Past Events

CMEIL, in Conjunction with the George Mason International Law Journal (ILJ), Holds Panel on U.S. Recognition Policies

December 2021

On December 16, 2021, CMEIL and ILJ held a joint event to discuss the United States’ emerging approach to recognizing a state’s de jure sovereignty over a contested territory, particularly in the wake of U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and U.S. recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. With introductions by ILJ’s Editor-in-Chief Sally Alghazali and moderated by CMEIL Director Professor Eugene Kontorovich, this panel featured insights from Professor Avi Bell (University of San Diego School of Law), Professor Julian Ku (Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law), and Professor Milena Sterio (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law).



CMEIL Holds Panel on the Constitutionality of Anti-BDS Laws

October 2021

In the past seven years, over thirty states have passed “anti-BDS laws.” These laws characterize boycotts of persons or companies based on their Israeli identity as a form of discrimination – and restrict state contracting or investment with companies that engage in such conduct. They have been challenged on Free Speech ground in several cases across the country. The Eight Circuit has recently heard arguments en banc on the issue, and its ruling will be the most significant judicial pronouncement on the issue.

On October 26, 2021, CMEIL hosted a panel to discuss the impending en banc decision. This panel, featuring Professor Amanda Shanor (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School), Professor Eugene Volokh (UCLA Law School), and Seth Waxman (WilmerHale, former U.S. Solicitor General) debated the legal issues involved, with CMEIL’s Director Professor Eugene Kontorovich moderating.