2015 Annual Meeting

Confirmed Annual Meeting Keynote Speakers

Sir Kenneth Keith, formerly of the International Court of Justice

Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America Foundation

Pierre-Marie Dupuy, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

Stephen Preston, U.S. Department of Defense

Rosemary Barkett, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal

Ahmet Üzümcü, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Michael Reisman, Yale Law School

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Welcome Message

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

Full Conference Registration

(includes access to all program sessions, ASIL Interest Group meetings and social events, receptions, and access to exhibits; Meals and additional items are extra, please see below)

Cancellations received on or before January 31, 2015 will be refunded 100% of your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee to cover the cost of processing. Cancellations received between February 1 and March 31, 2015 will be refunded 50% of your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after March 31, 2015. All requests for cancellations must be directed to ASIL Services at services@asil.org.

  ASIL Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Early Bird (On or before January 31, 2015) $425 $595**
Standard (January 31 through April 7, 2015) $505 $685**
On-Site (April 8 through 11, 2015) $595 $770**
Early Bird (On or before January 31, 2015) $315 $400
Standard (February 1 through April 7, 2015) $370 $450
On-Site (April 8 through 11, 2015) $420 $505
GOV/IO/NGO Registration*    
Early Bird (On or before January 31, 2015) $165 $205**
Standard (February 1 through April 7, 2015) $270 $315**
On-Site (April 8 through 11, 2015) $420 $475**
Speaker Registration $245 $325
Student Registration* $100 $125**

*To qualify for reduced rates, attendees are required to provide a valid proof of identification to registration staff at time of check-in.

**Includes one-year ASIL membership.

All prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

Additional Meals and Events

Additional Events**
WILIG Luncheon (April 9) $75
Hudson Medal Luncheon (April 10) $85
Gala Dinner (April 10) $175
**Tickets for these events must be purchased on or before Monday, April 6, 2015. Tickets will not be available for purchase onsite.

Annual Meeting Mobile App

The Annual Meeting has gone mobile with its new app. To use it, first download the "Guidebook" app for free from your mobile device, then search for "ASIL," click on "Get this Guide", then "sign up" to create an account and sign in. Be sure to "check in as an attendee" and explore several other options. Use the app to create your own schedule, access the program from your phone, see conference maps, and much more.

Hotel Accommodations

As of March 23, 2015, the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill – venue for the 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting – is completely booked during the conference, April 8-11.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Why Sponsor the ASIL Annual Meeting?

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.

Investing in sponsorship of this international gathering places your organization in front of a target audience of over 1,000 international law professionals. The Society offers a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities, which range from general conference sponsorship to tailored events targeting specific practice areas and groups.

2015 ASIL Annual Meeting Frequently Asked Questions


What is included in my registration?
Fees include attendance to all program sessions; ASIL interest group meetings and socials; and evening receptions; as well as access to exhibits. Meals are not provided with your registration fee. Additional fees are required for ticketed luncheon events, and the ASIL Gala Dinner. Please review the program for a detailed schedule.

Are hotel charges included in registration fees?
No, hotel charges are not included in the registration fee. Attendees must book their own hotel arrangements separately. ASIL has secured a block of rooms at the conference site, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, located at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW. The guaranteed room rate, starting at $189.00, is available for rooms booked before the cut-off date of March 10, 2015.  To make room reservations, click on the accommodations tab on the meeting website.

Are meals included in registration costs?
No, meals are not included in registration costs. Tickets must also be purchased separately for the WILIG Luncheon, April 9, the Hudson Medal Luncheon, April 10, and the Gala Dinner, April 10.  These can be purchased during registration or afterward by contacting services@asil.org, however they must be purchased in advance of the meeting, on or before April 6, 2015. We do not anticipate that additional event tickets will be available for purchase on-site at the meeting.

What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations received on or before January 31, 2015 will be refunded 100% of your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee to cover the cost of processing. Cancellations received between February 1 and March 31, 2015 will be refunded 50% of your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after March 31, 2015. All requests for cancellations must be made in writing to ASIL Services at services@asil.org.

