TILJ Symposium 2016

“ISIS: Navigating Conflicts with Non-State Actors”

TILJ 2016 Symposium.

Each year, the Texas International Law Journal (“TILJ”) hosts a symposium on a developing area of international law. In light of the grave legal and human repercussions of the conflict in Syria and Iraq, this year’s symposium, “ISIS: Navigating Conflict with Non-State Actors,” explored the challenges states and international legal practitioners face with the role of the United Nations and Member States in defusing the ISIS conflict, the implications of Islamic law for the conflict, and the application of refugee and human rights law.


The Journal would like to thank the institutions and organizations who sponsored this year’s symposium.

Symposium Schedule: April 15, 2016

8–10 a.m. – First Panel: Islamic Law Implications of the Conflict

  • SAHAR AZIZ, Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • MOHAMMAD FADEL, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair for the Law and Economics of Islamic Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Moderated by Samy Ayoub, Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies

10:15–11:15 a.m. – Keynote Address: Jeremi Suri

  • JEREMI SURI is the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Leadership in Global Affairs as well as a professor in the Department of History, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Suri is also the author and editor of seven books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. Recently Suri has authored several pieces in the Dallas Morning News and other news outlets on the Islamic State.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. – Second Panel: The United Nations and Member States: Lawful Options for Response and Intervention

  • GEOFFREY CORN, Presidential Research Professor, South Texas College of Law
  • JOHN BELLINGER, III, Partner in National Security and Public International Law, Arnold & Porter, Former Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (2005-2009), Senior Associate Counsel to the President, Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (2001-2005)
  • JEREMIAH S. PAM, Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • OREN GROSS, Irving Younger Professor of Law & Director of the Institute for International Legal & Security Studies, University of Minnesota School of Laws

Moderated by Derek P. Jinks, Marrs McLean Professor in Law, Senior Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law at the University of Texas School of Law

1:30–2:30 p.m. – Catered Lunch

2:30–4:30 p.m. – Final Panel: Refugees and Human Rights Challenges

  • ARIEL DULITZKY, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Human Rights Clinic, The University of Texas School of Law
  • JILL GOLDENZIEL, Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s International Security Program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Moderated by Denise Gilman, Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law

4:30 p.m. – Symposium Conclusion