ILA Leadership Transition
The Executive Council of the International Law Association (ILA) is delighted to announce the unanimous election of a new Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin CMG FBA, on November 14, 2021. Professor Chinkin is the organization’s first female ILA Chair.
Following her election, Professor Chinkin recalled the objectives of the ILA: the study, clarification, and development of international law, both public and private; and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for the international rule of law; observing that these remained as relevant today as when the association was first established 150 years ago. She observed that she was taking office at a pivotal moment for the ILA as everyone was adjusting to a post-Covid world, and highlighted the need to consider future working arrangements in light of the lessons learned from the pandemic. She referred to important initiatives in increasing the diversity and participation of young scholars within the Association and meeting the challenges of ensuring the vibrancy and relevance of the ILA as it moves beyond 2023 and into the future.
Professor Chinkin succeeded the Rt. Hon. Lord Mance, who stepped down in accordance with the Constitution upon completion of three terms of office. Members recorded their profound thanks to Lord Mance for his long service and commitment to the ILA over the last 12 years.
The American Branch is grateful for the service of Lord Mance, and looks forward to working with Christine Chinkin.