International Law Weekend

UPDATE: Emerging scholars and practitioners in the field of international law are invited to submit abstracts for the Emerging Voices panel at ILW 2016. The submission deadline is July 31, 2016.

International Law Weekend (ILW) 2016 will be held 27-29 October 2016 in New York City, New York, USA. Additional information about the conference will be added regularly. If you would like to receive updates about ILW 2016 please fill out the ILW Updates & Registration Reminder form.

The unifying theme for ILW 2016 is International Law 5.0:

The world is changing at an accelerating rate. From technological advances to environmental transformations, international lawyers are forced to confront emerging forces and new scenarios. Even settled principles of law are no longer settled. These tectonic shifts have been felt throughout the geography of international law. Legal professionals at every level – local, national, regional, and international – must change their practice to meet a changing world. Innovation will become necessary for survival. 

ILW 2016 will explore these issues through a diverse collection of engaging and provocative panels.

ILW begins Thursday evening, October 27, 2016 with a distinguished opening panel at the New York City Bar (42 W. 44th Street). The panel, Leadership Transitions and International Law, will feature a moderated discussion between the UN Under-Secretary- General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel (Miguel de Serpa Soares), the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State (Brian Egan), and Donald Francis Donovan (a distinguished international litigator who co-chairs the International Disputes Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP).

The conference continues Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street). Friday’s activities feature a keynote address by Lucinda Low, President of the America Society of International Law. This event is open to all conference attendees. 

About ILW 

ILW is sponsored and organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) – which welcomes new members from academia, the practicing bar, and the diplomatic world – and the International Law Students Association (ILSA).

This annual conference attracts an audience of more than eight hundred academics, diplomats, members of the governmental and nongovernmental sectors, and foreign policy and law students. Questions about ILW 2016 may be sent to [email protected].


Registration for ILW 2016 will open at the beginning of August. A link to registration will be avaialble on this webpage. 

Admission to ILW is free for students, members of ABILA, ILSA, the New York City Bar, and other co-sponsoring organizations as well as all staff of the United Nations and Permanent Missions to the United Nations. Members of other national ILA branches are invited to attend for a reduced fee of $100. For all others, there is a fee of $200.

**All information subject to change.


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