International Law Weekend 2018 – The premier international law event of the fall season, took place October 18-20, 2018 in New York City. The conference was held at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street) on October 18, 2018 and at Fordham Law School (150 West 62nd Street) on October 19-20, 2018.

Pictures from ILW 2017

The unifying theme for ILW 2018 is Why International Law Matters

Like any legal system, international law is a reflection of the past. Its norms, rules, and institutions are built upon a foundation that is moored in prior decades and steeped in previous centuries. And yet, international law plays an important role today, while setting the stage for the future. Current developments and emerging trends will form into future law. International lawyers must, therefore, serve as both historians and fortune tellers, while applying international legal norms in the present. How does the past inform our present? What current events and movements will most impact our future? And why does international law matter today? Wading through these moments in time, panels at ILW 2018 will consider the past, reflect on the present, and survey the future of our discipline and our profession, while addressing the fundamental question of why international law matters.


A number of panels were designated for continuing legal education (CLE). CLE credit will be offered to all ILW attendees at no additional cost through the sponsorship and assistance of White & Case LLP, which is an accredited provider of New York and California CLE credit. Attorneys licensed in other states can apply for CLE credit in their own jurisdiction using the New York CLE certificate provided by White & Case.

CLE Materials

Due Process for Refugees at Borders: A Challenge for International Law
Free Form Treaty Interpretations’ Last Stand: Why Vienna Convention Treaty Interpretation Rules Matter More than Ever in the Outer Space Domain
Imposing Obligations on Foreign Investors: An Emerging Trend in International Investment Law
Old Wine in New Bottles? The Trump Administration and Trade Law

Proposal Submission

The ILW Organizing Committee is no longer accepting panel proposals for ILW 2018. For questions regarding ILW 2018, please contact

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 may be sent to

Past International Law Weekends