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Report from the Commission on the Status of Women

Report from the Commission on the Status of Women

12-23 March 2018, UN Headquarters, New York

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62) took place in New York during the period 12-23 March 2018. The ‘working’ two week period was preceded by a Consultation Day – a mix of events, with speakers (such as Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and H.E. Ms Geraldine Byrne-Nason, Bureau Chair (see below), and others, easing the CSW 62 attendees into two busy weeks.1 The International Law Association (ILA) has recognised consultative status with the Economic and Social Commission of the UN (ECOSOC)2 and was represented by the ILA Feminism and International Law Committee at CSW 62.3

The priority theme this year was Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. A timely topic; rural women and girls suffer multiple discrimination – even compared with women and girls in non-rural areas. The review theme was Participation in, and access of women to, the media, and information and communications technologies, and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women, from the 47th session of the CSW. This approach (priority and review themes) allows for new themes to be explored, and at the same time, provides for review of what has been a priority theme. The overall result is to broaden the range of subjects under discussion during CSW, and by revisiting a review theme, to facilitate an assessment of progress made.

For the full report please download a PDF here.

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Professor Yuji Iwasawa, Vice- Chair of the ILA, elected as judge on the ICJ

On 22 June 2018, Yuji Iwasawa, a Vice-Chair of the International Law Association, was elected by the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations as a judge on the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the United Nations.  He was elected to fill a vacancy left by resignation of a judge and will serve until February 2021 to complete the term.

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The ILA established a scholarship fund in May 2014 to help young individuals attend ILA Regional or Biennial Conferences. The first awards were made in September 2014 and provided scholarships to 8 young people who attended a Regional Conference in Lisbon. A further 20 scholarships were made for 20 young people to attend the ILA Biennial Conference 2016 in Johannesburg.

Over 90 applications were received for the Sydney 2018 ILA Biennial Scholarship Round and 8 awards were made:

The 2018 Scholarship Award Winners were:

-  Vivek Bhatt (Australian)

- Carlos Bichet Nicoletti (Panamanian)

- Guy Jules Kounga (Cameroonian)

- Yonadi Meyer (South African)

- Mariana Monteiro de Matos (Brazilian)

- Mateusz Osiecki (Polish)

You can read their reports on the Sydney Conference here.

They have been selected from a very large number of applicants from around the world and we congratulate them on their selection and look forward to meeting them in Sydney.

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ILA Regional Conference 19 - 20 September 2019, Braga, Portugal

ILA Regional Conference 19 - 20 September 2019, Braga, Portugal

The contribution of case-law international courts and tribunals to the development of international law

International courts and tribunals have, without question, with their case-law, contributed to the development of international law. This contribution can be assessed in terms of methodology of internal law, the development of procedural rules, the impact of specialized courts in specialized fields of international law (such as the Law of the Sea or Investment Law) or the impact of certain particular recent cases.

The Portuguese branch of the International Law Association will organize in September 2019 a regional conference addressing these issues. The conference will include as speakers well-known judges, members of the United Nations International Law Commission and scholars, several of which from Portuguese-speaking countries and around the world. It will also give young researches the opportunity of presenting their papers. The conference will be hosted by the University of Minho Law School in Braga, in the north of Portugal, and the proceedings will be object of publication in a book.

For further information see the conference website: http://ilaportugal2019.com/en 


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The 2019 ILA Regional Conference in Slovenia is the first ILA conference organized by the ILA Slovene Branch. It will take place in the beautiful seaside resort of Bernardin located between the romantic town of Piran and the Portorož Riviera on the Adriatic coast 27-30 June 2019.

The general theme of the conference is “Migration / international legal regulation” and will thus provide a forum to address and discuss a plethora of challenging questions related to the issue of migration from both the public and private international law lens in a region largely affected by the topic.

Additionally, the conference will offer a myriad of opportunities for discussions on topics covered within the ILA Committees and Study Groups and give them space to advance their work, as well as to network with the leading international law minds from around the world.

For up to date information please visit the conference Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/605858956514177/

For further information and to register please visit: http://www.ilaslovenia2019.com/

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ILA Biennial Conference 23-27 August 2020, Kyoto, Japan: Bridging for the Future

The 79th Biennial International Law Conference will take place from 23 – 27 August 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. The theme is ‘Bridging for the Future’ and general information about the event is available at ila2020kyoto.org/

The International Law Association (ILA) and the Japanese Branch which is organising the 79th Biennial Law Conference due to be held in Kyoto, Japan from 23 - 27 August 2020 are both monitoring international developments relating to Covid-19 closely, taking into account, in particular, the regular updates and advice given by the World Health Organisation and other public bodies, as well as limitations on travel currently imposed or likely to arise from the present situation. The Organising Committee can confirm in this light that there are no immediate plans to change the arrangements for the event, but that they and the ILA are very aware of the evolving situation and are ready to respond accordingly. Please check for further updates or contact info@ila-hq.org for additional information.

ILA Conference 2020 Facebook page

View the video here.

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