About ILSA

The International Law Students Association is a non-profit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA provides students with opportunities to study, research, and network in the international legal arena. The organization's activities include academic conferences, publications, the global coordination of student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

ILSA seeks to promote international law; to encourage communication and cooperation among students and lawyers internationally; to contribute to legal education; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicize educational and career opportunities in international law.

ILSA's primary unit of organization is the ILSA Chapter in the form of a local International Law Society (ILS) at the school level. Lawyers in the field and students whose schools do not have a chapter are encouraged to register as Individual Members. ILSA chapters and individual members receive subscriptions to the ILSA Quarterly and are invited to participate in a number of ILSA events and activities, including ILSA's three annual conferences.

ILSA serves as an umbrella organization for its member chapters. Chapters exist as independent entities, but are also members of the larger ILSA organization. This structure allows chapters to meet the unique needs of its members while still maintaining access to an international network of pooled academic and organizational resources.

ILSA globally administers the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Every year, thousands of students from more than 500 schools in over 80 countries participate, making the Jessup the largest moot court competition in the world.

ILSA Chapter and Jessup Team Locations from the 2013-2016 seasons.

ILSA organizes three conferences every year. ILSA also publishes books and other academic resources on topics related to international law.

If you have any questions about ILSA or its programs, please contact the ILSA Executive Office at [email protected] Three full time staff members and office interns are available to answer questions, help plan events, and connect you to resources available in the vast ILSA network.

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