International Law Weekend - 2017

ILW 2017 Opening Panel, NY City BarInternational Law Weekend 2017, held in New York on October 27-29, was a great success. Total registered attendance exceeded 1,230, of whom over a thousand were students. The Branch owes its appreciation to the Organizing Committee led by Milena Sterio and including David Attanasio, Bart Smit Duijzentkunst, Jessica Simonoff, Justinian Doreste, and ILSA’s wonderful Tessa Walker.

The overall theme of ILW 2017 was “International Law in Changing Times.” The conference aimed at evaluating the challenges that confront the law and international lawyers in the current dynamic world environment The distinguished opening panel, held Thursday evening at the New York City Bar Association, focused on “Leadership Transitions and International Law,” reflecting in particular on leadership changes on international law and practice, particularly in the United Nations and the United States.

Participants included Judge Theodore Meron, current President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Hon. D. Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations for Legal Affairs (and head of the Office of the Legal Counsel;, Prof. Martin Flaherty, Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice; and Ambassador Elinor Hammarskjöld, Director General for Legal Affairs of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. ABILA President David P. Stewart moderated.

This panel probed the central questions of the conference: what are the most important challenges facing the field of international law and the institutions and structures that have been central to the world order since World War II.

The well-attended discussion was followed by a wonderful reception, sponsored by the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, for whose support the Branch is most grateful.

In addition to a rich array of panel presentations and other events on Friday and Saturday, the keynote address by Sir Christopher Greenwood, Judge, International Court of Justice, was a particularly well attended and engaging event that prompted a number of thoughtful questions from the audience.

Sir Christopher GreenwoodOn Friday evening, the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations generously hosted a wonderful reception, for which the Branch extends its thanks.






Our thanks to the following supporting institutions who contributed to the success of ILW 2017:

ILW - 2017 Co-sponsors

  • American Bar Association

  • American Society of International Law

  • Brill USA, Inc.

  • California Western School of Law

  • Columbia Law School Dean Rusk International Law Center

  • University of Georgia School of Law

  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • George Washington University Law School

  • Georgetown University Law Center

  • Fordham University School of Law International and Non-J.D. Programs

  • Fordham University School of Law Leitner Center for International Law & Justice

  • New York City Bar Association

  • NYU Center for Global Affairs

  • Oxford University Press

  • Princeton University James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institution

  • The Fletcher School Tufts University

  • University of Nebraska

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • White & Case LLP

  • Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law



Planning for ILW - 2018

Why International Law Matters

Fordham Law SchoolPlanning has already begun for ILW 2018, to be held October 18-20 in New York City. The theme will be “Why International Law Matters.” This exciting annual event co-incides with the 97th annual meeting of the American Branch.

As in prior years, the conference will open on Thursday evening with a featured panel discussion in the Great Hall of the New York City Bar Association, 44 West 45th Street, followed by a reception. It will continue Friday and Saturday at Fordham University School of Law. A reception will be hosted Friday evening by the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations.

The tentative theme for ILW 2018 is Why International Law Matters. Planning is underway for some 35 presentations and panel discussions aimed at examining a broad range of current global challenges, potential solutions, and dynamic issues in both public and private international law. As in past years, a number of panels will be accredited for CLE credit. The Organizing Committee expects to solicit panel proposals early in the spring.

In addition to the traditional Opening Panel discussion on Thursday evening, keynote addresses will be scheduled on Friday and Saturday. As in the past, the program will include a number of career-oriented panels in various areas of international law.