Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Domestic Courts Working Group
Students attending the ASIL meeting
The International and Comparative Law Program hosted the annual American Society of International Law (ASIL) in Domestic Courts Working Group in December 2017, bringing scholars from around the country to discuss foreign relations law. In February 2018, ICLP hosted the annual Southern California International Law Scholars Workshop, in which faculty members from different disciplines and universities across the region workshopped current drafts-in-progress.
The Past and Future of Human Rights workshop
In April 2018, the Promise Institute and the Luskin Center for History and Policy at UCLA convened a workshop entitled "The Past and Future of Human Rights: Assessing the State of Genocide Accountability." Moderated by Nick Goldberg, editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times, this conversation focused on several case studies, including Native Americans in California (Ben Madley, UCLA Professor of History), Armenia at the hands of the Ottoman Turks (Kate Nahapetian, executive director, the Armenian Center for Justice and Human Rights), Indonesia (Geoffrey Robinson, UCLA Professor of History), Guatemala (Irma Velasquez Nimatujn, Mellon Visiting Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke University) and the Yazidi minority in the Middle East (Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director, Middle East and North African Division, Human Rights Watch). Attendees came from a range of disciplines, and the conversation centered around identifying themes and factors of successful accountability. The initial meeting will be used as the basis to establish an interdisciplinary research group to draft a white paper to create a template of priorities and historical factors necessary for successful genocide accountability.
Later in April, the Promise Institute hosted the International Human Rights Clinicians Conference, which offered two days of panels and workshops on human rights practice and pedagogy. Jim Silk, Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights at Yale Law School, gave opening remarks on "From Nuremberg to the Netherlands to Nineveh? The Book of Jonah, International Criminal Justice and the Promise of Human Rights."
In June, the Promise Institute, the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Global Center at McGeorge School of Law convened a two-day conference entitled "From Revolution to Devolution: The Future of the State in the Middle East." The conference brought together an inter-disciplinary group of academics and practitioners in law and the social sciences to explore debates about the structure of the state unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa region in the wake of the uprisings that began in 2010 and 2011. The group compiled case studies examining the law and politics of decentralization in a range of countries in the region, and situating their experiences historically and theoretically with a view toward highlighting – and facilitating comparative analyses of – the institutional dilemmas they present. An edited volume is forthcoming.