Lecture: Arctic Maritime Boundaries

This lecture will examine the international law rules for maritime boundary making as applied to the situations in the Arctic Ocean both within 200 nautical miles (nm) from baselines and beyond. The lecture will discuss both the agreed Arctic maritime boundaries and those that are not yet agreed, as well as the continental shelf claims beyond 200 nm and the role of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in examining those claims.

Date: 23 September 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Place: Seminar Room 5-4, Level 5, Block B, NUS Bukit Timah Campus

NymRights: Protecting Identity in the Digital Age

with aestetix, founder of NymRights

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge, MA  02138
RSVP required for those attending in person via the form below
Event will be webcast live
on this page at 12:30 pm.

Do you have a name? More than one? Does it matter to you who knows it? As digital systems become more integrated into our lives, these questions are becoming very important. We’re in the midst of a literal identity crisis where your identity is quickly becoming, rather than something you define, a social construct that is granted to you. This talk will explore the philosophy of names and identity, the digital systems we’ve created over the past decades, and the challenges that arise when the systems come into conflict with individual safety and freedom. We’ll take a look at the current state of name-related policy within both companies and government, and introduce ongoing efforts to make sure your identity is not just a number in a computer.

About aestetix

After being suspended twice by Google Plus during the nymrights fiasco of 2011, aestetix helped created NymRights, focused on empowerment and education of digital identity. He’s spoken on this topic at events in Germany, New York City, San Francisco, including hacker conferences, digital rights events, and even a few universities. He’s also been involved in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), an Obama strategy to try to solve identity related challenges in areas like medicine and social security.


Kurt Opsahl of the Electronic Frontier Foundation: A Conversation About National Security Letters

Hosted and Moderated by Christopher Bavitz of the Cyberlaw Clinic.

Friday September 19, 2014
12-1PM, WCC 3019
Lunch will be served
Hosted/Co-sponsored by the Cyberlaw Clinic

Several federal statutes authorize the Federal Bureau of Investigation to issue National Security Letters — administrative subpoenas that require companies to disclose customer information relevant to national security investigations. In March 2013, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that gag order provisions in the NSL statute violated the First Amendment and that judicial review procedures violate separation of powers, declaring the entire statute unconstitutional. The court stayed its order pending the government’s appeal. The unnamed ISPs challenging the statute are represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In the wake of recent leaks on national security activities vis a vis major online service providers, non-disclosure provisions in NSLs have come to the forefront of the national conversation on transparency for service providers and due process for their customers. Kurt Opsahl, a Berkman Center Affiliate and EFF attorney who is arguing the NSL appeal, will explore these issues in an interactive format.

“Gbagbo, Katanga and Three Theories of Crimes Against Humanity”

Darryl Robinson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Canada


SCL Lectures are public and free of charge. Registration is not necessary, seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The views and opinions expressed in or during the Supranational Criminal Law lectures are not necessarily those of the host and/or participating organisations, namely the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University.

After Atrocity: Optimizing UN Action toward Accountability for Human Rights Abuses

Join us for the 2014 John P. Humphrey Lecture in Human Rights, which, this year, will be given by Steven Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.


The UN’s engagement with holding individuals accountable for human rights atrocities is barely twenty years old.  Although much attention has been given to the UN’s creation of international criminal tribunals for Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and other places, accountability is a far more complex process of which criminal justice is only one part.  In considering its involvement in a post-tribunal era, the UN needs to focus its efforts on those processes where it has a comparative advantage to offer governments dealing with past atrocities as well as survivors.  The UN’s role in fact-finding and investigation is a particularly promising avenue for the organization to pursue.   In developing a strategy for the future, it is important to ask whether and why the UN should be involved in accountability, what conditions are necessary for successful UN involvement, and how the UN can avoid certain pitfalls along the way.


Steven Ratner is the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.  His research has focused on a range of contemporary challenges facing governments and international institutions, including ethnic conflict, territorial borders, implementation of peace agreements, regulation of foreign investment, the normative orders concerning armed conflict, and accountability for human rights violations.  He served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Group of Experts on Cambodia in 1998-99 and of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka in 2010-11.  He has also worked as an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State, a legal consultant at the office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague, and a consultant on international law at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.  Since 2009, he has been a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law.  Among his publications are The New UN Peacekeeping: Building Peace in Lands of Conflict After the Cold War (St. Martin’s, 1995); Accountability for Human Rights Atrocities in International Law: Beyond the Nuremberg Legacy (Oxford, 1997, 2001 and 2009); International Law: Norms, Actors, Process (Aspen, 2002, 2006, and 2010), and The Thin Justice of International Law: A Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations (Oxford, forthcoming 2014).  He is graduate of Princeton University, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva), and Yale Law School.

Humanitarian Disarmament: Banning Weapons that Kill & Maim Civilians

Speaker: Zach Hudson, Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights

Every year thousands of innocent men, women, and children all over the world are killed or maimed by indiscriminate weapons that disproportionately impact civilian populations—both during and long after the end of conflict. Based on ten years of experience working in humanitarian disarmament, the Leitner Center’s Crowley Fellow, Zach Hudson, will discuss how the international community is using human rights and international humanitarian law to address limits on the production and use of such weapons.