Thursday, March 22, 2018

Conference: 112th ASIL Annual Meeting (Update/Reminder)

On April 4-7, 2018, the American Society of International Law will hold its 112th Annual Meeting, in Washington, DC. The theme is: "International Law in Practice." I am one of the meeting's co-chairs, and the program is great. There are many fabulous panels, and keynote speakers and honorees include: Rosalie Silberman Abella (Justice, Supreme Court of Canada), Dapo Akande (Univ. of Oxford - Law), Joan E. Donoghue (Judge, International Court of Justice), Olufemi Elias (U.N. Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar, International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals), Christopher Greenwood (formerly, Judge, International Court of Justice), Meg Kinnear (Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes), Stephen Rapp (formerly, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes), and Peter Trooboff (Covington & Burling LLP). The full program is now available as a pdf here. I encourage all of ILR's readers to attend. Online registration closes on April 1. You can register here. If you miss online registration, on-site registration is also available. Here's the idea:

Practice reifies and animates international law, shaping what it means, how it is applied, and how effectively it achieves the diverse goals of those who invoke it. Practice is constitutive and contentious. It looks both backward and forward.

The 2018 Annual Meeting will focus on international law in action: how and by whom international law is made, shaped, and carried out, both formally and informally; how it is taught; how the practices of international institutions, law firms, companies, not-for-profit organizations, government offices, and militaries generate international rules; how and in what ways states and other actors interact; and how participants deploy international legal arguments. The meeting will consider how international legal practice has changed and is continuing to change in response to geopolitical shifts and contemporary challenges, including demands for greater transparency, accountability, legitimacy, and inclusion.

At its 112th Annual Meeting, the American Society of International Law invites policymakers, practitioners, academics across the disciplinary spectrum, and students to reflect on the broad manifestations, sources, and implications of international legal practice.