Friedmann Conference Focuses On the "Arab Spring"

Fall 2011

The Columbia Society of International Law and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law recently hosted the 37th Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference in International Law, which examined the wave of revolutions that have swept through the Middle East this year. Titled “Law and Order in the Middle East,” the event brought together diplomats, activists, and scholars who examined the nature of the uprisings in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and Tunisia. Former Senate Majority Leader and former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell was named this year’s Friedmann honoree for outstanding contributions to the field of international law. Under President Bill Clinton, Mitchell helped shepherd the Northern Ireland peace process.