International Law Weekend (ILW) 2016 was held 27-29 October 2016 in New York City, New York, USA. The unifying theme for ILW 2016 was 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 began on 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, featured 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 continued Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street). Friday’s activities featured a keynote address by Lucinda Low, President of the America Society of International Law.