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Biennial Conference

Every two years the International Law Association stages a major biennial conference, hosted by different national branches, that bring together the leading international lawyers, international law academics, and members of governments and international organizations from around the world.

A major focus of each conference is on the work of the ILA’s committees and study groups, but plenary sessions and other panels address a wide range of leading international law issues. In August 2008, the Brazilian Branch hosted the seventy-third biennial conference in Rio de Janiero. Future hosts include Durban, South Africa in 2016.

The United States has hosted five of the ILA’s biennial conferences. Buffalo, New York was the location of the eighteenth conference in 1899, and the twenty-fourth was held in Portland, Maine in 1907. New York City was the site of the thirty-sixth (1930), the forty-eighth (1958), and the fifty-fifth (1972) ILA biennial conferences.

ILA 2014 Biennial Conference United States

The 76th ILA Biennial Conference took place in Washington, D.C. from April 7-12, 2014. The conference was held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. A joint Program Committee, made up of members of the ABILA, ILA, and ASIL and chaired by Oona Hathaway, Larry Johnson, and Fionnuala Ní Aolain, organized the joint program.

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