International Judicial Monitor
Published by the American Society of International Law and the International Judicial Academy
September 2008 Issue
Elena Inés Highton de Nolasco Justice in Profile
Elena Inés Highton de Nolasco is the Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Argentina (la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación), a position to which she was appointed in August 2005.
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Iran & U.S. Flags

International Tribunal Spotlight Iran - United States Claims Tribunal. Read more »

Significant Judicial Developments

Asian Justice Systems Ranked

Global Influence of US Supreme Court Wanes

Judicial Review in Israel to be Limited

Kenyan Justice System Called Weak

Abu Dhabi Releases 5 Year Plan for Judiciary

Mexico Undergoes Legal Revolution

(More Judicial Developments »)

International Resources

Rule of Law Resource Center

West African Judicial Colloquia

Our Courts

European Case Law Database

Maximizing the Legacy of Hybrid Courts

2008 IAJ Study Commissions

(More International Resources »)

Rule of Law Survey
International Court of Justice

Should judgments of the International Court of Justice be considered automatically self-executing and directly enforceable at the domestic level?

It Depends

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Calendar of Events

September 24-October 5, 2008
OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting »

October 16-18, 2008
International Law Weekend »

October 23-24, 2008
The Changing Role of Highest Courts in an Internationalising World »

October 29 – November 01, 2008
LAWASIA 21st Annual Conference  »

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Second International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, August 25-26, 2008
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Genocide Convention of 1948, the American Society of International Law co-sponsored the Second International Humanitarian Law Dialog, an historic event on August 25-26 that brought together current and past prosecutors of international criminal tribunals and similar justice mechanisms. (Read More »)
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Upcoming International Judicial Academy Events
Intellectual Property Seminar in Washington, DC: From August 11 – 15, the International Judicial Academy conducted a seminar on intellectual property law for 17 judges and 12 lawyers from Argentina. (Read More »)

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Cases of Note

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: Decision on Civil Party Participation in Provisional Detention Appeals »

United States: Mora v. New York »

The High Court of South Africa: Mazibuko and The City of Johannesburg »

The Supreme Court of Israel: Anonymous v. The State of Israel »

International Criminal Court: Appeals Chamber Judgment on the appeal of Mr. Lubanga Dyilo against the oral decision of Trial Chamber 1 of 18 January 2008 »

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Cases of note
Global Judicial Dialogue

By James R. Zazzali

Litigation of custody cases occurs with predictable regularity when the residential parent intends to move with a child or children to another city or state. That is not a recent jurisprudential phenomenon. But courts are beginning to confront a new and more difficult problem -- removal to another country.
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Hon. James R. Zazzali
General Principles of International Law

Pacta Sunt Servanda
Are states really bound to fulfill the commitments they undertake pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral treaty once it has been ratified and then enters into force?  According to pacta sunt servanda, they are. This Latin phrase, which may be roughly translated as “treaties shall be complied with,” describes a significant general principle of international law—one that underlies the entire system of treaty-based relations between sovereign states. (Read More »)

General Principles of International Law
Leading Figures in International Law

Nicolas Michel
To be appointed as Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel for the United Nations, one must be able to provide interpretation, analysis, and advice on questions of international law for 192 nations. This may seem like a daunting professional challenge to some, but not for Nicolas Michel, a leading international figure in international law.
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  Nicolas Michel
Justice Sector Assessment

Judging East Timor
Hon. Phillip Rapoza, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
Between 2003 and 2005, I served as an international judge on the Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor. (Read More »)

Hon. Phillip Rapoza
In Review: New Publications on
International and Comparative Law

“A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind…” Selected Speeches by Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court on Foreign and International Law.
Edited by Christopher J. Borgen. The American Society of International Law. 2007

The United States Declaration of Independence recites the importance of “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind.” Throughout the history of the United States of America, concepts of foreign and international law have had a strong presence in the reasoning and decisions of the American judiciary. (Read More »)

A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind…
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