I received a notice for discounted/complimentary registration. How do I register?
For those who receive a promotional code to receive a discounted registration online, please follow the instructions on your notification. If you registered before you received your discount notice, contact ASIL Services at services@asil.org prior to the event or go to the registration desk during the Annual Meeting to modify/refund your registration as necessary. Individuals must be able to provide ASIL registration staff a copy of the promotional notice.

Is my meeting registration tax deductible?
If the purpose of attending the ASIL Annual Meeting is to help you maintain or improve skills relating to employment or business, a portion of your conference expenses may be tax deductible according to IRS Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Reg. 1.162-5. The eligible deduction for this amount is generally limited. Please consult your tax adviser. You cannot deduct the cost of meals. No solicitation of any kind is allowed at the meeting. By registering to attend, you acknowledge this policy and agree that you will not advertise, represent, or distribute literature for products or services to our exhibitors, attendees or staff. Any attendee that violates this policy will forfeit their registration credentials.

Who qualifies for the Government, Non-governmental and International Organization Rate?
To qualify for the Government/NGO/IO rate, you must be 1) a full-time employee of a U.S. or foreign government agency (federal, state, local or tribal) (government-supported universities or colleges, government contractors, and government consultants do not qualify); 2) a full-time employee of a U.S. or foreign non-profit organization recognized by the United Nations; or 3) a full-time employee of an organization designated by the President of the United States through Executive Order to qualify for the privileges, exemptions, and immunities provided in the International Organizations Immunities Act.

Do members of the media need to register?
Yes! Complimentary press registrations are available to those who meet ASIL's media accreditation guidelines. To request a complimentary press pass, please contact Sheila Ward, ASIL Director of Communications and Membership at sward@asil.org or (+1) 202.939.6018.

What are the on-site registration hours?
Answer forthcoming.

Where can I pick up my badge?
You will receive your badge upon check-in at the meeting. Your badge will be created using the name and affiliation information submitted in your registration. If you would like to change the information on your badge, you may do so on-site at the meeting registration desk.


Is CLE credit available for meeting sessions?
Yes, a number of the substantive panels at the ASIL Annual Meeting will be accredited for CLE. Sessions that are approved for CLE credit will be designated as such in the final program. ASIL will obtain accreditation for all of the CLE sessions from Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. New York attorneys can gain automatic approval for CLE credits from the Joint meeting through the Approved Jurisdictions policy. Attorneys from states recognizing out-of-state CLE credits in compliance with MCLE standards can obtain reciprocity for credits earned at the Joint Meeting.

What is the format of the courses?
Each course is facilitated by a moderator responsible for keeping speakers on time. Courses are 90 minutes, with 45-60 minutes allocated for presentation and 30-45 minutes at the end for Questions & Answers.

How do I get CLE documentation?
ASIL uses a "Scan in/Scan out" tracking system for reporting CLE requirements. Every session accredited for CLE will have volunteers stationed at the entrance and exits. Individuals wishing to obtain CLE for attending that session MUST take their ASIL Annual Meeting badge to the volunteer and have the barcode on the badge scanned. Only individuals who scan in AND out of a session will be awarded CLE credit. During the conference, if you realize you forgot to scan in or out of a session, you may stop by the ASIL CLE table with a colleague who can verify your attendance and have your badge scanned.

Can ASIL still provide me with a Certificate of Attendance if I forgot to scan in and out?
No. State CLE reporting regulation prohibit ASIL from changing an attendance record after the event has ended, regardless of whether or not you can provide witnesses to your attendance.

Can I receive partial credit?
Credit shall be awarded only for attendance at an entire session. No credit shall be awarded for attending a portion of a session.

What should I do if I believe my Certificate of Attendance shows an incorrect CLE credit or contains a typo?
Contact the ASIL via e-mail at cle@asil.org with the following:
1.         Your contact information (name, phone, e-mail, and address)
2.         The session title
3.         What you believe to be incorrect (my name is misspelled, etc.)

Providing ASIL with this information will allow us to respond back to you quickly. Please remember that ASIL may not change any scan in or scan out times after the Meeting has ended.

How do I get my CLE certificate of attendance form?
Following the Meeting, ASIL will process all of the attendee records that contain scan in and scan out times for CLE sessions. ASIL will email every individual with a complete CLE record and ask for certain information (state(s) licensed, attorney id numbers, etc.). Individuals who respond to that email will receive their CLE certificate of attendance.

