Past Event

2020 Friedmann Conference — The Changing Role of the ICJ in Light of The Gambia v. Myanmar

March 2, 2020
12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
JG 103

The Columbia Society for International Law and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law are proud to present the 46th Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference. This year, we will hold a panel on the changing role of the ICJ in light of The Gambia v. Myanmar, a January 2020 decision concerning genocide. 

In recent years, the ICJ has been increasing its role in the realm of international human rights, humanitarian law, and criminal law. While other international judiciaries, notably the ICC, are burdened by political and economic difficulties, the ICJ remains singularly focused on advocating for and shaping international criminal justice. 


  • Professor Lori Damrosch is the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School, where she teaches courses on international law and the U.S. foreign relations law. Prior to joining Columbia in 1984, Professor Damrosch worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the State Department. She has served as President of the American Society of International Law, co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law, and is a leading expert in public international law.
  • Professor Benedict Kingsbury is Vice Dean and Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He has served as Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice since its founding in 2002, and in 2018 was appointed as the faculty director of the Law School's newly-inaugurated Guarini Institute for Global Legal Studies, creating the innovative Guarini Global Law & Tech initiative. His research projects on global governance issues have been supported by the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and currently the Ford and Sloan Foundations. In 2019, he received NYU School of Law’s Podell Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Professor Michel Paradis currently serves as a senior attorney for the Department of Defense, Office of the Chief Defense Counsel. In that role, he is regularly appointed to represent detainees held at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has argued numerous cases before the nation’s highest courts and has contributed to scholarly publications on the subjects of international humanitarian law and terrorism.