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Next, the delegates were addressed by the con- ference’s keynote speaker Judge Nicholas For- wood QC, the British Judge of the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Judge Forwood, who had given up part of his judicial holiday and flown in to London specifi- cally to deliver the IBA-ILSA keynote, is also the current president of the Second Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union. A self- described “poacher turned gamekeeper,” Judge Forwood discussed the importance of political accountability, stating that a simple lack of pro- tection remains the largest challenge facing hu- man rights globally. Judge Forwood challenged the audience to conceptualize ways in which they, as future professionals, might better make human rights a global reality.


Judge Forwood additionally pointed out inter- esting ways in which he has adjudicated hu- man rights issues at his own court, specifically referencing the freezing of assets of terrorist suspects. Finally, he encouraged the delegates to remain curious and interested at all points in their career and pointed to changes in judicial development following 9/11 as something that has kept Judge Forwood himself has curious and engaged. Pointing out that the legal field is becoming increasingly complicated, Judge For- wood expressed confidence that the delegates should have no problem remaining engaged and challenged throughout their careers.


The first day of the IBA-ILSA Conference ended with a drinks reception at the Law Society of England and Wales, the professional organiza- tion that represents the solicitors of both Eng- land and Wales. Much like a bar association, the Law Society of England and Wales provides pro- fessional support and training to its members, as


well as being involved in law reform. The recep- tion at the Law Society of England and Wales gave participants a chance to engage with one another in the stunning Chancery Lane venue. Delegates and panelists alike were able to spend an evening mingling below portraits of the many illustrious past presidents of the Law Society of England and Wales.


The second day of the IBA-ILSA Conference be- gan with a panel geared at aspiring associates. Aster Crawshaw, a partner at London-based firm Addleshaw Goodard, Sarah Hutchinson, vice president of the University of Law, and Philip Rodney, chairman of Scottish firm Burness Paull, all spoke to students about challenges that of- ten face new associates. The panelists creatively formatted the session as “a day in the life of the inbox of a new associate.” Following a series of slides, the panelists presented the audience with emails that a new associate might typically expect to find in his or her inbox at a morning in the office.


Through these email examples, the panelists discussed issues such as time management, bill- ing, client relations, and the fact that, at the end of the day, a law firm is a business. The panelists engaged the conference delegates in conversa- tions about building relationships with clients and other firms, and stressed the importance of personal and business development, including skills such as pitching proposals to both partners and client. Finally, the panelist, like many others at the IBA-ILSA Conference, highlighted how im- portant it is for young associates to think of their careers in a broader context.


As many students and young lawyers know, now is an especially stressful time to be pursuing a career in international law. The panel entitled “Pathways to International Law,” comprised of Qudsi Rasheed of the Foreign and Common- wealth Office, Anna Birtwistle of CM Murray LLP’s London office, and Belinda Richards of Al-


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