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Each year, the American Branch stages a major conference – International Law Weekend – which runs for several days in New York each October, as well as biennial International Law Weekends on the west coast and in the Midwest. These educational conferences bring together practitioners, academics, government officials, and members of international and nongovernmental organizations. One distinctive feature of the American Branch is that Branch members and student associates are entitled to free admission to these conferences. The material below highlights International Law Weekend, International Law Weekend – West, International Law Weekend – Midwest, other Branch programs, and the biennial conferences of the London-based International Law Association.

International Law Weekend

Each October, the American Branch presents International Law Weekend (ILW) in New York City. This two-and-a-half day conference features over 30 panels, and many of the world’s leading international lawyers and diplomats participate. In recent years, keynote luncheon speakers have included the president of the American Society of International Law; and the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State. Gala receptions have been hosted by the Finnish, Belgian, and British missions to the United nations.

Recent ILWs have attracted an audience of over 1,000 students, academics, diplomats, and practitioners. Registration for the ILW, and indeed for all American Branch conferences and programs, remains free of charge for members of the American Branch of the International Law Association and for the Branch's student associates. Sponsorship by law firms and interested practitioners of the costs of these events is always welcomed and recognized.

International Law Weekend - West

Every other year the American Branch holds International Law Weekend – West. This two-day conference began in 2001 in Malibu and has been held in subsequent years in Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, and Santa Clara, California, and in Salem, Oregon.

The most recent ILW West was hosted by J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In 2017, International law Weekend - West will take place at the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on February 24, 2017. The next ILW-West has not yet been scheduled.

International Law Weekend - Midwest and South

The American Branch has now inaugurated International Law Weekends – Midwest and South. These conferences are modeled on the highly successful International Law Weekend – West, which brings together international law practitioners and academics to present panels and discuss significant themes and developments concerning a range of international law topics. Like ILW – West, ILW – Midwest and South will be scheduled in alternate years.

The recent ILW Midwest conferences were held at Case Western University School of Law (2011), and Washington University School of Law (2013). The next ILW will take place March 2-3, 2017 at Texas A&M's Law School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Biennial Conferences

The International Law Association holds biennial conferences attended by representatives of most of its national branches. Much of the work of the ILA occurs at its biennial conferences, where members from around the world hold working sessions of the ILA's expert committees and its study groups, and truly international panels are convened on current topics, with plentiful events for family members who accompany the ILA members.

Other Programs

The American Branch sponsors occasional talks and programs, especially in the Washington, DC area, and cosponsors numerous events. See the Calendar of Events. For example, the Branch has recently staged two International Law Career Panels for students as well as the substantive panels, "Treaties in U.S. Courts" and "A World of Free Trade Agreements."

If you are interested in hosting an event or have suggestions for future events, please contact Rachel Smith, the American Branch’s Program Director, at programdirector@ila-americanbranch.org.

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