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

Draft Program

(as of 11/28/18)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.          ASIL Executive Council Orientation

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   ITA-ASIL Conference: Contract Based Public-Private International Arbitration (Separate registration required - link)

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   ASIL Executive Council Meeting

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.            21st Annual Grotius Lecture

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.            Grotius Reception

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.          AJIL Board of Editors Meeting
By invitation only


Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Challenges and Prospects for International Peace and Security
  • Obligations to Negotiate and Consult Prior to International Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Law and Agricultural Exports: Who's Minding the Farm
  • Fragmentation in International Data Protection Law
  • Diverse Perspectives on the Impact of Colonialism in International Law

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • International Law as a Counterweight to Power Asymmetries in International Politics
  • Fragmentation and Universality in Regional Human Rights Bodies
  • Emerging Technologies as a Source of Increased IHL Compliance and Enforcement
  • San Francisco 2.0: Constructing a Global Governance Architecture for the 21st Century
  • International Law as an Instrument to Regulate the Behavior of Non-State Actors in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Luncheon (Ticketed – separate purchase required)
  • The Law (and Politics) of Displacement
  • UNCLOS: A tool for peace and stability?
  • Federalism Strikes Back
  • The Critical Contribution of Law towards Global Efforts to Mitigate Disaster Risk

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Senate v. President: A Moot Court on Treaty Withdrawal Powers
  • Fourth Annual Detlev F. Vagts Roundtable on Transnational Law: Corporate Liability and Human Rights
  • Crowded Oceans: Regulating Minerals, Cables, and Biodiversity
  • The Remedial Function in International Economic Law
  • Preventing Atrocities Through International Disarmament Law

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.            ASIL Annual Assembly & Keynote

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.            Gala Reception

Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Debate: This house would design the ISDS dispute resolution system from scratch
  • Litigating Climate Change
  • Legal Techniques for Resolving Armed Conflicts with Non-State Actors
  • Assessing Professional and Judicial Integrity in International Tribunals:

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Anatomy of a Trade War
  • A State's Many Roles in International Adjudication
  • International Law and Interstellar Events
  • Climate Change as a Concern in Negotiating Mine Development Agreements

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Luncheon (Ticketed – separate purchase required)
  • The Innovative Structural Features of the Paris Agreement
  • Immunity of States and their Officials for Atrocities or Terrorist Acts
  • International Disability Law and the Experience of Marginality
  • Courts and Anti-Migrant Border Policy

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • 2019 Charles N. Brower Lecture on International Dispute Resolution
  • The Last Drop: Stress Testing the Governance of Transboundary Water Resources
  • The American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2016
  • Simulation: Atrocity Prevention Policy Decision

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.            Keynote

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.            Members' Reception

Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Emerging Accountability Mechanisms
  • The European Commission and International Investment Arbitration
  • Theft in War: Using International Law to Rein in Pillage of Natural Resources
  • Asia's Response to the US Indo-Pacific Strategy
  • New Voices in International Law

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closing Plenary

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.          Closing Reception

Full Conference Registration

Attendees can expect to participate in:
  • Keynote addresses by leading figures in international law
  • More than 40 substantive panels on a wide variety of international law topics
  • Multiple networking and social events
  • Interest Group social events and substantive meetings
  • Access to the leading publishers of international law materials
  • Optional Continuing Legal Education credits
  • Optional luncheons--see below

Cancellations received on or before January 31, 2019 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 26, 2019 will be refunded 50% of your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after March 26, 2019. All requests for cancellations must be directed to ASIL Services at

  ASIL Member Rate Non-Member Rate


Early Bird (On or before January 21, 2019) $490 $685**
Standard (January 22 through March 24, 2019) $595 $840**
Onsite (March 27 - 30, 2019) $710 $990**


Early Bird (On or before January 21, 2019) $360 $505
Standard (January 22 through March 24, 2019) $415 $585
Onsite (March 27 - 30, 2019) $460 $675


GOV/IO/NGO Registration

Early Bird (On or before January 21, 2019) $240 $435**
Standard (January 22 through March 24, 2019) $360 $555**
Onsite (March 27 - 30, 2019) $495 $695**

Speaker Registration

$280 $375**

Student Registration*

$100 $125**

CLE Credit Processing

$75 $75

*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 $75
Hudson Medal Luncheon $85
Tickets WILL BE available for purchase onsite..

Hotel Accommodations

The 113th ASIL Annual Meeting will be taking place at the Washington Hilton.

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

You may book, modify, or cancel hotel reservations at any time through the registration link above.

While availability lasts, ASIL conferees enjoy discounts off regular room rates, so book today.

We look forward to seeing you in March!


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