International Law Weekend - Midwest

The University of Dayton School of Law together with the American Branch of the International Law Association and the University of Dayton Human Rights Center invites you to attend the 2019 Gilvary Symposium/International Law Weekend Midwest on Saturday, March 16 at Keller Hall.

The symposium will explore the topic, "Things Fall Apart or Creative Destruction?: The Future of the Rule of Law in International Governance." It will feature Keynote speaker Justice Carlos Bernal of the Constitutional Court of Colombia. Justice Bernal will address the problem of transitional justice in Colombia in the wake of the Colombian government/FARC peace agreement, concluding one of the world’s longest running contemporary conflicts.

The symposium will also feature four panels:

  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Law – Norms in International Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Environmental Law – Climate Change and the Point of No Return 
  • International Economic Law –Trade Norms, New Norms?
  • Global Governance – Reconstruction or Falling Through the Cracks?

The symposium is made possible by The Honorable James J. Gilvary Fund for Law, Religion, and Social Justice.

For inquiries, please contact Lee Ann Ross at or at 937-229-3793.

Free Registration (Includes Lunch)


Ohio CLE credit of 6.0 hours is pending approval. Non Ohio CLE credit available upon request to state bar authorities (at the discretion of the state).


March 16, 2019 - Schedule

Panel 1 – Human Rights and Humanitarian Law – Norms in International Refugee and Asylum Law

The international consensus on the obligations of states to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants has broken down in the face of massive flows from South to North. Is there a way forward to a new consensus or is the system heading towards irretrievable breakdown?

Panel 2 – Environmental Law – Climate Change and the Point of No Return

There appears to be an irreconcilable conflict at the heart of the climate negotiations that has resulted not in increasing ambition but in a form of abdication by major powers such as the United States, China, India, and the European Union. Does the retreat from the strong rule of law framework of the Kyoto Protocol embodied by the Paris Agreement present an opportunity to break logjams, or is it pushing us beyond the point of no return?

Lunch-Keynote: Justice Carlos Bernal of the Constitutional Court of Colombia

Colombia has just emerged from one of the longest running domestic and transnational conflicts. That conflict, the peace process and its aftermath pose unique problems for a Constitutional Court, especially one in a country in which the US has historically played a large role in domestic outcomes. What has happened to US influence in Colombia? What role has it played in either supporting or subverting the rule of law?