International Law Weekend - 2019

International Law Weekend 2019 (ILW 2019) – the premier international law event of the fall season – is scheduled for October 10-12, 2019 in New York City. The conference will be held at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street) on October 10, 2019 and at Fordham Law School (150 West 62nd Street) on October 11-12, 2019.

Online registration is now closed, but in-person registration will be available onsite throughout ILW 2019.

ILW 2019 Full Program

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The unifying theme for ILW 2019 is The Resilience of International Law.

In recent years, the international legal system has been challenged at home and abroad. Growing nationalism, shifts in geo-political power, deepening economic inequality, climate change, and a global migration crisis have generated cracks in the established international order. These schisms have been exacerbated by other factors, including the power of private corporations over speech platforms and personal data and the rapid progression of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Even our discipline and profession are challenged with growing calls for inclusivity of diverse voices. Can the international legal system adapt to address these profound developments?

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ILW 2019 will address the resilience of international law. The conference will explore international law’s capacity to preserve the rule of law, promote both peace and justice, and maintain stability in the face of growing fault lines. The world is changing. ILW 2019 seeks to answer whether its theme—The Resilience of International Law—is a question or an affirmation.


This year’s keynote speakers include William Burke-White, Director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania Law School;  Judge Kimberly Prost, International Criminal Court; Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Legal Affairs; and Dr. Christopher Ward, SC, ILA President.



Friday, 9:00 a.m - Competition and Convergence
Bookman The Adjudication Business
King New Judicial Review in Old Europe
Schimmel et al Bridging the Cultural Gap in International Arbitrations

Friday, 9:00 a.m. - Surveillance, Privacy and Human Rights
Casey Explainable Machines
Hu Ironic Privacy Act
United States v. Hasbajrami

Friday, 10:45 a.m. - Corporate Families in Int'l Law
Arato et al Reforming Shareholder Claims in ISDS
Arato Private Law Critique of International Investment Law
Durkee International Lobbying Law
Verdier The New Financial Extraterritoriality

Friday, 10:45 a.m. - The US and the ICC Challenging Times
Beyond Kampala
Can the Intl Criminal Court Try Part 1
Can the Intl Criminal Court Try Part 2
ICC Statement
Treaty Based Limitations on the Article 12 Jurisdiction of the Int’l Criminal Court

Friday, 3:00 p.m. - Criminalizing Asylum
Ampriester Trumping Asylum
McDonnell and Merton Draft Enter at Your Own Risk
Puhl Prosecuting the Persecuted

Friday, 3:00 p.m. - The Fragmentation of Int'l Law
Achmea Groundbreaking or Overrated 2018
Can ECT Claims Be Arbitrated 2019
IntraEU disputed under the ECT 2019
Judicial Protection of Investors in the European Union Investment Arbitration ECHR and EU law 2018

Friday, 4:45 p.m. - Investment  Law and Human Rights
Bear Creek Award
Bear Creek Partial Dissenting Opinion Sands
Suez Decision on Liability
Urbaser Award

Friday, 4:45 p.m. - Resilience of Int'l Law of Outer Space
American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2019
Outer Space Treaty
Schaefer The Contours of Permissionless Innovation in the Outer Space Domain
Schaefer The Need for Federal Preemption and International Negotiation in the US Commercial Space Industry

Saturday, 10:15 a.m. - EU Role in Shaping Future of Investor State Arbitration
EU submission to UNCITRAL
Micula v Romania 
Slovak Republic v Achmea

Saturday, 12:00 noon - Resilience of Judgments Recognition Initiatives
Circulation of Judgments under the Draft Hague Convention 2 13 2019
Judgments Convention
SSRN posted text
Teitz Another Hague Judgments Convention

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - Prosecutorial Discretion - Sword or Shield of the ICC
Policy paper on case selection and prioritisation
A.Greenawalt Prosecutorial Discretion and the ICC
Rome Statute

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - Return of the State in Intl Trade and Investment Law
Heath National Security and Economic Globalization
Howse and Langille Spheres of Commerce
Pinchis Paulsen Trade Multilateralism and US Natl Security


UN Mission Reception
On Friday, October 11, 2019, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore reception will generously host the UN Mission reception of International Law Weekend 2019 (318 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017).  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for this event.  For security reasons, only those who have pre-registered for the reception may attend the reception and a photo ID is required at check-in. 


About ILW
ILW 2019 is organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) – which welcomes new members from academia, the practicing bar, and the diplomatic world. This annual conference attracts an audience of more than one thousand academics, practitioners, diplomats, members of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and law students.  For any questions about ILW 2019, please contact:

Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates


Prior ILW conferences
For information about ILW 2018, click here to see last year’s conference brochure.

ILW 2019 Organizing Committee

William Aceves (co-chair) Michael Marelus
Margaret McGuinness (co-chair) Caline Mouawad
Ashika Singh (co-chair) Janewa Osei-Tutu
Pam Bookman Leila Sadat (ex officio)
Amity Boye Milena Sterio
Kathleen Clausen David Stewart (ex officio)
Martin Flaherty Isavella Vasilogeorgi
Alonso Gurmendi  



Planning for ILW - 2019

Accommodations in NY

The ABILA is pleased to offer special group rates through the Empire Hotel, 44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023.

Group rate based on availability.
Cut off date: September 10, 2019

Please use the link here to book your reservations:  Empire Hotel - NY