Denver Law to Host Regional Conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association
January 11, 2013
On March 1st and 2nd, the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at Denver Law will host the western regional conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). This year’s conference on “International Law and Human Security in the 21st Century” will begin on Saturday March 2nd.
“Human Security” is a concept which is increasingly impacting economic, social and political policies. Yet, as one legal scholar notes: [d]espite its relevance to central questions of international law, human security has until very recently received little attention from international lawyers.” This year’s ILW-West Conference addresses the critical question: “What does “Human Security” mean for international law as the 21st Century progresses”? During this year’s ILW-West Conference, distinguished international law scholars and practitioners will discuss the importance and the role of “Human Security” as it relates to international environmental law, trade, human rights and international criminal law.
Participants include: Professor Ruth Wedgwood of Johns Hopkins University, current ABILA president; Professor David Akerson of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Ronald A. Brand of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Professor Richard J. Finkmoore of California Western School of Law; Dr. Anita Halvorssen, consultant and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Robert Lutz, Southwestern Law School; Professor James A.R. Nafziger of Willamette University School of Law; Professor Ved P. Nanda of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor John Noyes of California Western School of Law; and Professor Annecoos Wiersema of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
The ABILA is part of the global International Law Association (ILA)—the preeminent international non-governmental organization involved in developing and restating international law. Currently, for example, the ILA has consultative status with a number of United Nations specialized agencies as an international non-governmental organization and plays a unique role in drafting treaties, resolutions, and other international instruments.
Internationally, the ABILA chooses and nominates committee members for the ILA to help prepare draft treaties and studies in collaboration with lawyers from other global branches of the ILA. Nationally, ABILA forms its own committees which advocate for particular positions on international legal issues. Additionally, the ABILA performs a variety of educational and professional services through its U.S. national and regional International Law Weekends (ILW), which generally draw 1000 to 2000 participants each year.