International Judicial Monitor
Published by the American Society of International Law and the International Judicial Academy
May 2006, Volume 1, Issue 2
Philippe Kirsch Justice in Profile

Judge Philippe Kirsch (Canada). Elected for a 6 year period from the Western European and others Group of States (WEOG). Assigned to the Appeals Division.
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Iraqi Special Tribunal International Tribunal Spotlight

Special Court for Sierra Leone Read more »
International Resources

Manila Declaration for a 21st Century Judiciary

Indicator Checklist for Analyzing Length of Proceedings (CEPEJ/COE)

JEDNET: Judicial Educators’ Network (NJI of Canada)

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Rule of Law Survey
Should international law be used as a source of authority in interpreting and applying constitutional rights and freedoms?
It Depends

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Calendar of Events
May 23-24 2006
Sixth Annual WTO Conference »

May 25, 2006
How to Use CEDAW and the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women »

May 26, 2006
The European American Consortium on Legal Education »

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ASIL Sidebar
References to non–US legal materials in recent US Supreme Court decisions dealing with issues such as affirmative action, the death penalty, and criminal justice, have generated considerable debate and controversy over the appropriate use of so–called foreign law and international law in judicial decision-making in the United States. (Read More ») ASIL
IJA Docket

First Sir Richard May Seminar on International Law and International Courts – A Retrospective View from a Participant
By Justice Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
In September 2005, I had the pleasure of spending a week in The Hague, Netherlands attending the first Sir Richard May Seminar on International Law and International Courts. It was simply the best judicial education opportunity that I have ever experienced. (Read More »)

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Cases of Note

Spain’s Tribunal Constitucional: Guatemalan Genocide Case (September 26, 2005) »

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber: Leyla Sahin v. Turkey (November 10, 2005) »

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR): Xenides–Arestis v. Turkey (December 22, 2005) »

NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitral Tribunal: International Thunderbird Gaming Corporation v. the United Mexican States (January 26, 2006) »

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Cases of note
Global Judicial Dialogue

Judicial Guidelines: The Five Way Test
By the Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Winter
High Court of Fiji, at Suva
It was a grey mid-winter day when he rang. The Chief Justice of Fiji was calling to ask if I would come and join their High Court. (Read More »)

Gerald Winter
General Principles of International Law
Independence of the Judiciary
International law requires that cases presented in international tribunals and cases presented in domestic tribunals where international law is applicable be resolved by tribunals that are independent and that are composed of independent judges. (Read More »)
General Principles of International Law
Leading Figures in International Law
Elihu Root (1845-1937)
It is particularly fitting to feature Elihu Root in this column during the 100th anniversary of the American Society of International Law, because he was the Society’s first president.
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Gabrielle Kirk McDonald
In Review: New Publications on
International and Comparative Law

War and the Law of Nations: A General History, by Stephen C. Neff
If modern international law began with issues of war and peace, arguably so did international law generally, as Stephen Neff so ably demonstrates in his new book. (Read More »)

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