The ASIL Annual Meeting

International Law as an Instrument

From March 27-30, 2019, the American Society of International Law will convene its 113th Annual Meeting. The ASIL Annual Meeting Committee (chaired by Rebecca Ingber, Neha Jain, and Rahim Moloo) welcomes session proposals reflecting the meeting's theme, "International Law as an Instrument."

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

Annual Meeting theme:

Actors on the international stage use a variety of tools to address their concerns, from climate change to economic development; from humanitarian crises to cross-border disputes; from commercial regulation to global trade. Governments and international organizations employ diplomacy and coercion, corporations use negotiation and persuasion, and non-governmental organizations engage in fact-finding and advocacy. And all of these actors affect and are affected by international law and use the international legal system to effectuate change and solve problems.
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will focus on the distinctive ways international law serves as an instrument that national and international actors invoke and deploy, and by which they are constrained. How does international law shape the perceptions of the interests and problems of diverse global actors and help frame solutions? Is international legal language a useful medium for the development and dissemination of globalized norms? Under what conditions is international law most effective? Are international institutions effective instruments for addressing complex global challenges?
At the 2019 Annual Meeting, ASIL invites international lawyers from all sectors of the profession, policymakers, and experts from other fields to reflect on the different ways in which international law plays a role in identifying and resolving global problems.

Thematic Tracks:

  • Criminal Law, Human Rights, Migration
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Foreign Relations and National Security Law
  • Global Commons
  • International Business
  • International Peace and Security

Call for Session Proposals

To suggest a session to the Committee, please complete the form below by no later than July 16, 2018.


Submitter Information


Suggested Format

Please indicate the suggested format of the session, keeping in mind that the majority of sessions at the conference will be 90 minutes long. (Preference will be given to proposals featuring non-traditional session formats)


Suggested Topic



(Please include additional information explaining the session’s format)

(All Annual Meeting sessions must comply with the Society’s diversity standards. Proposal authors may not make any representation to potential speakers about the likelihood of their selection as a presenter.)

Any other information about your proposal that we should know to help us achieve our four goals (topical coverage, inclusiveness of participation, whether or not this is an ASIL Interest Group, and use of innovative program formats)