Key Academics in Comparative International Law to Participate in 28th Annual Sokol Colloquium

November 10, 2015

Sokol Colloquium posterExperts from Japan, Israel, Australia, Mexico and the U.S. will examine comparative law issues Nov. 13 at the University of Virginia School of Law during the 28th Annual Sokol Colloquium.

The event, which will take place in Caplin Pavilion, will cover legal traditions and regional approaches to national law in the morning, followed by national courts and international law, and comparative international economic law in the afternoon. Speakers will tackle such topics as the integration of comparative international law in Latin America and reconciling disputes in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea with states that practice Islamic law.

UVA Law Dean Paul Mahoney will provide opening remarks and UVA Law professors Mila Versteeg, John Norton Moore, Pierre-Hugues Verdier and John Setear will be among session commentators.


Schedule - Friday, Nov. 13
Caplin Pavilion

8:30-9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9-9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks  Paul Mahoney, Dean, University of Virginia School of Law
9:15-10:45 a.m.
Session I - Legal Traditions and International Law
"The International Court of Justice — The World Court or a French Court?"
  • Mathilde Cohen, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut
  • Commentator: John Setear, University of Virginia School of Law

"Not so Treacherous Waters of International Maritime Law: Islamic Law States and Dispute Settlement in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea"

  • Emilia Powell, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
  • Commentator: John Norton Moore, University of Virginia School of Law

11-12:30 a.m.
Session II  Regional Approaches to International Law

"The Great Promise of Comparative International Law for Latin America: Towards ius commune americanum?"

  • Alejandro Rodiles Bretón, Professor of Law, Instituto Tecnológico, Autónomo de México
  • Commentator: Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia School of Law

"Shioki (Control), Fuyo (Dependency), and Sovereignty: The Status of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Early-Modern and Modern Times"

  • Masaharu Yanagihara, Professor of International Legal Studies, Kyushu University
  • Commentator: Hooman Movassagh, University of Virginia

12:30-2 p.m.
Lunch for Invited Participants
Session III  National Courts and International Law
"International Judicial Dialogue: a Study of the Citations between International and National Courts" "
  • Damien Charlotin, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University
  • Commentator: Kevin Cope, University of Michigan

3-4:30 p.m.
Panel IV  Comparative International Law Beyond Courts: Legislatures, Executives, International Organizations

"Who Cares about Regulatory Space in BITs? A Comparative International Approach"

  • Tomer Broude, Professor of Law & International Relations, Hebrew University (co-authors Yoram Z. Haftel and Alexander Thompson)
  • Commentator: Pierre-Hugues Verdier, University of Virginia School of Law

"Approaches to International Economic Law in Comparative Perspective"

  • Colin Picker, Professor of Law, University of New South Wales
  • Commentator: Pierre-Hugues Verdier, University of Virginia

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