2023 ASIL Annual Meeting


March 29 - 31, 2023

Early Bird Registration ENDS JANUARY 23


ASIL will welcome these honorees and keynote speakers to the 2023 Annual Meeting

Antony Anghie
National University of Singapore

(2023 Manley O. Hudson Medal)

Patricia Viseur Sellers
Office of the Prosecutor, ICC

(2023 Goler T. Butcher Medal)

Felice Gaer
former member, United Nations Committee against Torture

(2023 Honorary Member)

Kim Lane Scheppele
Princeton University

(2023 Grotius Lecturer)

Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa
High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

(Grotius Discussant)

Sir Christopher Greenwood
Iran-US Claims Tribunal

(2023 Charles N. Brower Lecturer)

Gillian Triggs
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

(Prominent Woman in International Law recipient)



March 29 - March 31, 2023
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

2023 Annual Meeting Theme: The Reach and Limits of International Law to Solve Today's Challenges

International law seems to be perpetually in crisis. Profound questions abound regarding its functions, utility, relevance, and ability to provide solutions in a complex and changing world. The past few years have presented us with multiple challenges – from trade wars to a global pandemic to the worsening of climate change to the invasion of Ukraine – which have led some to question the role and value of international law as a tool for solving modern day crises.

As international lawyers, it is incumbent on us to question underlying assumptions and to revisit the aims of international law and its ability to provide solutions to crises, big and small. It is worth reflecting on the more modest wins of international law, and to query the reach – as well as the very real limits – of what international law is, and what it can do. It is only in challenging and questioning the reach and limits of international law that we can, as a community, navigate, and ultimately strive to reinforce and strengthen its importance.

Co-Chairs

Jennifer Permesly, Skadden LLP
Priya Pillai, Asia Justice Coalition
Sergio Puig, University of Arizona College of Law

Committee Members

Kingsley Abbott, International Commission of Jurists
Aziza Ahmed, Boston University School of Law
José Manuel Álvarez Zarate, Universidad del Externado de Colombia
Greg Bell, Charles River Associates
Scott Boisvert, Skadden LLP
Perpétua B. Chéry, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Alejandro Chehtman, Universidad Torcuato di Tella
Pem Chodden Tshering, Sidley Austin LLP
Tim Dickinson, Paul Hastings LLP
Jenny Domino, The Oversight Board
Katherine Gallagher, Centre for Constitutional Rights
Hannah Garry, USC Gould School of Law
Anna Gelpern, Georgetown University Law Center
Roojin Habibi, Global Strategy Lab, York University
Benton Heath, Temple University School of Law
Belén Ibañez, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Justin Jacinto, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Afia Kwakwa, Skadden LLP
Massimo Lando, City University of Hong Kong
Gail Lythgoe, University of Manchester International Law Centre
Margherita Melillo, O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University
Nicola Peart, Three Crowns LLP
Alex Phelan, Georgetown University Law Center
Jason Rotstein, Independent
Lidia Rezende, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
Yuval Shany, Hebrew University Faculty of Law
Julia Sherman, Three Crowns LLP
Alejandra Vicente, REDRESS
Beatrice Walton, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Jason Yackee, University of Wisconsin School of Law
Laura Zielinski, Holland & Knight LLP
Synergy or Dissonance on Business and Human Rights? The interplay between national practice and inte
12:00 PM-1:00 PM ET
Track 1: International Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Criminal Justice

Three years after the 2011 endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the Human Rights Council established an Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) to develop an international instrument for business and human rights, in process since 2014, with the third draft released in 2022. Meanwhile, a different OEIGWG is considering an international legal regulatory framework for private military and security companies. Alongside these international developments, States have been drafting National Actions Plans to address business and human rights to actualize the UNGPs and adopting new laws to clarify and strengthen corporate responsibility to respect human rights. While the United States has bucked the trend, with successive Supreme Court cases narrowing the application of the Alien Tort Statute, recent legislative proposals like the Alien Tort Statute Clarification Act or the revitalized National Action Plan for Responsible Business Conduct suggest a change could be afoot in the U.S. too. This panel will highlight the interplay between the development or codification of international and national practice. How have developments at the international level impacted national practice? Is the process of drafting a treaty on business and human rights simply an exercise in codifying existing norms – or is it creating or prompting new obligations for business enterprises? Are national and regional initiatives leading – or following – developments at the international level? Is the proposed treaty incentivizing States to demonstrate corporate human rights abuses can be addressed at the national or regional level, making a new treaty unnecessary? What role has an increasingly interconnected – and vocal – global corporate accountability movement – evident in configurations like the Treaty Alliance – had on the uptick in laws, policies and enforcement in the area of business and human rights?

2023 ASIL Annual Meeting
Draft Agenda (01-11-23)


Wednesday, March 29
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • ASIL Executive Council Meeting

2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • When UNSC Permanent Members Breach International Peace & Security: What way forward?
  • Bridging the Gaps: Vaccine inequity in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
  • [Intellectual Property Law Interest Group Substantive Session]

3:30-4:30 pm

  • Transformations in Abortion Law and Politics
  • Beyond Greenwashing: Navigating the complex policy framework for green finance
  • [International Legal Research Interest Group substantive session]

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

  • 25th Annual Grotius Lecture on International Law
    • Lecturer: Dr. Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    • Distinguished Discussant: Justice Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa, High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

Thursday, March 30
9:00 – 10:00 am

  • Will the Right to a Healthy Environment Transform Transnational Dispute Resolution?
  • Compliance with Investment Arbitration Awards and the Limits of International Law
  • Future Governance of the Constant Killer: Non-communicable diseases in pandemic and non-pandemic times
  • [Latin America Interest Group substantive session]
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities

