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Welcome to the American Branch of the International Law Association!

On this website you will find information about the American Branch's conferences, committees, and publications, as well as the Branch's connections to the work of the International Law Association (ILA) headquartered in London.

The ILA and its American Branch have a rich history and provide a wide range of opportunities for early career professionals as well as established international lawyers. The American Branch encourages its members to initiate their own projects, in existing committees or new ones tailored to a specific purpose.

We invite you to join the American Branch and participate in its important work. Click here for the Membership Brochure.

International Law Weekend 2017


International Law Weekend 2017 (ILW 2017) – the premier international law event of the fall season – was held from October 19-21, 2017 in New York City. This year, over 1,300 people registered to attend.

The conference began on Thursday evening, October 19, 2017, with a panel discussion at the New York City Bar (42 W. 44th Street). It continued on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street), with more than 35 panels and other events.

Opening Panel ILW 2017
For panel topics and speakers, please view the 2017 ILW Draft Program.

The unifying theme for ILW 2017 was International Law in Challenging Times:

Can international law rise to the challenge? For decades, international law has provided legal solutions to global problems through the development of substantive areas of law, court systems, and a framework for modern international relations. Now we must ask, is this post-WWII regime still relevant? Can it meet the needs of the global community? The rapidly changing global landscape will test the adaptability and dynamism of international law. Unprecedented health crises, massive refugee outflows, climate change, gender inequality and other global challenges require innovative solutions. This is an opportunity for international law to reestablish its strong connection with the global community it serves. Panels at ILW 2017 will examine current global challenges, potential solutions, and a broad range of dynamic issues in both public and private international law.

ABILA President David P. Stewart, moderated the Opening Panel entitled "The Challenges Facing International Law". Panel participants included Prof. Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice; Amb. Elinor Hammarskjöld, Director General of Legal Affairs of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stockholm; Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT); and D. Stephen Mathias Assistant Secretary General of United Nations for Legal Affairs (and head of the Office of Legal Counsel).

​Call for Papers and Panel Proposals - ILA Biennial Conference

The ILA (Australian Branch) is proud to be hosting the next biennial ILA Conference in Sydney from 19-24 August 2018.

The Organising Committee is currently developing a program for the conference, and to that end they are calling for papers and panel presentations around the core theme of the conference: Developing International Law in Challenging Times.

Submissions are to be emailed to info@ila2018.org.au by 1 November 2017. For details on how to make a submission, please refer to this flyer.

We warmly encourage you to share this call for papers and panel submissions widely with your friends and colleagues, and look forward to welcoming you to Sydney in 2018.


​Will International Law Matter To the Trump Administration?

International Law in the Trump Era: Expe​ctations, Hopes, and Fears

A conference held on January 23, 2017 at Georgetown Univerity Law Center.

Sponsored by the International & National Security Law Practice Group and Student Division Conference​ of the Federalist Society, the Georgetown Law Federalist Society and cosponored by the American Branch.


For the agenda and information on the panels, see ABILA Calendar of Events.



The ILA
The International Law Association (ILA), founded in 1873, is the preeminent international non-governmental organization for developing and restating international law.

The ILA, headquartered in London
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Events
The American Branch stages a major conference – International Law Weekend – which runs for several days in New York each October, and biennial International Law Weekends on the west coast and in the Midwest. These educational   

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Committees
One of the unique features of the International Law Association, including the national branches, is the work of the Committees.

Currently, the American Branch has twenty-five Committees headed by a Chair or Co-Chairs.
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Publications
American Branch members receive numerous publications as one benefit of their membership. The ABILA Newsletter and the International Law Association Newsletter report on current American Branch and ILA news and also contain substantive

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