2016 Annual Meeting

ASIL was proud to feature these speakers at our 2016 Annual Meeting

Stephen Breyer
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

(Assembly Keynote)

Michelle Bachelet
President, Republic of Chile

(Grotius Lecture)

Brian Egan
Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

(Keynote Address)

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler
Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

(Brower Lecture)

Richard Bilder
Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School

(Manley O. Hudson Medal Recipient, Hudson Lecture)

James Anaya
Professor, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

(Goler T. Butcher Medal Recipient)

Henry Richardson
Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law

(Honorary Membership Awardee)





Overview

The 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting has ended. Stayed tuned in the weeks and months ahead for information about next year's meeting.

The 110th ASIL Annual Meeting featured keynote addresses by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (Grotius Lecture) and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer (Assembly Keynote), Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler Partner and University of Geneva Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler (Brower Lecture on International Dispute Resolution), and new U.S. State Department Legal Adviser Brian Egan on "International Law, Legal Diplomacy, and the Counter-ISIL Campaign."

In lieu of a formal dinner at the 110th ASIL Annual Meeting, all conferees and their guests were invited to attend an inaugural Gala Reception at the National Building Museum on Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Those who took advantage of this special opportunity enjoyed great company, food, and drinks in one of the most elegant and historic venues in Washington, DC.

2016 Annual Meeting Tracks:

  1. Human Rights, International Criminal Law
  2. Trade, Development, and Energy
  3. The Laws of War, Migration, Disaster Law, and Environment
  4. Foreign Relations, National Security, and International Law in Domestic Courts
  5. International Dispute Resolution and Adjudication
  6. Emerging Issues in International Law: Regions, Theories, Actors
  7. Professional and Academic Development

Charting New Frontiers in International Law

Dramatic shifts in the global economy, the environment, technological innovation, geopolitical power structures, and human mobility are forcing societies around the world to redefine their normative foundations. These shifts are creating new frontiers in the physical and conceptual structure of our international order.

Growing migration, climate, and public health challenges disrupt the salience of geographic borders. Non-state actors such as regional organizations and ISIS demand a more nuanced taxonomy of the subjects of international law. Technological advances such as cyber warfare, digital surveillance, and automated weapons are changing the terms and consequences of international conflict. Calls for transparency in international dispute resolution, and the increasing role of public issues such as financial regulation and energy policy in private disputes, are redefining the nature of commercial adjudication.

The dynamic frontiers of our international order require that scholars and lawyers chart new frontiers in the theory and practice of international law. At its 110th Annual Meeting in Spring 2016, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) invites policymakers, practitioners, academics, and students of international law to reflect upon these shifting frontiers in the world and in law, to devise new modes of thinking, and to address the questions they present.

March 30 - April 2, 2016
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Conference Registration

Registration is now closed. We thank everyone for making the 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting a great success. Stay tuned for information on next year's meeting.

Sponsors

ASIL thanks its 2016 Annual Meeting sponsors.

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.

Please email development@asil.org with any sponsorship related questions.

2015 ASIL Annual Meeting Frequently Asked Questions

REGISTRATION

What is included in my registration?
Fees include attendance to all program sessions; ASIL interest group meetings and social events; and evening receptions; as well as access to all exhibitor and sponsor displays. Meals are not provided with your registration fee. Ticketed luncheon events are an additional fee and must be purchased in advance.

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 $199.00, is available for rooms booked before the cut-off date of March 1, 2016. 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 and the Hudson Medal Luncheon. 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 Friday, March 25, 2016.

What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations received on or before January 31, 2016 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 29, 2016 will be refunded 50% of your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after March 29, 2016. All requests for cancellations must be directed 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, please contact services@asil.org to request a modification of your registration fee.

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 a) a member of the American Society of International Law; b) 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); c) a full-time employee of a U.S. or foreign non-profit organization recognized by the United Nations; or d) 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?
Registration will be open on site at the following times:

Wednesday, March 30             2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 31                7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 1                         7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 2                     7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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 the online registration process.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE)

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 Annual 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. There is a flat $50 fee for CLE registration for the Annual Meeting. You must include the CLE option during your registration to obtain the necessary credentials for CLE tracking.

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. You must attend all of a single session to receive credit. If you sign out of one session and into another, you cannot receive any CLE credit for either of those sessions.

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.) to be provided in an online survey form. 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.

TRANSPORTATION/GENERAL

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 Annual 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. There is a flat $50 fee for CLE registration for the Annual Meeting. You must include the CLE option during your registration to obtain the necessary credentials for CLE tracking.

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. You must attend all of a single session to receive credit. If you sign out of one session and into another, you cannot receive any CLE credit for either of those sessions.

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.) to be provided in an online survey form. 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.


TRANSPORTATION/GENERAL

Will Internet/wifi access be available at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill during the Annual Meeting?
Yes, Internet/wifi access will be available at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. More specifics regarding Internet access during the conference are forthcoming. Free WiFi is also available in the lobby and public areas.

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 Washington, D.C. 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?
It depends on the airport you use to come to Washington, DC. 

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 (two blocks from the hotel). Visit http://mta.maryland.gov/marc-train for more information about Marc Trains. 

Taxis and rental cars are also available from all airports. 

Train Station: 
Trains enter into Washington, DC via Union Station (two 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.

*All rates are quoted in USD.

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)

SIGHTSEEING

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.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

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