10:30 – 11:30 am

  • Evolutions in International Criminal Justice: Combatting selectivity and ensuring the centering of victims
  • International Law as the Foundation for the Solution to Climate Change: An application to plastic waste pollution
  • Eleventh Annual Charles N. Brower Lecture: Sir Christopher Greenwood
  • [International Law & Technology Interest Group substantive session]
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities

12:00 – 1:00 pm

  • Preparing the World for the Pandemics of Tomorrow: A ‘One Health’ concept for international law?
  • Decolonizing Human Rights Practice to Promote Racial Justice: Is it possible?
  • Eighth Annual Detlev F. Vagts Roundtable on Transnational Law: Sanctions and Foreign Central Bank Immunity
  • [International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group substantive session]
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities
  • WILIG or Hudson Lunch (12:00-1:30 pm)

1:00 – 2:00 pm

  • Conference lunch break

2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Debt Architecture in Transition
  • Cooperation & Compliance under International Law & Institutions (ASIL Signature Topic)
  • A Hopeful Conversation: Overcoming impunity for sexual and gender based violence
  • Reaching beyond the Limits of National Jurisdiction: The negotiation of the BBNJ Treaty
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities

3:00 – 4:30 pm

  • BASIL Speed Mentoring Program

3:30 – 4:30 pm

  • International Arbitration: Reform and its challenges
  • [International Environmental Law Interest Group substantive session]
  • [International Legal Theory Interest Group substantive session]
  • Late Breaking Panel 1: Topic to be announced
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities

5:00 – 6:30 pm

  • ASIL Assembly & Keynote: Speaker to be announced

6:30 – 8:00 pm

  • Receptions

Friday, March 31
9:00 – 10:00 am

  • Extralegal Global Governance: Displacing the global legal order
  • The Future of International Economic Law
  • Prosecuting the Crime of Aggression (ICLIG)
  • The Reach and Limits of International Courts and Tribunals in Resolving the Climate Crisis
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities

10:30 – 11:30 am

  • Junk in International Law: Can we avoid the oceans’ fate in outer space?
  • Reforming Substantive Investment Law: How should we do it? (DRIG)
  • [Transitional Justice & Rule of Law Interest Group substantive session]
  • Late Breaking Panel 2: Topic to be announced
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities

12:00 – 1:00 pm

  • The Transformation of International Economic Law
  • Regulating States’ Sovereign Rights under Today’s Global Challenges
  • Territorial Integrity and Conflict
  • New Voices in International Law
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities
  • WILIG or Hudson Lunch (12:00-1:30 pm)

1:30 – 2:00 pm

  • Policy Keynote: Speaker to be announced

2:30 – 3:30 pm

  • Non-Western Approaches to International Law
  • Synergy or Dissonance on Business and Human Rights? The interplay between national practice and international developments for corporate accountability
  • Governing Movement: Migration across borders
  • Fifth Annual International Law Review Editors-in-Chief Roundtable
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings

4:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Whose Dispute Is it Anyway? Multilateral litigation before international courts
  • Economic Statecraft or Economic Warfare?
  • Goler T. Butcher Medal Lecture: Patricia Viseur Sellers
  • ASIL Interest Group Business Meetings
  • Career & Professional Development activities

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Hague Closing Plenary
  • Closing Reception

ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION RATES

Rates Early Bird
(ends Jan. 23)
Regular
(ends Mar. 27)
ASIL Member $540 $650
Non-Member** $755 $865
GOV/IO/NGO Member $270 $395
GOV/IO/NGO Non-Member** $455 $585
Speaker - Member $315 $315
Speaker - Non-Member** $415 $415
AM Committee $315 $315
Student - Member $100 $100
Student - Non-Member $125 $125

CLE Credit Processing

$75 $75

**Includes one-year ASIL membership.

 

Hudson Luncheon

$85 $85

WILIG Luncheon

$75 $75
All prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel on or before February 22, you may request a full refund, less a $25 processing fee, unless you wish to donate all or part of your refund. If you cancel after February 22 and on or before March 22, you may request a 50% refund, less a $25 processing fee, unless you wish to donate all or part of your refund. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after March 22, unless you notify us that:

(a) You are unable to obtain a visa for entry into the United States; or
(b) You are prevented from attending the Annual Meeting due to Covid-related restrictions, such as travel or quarantine requirements.

All cancellation and refund requests should be directed to ASIL Services at services@asil.org.



Online reservations for the room block at the Washington Hilton are open. Please use the following link:

 
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. Reservations cutoff March 8th, 2023




It all happens at the ASIL Annual Meeting

Each year, the leading practioners and scholars of international law and international relations gather in Washington, D.C, for the ASIL Annual Meeting. A tradition dating back for more than a century, it is a unique opportunity for leaders in the field from law firms, publishers, academic institutions, corporations, government, and nonprofits to connect with their audiences and demonstrate their impact.

The 2023 Annual Meeting will explore profound questions abound regarding the functions, utility, relevance, and ability of international law to provide solutions in a complex and changing world – from trade wars to a global pandemic to the worsening of climate change to the invasion of Ukraine – which have led some to question the role and value of international law as a tool for solving modern day crises.

For full details on 2023 sponsorship opportunities, please review the ASIL Annual Meeting Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF). To reserve sponsorships, please visit asil.org/AMS or email jkarako@asil.org.