3rd Annual National Security Law Faculty Workshop/IHL Training Event
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were an academic conference at which you could work through tough national security law issues by day, then hit the ice to train with the fastest, toughest, and most talented hockey players in the International Hockey League (IHL)?
Alas, there is no such event and I doubt there ever will be. But the very next best thing is a workshop that will take place at the University of Texas at Austin on April 1 and 2. In this context, IHL stands for International Humanitarian Law, of course, although I’m sure that Wayne Gretzky and his friends would be welcome guests.
This workshop is unlike any that you may have ever attended before. The traditional elements are all there: presentations of academic papers, discussants, serious exchanges between scholars interested in a friendly environment at which to try new ideas. But this workshop adds something new and exciting. For the third year in a row, instructors from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School and instructors from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will provide their perspectives on international humanitarian law in training blocks interspersed between the academic papers.
The event is sponsored this year by the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the ICRC. The co-hosts are Professor Bobby Chesney (UT Austin) and Professor Geoffrey Corn (South Texas College of Law). More details, including deadlines, are available here.
I attended the first two iterations of this workshop and came away each time thinking it was the best event I attended that year.