Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Call for Panel Proposals: International Law Weekend 2017

The American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association have issued a call for panel proposals for International Law Weekend 2017, which will take place October 19-21, 2017, in New York City. The theme is "International Law in Challenging Times." Here's the call:

International Law Weekend 2017: Call for Panel Proposals

Deadline: April 30, 2017

International Law Weekend 2017 (ILW 2017) – the premier international law event of the fall season – is scheduled for October 19-21, 2017 in New York City. The conference will be held at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street) on October 19, 2017 and at Fordham Law School (150 West 62nd Street) on October 20-21, 2017.

ILW 2017 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 one thousand academics, practitioners, diplomats, members of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and law students.

The unifying theme for ILW 2017 is International Law in Challenging Times

    Can international law rise to the challenge? For decades, international law has provided legal solutions to global problems through the development of substantive areas of law, court systems, and a framework for modern international relations. Now we must ask, is this post-WWII regime still relevant? Can it meet the needs of the global community? The rapidly changing global landscape will test the adaptability and dynamism of international law. Unprecedented health crises, massive refugee outflows, climate change, gender inequality and other global challenges require innovative solutions. This is an opportunity for international law to reestablish its strong connection with the global community it serves. Panels at ILW 2017 will examine current global challenges, potential solutions, and a broad range of dynamic issues in both public and private international law.

We expect the audience to include practitioners, academics, U.N. diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, journalists, students, and interested citizens. We plan to have a broad array of both public international law and private international law topics in each program time slot.

The ILW Organizing Committee invites proposals to be submitted online by April 30, 2017. Panels will only be accepted through the online ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form, which is located here.

When submitting your proposal, please consider the following points.

  • Panel proposals may concern any aspect of contemporary international law and practice including, but not limited to, international arbitration, international environmental law, national security, cyber law, use of force, human rights, international humanitarian law, international organizations, international criminal law, international intellectual property, the law of the sea and outer space, and trade law. When submitting your proposal, please identify the primary area(s) of international law that your proposed panel will address.
  • Provide the names, titles, and affiliations of the chair and likely speakers. One of the objectives of ILW 2017 is to promote dialogue among scholars and practitioners. Panels should include presenters with diverse experiences and perspectives.
  • Please identify what format you are proposing for your panel. We welcome various formats, such as debates, roundtables, lectures, and break-out groups, as well as the usual practice of panel presentations.
  • Please indicate whether you are an ABILA member and whether or not your panel is sponsored by an ABILA committee. Panel organizers are encouraged to include at least one ASIL member on the panel.
  • We hope to offer several CLE panels at ILW 2017. The CLE accreditation is very easy. More information will be provided once panels have been selected for the conference. If asked, we encourage you to consider taking the necessary steps to qualify your panel for CLE credit.
For questions regarding ILW 2017, please contact

ILW 2017 Program Committee Members:

David Attanasio
Leila Sadat
Jessica Simonoff
Bart Smit Duijzentkunst
Milena Sterio (Chair)
David Stewart
Tessa Walker