2015 Annual Meeting

Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World

For better or worse, international law is confronting a period of profound change. Geopolitical developments—in particular, new assertions of economic, political, or military power by countries like Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—have simultaneously aggravated latent territorial disputes and created the potential for unprecedented economic integration. Advances in technology have enabled cyber-conflicts and forged new tools for governmental coercion or control, while also facilitating the dissemination of information. Shared environmental challenges have presented new causes of human suffering or conflict, as well as new possibilities for global cooperation and assistance. And the increased role of non-state actors in international affairs has made more vocal the still unfulfilled demands on, for example, the universal recognition of the human rights of LGBT persons, the responsibilities associated with corporate conduct, and the protection of people from mass atrocities.

Among the highlights of the program:

  • The Grotius Lecture, "Some Thoughts About Grotius 400 Years On," by former International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judge Sir Kenneth Keith, with former ICJ President Dame Rosalyn Higgins as distinguished discussant

  • A major policy address on the "Development of the Legal Framework for the United States' Use of Military Force since 9/11" by U.S. Department of Defense General Counsel Stephen Preston

  • The Women in International Law Interest Group Luncheon, with remarks on "What People-Centered International Law Would Look Like" by New America Foundation President Anne-Marie Slaughter, winner of the 2015 Prominent Woman in International Law award

  • A keynote address by Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü

  • The Hudson Medal Luncheon, featuring remarks by medal winner Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva on "The Unity of International Law"

  • The Third Annual Charles Brower Lecture on International Dispute Resolution, "Canute Confronts the Tide: States and the Evolution of the Minimum Standard in Customary International Law," by Professor Michael Reisman of Yale Law School

  • A Gala Dinner keynote address by Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal Judge and former U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Rosemary Barkett

  • Special remarks by famed Nuremburg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, as part of the "International Criminal Law: New Voices" session

  • Substantive sessions featuring other prominent speakers such as Sarah Sewall (under secretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, U.S. Department of State) and Rosa Brooks (first head of the Office for Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy, U.S. Department of Defense)

Among the more than 40 program sessions conveying up to 20 hours of continuing legal education credit:

  • Can International Law Help Prevent the Rapid Disappearance of Wildlife?
  • Litigating the Counterterrorism Activities of the United States in Foreign Courts
  • Brazil, Corruption, and the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • Adapting to Change: The Role of International Organizations
  • Does TTIP Need Investor-State Dispute Settlement?
  • Global Public Interests in International Investment Law
  • Comparative Perspectives on Executive Unilateralism in Foreign Affairs
  • The Rise of China and What it Means for a Changing International Law Landscape
  • Regional and Sub-Regional Human Rights Tribunals: The African Response
  • Creative Tools for Regulating Global Supply Chains to Advance International Environment Objectives
  • Economic Sanctions – Hot Topics in 2015

April 8-11, 2015
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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With over a century of tradition and experience behind it, the American Society of International Law's Annual Meeting has become the most important gathering in the field of international law. Nearly 1,400 practitioners, scholars, and students travel to Washington, DC, each spring from all over the world to debate and discuss the latest developments in their field.

The 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting will ask how international law is adapting to a rapidly changing world. The conference program will feature over 30 substantive sessions developed by a committee of international law scholars and practitioners, meetings of Society leadership and the Society's 35 Interest Groups, keynotes by international law luminaries, and other special events.

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