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.
What is the theme for ILW 2022?
The theme for ILW 2022 is The Next 100 Years of International Law, as follows:
On the occasion of ABILA’s centennial anniversary, International Law Weekend 2022 invites reflection on the past and future of international law. Which foundations from the last century of international law should remain in the next century, and which should be reimagined? Today, the international legal order faces extraordinary challenges—threats to the peace, persistent economic and social inequalities, environmental and global health risks, and populist isolationism. Yet there are also many ways that international law has succeeded over the past century in resolving differences, keeping the peace, protecting human rights, and facilitating human flourishing. Present circumstances offer the opportunity to reevaluate the core features of international law. ABILA’s centennial ILW will explore the areas of international law that offer robust solutions, and those that require reinvention.
ILW 2022 will explore these issues through a diverse set of engaging and provocative panels, plenary sessions, and keynote addresses. Each time slot will include a broad array of both public international law and private international law topics.
When is the conference?
ILW 2022 will take place on October 20-22, 2022. View the preliminary program for more details.
Is the conference in person?
Yes. ILW 2022 will be hosted in person in New York City. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination (and booster, if applicable) will be required to enter the conference. We will also continue to monitor CDC and local guidelines on the Covid-19 pandemic.
How do I register?
Registration is available here. The early-bird registration rate ends September 10, 2022. Please note that the Centennial Gala on Thursday night and UN Mission Reception on Friday night require 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. Use the hashtag #ILW2022.
How do I earn CLE at ILW?
Select panels at ILW 2022 have been approved for CLE. To obtain CLE credit, please take note of the CLE code that will be announced during the sessions you attend and then submit a signed CLE Affirmation Form (available soon) to [email protected] with the subject link “CLE”. Forms must be submitted by November 5, 2022.
How do I submit a proposed panel for inclusion in the program?
The ILW Organizing Committee invited panel proposals to be submitted online by June 1, 2022.
How much does it cost to attend ILW?
Is ILW free for students?
Yes, ILW is 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 are offering a special bundle rate to non-member conference participants who can register for the conference and become an American Branch member through December 31, 2023 for the low price of $150. This is a savings of $120-145.
Do Panelists and Moderators Have to Register?
Yes. All panelists and moderators are required to register for ILW 2022 and pay the appropriate fee. International law Weekend provides speakers with a platform at a global and diverse conference. As in prior years, we anticipate 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 are 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 speaker 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.
If you have any other questions about ILW 2022, please email [email protected]
Organizing Committee Members ILW 2022
MJ Durkee, Co-Chair
M. Imad Khan, Co-Chair
Floriane Lavaud, Co-Chair
Madaline George, ILW Administrative Coordinator
Leila Sadat, ex officio
Michael Scharf, ex officio
David Stewart, ex officio