Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair of the International Law Section
Matthew D. McGhie


During the last few months, I have had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with the Executive Board of the International Law Section, but there are so many other Section members who I would like to meet and who undoubtedly have much to contribute to the success of the Section. If you feel so inclined, please send me an e-mail to let me know a little about yourself, share your proposals for future Section projects and events, and indicate the committee on which you would be willing to serve.

The Bylaws Revision Committee recently discussed a few changes to the Section’s bylaws, which have not been revised since 1992. Among the changes to the bylaws that the Executive Board will be submitting to the National Council is the establishment of a formal procedure through which Section members will elect Section officers. The current bylaws give the Executive Board the responsibility for selecting the Chair and give the Chair the authority to select Section officers, which doesn’t conform to current FBA policy. The Board has submitted the proposed changes to the National Council for its approval at the Mid-Year Meeting in early April.

Our bylaws indicate that the International Law Section should be publishing articles on international legal subjects, using our legal talents to further the cause of peace and democracy, and furthering the development and enforcement of human rights principles. Regardless of whether your own legal practice involves the regular application of customary international law, bilateral or multilateral treaties, or the decisions of international adjudicatory bodies, as a member of the International Law Section, you can help shape the growing influence of international law on the global community. By diligently combining our collective legal expertise with other like-minded individuals and organizations, we can help to shape the development and application of just laws at home and abroad.

Please complete the International Law Section member survey as your input is important to the Board.

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