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The N.C. Journal of International Law is cancelling its annual symposium amid inclement weather. UNC's Kenan Center and most other buildings on campus will be closed to us on Friday, January 22. The matter was out of our hands, although we certainly understand the decision and share the university's concern for everyone's safety in light of  the near-certainty of snow and ice throughout the day.

We're particularly saddened after the months of careful and enthusiastic preparation by our symposium editor, Mary Scruggs, and the great scholarship that our speakers are turning out. We of course will still publish ILJ's annual symposium edition with their papers later this year. We will post notice here if we reschedule the symposium but do not currently expect that to be possible.

Please stay warm and safe on the "snow day".

The Hague Convention on civil aspects of international child abduction

Friday, January 22, 2016
Kenan Conference Center, Chapel Hill, NC

The North Carolina Journal of International Law at UNC School of Law invites you to attend its annual symposium on Friday, January 22, at the Kenan Conference Center, housed in UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. In order to encourage a broader discourse on international law, NCILJ hosts an annual symposium on a topic of growing importance in the field of international law. This year’s symposium will focus on developments under the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which first entered into force in 1983.


8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:30 Session 1: Professor Sam Halabi
“Federal Jurisdiction and Child Visitation under the Hague Convention”
With comments by Dean Suzanne Reynolds and Professor George Walker
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Session 2: Professor Barbara Stark
"Japanese Accession to the Hague Convention"
With comments by Professor Ralf Michaels and Professor Holning Lau
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Session 3: Professor Ann Estin
“Global Childhood Under the Hague Convention”
With comments by Professor Deborah Weissman
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:45 Session 4: 
“The Hague Convention After Thirty-Five Years"
3:45 - 4:00 Closing Remarks

Confirmed Speakers Include

Sam Halabi, Associate Professor of Law at University of Tulsa and O'Neill Institute Scholar at Georgetown University

Barbara Stark, Professor of Law and John DeWitt Gregory Research Scholar, Hofstra University

Ann Estin, Aliber Family Chair in Law, University of Iowa College of law

Ralf MichaelsArthur LarsonProfessor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Holning Lau, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

Deborah WeissmanReef Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

Suzanne Reynolds, Dean, Wake Forest University School of Law

George Walker, Dean's Research Professor of Admiralty and International Law, Wake Forest University School of Law

Registration and other details at

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106

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