International Law Society (ILS)

The mission of the International Law Society (ILS) is to promote the study and understanding of international law and its application, through a multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas and approaches. We also seek to connect students, faculty and practitioners from differing backgrounds to create forums in which we may all deepen our understanding of a variety of issues facing humanity now and into the future.

In an effort to support our mission, we are organizing a capstone event that will run from March 5 through March 11, 2010. The week’s theme will be “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace? A Week of Reflection.” The backdrop for the week will be a photographic Exhibition provided by Soka Gakkai International, entitled “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit.” The exhibit was launched in September 2007 and shown at UN headquarters in Geneva in May 2008 with the goal of focusing public opinion on the abolition of nuclear weapons and encouraging youth participation.

Our main event of the week will be a Round Table on March 10, 2010, from 6pm to 9pm. For this Round Table, we seek to bring together experts from a variety of fields, including the law, security, business, health and social science, grassroots advocacy and human rights, in order to promote a conversation and exchange of ideas on how we can work towards achieving a culture of peace and what peace means in addition to the absence of war.

The Round Table will be a moderated dialogue, facilitated by Dr. Eileen Babbitt Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program and Professor of Practice in International Conflict Management at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Our goal for the Round Table is to initiate a dynamic discussion, based on a prepared set of questions that can be answered from the perspective of each of the diverse fields represented by our panelists, to create a broader understanding of what constitutes peace for the people and nations of our world. Our distinguished panelists include; Professor of International Human Rights Law, Hurst Hannum, addressing human rights; Google Legal Director – Asia/Pacific, Michael Zee, representing the role of business and advancing cultures of “peace”; Professor of International Security Studies, William Martel, speaking from the perspective of defense and security; Senior Legal Advisor of the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, Arnold Pronto, discussing the role of international law and the UN; Residency Director for the Brown Family Medicine Residency Program Dr. Gowri Anandarajah, addressing issues of global health and medicine and Fletcher MAHA, candidate, Godfrey Otobi, advancing the role of children and youth in conflict and peace.

Professor Michael Glennon, Professor of International Law and the Director of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the Fletcher School will offer a “Welcome Address,” providing a theoretical foundation for the Round Table discussion.

*A Reception will precede the Round Table in the Hall of Flags at 5pm