Foley Hoag Attorneys to Speak at 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting

Four Foley Hoag LLP attorneys from the firm's International Litigation & Arbitration and Corporate Social Responsibility practices will take part in the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), being held March 30-April 2, 2016 in Washington, D.C. This year's theme is "Charting New Frontiers in International Law."

On Thursday, March 31, associate Amy Lehr will speak at "Do We Need a Treaty on Business and Human Rights?" She and fellow panelists will review major developments in the business and human rights field over the last 10-15 years and the extent to which the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights can lead to meaningful change in business practice.

Associate Tafadzwa Pasipanodya will moderate a session titled "Steering Africa’s Blue Economy: The Role of International Law & Lessons for Other Maritime Regions" on Friday, April 1. The panel will explore the role of international law in achieving blue economies by considering how African states have used the law of the sea to claim their waters; how international law can better address critical maritime security concerns; and how international law can be applied creatively to fight environmental harms arising from human activities at sea.

On Saturday, April 2, Foley Hoag International Litigation and Arbitration Department co-chair Paul Reichler will be a featured panelist for "Emerging Frontiers in the South China Sea," which will focus on disputes regarding maritime rights in the South China Sea and the political, economic and security implications of island-building. This session will be moderated by counsel Christina Hioureas, who serves as co-chair of ASIL's Law of the Sea and Dispute Resolution interest groups.

In addition, several Foley Hoag attorneys have taken an active role in various ASIL committees and groups: partner Mélida Hodgson serves on the 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting Program Committee and is a member of the BASIL Task Force; associate Tracy Roosevelt serves as co-chair of ASIL's Women in International Law Interest Group; and associate Patricia Cruz Trabanino has recently been named co-chair of the organization's New Professionals Interest Group.

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.