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11 Int'l L. News 1 (1982)

handle is hein.journals/inrnlwnw11 and id is 1 raw text is: INTERNATIONAL
L A~rW NEWS

Volume I1. Number I

Section of International Law

American Bar Association

Chairman's Column
THE CASE OF THE CHARTER
Having committed the Section of International Law
to a program (see Chairman's Column, vol. 10, no. 4)
of Impact Through Excellence-actual impact on
the shaping and application of
sensible international law-I
wish to emphasize an important
means for achieving the desired
impact: The ABA resolution
process.
In the past I myself question-
ed whether the ABA House of
Delegates could adopt a resolu-
tion in time to be effective, and
how such resolutions could help  charies N. Buwer
shape international law. I recall vividly my acute disbe-
lief upon being informed years ago, while serving as
Acting Legal Adviser of the U.S. State Department,
that the only official reaction of the ABA to controver-
sial war powers legislation would be a lengthy, ex-
pensive and distinctly historical study (which inciden-
tally remains unfinished more than seven years after
Congress enacted the War Powers Resolution).
A short time later, however, my very first experience
working on a Section project proved to me just how
timely and useful the resolution process can be if in-
voked. In the Spring of 1974 there was very broad con-
cern that the U.S. General Assembly in the fall would
adopt a Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of
States containing provisions plainly inconsistent with
U.S. interests, e.g., permitting expropriation of U.S.
investment by developing countries without just (or
even any) compensation as required by existing interna-
tional law. Moreover, it was feared that the U.S.
government would not actively oppose such action but
rather go along with a consensus, as it had just done

(Continued on page 4)

Spring Section Meeting
to Be at Boston
The Section will hold its Spring Meeting in Boston,
Massachusetts in cooperation with the Boston Bar
Association from April 16-18 at the Copley Plaza Hotel.
The schedule for the meeting is as follows:
Friday, April 16
4:30-6:30 P.M.  Administration Committee Meeting
7:00-9:00 P.M.  Reception in the Alexander Parris
Room at Faneuil Hall
Saturday, April 17
8:00-9:00 A.M.  Continental Breakfast/Orientation
Program-Prospective Members
New Members
Law Students
Young Lawyers
9:00-9:30 A.M.  THE PROGRAM
Welcoming Statements:
Mr. CHARLE N. BROWER, Chairman
Section of International Law
American Bar Association
Mr. JOHN C. VINCENT, JR., Chairman
International Law Section
Boston Bar Association
9:30-10:20 A.M.  PROFESSOR DELEV VAGTS
Harvard Law School
The Restatement of Foreign
Relations Law
10:20-10:45 A.M. Questions and Answers
10:45-11:00 A.M. Break
11:00-11:50A.M. PROFESSOR ABRAM CAYES
Harvard Law School
Mr. A. H. CHAYES, formerly
Under-Secretary of the Air Force
Department of Defense
(Continjed on page 7)

Copyright © 1982 American Bar Association

Winter 1982

Produced by the ABA Press

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