Does my state require me to take continuing legal education courses?
In the United States, the vast majority of states require lawyers to take mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) courses in order to practice law. Find out about your state's MCLE requirements on the American Bar Association website http://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle.html.

Where can I find information on other ASIL CLE events?
Browse ASIL's events calendar for listings of CLE opportunities at http://www.asil.org/event-list.
How can I get the course materials?
All course materials are provided on compact discs (CDs) to attendees upon request at the ASIL CLE table.


Will WiFi access be available at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill during the Annual Meeting?
Yes, WiFi access will be available at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. Access details for conference WiFi will be available at Registration. Free WiFi is also available in the lobby.

What is the dress code for the ASIL Annual Meeting?
Business attire is recommended for all conference sessions, the exhibit hall and receptions.

What is the weather in Washington, DC during April?
The average daytime temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 C) with evening lows of 45 degrees (7 C). Precipitation is minimal.

Is the hotel metro accessible? 
The Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill is metro accessible via the Union Station (red line) metro station two blocks away. 

What is the phone number for the hotel?
To make reservations by phone, please call (+1) 888-421-1442.

Can I extend my stay in Washington at the discounted ASIL rate?
If you would like to arrive in Washington before the start of the conference, or to stay in Washington after the conference ends, you should call the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in order to make your reservation. The ASIL room rate is not available outside of the conference dates. Please call 1-888-421-1442 for assistance in making a reservation inside the ASIL room block and for your additional nights.

Which airports should I fly into/out of for the conference? 
The closest airports to the conference hotel are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – 5 miles from hotel
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 30 miles from hotel
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – 32 miles from hotel

What is the best method to get from the airport/train station to the conference hotel?
Taxis and shared ride vans are available at all three airports. Additional specific details of transportation options at each airport are provided below.

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 
    There is an elevated Metrorail station connected to the airport. Metrorail fare cards may be purchased at machines located at all entrances to the Airport Metrorail station. Take the Yellow Line train in the direction of Fort Totten. At the Gallery Place metro station, transfer to the Red Line in the direction of Glenmont and exit at the Union Station metro station. To learn about the Washington DC Metro System, go to www.wmata.com. 
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 
    Travel from the airport to the city is available via Washington Flyer Coach Service. The shuttle will take you non-stop to Metro's West Falls Church Station. From there you can connect via Metro to the Union Station metro station, two blocks from the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. The Washington Flyer Coach Service website, http://www.washfly.com/coach.html provides more information on their services. 
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 
    The airport is located right outside of Baltimore, MD. The best way to get to the hotel is to take a Marc Train to Union Station (2 blocks from the hotel). Visit http://mta.maryland.gov/marc-train for more information about Marc Trains. 
  • Train Station: 
    Trains enter into Washington, DC via Union Station (2 blocks from the hotel). Taxis are also available at Union Station.


Is there parking at the hotel? What is the cost of parking? (TP) 
There is limited parking available at the hotel. Valet parking is $52 daily for hotel guests. Conference attendees not staying at the hotel may valet park at an hourly rate. There is no self-parking at this hotel.

What is the estimated cost of ground transportation from the airport to the hotel? 

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA):
    Taxi - $20.00 one way
    Shared Ride Van Service $14.00 one way (www.supershuttle.com)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD):
    Taxi - $60 one way

Shared Ride Van Service $29.00 one way (www.supershuttle.com)

  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 
    Taxi - $90 one way

Shared Ride Van Service $37.00 one way (www.supershuttle.com)


What tourist attractions are available near the conference?

The ASIL Annual Meeting will take place in the heart of Washington, DC, just steps to the National Mall and the city's many museums, monuments, and other attractions.  Suggestions of activities near the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill are available here: http://washingtonregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities.html.

Information about visiting the Smithsonian Museums is available at http://www.si.edu/.

Information about visiting the National Mall, Parks, and monuments is available at http://www.nps.gov/nacc/index.htm.

For those staying at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, the hotel concierge may be able to advise you about tourist attractions; please call 202-737-1234 and ask to be connected to concierge.

Other information about tourist attractions in Washington, DC is available at http://washington.org/


Please email ASIL's Service Center, at services@asil.org or (202) 939-6001.