International Law Section To Honor United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

By Christian Nolan

January 18, 2021

International Law Section To Honor United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs


By Christian Nolan

The International Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will honor the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs with the 2021 Distinction in International Law and Affairs Award.

The award recognizes those who have made a major contribution to international peace, global understanding, and democracy. UNODA will receive the award on Jan. 27 during NYSBA’s Annual Meeting.

“There is continuing and urgent need to avoid proliferation of nuclear weapons, to revitalize global disarmament discussions, and eventually to abolish nuclear weapons themselves,” said Jay L. Himes, chair of NYSBA’s International Law Section. “The Section’s selection of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs as the recipient of its Distinction in International Law and Affairs Award recognizes UNODA’s vital role in the effort to reduce the risks that nuclear weapons present to the very existence of life on earth.”

UNODA supports multilateral efforts aimed at general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control. The office works to address the humanitarian impact of major conventional weapons and emerging weapon technologies such as the proliferation of autonomous weapons, an issue that has received increased attention from the international community.

UNODA fosters disarmament measures through dialogue, transparency, and confidence-building on military matters, and encourages regional disarmament. It also provides objective, impartial, and up-to-date information on multilateral disarmament issues and activities.

The International Law Section also announced that Daniel J. Alvarez is the winner of the Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award. Alvarez, a New Jersey native and third-year law student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, receives $2,000 and publication of his article in the New York International Law Review.

Honoring attorneys who render extraordinary service to the public and the profession is part of NYSBA’s Annual Meeting tradition. The all-virtual 144th Annual Meeting, which will run from Jan. 19 to 29, will focus on more than 65 different topics each day. Subjects include Employment Litigation in the Wake of COVID-19, Conducting a Jury Trial in the Shadow of COVID-19, State Tax Implications From the Pandemic and Vaccines: Legal Mandates and Challenges.

The Presidential Summit on Wednesday, Jan. 27, will look at the COVID-19 Pandemic: Legal, Constitutional, and Public Health Issues.  One of the nation’s top constitutional law scholars, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law, and Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician, public health activist, author, academic, and advisor will speak at the event.

Other featured speakers at the Annual Meeting include Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

For more information on NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, click here.

About the New York State Bar Association
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