International Judicial Monitor
Published by the International Judicial Academy, Washington, D.C., with assistance from the
American Society of International Law

Fall 2009 Issue
Georgina T. Wood Justice in Profile
Georgina T. Wood
By: Carolyn Dubay, Editorial Assistant and Reporter, International Judicial Monitor

Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood of the Supreme Court of Ghana is making her mark in the Judicial Service of Ghana. Read more »
Permanent Court of Arbitration

International Tribunal Spotlight
Permanent Court of Arbitration

By: Christine E. White, Copy Editor and Reporter, International Judicial Monitor

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is the oldest international dispute settlement organization in the world.
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Significant Judicial Developments

Wiwa v. Shell: The $15.5 Million Settlement

Abyei Arbitration – Final Award

ICTY Special Chamber Decision In the Case Against Florence Hartmann

Who can be detained in the "War on Terror"? The Emerging Answer

(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 »)

Calendar of Events

November 20 2009
26th AAA/ICC/ICSID Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration: Adapting Arbitration to a Changing World »

November 25 2009
Fall Lecture »

November 30, 2009 - December 4 2009
The Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law Nexus »

December 7 2009 - December 11 2009
Rule of Law Practitioners Course »

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Upcoming International Judicial Academy Events
During its 10th academic year of operation, from October 2008 through September 2009, the Academy conducted 9 programs attended by 353 participants. As of 11/01/09 the total number of programs of the Academy since its founding in 1999 is 77 and the total number of participants is 3479. (Read More »)

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Cases of Note

The United States and Swiss government to Settle Bank Secrecy Case (August 1, 2009) »

Movsesian et al. v. Victoria Versicherung AG et al. (August 20, 2009) »

Presbyterian Church of Sudan et al. v. Talisman Energy, Inc. et al. (October 2, 2009) »

Memorandum of Understanding on Antitrust Cooperation Between United States Federal Trade Commission, the United States Department of Justice and the Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service »

(More Cases »)
Cases of note

Using International Law
By: James G. Apple, Editor-in-Chief, International Judicial Monitor and President, International Judicial Academy

If international law is really law, it ought to be useful to, and used by, courts. Can courts in domestic legal systems use international law in cases presented to them that involve their own nationals? (Read More »)

Dr. James G. Apple
Global Judicial Dialogue

The New International Association for Court Administration
By: Jeffery A. Apperson, President, IACA and Chief Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (USA)

In 2003, a group of court administrators, court administration association presidents,  and other high court officials, agreed to establish the International Association for Court Administration ( IACA ). (Read More »)

Jeffery A. Apperson
General Principles of International Law

“Legal Personalities” of International Organizations
By: James G. Apple, Editor-in-Chief, International Judicial Monitor and President, International Judicial Academy

Principle: International organizations can have “legal personalities” or be “international persons” subject to international law and “capable of possessing international rights and duties,” including the right to bring international claims. (Read More »)

General Principles of International Law
Leading Figures in International Law

Sean MacBride
By: Carolyn Dubay, Editorial Assistant and Reporter, International Judicial Monitor

Sean MacBride (b. 1/26/1904 – d. 1/15/1988) left an indelible mark on the development of international human rights law throughout his decades of service to the world community. (Read More »)

  John Bassett Moore
Justice Sector Assessment

An Analysis of the Judicial Reform Package on Serbia’s Prosecution Service: Judicial Reform Project for Europe and Central Asia
By: Karyn Kenny, Consultant, World Bank

Recognizing the important role of justice sector reform and modernization, Serbia has been seeking to strengthen its judicial and prosecutorial services. (Read More »)

Karyn Kenny
In Review: New Publications on
International and Comparative Law

The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (Inaugural Issue, March 2009)
By: Carolyn Dubay, Editorial Assistant and Reporter, International Judicial Monitor

The phrase “rule of law” has become nearly ubiquitous in any discourse about democracy, human rights and accountability. 
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Historic Moments in International Law

The Revolutionary Origins of the Principle of National Self-determination
By: Edward J. Kolla, Ph.D. candidate, The Johns Hopkins University

It is received wisdom among most international lawyers and lay people alike that the principle of national self-determination arose from the calamity of the First World War, when President Woodrow Wilson enunciated his famous 14 points. (Read More »)

Edward J. Kolla, Ph.D.
Private International Law Discourse

What's New in Private International Law?
By: Professor David P. Stewart, Visiting Professor of Transnational and International Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Counselor in International Law at the International Judicial Academy

For most judges and practitioners, the term "private international law" evokes a formalistic set of doctrinal principles rooted in 19th Century European jurisprudence.
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Professor David P. Stewart
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