Georgia Law to host international law society midyear meeting

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Writer: Nina Kamber, 706/542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu 
Contact: Laura Kagel, 706/542-5141, lkagel@uga.edu  

Featuring keynotes by U.N. under-secretary-general for legal affairs and U.S. State Department legal adviser

Athens, Ga. – The American Society of International Law will hold its annual Midyear Meeting and Research Forum Oct. 19-21 in Atlanta and Athens, hosted by the University of Georgia School of Law. Scholars, practitioners and students from the Southeast and around the world will convene to discuss compelling issues in international law.

The Friday session, to be held at the Coca-Cola Co. headquarters in Atlanta, will consist of a career-mentoring program, a panel discussion on the latest developments in the field of international arbitration and an evening reception. The event will move to Athens, where numerous panels and workshops on such topics as international criminal justice, corruption and financial rights, foreign relations and international trade will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The gathering will feature keynote addresses by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and U.N. Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien and U.S. State Department Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh.

The Midyear Meeting and Research Forum will conclude with the initiation of ASIL-Southeast, a pilot organization with the goal of enriching the society’s regional presence by bringing together southeastern legal scholars, members of the nongovernmental organization community, and private and public sector international law practitioners.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization, ASIL serves to encourage the study of international law, as well as to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. ASIL is comprised of almost 4,000 members from more than 100 nations, including attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, students and others interested in international law.

All facets of the forum are open to the public. To register, see www.asil.org/midyear or call 202/939-6000.

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