Frequently Asked Questions
What is International Law Weekend?
International Law Weekend (ILW) is a three-day conference featuring presentations on a wide range of international law issues and developments of current importance. One of the premier international law conferences of the fall season, it is hosted annually by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) in New York City. ILW includes several major addresses and plenary panels and 35 substantive panels on a wide range of public and private international law topics. To learn more about this conference, visit our website.
When was the conference?
ILW 2023 was held on October 19-21, 2023.
Where was the conference held?
ILW 2023 was hosted in person in New York City. The opening night’s events on Thursday were held at the New York City Bar Association (42 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). The substantive program on Friday and Saturday were at Fordham University School of Law (150 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023). The Saturday night reception, which required a separate ticket, was at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations (245 E 47th St, 44th Floor, New York, NY 10017).
What was the theme for ILW 2023?
The theme for ILW 2023 was Beyond International Law, as follows:
International law is at a crossroads. While there have been many successes, the system’s shortcomings still remain visible, exposed by prolonged armed conflicts, a lack of accountability for atrocities, a global pandemic followed by an economic downturn, and entrenched economic and social inequalities exacerbated by the disastrous effects of climate change. The time is ripe for the international legal community to consider what lies beyond current international law. If existing legal solutions fall short, how can international lawyers and leaders effectively harness their creativity to tackle the complex challenges of today? How does international law interface with other disciplines that also seek to promote peace and equality, such as domestic law, diplomacy, trade, social change movements, and global solidarity initiatives? How can international law adapt to become more effective in responding to the world’s shifting crises? ILW 2023 encourages participants to think beyond international law.
ILW 2023 explored these issues through a diverse set of engaging and provocative panels, plenary sessions, and keynote addresses. Each time slot included a broad array of both public international law and private international law topics.
Was the conference streamed online?
No. ILW was an in-person only event. Some panels were recorded and will be shared after the conference, but no live steaming of events took place.
How do I submit a proposed panel for inclusion in the program?
The ILW Organizing Committee invited panel proposals to be submitted by the public by May 1, 2023.
Was proof of COVID-19 vaccination required to attend ILW?
No. Proof of vaccination was no longer required to attend any of the events held in conjunction with ILW.
How do I register?
Registration was available on our website here: https://www.ila-americanbranch.org/ilw-2023-registration/. The early-bird registration rate ended on September 10, 2023. Some events required separate tickets that can be purchased on the registration page. To stay up to date on ILW announcements, follow us on social media: @ABILA_official. The hashtag #ILW2023 was used for ILW 2023.
How do I earn CLE at ILW?
Panels during every time slot at ILW were approved for CLE. To obtain CLE credit, please take note of the CLE code that was announced during the sessions you attended and then submit a signed CLE Affirmation Form (available at the back of the program and at the registration desk) to [email protected] with the subject line “CLE”. Forms must be submitted by November 12, 2023.
Statement on Conference Speakers:
The American Branch has a long history of organizing conferences that promote discourse about important international law topics. This often includes panels, speakers, and awardees who address controversial and sensitive issues. Our commitment to open debate remains unchanged, and ABILA does not engage in academic censorship. The program for International Law Weekend (ILW) does not reflect in any way the views of the Branch or any of our sponsor organizations. We continue to welcome broad and lively discussion at our conferences, as we have in past years.
How much did it cost to attend ILW?
The registration fees were as follows:
Is ILW free for students?
Yes. ILW is always free for students who can demonstrate that they are currently enrolled in a degree program. As a reminder, student membership in the American Branch of the International Law Association is always free. View our membership page for more information.
Why does it cost more to register for non-members?
Membership in the American Branch comes with many benefits, including participation in ABILA and ILA Committees, mentoring opportunities, and reduced rates on regional and national conferences like ILW. We offered a special bundle rate to non-member conference participants who can register for the conference and become an American Branch member through December 31, 2024 for the low price of $150. This was a savings of $120-145.
Did Panelists and Moderators have to register?
Yes. All panelists and moderators were required to register for ILW 2023 and pay the appropriate fee. International law Weekend provides speakers with a platform at a global and diverse conference. As in prior years, we anticipated nearly 1,500 participants, including practitioners, academics, diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, journalists, students, and interested citizens. Registration fees support the American Branch and allow us to continue to host world-class conferences year after year and offer our programs at a very modest cost and free for students. Non-member speakers were encouraged to take advantage of the bundled registration and membership option to join one of the most active professional organizations in our field at a reduced rate.
Can I apply for a fee waiver for financial hardship?
Yes. If you would like to attend ILW or are a Panelist but cannot manage the registration fee, please email [email protected] to request a fee waiver. Waivers will be issued on a case-by-case basis.
Is there a dress code for ILW?
Yes. We recommend business casual for all participants throughout ILW.
If you have any other questions about ILW, please email [email protected]
Organizing Committee Members ILW 2023
William Aceves, Co-Chair
Floriane Lavaud, Co-Chair
Milena Sterio, Co-Chair
Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
Madaline George, Chief Operating Officer
Leila Sadat, ex officio
Michael Scharf, ex officio