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International Law Weekend 2015


International Law Weekend 2015 (ILW 2015) was held on November 5-7, 2015, in New York City.

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ILW is sponsored and organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) – which welcomes new members from academia, the practicing bar, and the diplomatic world – and the International Law Students Association (ILSA). This annual conference attracts an audience of more than eight hundred academics, diplomats, members of the governmental and nongovernmental sectors, and foreign policy and law students. ILW 2015 attracted more than 1,000 attendees.

Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers

ILW 2015 OpeningThe opening panel, "The Rule of Law and the Post 2015 Development Agenda" was a dialogue with senior UN officials and representatives of member states on efforts to advance the UN Rule of Law Initiative and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next fifteen years. This event was organized by ABILA in consultation with the ABA’s Section on International Law and the New York City Bar Association.

For the 3-day event, there were over 35 separate panels featuring over 135 distinguished panelists.

The ABILA Annual meeting was also held during ILW 2015 at the same location. As expected, the audience included practitioners, academics, UN diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, writers, journalists, and interested citizens.



ABILA and ILSA gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice



and of the following ILW 2015 sponsors:

  • Advanced Discovery
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • Boston University
  • Brill / Martinus Nijhoff
  • Case Western Reserve Univeristy School of Law
  • Cardozo School of Law
  • The Center for Global Affairs, NYU - SPS
  • Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
  • Cleary Gottlieb Stern & Hamilton LLP
  • Columbia Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN)
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law
  • The Federalist Society International & National Security Law Practice Group
  • Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts Univeristy
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hofstra University, Marucie A. Dean School of Law
  • Human Rights First
  • International & Non-JD Programs, Fordham Law School
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • Leitner Center for International Law & Justice
  • New York City Bar
  • New York University Law School
  • Oxford University Press
  • Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations
  • Princeton University, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
  • Princeton University Program in Law & Public Affairs (LAPA)
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Law
  • Univeristy of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • White & Case LLP


ILW 2015 - Program Committee Members

Chiara Giorgetti
Assistant Professor of Law
Faculty Director, LLM Program
Richmond School of Law

Jeremy Sharpe
Chief of Investment Arbitration
Office of the Legal Adviser
U.S. Department of State

David P. Stewart
President, ABILA
Georgetown University Law Center

Santiago Villalpando
Chief, Treaty Section
Office of Legal Affairs
United Nations

Tessa Walker
Programs Director, ILSA


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