Professor Milena Sterio presented on several panels at the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting. First, she moderated a panel on June 25 on the topic of “Head of State Immunity.” This panel was organized by the International Criminal Law Interest Group at ASIL, and Professor Sterio just finished serving a three-year term as this Group’s Co-Chair, and had, in this capacity, organized this panel. Other panelists included Andrew Boyle, Brennan Center for Justice, as co-moderator, and Professor Leila Sadat, Washington University School of Law (Speaker), Professor Adil Haque, Rutgers University (Speaker), Professor Ingrid Wuerth, Vanderbilt University School of Law (Speaker), and Professor David Scheffer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (Speaker).
In addition, Professor Sterio spoke as a panelist on a panel on June 25 on the topic of “The Case for Self-Determination in the 21st Century.” This panel was a mock argument before a fictional International Court for Self-Determination, and Professor Sterio argued on behalf of Catalonia, arguing in favor of its proposed secession from Spain. The panel was presided by Judge James Kateka of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, who acted as mock judge, and other panelists included Professor Marc Weller, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, Mamadou Hebie of the International Court of Justice, and Nawi Ukabiala, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Finally, Professor Sterio served as co-moderator of a session on June 26, organized by the Women in International Law Interest Group, of which Professor Sterio serves as Co-Chair. At this session, the Interest Group delivered the Prominent Woman in International Law Award to Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito (formerly a judge at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, and currently judge and president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights). During this session, Professor Sterio and her Co-Chair, Professor Nienke Grossman (University of Baltimore School of Law) engaged in a moderated conversation with Judge Odio Benito.