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Call for ABILA Committee Research Assistant Proposals

The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) invite law students to participate in the activities of ABILA Committees as Research Assistants. They may do so by submitting expressions of interest , described below, or by responding to position notices from committees, posted at http://www.ilsa.org/resources/jobs/abilanotices.php. Research Assistants may assist ABILA Committee members conduct research and prepare reports on current international law issues. ABILA Committees study problems in international law and prepare reports that are published in the Proceedings of the American Branch. Students selected to participate in the program will have the opportunity to investigate a topic of interest to them, to undertake original research, and to learn from leaders in the field of international law.

Students may submit an expression of interest to ILSA in a topic or area of an ABILA Committee's work. ILSA will inform the appropriate Committee chair of these expressions of interest, and the Committee chair may select students to work on a relevant Committee project, depending on fit and on the Committee's needs. While students may make a submission at any time, they are encouraged to do so at one of two points in the year, by September 15 or January 15. The time-frame for completion of any project will depend on its nature and on the student’s availability, but could extend for several months or more. Research assistants are encouraged to explore the possibility of gaining academic credit for their R.A. experience through an externship or similar program at their law school. Research Assistants should have a strong background in international law and possess outstanding writing skills. Accordingly, students will normally be in their second or third year of law school when they apply, or the equivalent outside the United States. They should also be able to self-manage more than one project at a time and adhere to strict deadlines. Since the ABILA is engaged in all facets of international law, research assistants should have the intellectual dexterity to navigate this complex environment.


Interested students should submit an expression of interest and a resume to proposals@ilsa.org. The expression of interest should follow the guidelines set out below.

Students may submit an expression of interest in no more than two of the following international law areas:

  • Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Bilateral Investment Treaty and Development
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Disability Law
  • Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
  • Feminism and International Law
  • Formation of Rules of Customary International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Intergovernmental Settlement of Disputes
  • Law of the Sea
  • Space Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Criminal Court
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Family Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Judicial Integrity
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Multilateralism and Accountability of International Organizations
  • International Monetary Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Islamic Law

Expressions of interest should describe the student’s area of interest, the appropriate ABILA Committee, and relevant aspects of the student’s background. Students may specify a particular topic they would like to pursue within a general area of interest—a specific topic may attract Committee attention because it demonstrates knowledge of international law issues . Nevertheless, students should be prepared to participate in the Committee’s ongoing work, which could relate to a broad range of topics within the Committee’s subject area.

Expressions of interest should be sent along with a resume to proposals@ilsa.org or to the ILSA Executive Office at:

International Law Students Association
25 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite OMB1051
Chicago, IL 60604 USA

Questions should be directed to proposals@ilsa.org.