|Message from Chair||UN Decade Objectives|
|News of Members||Your Turn|
This issue of our Newsletter is particularly rich because of news from the annual business
meeting. We were honored by the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Permanent
Court of Arbitration and the lawyer for the Malaysian Delegation to the World Health
Organization's case in the International Court of Justice on nuclear weapons (both of these
presentations are summarized below under Annual Business Meeting).
One significant product of this year's annual meeting was the renewed directive (to
ourselves) that each UNDIG member should lecture to a non-lawyer group--at least once
during the interim year between now and the 1997 Annual Meeting of the ASIL. This
particular medium provides all of us a very useful means for doing something significant to
advance the educational objectives of the UN Decade program designed to foster better
understanding of, and respect for, International Law.
Members of the UNDIG should be particularly proud because our founding Chair was
inducted as an Honorary Member of the American Society of International Law (see News of
It is my hope that more of you will be able to attend the 1997 Annual Meeting of the
ASIL--and of course the "UNDIG" annual meeting. Those of you who were unable to come to
Washington in March 1996 missed an unusually rich vein of panel presentations, not to
mention the opportunity to meet many people in our field of endeavor..
At our Group's 1995 business meeting in New York, our informal steering committee suggested that our Newsletter carry a restatement of the essential goals of the United Nations Decade of International Law in each issue. Thus, new members (and seasoned ones as well) can readily recall the reason for our existence. The Decade has four essential objectives:
R. St. J. Macdonald was elected an Honorary Member of the American Society of
Law at the ASIL's Annual Meeting. His career highlights include service as a judge on the
Court of Human Rights; distinguished service on a various Canadian law faculties; scholarship too
measureless to be summarized here; and of course being the founding Chair of the ASIL's UN
Interest Group. Those present at the ASIL's Annual Meeting were delighted to witness the
of this honor by the Society on one of its longterm supporters.
John King Gamble of Pennsylvania State University moderated the kickoff panel of the 1996
ASIL Annual Meeting, entitled Global Networks, New Technologies and International Law.
we are used to seeing John serve in this capacity, we should nevertheless recognize his
unceasing contribution to the work of the ASIL.
NOTE: Pursuant to the 1996 business meeting directive, members are requested to immediately advise Professor Slomanson (see page one of this Newsletter for communication information) regarding their presentations on International Law to non-lawyer groups during the upcoming year.
This final segment of each Newsletter provides the opportunity to comment on any topic of
interest to the UN
Decade Interest Group (affectionately dubbed "UNDIG"). It has been a very useful source for
planning meeting agenda,
new issues to be addressed by UNDIG, and the like. Please take a moment to jot down any
criticisms, or suggestions.. Send E-Mail to Editor, UN Decade