Until July 28, 2014 we will be accepting program proposals for the Section’s 2015 Spring Meeting, which will take place from April 28-May2, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The 2015 Spring Meeting will provide cutting-edge programs with world-class speakers and materials on issues that will enhance attendees’ professional skills including professional ethics. The programs will provide timely and practical guidance to attendees and should reflect the “best thinking” on private and public international law issues. Your program proposals are an essential part of ensuring that the Section’s programming meets these goals.
I hope that you will use the next few weeks to consider topics for programs that you and your colleagues would find particularly useful. Each proposal must be supported by a Section Committee, and–as a guide–you may want to consider the following theme which we have developed for the conference:
“The Times They Are A-Changin': The New Lyrics of International Law and Practice”
The ABA SIL conference in Washington DC in April 2015 will focus on the evolution of ordinary people, beliefs, businesses and countries in the turmoil of rapid changes, and the legal reply to said changes. Human rights, international family law issues, business and legal practice have evolved in the last decade more than in the past century. International public law principles and institutions are more and more being directly ignored by governments.
As Bob Dylan wrote 50 years ago: "The line, it is drawn, and the curse, it is cast; The slow one now will later be fast; As the present now will later be past; The order is rapidly fadin'; And the first one now will later be last; For the times they are a-changin'.
That was true half a century ago. However, the current pace of change is dramatic.
The legal world of the Sixties is barely recognizable half a century later, yet certain basic principles remain. Is it new wine in old bottles, or old wine in new bottles? Across practice areas and regions, lawyers are grappling with whether existing principles and practices remain an adequate reply to the substantial changes coming about. Are "reloaded" legal structures necessary? Which areas are the most in need? How deep should that change be?
For more information about the submission process, please see the proposal instructions document and FAQfrom the 2015 Spring Meeting Steering Committee and me which outlines the program proposal guidelines and process. You may use this drafting form to draft your proposal.
Please contact me, the Meeting Steering Committee or Jessica Smith (Jessica.Smith@americanbar.org) with any questions about this process.
Chair-Elect, ABA International
Robert L. Brown
Christine M. Castellano
Mattía Colonelli de Gasperis
Ausra O. Deluard
Melissa A. Kucinski
Hedwin Salmen Navarro
2015 Spring Meeting Steering Committee