International Law Weekend - 2020

International Law Weekend 2020

American Branch of The International Law Association

Call for Panel Proposals

Deadline Extended: June 30, 2020

The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) is glad to announce our call for panel proposals for the International Law Weekend 2020 (ILW 2020) — the premier international law event of the fall season. ILW 2020 is scheduled to be held virtually on October 22-24, 2020.

The ILW Organizing Committee invites panel proposals to be submitted online by June 30, 2020 at Please note that proposals will only be accepted through the online ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form.

The theme of ILW 2020 is International Law in Challenging Times, as follows.

From shifting political alliances to changing trade and economic relations, the world around us is undergoing profound transformations. The backlash against globalization has resulted in increased suspicion of multilateralism – and escalating populism. Yet, the world is more interconnected than ever. Our economic system relies on interconnectivity. To stop the spread of the coronavirus and address climate change, international coordination is paramount. What is the role of international law in this changing and often contradictory world? What could and should international lawyers do? How can international institutions become more successful both at addressing the challenges facing them and in winning state and popular support?

ILW 2020 will explore these issues through a diverse collection of engaging and provocative panels. We expect the audience to include practitioners, academics, U.N. diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, journalists, students, and interested citizens. We plan to have a broad array of both public international law and private international law topics in each program time slot.

When submitting your proposal, please consider the following points:

  • Panel proposals may concern any aspect of contemporary international law and practice including, but not limited to, international arbitration, international environmental law, national security, cyber law, use of force, human rights, international humanitarian law, international organizations, international criminal law, international intellectual property, the law of the sea and outer space, legal theory, and trade law. When submitting your proposal, please identify the primary area(s) of international law that your proposed panel will address. 


  • Provide the names, titles, and affiliations of the moderator and likely speakers. One of the objectives of ILW 2020 is to promote dialogue among scholars and practitioners. Panels should include presenters with diverse experiences and perspectives, and should fulfill ILA’s diversity requirements particularly regarding gender. 


  • Please identify what format you are proposing for your panel. We welcome various formats, such as debates, roundtables, lectures, and break-out groups, as well as the usual practice of panel presentations. 


  • Please indicate whether you are an ABILA member and whether or not your panel is sponsored by an ABILA committee.


  • We encourage you to consider taking the necessary steps to qualify your panel for CLE credit. We hope to offer several CLE panels.


For questions regarding ILW 2020, please contact:


ILW 2020 Program Committee Members:


Yvonne Dutton, Co-Chair

Chiara Giorgetti, Co-Chair

Tej Srimushnam, Co-Chair 


William Aceves

Pamela Bookman

Kristin Boon

Amity Boye

M. Imad Khan

David Nanopoulos

Victoria Sahani 

Nawi Ukabiala

Isavella Vasilogeorgi


Leila Sadat, ex officio

David Stewart, ex officio


Planning for ILW - 2020