ASIL Annual General Meeting: Which problems is international law particularly well-suited to solve? Which seem to defy its regulation? What tools does international law have to manage this complexity? Where are best practices emerging? What has our profession learned in the last half-century? Is law, with its emphasis on rules and stability, conceptually and functionally capable of responding to the challenges of complexity? If not, how should law react? What do experts from outside the legal profession, from technology, finance, counterinsurgency, climate science, and risk, believe law can add? During the 2012 ASIL Annual Meeting we will address these questions and discuss how international law responds to complexity."
Charles Nelson Brower
Charles Brower is the former President of ASIL (1996-1998).
David D. Caron is C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley Law. He currently teaches public international law, resolution of private international disputes, ocean law and policy, and the advanced international law writing workshop.
Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1987, Caron practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. From 1985 to 1986, he was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law. A Fulbright scholar and former navigator and salvage diver in the U.S. Coast Guard, Caron graduated from Boalt in 1983. He then served as a legal assistant to Judges Richard Mosk and Charles Brower at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.
Lori Fisler Damrosch
Professor Damrosch joined the Columbia faculty in 1984. From 1984 to 1989 she was an associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. Her principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations. She is named the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization.
Her publications include International Law: Cases and Materials, 4th edition with Pugh Henkin (Schachter and Smit 2001); Enforcing International Law through Non-Forcible Measures (Hague Academy of International Law 1997); Beyond Confrontation: International Law for the Post-Cold War Era, which she edited with Gennady M. Danilenko and Rein Mullerson (Westview Press 1995); Enforcing Restraint: Collective Intervention in Internal Conflicts, which she edited (Council on Foreign Relations Press 1993); Law and Force in the New International Order, which she edited with David J. Scheffer (Westview Press 1991); and The International Court of Justice at a Crossroads, which she edited (Transnational Publishers 1987).
Professor Damrosch has been very active outside Columbia. She was a resident fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace (1995-96). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law, and numerous international law and human rights organizations. She was the organizer of U.S.-Soviet (later U.S.-Russian) research project on international law for the American Society of International Law (A.S.I.L.). She served as A.S.I.L.'s vice president between 1996 and 1998, and has been a counselor of A.S.I.L. since 2001. In April 2003 she was appointed editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law, of which she has been a member of the board of editors since 1991, for a five-year term. She will serve with coeditor Bernard H. Oxman of the University of Miami.
She received her BA from Yale University in 1973, which was followed by a JD in 1976. After obtaining her law degree, Lori Damrosch clerked with Judge Jon O. Newman (1976-77). She served in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (through 1980) with responsibilities including European and Canadian affairs, international antitrust, aviation, and trade. In addition, she was a special assistant to the legal adviser in 1980. From 1981 to 1984 she was an associate with Sullivan and Cromwell.
Donald Francis Donovan
Donald Francis Donovan, the current President-Elect of ASIL, is a partner in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He has argued international law in a broad range of international and domestic fora, including the International Court of Justice and the US Supreme Court. He regularly appears as both counsel and arbitrator in proceedings initiated under the auspices of the world's leading arbitral institutions and litigates international disputes in U.S. courts. For his achievements in both international arbitration and international human rights, he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Jurisprudencia by the Mexican Bar Association, the first non-Mexican so honored, and was inducted as a member of the Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca, the highest award given by the Government of Mexico to non-Mexicans.
Mr. Donovan currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration of the American Law Institute, as a Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), having recently completed two terms as its Vice-President, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First and Chair of its Litigation Committee. He formerly served as Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He teaches international commercial and treaty arbitration at New York University School of Law.
Mr. Donovan served as law clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the US Supreme Court and legal assistant to Judge Howard M. Holtzmann of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. He received his B.A. in 1977 from the University of Virginia and his J.D. in 1981 from Stanford Law School.
Richard Jackson is co-chair of the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict.
Bernard H. Oxman
Professor Bernard H. Oxman earned an A.B. from Columbia College in 1962 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1965. Before joining the Law School in 1977, he was Assistant Legal Adviser for Oceans, Environment, and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. He also served as United States Representative to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and chaired the English Language Group of the Conference Drafting Committee.
At the University of Miami, he regularly teaches conflict of laws, international law, law of the sea, and torts. He served as associate dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1990, and currently is the Faculty Chair of the Law School's Master of Laws Program in Ocean and Coastal Law. He has been a member of the University's Faculty Senate since 1996.
He is Co-Editor in Chief of the American Journal of International Law published by the American Society of International Law, and a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2003 he served as a judge ad hoc of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and from 2003-2005 he was a member of an arbitral tribunal in a dispute between Malaysia and Singapore. He has recently been named judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice in a maritime delimitation case between Romania and Ukraine. He is the only American lawyer ever appointed to serve as judge ad hoc before both of these international tribunals.
Professor Oxman has published numerous books and articles on the law of the sea and other international law subjects. His latest essay entitled The Territorial Temptation: A Siren Song at Sea appears in Volume 100 of the American Journal of International Law (October 2006).