Outgoing President Donald Francis Donovan opened the meeting at 2:40 p.m. in the Polaris A/B Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The agenda was adopted by consensus.
David Stewart, Susan Karamanian, Arthur Rovine, and Peter Trooboff shared remembrances of four deceased members of the Society, respectively, Barry Carter, Chrys Dougherty, Howard M. Holtzmann, and Detlev Vagts. There was a moment of silence.
Members who had reached their 50th year of membership in the Society were recognized as new emeritus members.
Mr. Donovan reported that approximately $2.5 million had been raised during the 21st Century Campaign, with the expectation of reaching a $3 million goal by the end of 2014. He emphasized the importance of the campaign in enhancing the Society's educational role, from academic institutions, to the Hill, to the new ASIL website. Mr. Donovan also highlighted efforts to strengthen the Society's collaboration with kindred international law societies in Asia and Europe. He concluded by describing the current ASIL-ILA conference as the "greatest example" of the Society's collaboration with other organizations and institutions.
Benedict Kingsbury, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the AJIL, reviewed the reforms that were underway to improve the structure and quality of the AJIL. These included a reduction of the editors' terms from five to four years with one extension, and greater assistance to younger authors, including a speed-mentoring program to enable such authors to discuss their writing problems with AJIL editors. Professor Kingsbury also identified five themes for special attention in future issues of the AJIL: comparative international law, interpretation of treaties and non-treaties, trans-Pacific law, and broad regional commentaries such as "Russia in the World" and "China in the World."
Jose Alvarez summarized new online initiatives, including AJIL Unbound, which would offer analyses of concepts and broad issue areas, beginning with his own "UN Peacekeepers in the Age of Cholera." He also stated that future agoras in the AJIL would be open to non-editors and would include some online writing not appearing in print. Discussions continued as to whether some material ordinarily reserved for the sections, "Contemporary Practice in the United States" and "Current Developments" might be put online in a more timely fashion than printed versions allow.
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