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The Journal would like to thank Professor Yun-chien Chang, the Jack G. Clarke Professor in East Asian Law & Director of Clarke Program in East Asian Law & Culture, for his work organizing the 2023 Symposium with us. We would also like to thank Hai Jin, Dr. Ching-Fang Hsu, Helena Whalen-Bridge, Xiaohong Yu, Zhaoyang Sun, Dr. Wei Gao, and Kyoko Ishida for speaking at our annual Symposium: Gender Equality in the Legal Profession in East Asia: Empirical Perspectives.

Articles from the participating speakers forthcoming.


The Journal would like to sincerely thank Prof. Dr. Tetiana Anakina, Maria Avdeeva, Prof. Dr. Bohdan Shumylovych, Prof. Oona A. Hathaway, Prof. Nicholas Rostow, and LTC Paul A. Lushenko for taking the time to speak at our annual Symposium: Select Topics on Russian Aggression and the War in Ukraine. 

A recording of the event is available here.

Articles from participating speakers forthcoming.


Human Mobility and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Revisiting the 14 Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Displaced Persons

October 2021

Building upon the 14 Principles – which set out how international law should protect migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been endorsed by more than 1,000 scholars worldwide – a group of international law scholars have collaborated to create a series of short essays looking at a set of pressing legal and policy issues relevant to this and future pandemics and the rights of migrants under international law. 

Introduction to Symposium

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Ian M. Kysel, & Monette Zard

The Right to Health

Joanne Csete

Implementing Principle 2: The Legal Framework vs. the Reality

Iain Byrne

COVID-19, Surveillance, and the Border Industrial Complex

Petra Molnar

Refugees and the Scope for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Human Mobility and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Revisiting the 14 Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Displaced Persons

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Joanne Csete, Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Ian M. Kysel, Petra Molnar, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Monette Zard

Concluding Comments: Revisiting the Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees and Other Displaced Persons, One Year On

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

Concluding Comments: (A) Few Promising Avenues for Promoting the Rights of Migrants in the Post-Pandemic

Ian M. Kysel

Full Symposium PDF


Black Lives Matter as a Human Rights Issue

April 28, 2021

Thank you to Professor Erika George, Gerald Lenoir, and Professor Muna Ndulo for taking the time to speak at our annual Symposium and shedding light on the activism and international law aspects of BLM.

A recording of the event is available here.

Articles from participating speakers forthcoming.

ILJ Spring Symposium

The Journal would like to thank Professor Erika George, Gerald Lenoir, and Professor Muna Ndulo for taking the time to speak at our annual Symposium: Black Lives Matter as a Human Rights Issue.  View Event Here

Apr 2021


Society’s New Frontier – Cybersecurity, Privacy and Online Expression

Len Kennedy

The following is a written adaptation of the opening speech for the 2019 Symposium. To the Journal’s editorial board, the presenters, commentators, audience, and most importantly, the sponsors, I hope you find inspiration in the Symposium’s presentations. The articles presented in this issue touch on important aspects of some very difficult problems— problems that grow…

Apr 2021


The Cornell International Law Journal’s 2018 symposium explores the development of feminist movements across various national legal regimes and discusses the broader implications of these regional developments on the broader landscape of transnational feminism.  The papers presented at the conference consider localized case studies, comparisons of the legal regimes of various nations, and the developments of International Human Rights Law pertaining to issues of sex and gender across the world.

Case studies furnish a rich landscape for discussion of the efficacy of transnational norms to disparate legal and social regimes.  Cynthia Bowman’s article, presented by Elizabeth Brundige, looks at the treatment of domestic violence in the legal regime and social institutions in Ghana, comparing this case study with developments in other African nations.  Nkatha Kabira’s paper, presented by Patricia Kameri-Mbote, looks at the case study of the development of Kenyan feminism in a constitutional democracy and in the broader context of transnational women’s rights; addressing issues such as female genital mutilation and reproductive rights.  Hila Shamir’s work, presented by Kate Mogulescu, proposes a hybrid approach to the regulation of sex work and relies on the Israeli case study to illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of such an approach, which creates a gap between de jure and de facto legal regimes.

Comparative legal methodologies analyze the developments of specific areas of law in differently situated nations.  Aziza Ahmed’s paper, presented by Rachel Rebouché, considers the significance of the development of the HPV vaccines on feminist thought in the United States and in India.  Sital Kalantry’s article, presented by Annelise Riles, draws on comparative legal methodologies to consider the efficacy of transnational feminist developments like the #MeToo movement and the legal treatment of surrogacy transactions in the United States and in India.

Regional developments have shaped the discourse around the understanding of International Human Rights.  Lina M. Cespedes-Baez, whose work will be presented by Saptarshi Mandal, applies the lens of international human rights to Colombian internal armed conflict, focusing on the disparate impacts of such conflicts on women.  Chao-ju Chen’s work, presented by Suzanne Goldberg, discusses the relationship between the global movement for marriage equality and feminist critiques of the institution of marriage.  Natalie Davidson’s article, presented by Janet Halley, considers the possibility of expanding International Human Rights Law, called to reform in post-liberal discourse, to domestic violence.

We have included reactions from our editors to some of the papers that will be presented at Symposium and published in our Symposium Edition.  Thank you to our wonderful authors for their papers and our editors Dylan Penza, Eric Finkelberg, and Annalisa Choy for their reactions.

Online Symposium 2018 – Interpersonal Human Rights

Article by Hanoch Dagan & Avihay Dorfman
Commentaries by: Roxana Banu, Evan Fox-Decent, Mitchel Lasser, Ralf Michaels, Horatia Muir Watt

Response to  Transnational Feminism in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence in Africa by Annalisa Choy

Response to  The Feminist Expansion of Torture: Towards a Post-Liberal International Human Rights Law by Dylan Penza

Response to  A (Feminist) Farewell to Arms: The Impact of the Peace Process with FARC-EP on Colombian Feminism by Eric Finkelberg