Foley Hoag Attorneys to Speak at 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting

April 4, 2018

Several attorneys from Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration and Corporate Social Responsibility practices will speak at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), held April 4-7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s meeting is “International Law in Practice.”

On Thursday, April 5, associate Alejandra Torres Camprubí will speak at a panel on “Rising Sea Levels and Disappearing Territories: Implications for Statehood, Migrants and International Law.” This session will consider how legal practitioners are improvising in this legal vacuum and the new legal instruments necessary to address the challenges faced by displaced persons.

Associate Patricia Cruz Trabanino will moderate “Dismantling Barriers to the Practice of International Law.” She and fellow panelists will share their experiences blazing trails in academia, private practice, government, multilateral institutions, and international courts and tribunals, and share their thoughts on whether and how obstacles to practice are falling.

On Friday, April 6, Foley Hoag International Litigation and Arbitration Department Chair Paul Reichler will take part in “Intractable Conflicts: The Effectiveness of International Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.” This panel will consider the extent to which international law has been effective in resolving complex international conflicts related to territory, sovereignty, and self-determination.

Associate Nicholas Renzler will moderate “International Law as a Tool in the Fight against IUU Fishing and Seafood Slavery,” a panel focusing on how advocates, judges, states, corporations and others are developing and using governance strategies to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and seafood slavery.

On Saturday, April 7, counsel Amy Lehr will be a panelist for “Business and Human Rights in Action.” The panel will explore challenges, opportunities, and remedies to issues facing corporations and other actors in the field of business and human rights, including changes in recent years, and how international human rights law can be put into action in their future work.

In addition, several Foley Hoag attorneys have taken an active role in various ASIL committees and groups: partner Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, co-chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting Committee; associates Anna Toubiana and Peter Tzeng, Annual Meeting committee members; partner Mélida Hodgson and counsel Christina Hioureas, ASIL Executive Council; associate Tracy Roosevelt, recently elected co-chair of the organization's Law of the Sea Interest Group; and associate Diana Tsutieva, recently elected co-chair of the Dispute Resolution Interest Group. Tsutieva will present "The Use of Summary Procedures in International Commercial Arbitration" at the group's business meeting during the ASIL event.

Hodgson will also be a featured speaker at the 15th Annual ITA-ASIL Conference, held in conjunction with the annual ASIL meeting. Her panel, "Defining the Issues," will examine the causes of the continued diversity deficit in international arbitration.

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950. Its mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.

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