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Editors Selected for Volume 50!

Congratulations to the Editors of Volume 50!

Congratulations to the following members selected to be the editors for Volume 50 of the International Law Review:

Melissa O’Brien
Executive Managing Editor
Brian Kang
Executive Guide Editor
Priom Ahmed
Executive Articles Editor
Karyan San Martano
Executive Notes Editor
Vincent Glynn
Managing Editors
Madeline DiLascia
Connor Ferraro
David Fronckowiak
Rubin Waranch
Articles Editors
Sophia Chen
Bryan LaFonte
Patrick Lee
Quan Li
Lewis Preston
Notes Editors
Valerie Doescher
Adreianna Grimsley
Eric Hernandez
Lidiya Kurin
Eman Lemu
Jessica Yarnes
Administrative &
Online Notes Editor
Erik Coon
Production Editor
Ja Hyeon Park
Symposium Editor
Grace Castro

The George Washington International Law Review Symposium on Identity and the Future of Human Rights

Join The George Washington University Law School as we honor the life work of Professor Dinah Shelton at the International Law Review Symposium on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9:00am-4:15pm (EST).

The modern human rights project began with the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the drafting of the two Covenants on Civil and Political and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Following this, special agreements started being drafted, applicable specifically to groups such as racial minorities, women, migrants, and others. Are these special agreements simply a reflection of special interest politics that undermine the notion of universal human rights or do they reinforce universal norms? How much do these specific treaties call for accommodation or exemptions from otherwise applicable laws? Are regional systems part of the subdivision of human rights to reflect regional identity or do they provide effective means to enforce global standards.

These and other questions will be discussed in a full-day event consisting of a keynote speech, three panels, and a lunch featuring a reflection by Professor Shelton, with a reception to follow.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Faculty Conference Center (FCC), Burns 5th Floor

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.          REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.          WELCOME REMARKS

Blake Morant, Dean, The George Washington University Law School


Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Marc Bossuyt, Emeritus Professor, University of Antwerp; Emeritus President, Constitutional Court of Belgium
Paolo Carozza, Professor of Law, Concurrent Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Moderator:  Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School


Dinah Shelton, Manatt/Ahn Professor Emeritus of International Law, The George Washington University Law School
ModeratorSusan L. Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        COFFEE BREAK


James Anaya, James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Péter Kovács, Judge, International Criminal Court
Michael O’Boyle, Former Deputy Registrar, European Court of Human Rights
Therese O’Donnell, Reader in Law, University of Strathclyde
ModeratorEdward T. Swaine, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.          TEA BREAK

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          SESSION III: ROUNDTABLE Q&A

Christina Cerna, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; former Principal Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (retired)
Kelly Fry, Associate Legal Advisor, Human Rights Law Section, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Carlos Vázquez, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Ruth Wedgwood, Edward Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and Director of the International Law and Organizations Program, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
ModeratorLaura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.          CONCLUDING REMARKS

Ralph G. Steinhardt, Professor of Law and International Affairs and Arthur Selwyn Miller Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

4:30 p.m.         RECEPTION



See the Symposium Agenda

Editors Selected for Volume 49!

Congratulations to the Editors of Volume 49!

Congratulations to the following members selected to be the editors for Volume 49 of the International Law Review:

Brianna Santolli
Executive Managing Editor
Whitney Suflas
Executive Guide Editor
Irene Loizou
Executive Articles Editor
Christine LeVasser
Executive Notes Editor
Jennifer Scarbrough
Managing Editors
Jacklyn Hoffman
Bohyun Tali Lee
Michael Omboni
Renaud Poizat
Articles Editors
Megan Avalos
Sydney Fields
Dennis Hui
Alayna James
Alina Launchbaugh
Patrick Tierney
Notes Editors
Alexandra Galdos
Daheuin Ju
Meredith Kimelblatt
Kareem Ramadan
Theresa Socash
Mario Torrico
Margaret Yukins
Administrative &
Online Notes Editor
Doris Yuen
  Symposium Editor
Ian Acker

Editors Selected for Volume 47!

Congratulations to the following members selected to be the editors for Volume 47 of the International Law Review:

Mee Rina Kim
Executive Managing Editor
Samantha Brennan
Executive Guide EditorExecutive Articles EditorExecutive Notes Editor
Isabelle CuttingJ.J. SilversteinMeg Beasley
Managing EditorsArticles EditorsNotes Editors
Sarah BessellKate BaileyGrace Fiddler
Anne CrowellJames BeattyBenjamin Kalish
Simone DeJarnettLauren KoesterKrishna Kavi
Richard YuJeffrey MansbachMichael Komo
Gabrielle PritskerJoshua Waimberg
Laura Wetterer
Johanna Zacarias
Administrative &
Online Notes Editor
Symposium Editor
Eric HerendeenLisa Lindhorst
Tamari Lagvilava

Supreme Court Opinion Cites to GW ILR

On April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court published its decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., including a citation to The George Washington International Law Review.  In an opinion concurring in the judgment, Justice Breyer, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, cited to Robert C. Johnson, Anita Ramasastry, and Mark B. Taylor’s article Translating Unocal: The Expanding Web of Liability for Business Entities Implicated in International Crimes, 40 Geo.Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 841, 886 (2009).  The Court’s opinion declined to extend extraterritorial jurisdiction to certain claims under the Alien Tort Statute.  The Justices cited Johnson, Ramasastry, and Taylor when discussing countries that use universal criminal jurisdiction to allow parties to seek civil damages in criminal proceedings for particularly heinous crimes.

Congratulations to the authors for their contributions to scholarship and the law.

The full text of the Article is available here.

The full text of the opinion is available here.

Editors Selected for Volume 46!

Congratulations to the following members selected to be the editors for Volume 46 of the International Law Review:

Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Szucs
Executive Managing Editor
Matthew Girgenti
Executive Guide Editor
Soufi Mirfakhraei
Executive Articles Editor
Matthew Joseph
Executive Notes Editor
Benjamin Flick
Managing Editors
Samuel John
Anthony Kuhn
Kelly Lange Rojas
Elisa Lee
Articles Editors
Nicole Catá
Kyle Kissick
Jenna Mennona
Randall Wood
Notes Editors
Sara Coonin
Bethany Gullman
Manny Halberstam
Nathan Johnson
Daniel Saavedra
Austen Walsh
Rosemary Yogiaveetil
Administrative &
Online Notes Editor
Samuel Leverenz
  Symposium Editor
Kevin Healy

Forthcoming Article

The following is a short abstract of the Article, Is “Defamation of Religions” Passé?  The United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and Islamic State Practices: Lessons from Pakistan by Javaid Rehman and Stephanie E. Berry, which will be published in volume 44 of The George Washington International Law Review.  The Article addresses “defamation of religions” in international law, a concept likely to take on increased significance after a recent online video insult to Islam gave rise to violent protests and attacks on U.S. Embassies across the Middle East.


Now accepting book reviews for Volumes 44 and 45

The George Washington International Law Review is now accepting submissions of book reviews for publication in Volumes 44 and 45. Book reviews should be written on a recent or forthcoming book discussing a timely issue in international law. Word count should not exceed 9000 words. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and include a copy of the book review author’s curriculum vitae.

Please send submissions and any inquiries to the Executive Articles Editor at