Our Mission The mission of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.
ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950. ASIL holds Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies. The Society is headquartered at Tillar House in Washington, DC, and is governed by an Executive Council, as provided in its Constitution and Regulations .
The Society's nearly 4,000 members from more than 100 nations include attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and non-governmental organizations, international civil servants, students, and others interested in international law.
Through its events, publications, information resources, research initiatives, and educational programs, ASIL advances international law scholarship and education for international law professionals as well as for broader policymaking audiences and the public. An overview of current programs and achievements can be found in the Society's most recent Annual Report.
ASIL was established in 1906. While its educational mission remains as central today as it was then, the Society's programs have adapted to dramatic changes in international law, as both an expansive topic and an evolving professional discipline.