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Welcome to the American Branch of the International Law Association!

On this website you will find information about the American Branch's conferences, committees, and publications, as well as the Branch's connections to the work of the International Law Association (ILA) headquartered in London.

The ILA and its American Branch have a rich history and provide a wide range of opportunities for early career professionals as well as established international lawyers. The American Branch encourages its members to initiate their own projects, in existing committees or new ones tailored to a specific purpose.

We invite you to join the American Branch and participate in its important work.

Online membership for 2018, via PayPal, is now available!

International Law Weekend 2018: Draft Theme Statement

Why International Law Matters

Like any legal system, international law is a reflection of the past. Its norms, rules, and institutions are built upon a foundation that is moored in prior decades and steeped in previous centuries. And yet, international law plays an important role today, while setting the stage for the future. Current developments and emerging trends will form into future law. International lawyers must, therefore, serve as both historians and fortune tellers, while applying international legal norms in the present.

- How does the past inform our present?
- What current events and movements will most impact our future?
- And why does international law matter today?

Wading through these moments in time, panels at ILW 2018 will consider the past, reflect on the present, and survey the future of our discipline and our profession, while addressing the fundamental question of why international law matters.

Litigating Foreign Relations Law In A Changing Treaty Landscape

On April 4, 2018 (noon - 4:00 pm), the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) joins with the Center on Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center to invite you to a conference on Litigating Foreign Relations Law In A Changing Treaty Landscape.

The conference will take place at:
Gewirz 12 Floor Lounge
600 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20010

For more information on the panel discussions, click here.

There is no fee to attend, but kindly Register here.

​Upcoming International Law Conference in Washington, DC

The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) is proud to be a cooperating organization of the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) 112th Annual Meeting, “International Law in Practice,” to take place in Washington, DC, April 4-7, 2018.

Featured speakers will include:

- Judge Joan E. Donoghue, International Court of Justice
- Sir Christopher Greenwood, International Court of Justice
- Meg Kinnear, secretary-general, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
- Peter Trooboff, senior counsel, Covington and Burling LLP, among others.

There will be more than 40 substantive panels following seven different tracks on topics of international dispute resolution; criminal law, human rights, and migration; international law and domestic law; armed conflict, use of force, and terrorism; environment, territory, sea, and space; international business; and global governance and international organizations. The program also includes multiples receptions and networking opportunities as well as separately ticketed luncheons.

To view the full program and to register for the conference, visit www.asil.org/am. There is a discounted rate for government, international organization, and NGO lawyers, and non-ASIL member registrants also receive a year’s complimentary membership in the Society. Contact services@asil.org with any questions.

International Law Weekend 2017nternational Law Weekend 2017

International Law Weekend 2017 (ILW 2017) – the premier international law event of the fall season – was held from October 19-21, 2017 in New York City. This year, over 1,300 people registered to attend.

The conference began on Thursday evening, October 19, 2017, with a panel discussion at the New York City Bar (42 W. 44th Street). It continued on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street), with more than 35 panels and other events.

Opening Panel ILW 2017
For panel topics and speakers, please view the 2017 ILW Draft Program.

The unifying theme for ILW 2017 was International Law in Challenging Times:

Can international law rise to the challenge? For decades, international law has provided legal solutions to global problems through the development of substantive areas of law, court systems, and a framework for modern international relations. Now we must ask, is this post-WWII regime still relevant? Can it meet the needs of the global community? The rapidly changing global landscape will test the adaptability and dynamism of international law. Unprecedented health crises, massive refugee outflows, climate change, gender inequality and other global challenges require innovative solutions. This is an opportunity for international law to reestablish its strong connection with the global community it serves. Panels at ILW 2017 will examine current global challenges, potential solutions, and a broad range of dynamic issues in both public and private international law.

ABILA President David P. Stewart, moderated the Opening Panel entitled "The Challenges Facing International Law". Panel participants included Prof. Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice; Amb. Elinor Hammarskjöld, Director General of Legal Affairs of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stockholm; Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT); and D. Stephen Mathias Assistant Secretary General of United Nations for Legal Affairs (and head of the Office of Legal Counsel).

​Will International Law Matter To the Trump Administration?

International Law in the Trump Era: Expe​ctations, Hopes, and Fears

A conference held on January 23, 2017 at Georgetown Univerity Law Center.

Sponsored by the International & National Security Law Practice Group and Student Division Conference​ of the Federalist Society, the Georgetown Law Federalist Society and cosponored by the American Branch.

For the agenda and information on the panels, see ABILA Calendar of Events.

The International Law Association (ILA), founded in 1873, is the preeminent international non-governmental organization for developing and restating international law.

The ILA, headquartered in London
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The American Branch stages a major conference – International Law Weekend – which runs for several days in New York each October, and biennial International Law Weekends on the west coast and in the Midwest. These educational   

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One of the unique features of the International Law Association, including the national branches, is the work of the Committees.

Currently, the American Branch has twenty-five Committees headed by a Chair or Co-Chairs.
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American Branch members receive numerous publications as one benefit of their membership. The ABILA Newsletter and the International Law Association Newsletter report on current American Branch and ILA news and also contain substantive

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