Day weekend, Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about minimum wages and whether international law calls for them. Read more here.


Posted 09/02/19: Upcoming lunch lecture: Fighting Terrorism, Protecting Human Rights

  • Date: Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
  • Time: 12:45 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: W401
  • Lunch: Provided for free
  • For more information and to register, click here.
  • This lecture is for the New York Law School community only.


Posted 08/29/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” answers a question about the conditions under which migrants should be held once they are in custody. Read more here.


Posted 08/19/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid, who hosts our “International Law Q&A,” talks about the kinds of cases adjudicated by the International Court of Justice. Read more here.


Posted 08/13/19: International Law Q&A: Ophelia the International Law Orchid makes her debut today! She is the host of a new feature called “International Law Q&A” where she discusses questions concerning current events and international law. Today she discusses whether a private citizen may sign an international agreement on behalf of her nation. Read more here.


Posted July 24, 2019: Center Co-Director and Professor Ruti Teitel is undertaking an extensive agenda of speaking appearances in Taiwan. Her week includes government meetings, two keynotes, and a bookstore talk. A translated version of Professor Teitel’s landmark book, Transitional Justice, was recently published in Taiwan.


Posted July 22, 2019: New Co-Directors at the Center for International Law

Professor Ruti TeitelProfessor Ruti TeitelProfessor Ruti G. Teitel and Adjunct Professor Barry Appleton have been appointed as Co-Directors of the Center for International Law. Professor Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, and also the Director of the Law School’s Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy, and Chair of the Global Law and Justice Colloquium. Adjunct Professor Barry Appleton is Senior Fellow of the Center for International Law and Managing Partner at Appleton & Associates. Read more here.