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Southwestern's Law Journal and the International Law Association (American Branch) Co-host a Symposium on the Future of International Law January 20, 2011
Southwestern's Law Journal and the International Law Association (American Branch) Co-host a Symposium on the Future of International Law

On Saturday, February 26, renowned legal scholars and practitioners from the Western United States will meet at Southwestern Law School to participate in 2021: International Law Ten Years from Now. Examining a broad range of legal areas that are coping with and adjusting to the challenges of conflict, technology and globalization in the modern era, this day-long symposium is presented by the Southwestern Journal of International Law in conjunction with International Law Weekend-West of the International Law Association (American Branch).

Approximately 50 legal scholars and practitioners will partake in a panoply of discussions about public and private international law in the future. They will identify significant developments or issues related to a specific area of international law and analyze their potential impacts in shaping its future. Topics will explore a comprehensive array of areas in international law, including: litigation, trade, human rights, climate change/environment, criminal, cultural rights, dispute resolution, entertainment and media, financial and institutions, intellectual property, and investment, as well as the international legal profession.

Michael Traynor, President Emeritus and Council Chair of the American Law Institute and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Ethics 20/20, will deliver the keynote address. His speech, entitled, "Do We Need a New Foreign Relations Restatement? International Law from 1987 to present ... to 2021," will focus on the impacts of developments in the international system in the 24 years since the third series of Restatements of the Law was published.

"The international system underwent transformative changes fueled by technology and globalization in recent decades," according to Professor Robert Lutz, faculty organizer of the symposium and co-advisor to the law journal. "The accelerated impacts on international law and institutions are blurring borders and transcending institutional boundaries, so that the role of law increasingly functions in a transnational and international context. Bringing together the best scholars and practitioners in the Western United States to speculate on the future of International Law in a broad array of important legal fields is Southwestern and the International Law Association's effort to capture and showcase the insights and analyses of the West's 'best and brightest.'"

Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. and the conference begins at 9:00 a.m. The event also offers 7.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit. For those seeking CLE credit, the cost to attend is $75 for non-Southwestern alumni and $50 for Southwestern alumni. For those not seeking CLE credit, the cost is $40 and includes lunch. The event is free for members of the International Law Association (American Branch) and co-sponsoring organizations (not seeking CLE credit); students; and Southwestern faculty/staff. Articles written in coordination with the symposium will be published in the Southwestern Journal of International Law; copies of the issue will be sent to participants and will also be available for purchase. For more information about the symposium, including a complete schedule and online registration, click here. For more information about the Law Journal, including how to obtain a subscription, click here.

Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, American Society of International Law, Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), Drucker Graduate School of Management, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Los Angeles County Bar Association International Law Section and the State Bar of California International Law Section, the symposium will be held on Southwestern's campus, located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Parking is available on campus for $6. Click here for a map and directions to Southwestern.

The International Law Weekend-West is a biennial conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association. The program brings together legal practitioners, scholars and students to discuss cutting-edge issues in public and private international law and international transactions. Panels address a broad range of topics, emphasizing human rights, the vital importance of law in international relations, and the impact of globalization on the practice of law. Click here for more information on the American Branch of the International Law Association and International Law Weekend-West.