ASIL Programs > Public Education
Through ASIL's Public Education program, ASIL seeks to provide accessible information on international law related to important events and developments.
International Law: 100 Ways It Shapes Our Lives is a free public awareness publication conceived from the proposition that international law not only exists, but also penetrates much more deeply and broadly into everyday life than the people it affects may generally appreciate. The publication examines, in an easily accessible manner, some of those very concrete and specific ways that international law impacts daily life. Bulk publication orders and a free on-line version are available here.
Welcome to International Law 2012, a web-based initiative to gather and disseminate information to the public and the news media about where the U.S. presidential candidates stand on important international legal issues.
IL2012 can be viewed here.
International Law 2008 is a web-based initiative to gather and disseminate information to the public and the news media about where the U.S. presidential candidates stand on important international legal issues. International Law 2008 features three key components: (1) a collection of candidates' policy statements and speeches on topics related to international law; (2) candidate surveys, designed to provide an opportunity for 2008 U.S. presidential candidates to elaborate on their views of the role of international law in U.S. foreign policy; and (3) "ASIL Leaders' Views," featuring answers from members of the ASIL Executive Council to the question "What is the most important international law-related issue facing the next U.S. administration and why?"
Through this initiative, ASIL is proudly continuing its mission to provide information to citizens and policymakers grappling with international law's growing role in public affairs.
IL2008 can be viewed here.
WACA Academic WorldQuest
Since 2007, ASIL has been a sponsor of the World Affairs Councils of America's Academic WorldQuest Competition. This high school program, founded in 2003, is unique among K-12 knowledge-based competitions in the United States due to its focus on international issues. ASIL provides resources to prepare and educate the high school students on international law and the international law category, for which ASIL designs the questions. The questions are taken from one of ASIL's core electronic publications, ASIL Insights as well as the Society's public education booklet, International Law: 100 Ways It Shapes Our Lives. For more information about ASIL's participation and the multiple choice questions from the competition, click here.
ASIL Insights provide decision makers, the general public, and members of the legal profession around the world with brief, balanced accounts and analyses of significant legal developments and newsworthy events involving international law. Insights are accessible objective non-advocacy pieces written by academics and practitioners to keep the general public informed on international law. ASIL Insights can be freely read and subscribed to by clicking here.
Topics addressed by ASIL Insights may include but are not limited to the following: Development and International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, International Institutions, International Security, Science and Technology, Trade and Investment, and Transnational Litigation and Arbitration.
i.lex: Legal Research System for International Law in US Courts
A public online database of select US court cases and other legal materials, i.lex is designed to serve as a practical resource for judges, other legal professionals, and scholars in identifying and understanding how international law in its many forms is interpreted and applied by courts in the United States at both the federal and state level. Click here to access.
Journal Donation and International Legal Resource Support
In an effort to promote the study of international law and to create greater awareness of international legal issues in countries with limited resources and weak currencies, ASIL created a journal donation and international legal resource support project. ASIL annually provides reduced-rate subscriptions to the American Journal of International Law and International Legal Materials. In addition, ASIL has donated journals and books to Liberia, Albania and other countries in need, through non-governmental organizations such as Lawyers Without Borders, New School University, Bridge to Asia, and The United Nations Association Model UN. To learn more about ASIL international legal resource support or make an individual journal donation, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.