October 26, 2007

The International Court of Justice: The Road Ahead

Oct 3rd, 2007

The American Society of International Law - Washington, D.C.
The International Court of Justice: The Road Ahead

This program will highlight upcoming cases at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and how developments at the ICJ will affect both international law and the Court itself. The Court is now being used by an entirely new universe of countries and is now addressing a wider range of disputes than ever before. Moderated by Judge Stephen Schwebel, speakers include Ruth Wedgwood, David A. Colson, and John R. Crook.- The American Society of International Law



Ruth Wedgwood holds the Edward B. Burling Chair in International Law; serves as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; chairmand of Research and Studies for the American Society of International Law; a member of the policy advisory group of the United Nations Association; an adviser to the Department of Defense on the issue of military tribunals in response to the September 11 crisis; a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law and the National Security Study Group of the Hart-Rudman Commission on National Security in the 21st Century; on the board of editors for the American Journal of Internation Law and the editorial advisory board of the World Policy Journal of the New School University; and she is a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Wedgwood also institutions at Johns Hopkins University's Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


Stephen M. Schwebel is an American jurist and expert on international law. He is best known for delivering dissenting opinions in the case of Nicaragua v. United States and in the pair of Libya v. United Kingdom and Libya v. United States Lockerbie (Preliminary Objections) cases, which were discontinued in 2003.

John Crook currently serves as the Comissioner, Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, where he is a party appointed arbitrator on five-member claims commission established by Eritrea and Ethiopia in The Hague. He also serves as a party appointed arbitrator in the Grand River Enterprises vs. USA. Prior to this Mr. Crook served as the General Counsel, Multinational Force and Observers, Rome Italy, the Assistant Legal Advisor for UN Affairs with the U.S. Department of State, Counselor for Legal Affairs, U.S. Mission in Geneva. He also supervised negotiation and conclusion of U.S. treaties and agreements and directed Presidential treaty events at U.S.-Soviet Summits in Washington, DC and Moscow.

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