This proposal seeks a grant of $50,000 in support of a major international law conference at the Columbia Amman Global Center. The conference, with a working title of “International Legal Dialogue–Middle East and North Africa,” will be a collaboration of Columbia Law School, the Columbia Amman Global Center, and the American Society of International Law (ASIL), together with local partners including the University of Jordan Law School and the Jordanian and Qatari Branches of the International Law Association. The grant will support activities to convene the conference in the academic year 2015-2016, as now projected for late 2015 (possibly spring 2016 if necessary in order to complete all practical arrangements for the event).
With support from a PGIF planning grant awarded in 2014, a planning meeting for the conference is to be held at the Amman Global Center in the week of March 15, 2015, with the participation of U.S., Jordanian, and other Middle Eastern scholars of international law.
The Principal Investigator is Columbia Law School Professor Lori Damrosch, who is serving as President of the American Society of International Law from April 2014 to April 2016. The project enjoys the support and involvement of several Columbia professors and centers, including Professors Michael Doyle (Law School, Department of Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs), Sarah Cleveland (Law School and its Human Rights Institute), and George Bermann (Law School and its Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration), as well as Professor Zainab Bahrani (Art History and Archeology) whose work intersects with one of the proposed conference panel topics on legal protection of cultural heritage in armed conflict. The project also has support from ASIL, which will provide in-kind staff support, and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and its Amman-based program.