CIL Director Professor Lucy Reed represented the Centre at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington DC on 12-15 April 2017. Professor Reed was President of the American Society of International Law from 2008 to 2010. With the topical theme of “What International Law Values”, highlights of the meeting included: the Grotius Lecture by Harvard University Professor David Armitage entitled “Civil War Time: From Grotius to the Global War on Terror”; an interview by New York University Law School Professor Philip Alston of Hudson Medal Winner Professor Georges Abi-Saab; an Assembly address by Professor Philippe Sands on the origins of the ideas of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” as illustrated in his new book East West Street; and a keynote address by the new General Counsel of the World Bank Group, Ms Sandie Okoro, on gender-based violence entitled “Seen and Not Heard”.
NUS Law Faculty Dean and CIL Board Deputy Chairman Professor Simon Chesterman spoke on the panel on “Claims Against the United Nations: From Within and Without”. Ayelet Berman, soon to join CIL as a Senior Research Fellow, spoke on the panel on “The Rise of Multistakeholder Global Governance”. Professor Reed, Dean Chesterman and NUS Professor Tony Anghie attended the Colleague Societies Breakfast as representatives of the Asian Society of International Law.