ILA Biennial Conferences

Every two years the International Law Association stages a major biennial conference, hosted by different national branches, that bring together the leading international lawyers, international law academics, and members of governments and international organizations from around the world. 

A major focus of each conference is on the work of the ILA’s committees and study groups, but plenary sessions and other panels address a wide range of leading international law issues. In August 2008, the Brazilian Branch hosted the seventy-third biennial conference in Rio de Janiero. And in 2016, the site was Durban, South Africa.

The United States has hosted six of the ILA’s biennial conferences. Buffalo, New York was the location of the eighteenth conference in 1899, and the twenty-fourth was held in Portland, Maine in 1907. New York City was the site of the thirty-sixth (1930), the forty-eighth (1958), and the fifty-fifth (1972) ILA biennial conferences.

Ronald Reagan International CenterThe sixth and most recent U.S. site to host an ILA biennial was the 76th ILA Biennial Conference which took place from April 7-12, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The conference was held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. A joint Program Committee, made up of members of the ABILA, ILA, and ASIL and chaired by Oona Hathaway, Larry Johnson, and Fionnuala Ní Aolain, organized the joint program.



78th Biennial Conference - Sydney, Australia

Syndey, Australia

The Australian Branch of the International Law Association warmly invites you to join international lawyers from around the globe at the 78th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association, which will be held in Sydney 19-24 August 2018.

The Conference will consider cutting-edge themes of international law as it responds to social and political challenges in a new environment.  Leading experts in public and private international law will join with lawyers, academics and other profesionals to consider the responsiveness of international law to a world presenting increasing challenges.

Dr. Chris Ward, SCDr Christopher Ward, SC
President of the ILA Australian Branch




Hon. Greg PearceThe Hon Greg Pearce MLC
2018 ILA Conference Coordinator