Issue #10: January, 1996
In This Issue:
Message From the Chair:
This issue marks the beginning of a new year that is devoted to accomplishing the purposes of the
UN Decade. Just about one year ago, the Spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its
plans to convene a Third Hague Peace Conference in 1999 at The Hague. Whether this Conference will occur,
however, is a matter of the political will of the international community of States. The Hague Convention
Steering Committee has advised me that it will keep us informed regarding developments, which I will report to
you upon receipt.
National responses to the UN Decade highlighted in prior Newsletters could be characterized as less
than effervescent. One illustration is the exchange of correspondence between our group and various Congres-
sional representatives (discussed/reprinted in the last two issues of this Newsletter September & June 1995).
Nothing precludes us, however, from considering the role, if any, that our group might play in the proposed end-
of-Decade Conference (see Business Meeting Agenda below).
I will thus use this message to extend a call to our members to do two things, in anticipation of the
Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law March 27-30, 1996 Washington, DC at the
(1) Contact the Chair upon receipt of this Newsletter with any suggestions that you may have for
developing the role of the ASIL's UN Decade Interest Group ("UNDIG") in the UN Decade; and
(2) Plan to attend the UNDIG meeting (see tentative agenda discussed below).
Those of you who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting can provide a very useful service to the UNDIG
by responding to my request (#1 above) at your earliest convenience. Certainly, all of us want to be associated
with an active organization that continues to explore methods for achieving the objectives of the UN Decade. If I
receive a sufficient response, I will undertake another mailing to you between now and the Annual Meeting in
March. This particular exchange would assist me in my presentation at the meeting of Interest Group officers,
whereat I must report the events of the UNDIG since the last ASIL Annual Meeting.
Antonio Paulo Cachapuz de Medeiros, Professor of International Law at Pontificia
Universidade, Porto Alegre, Brazil has authored a Spanish-language book: O Poder de Celebrar Tratados [Treaty-
Making Power] (Sergio Antonio Fabris, 1995). Interested members should contact the Newsletter Editor (address
on page 1 above) for an English-language abstract.
Howard Meyer, of New York City, has published a brief critique of the "Contract with
America" entitled America's Contract with the World, in the Newsletter of the Peace Studies Association,
Summer/1995 issue (comparing it with the U.S. contract with the UN fifty years ago).
Ved Nanda, University of Denver Vice Provost & Evans University Professor, has authored
another book: International Environmental Law & Policy (Transnational, 1995). It is reviewed below in the Read-
er's Corner segment of this Newsletter.
David Krieger, President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, published an op-ed piece (in
addition to the one appearing in this issue of the UNDIG Newsletter) entitled Perspective: Compassion and
Tolerance in the Santa Barbara News-Press, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1995) . G.
At our Group's 1995 business meeting in New York, our informal
committee suggested that our Newsletter carry a restatement of
goals of the United Nations Decade of International Law in each
Thus, new members (and seasoned ones as well) can readily recall
for our existence. The Decade has four essential objectives:
Recent Activities of ASIL President Edith Brown Weiss
In May 1995 President Weiss initiated a new forum cosponsored with the Graduate Institute of Interna-
tional Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, on the implications of the increasing number of international fora for
resolving disputes. Sir Robert Jennings gave the keynote address; Michael Reisman, Lucius Caflisch, John R.
Crook, Jonathan I. Charney, Andreas Lowenfeld and Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann made presentations; and Brigitte
Stern delivered concluding remarks. The Proceedings of the Forum, which include remarks by members in the
audience, have just been published as ASIL Bulletin No. 9. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes served as editor.
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