2012 ILSA International Conference

2012 ILSA International Conference

July 30-31, 2012

Chicago, Illinois

The John Marshall Law School, 304 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois


Organized by the International Law Student Association Chapter of the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Mexico) and its sister school, The John Marshall Law School (Chicago), in cooperation with the International Executive Offices and Leadership of the International Law Student Association


ILSA International Conference Schedule Overview


Monday, July 30, 2012

9:30 am                         Registration

10:30 am – noon         Top 5 Legal Issues New International Lawyers Face presented by the ABA

Noon – 1:30 pm             Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm         Keynote Address by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm         ILSA Chapters Networking and Program Building Session

5:00 pm                        Opening Reception


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

9:00 am – 10:30 am       How to Succeed at the Jessup Moot Court Competition

10:45 am – 12:15 pm     The International Court of Justice Panel Discussion

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm        Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm         Pathways to Employment in International Law Panel

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm         Closing Address by Ambassador David Scheffer



ILSA International Conference Full Schedule

Monday, July 30, 2012

9:30am                     Registration opens


10:30am – noon        Top 5 Legal Issues New International Lawyers Face presented by the ABA Section of International Law


The Top 5 Legal Issues New International Lawyers Face - Topics will include: work-life balance, time management, utilizing pro-bono opportunities to gain experience, build a career, and how to effectively network.  



Noon – 1:30pm          Lunch Break


1:30pm – 2:45pm       Keynote address by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni

M. Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor Law at DePaul University, where he has taught since 1964, and President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, which he helped found in 1990. He was one of the founders in 1972 of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Siracusa, Italy, and served as its President since 1988. He is the Honorary President of the International Association of Penal Law after having served three terms as President from 1989-2004. He was a Guest Scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. in 1972, Visiting Professor of Law, New York University Law School in 1971, Fulbright-Hays Professor of International Criminal Law, The University of Freiburg, Germany in 1970, non-resident Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Cairo from 1996 to 2006, and is a frequent lecturer at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

He recently served as Chair of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry established pursuant to Royal Order of the King of Bahrain (29 June 2011), and since 1975, he served in the following United Nations positions: Chair, then member of the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Libya (2011). Independent Expert, Commission on Human Rights in Afghanistan, (2004-06); Independent Expert on The Rights to Restitution, Compensation and Rehabilitation for Victims of Grave Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1998-2000); Chairman, Drafting Committee, United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1998); Vice-Chairman, General Assembly’s Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1996-98); and Vice-Chairman, General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1995).


3:00pm – 4:30pm     ILSA Chapters Networking and Program Building Session

All ILSA members are invited to attend this session to discuss the year’s activities, and plan for the future of the organization. This panel will focus on the benefits and programming ideas for building an ILSA Chapter and allow students the opportunity to share their experiences with other ILSA Chapter members.


5:00pm                     Opening Reception


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

9:00am – 10:30am   How to Succeed at the Jessup Moot Court Competition 

A panel with years of judging, coaching, and competing experience will discuss skills, strategies, and advocacy techniques to help Jessup team succeed. These skills will serve students well in Jessup and in their future careers.

                               Panel Participants:

Dagmar Butte, Shareholder, Parker, Butte, & Lane P.C.

Robyn Cunningham,  Projects Officer, Legal Projects Team, International Bar Association

George Summerfield, Partner, Stadheim & Grear Ltd.

Joe Terrenzio, Jessup Competition Coordinator, International Law Students Association


10:45am – 12:15pm  The International Court of Justice:  Can its Founders’ 20th Century Ambitions be Realized in the 21st Century? Panel Discussion

The International Court of Justice is the closest institution that the international community has to a supreme court. It is the only international tribunal with universal state membership and general subject matter competence over international legal disputes. Despite the Court's unique importance, however, it has yet to live up to the boldest ambitions of its 20th Century founders to render war obsolete and preside over an era where legal right would prevail in  international relations over national might. This panel will assess the extent to which the Court today is contributing to the gradual realization of these ambitions and how it could be made more effective. Among the questions the panel will addressed are whether it is possible for the Court's jurisdiction to be extended beyond the realm of state consent, how state cooperation with its processes might be best secured, and compliance with its decisions enhanced. 

                               Panel Participants:

Djurdja Lazic (Moderator) Managing Editor, International Legal Materials, Insights, and International Law in Brief, American Society of International Law

James Gathii, Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law 

Nienke Grossman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law 

Ved P. Nanda, Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver

Andrew L. Strauss, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Widener University School of Law


12:15pm – 1:45pm     Lunch


2:00pm – 3:30pm      Pathways to Employment in International Law Panel

A unique forum that brings law students and new lawyers together with experienced practitioners to explore opportunities for employment in international law. Learn about international internship opportunities, how to network with legal experts from around the world, practice in other legal systems and cultures, become active in international organizations and societies, and develop legal and interpersonal skills. Sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and ILSA.


3:45pm – 5:00pm      Closing Address by Ambassador David Scheffer

David Scheffer holds an endowed professorship at Northwestern University Law School and serves as the Director of the Center for International Human Rights. He teaches International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, and Corporate Compliance and the Social Mandate. Scheffer supervises the International Externships Program. He received the Dean’s Teaching Award 2008. Scheffer is also the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.  He was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the "Top Global Thinkers of 2011."

Scheffer was previously the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and led the U.S. delegation in U.N. talks establishing the International Criminal Court. During his ambassadorship, he negotiated and coordinated U.S. support for the establishment and operation of international and hybrid criminal tribunals and U.S. responses to atrocities anywhere in the world. Scheffer also headed the Atrocities Prevention Inter-Agency Working Group. During the first term of the Clinton Administration, he served as senior adviser and counsel to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and served from 1993 through 1996 on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council. Scheffer has held visiting professorships at Northwestern Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and George Washington University Law School and taught at Duke University School of Law and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He has published extensively on international legal and political issues and appears regularly in the national and international media. Scheffer is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars, the American Society of International Law (formerly serving on the Executive Council), and the Council on Foreign Relations, and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Law Students Association (2004-2008).




For more information about past ILSA International Conferences, please click on the links below.

Archive Material for 2011 ILSA International Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Archive Material for 2010 ILSA International Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

Archive Material for 2009 ILSA International Conference in Kolkata, India

Archive Material from 2008 ILSA International Conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil


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