Sunday, March 24, 2019

ASIL 2019: Minorities in International Law Interest Group (MILIG) Panel--“Diverse Perspectives on the Impact of Colonialism in International Law”

The ASIL 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in Washington, D.C.,Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 6:00pm. This year's theme is International Law as an Instrument. The conference organizers have provided this description:
Actors on the international stage use a variety of tools to address their concerns, from climate change to economic development; from humanitarian crises to cross-border disputes; from commercial regulation to global trade. Governments and international organizations employ diplomacy and coercion, corporations use negotiation and persuasion, and non-governmental organizations engage in fact-finding and advocacy. And all of these actors affect and are affected by international law and use the international legal system to effectuate change and solve problems.

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will focus on the distinctive ways international law serves as an instrument that national and international actors invoke and deploy, and by which they are constrained. How does international law shape the perceptions of the interests and problems of diverse global actors and help frame solutions? Is international legal language a useful medium for the development and dissemination of globalized norms? Under what conditions is international law most effective? Are international institutions effective instruments for addressing complex global challenges?

At the 2019 Annual Meeting, ASIL invites international lawyers from all sectors of the profession, policymakers, and experts from other fields to reflect on the different ways in which international law plays a role in identifying and resolving global problems.

The Minorities in International Law Interest Group (MILIG), of which I am a member,  will host a panel at the upcoming ASIL Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 28 from 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Columbia 11-12). The session is entitled “Diverse Perspectives on the Impact of Colonialism in International Law.” The panel overview follows.

Minorities in International Law Interest Group (MILIG)
“Diverse Perspectives on the Impact of Colonialism in International Law.”

Panel overview: This session, which will be conducted in the form of a panel, will explore diverse perspectives on the impact and effect of colonialism, and the norms created thereunder, in modern international law. Our first speaker will explore theoretical approaches to the interrelationships between colonialism and international law norms. Other speakers will explore the effect of colonial norms on the development of the modern western notion of the rule of law; the colonial experience and its effect on disputes involving sovereignty (Chagos Archipelago dispute); the colonial experience and the development of commercial law in Africa; and the effect of the colonial experience on Latin American perceptions of development and international law.

The panel will be composed of:

Olufunmilayo Arewa (Speaker): Colonialism and the Construction of Commercial Law in Africa, discussing the impact of colonialism on commercial and business law and issues related to development in Africa. I will focus on British colonies, particularly Nigeria.

Larry Catá Backer (Speaker): In the Shadow of Empires—Latin American Perceptions of Development and International Law, discussing the legacy of the Spanish Imperial system and its organization of relations in the context of Latin American regionalism and on Latin American relations with European powers, the United States and China.

Amb. Dr. Namira Negm (Speaker): Diverse Perspectives on the Impact of Colonialism in International Law, discussing the decolonization processes in the African Continent, in particular the case of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965, and AU's role in submitting an Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.

Joel Samuels (Speaker): Colonialism and the Rule of Law, discussing the legacy of colonialism on the rule of law across the continent. Specifically, I hope to touch on francophone, anglophone, and lusophone countries to explore specific (and different) repercussions as it relates to the rule of law based on the particular colonial experiences.

Adrien Wing (Moderator)

We hope to see many of you at the Annual Meeting.

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