International Law Weekend: Reinvesting in International Law


International Law Weekend (ILW) is the annual conference of the International Law Association - American Branch (ABILA). ILW 2021 will be held online from Thursday, October 28 - Saturday, October 30. The theme for this year's conference is Reinvesting in International Law, as follows: Hindered by a retreat from multilateralism, the international legal community is struggling to respond to the global challenges of our day; climate change, economic inequality, impunity for atrocity crimes, and now the pandemic. We are at a key inflection point in crafting our response to these challenges. We must ask ourselves, "where is the international legal order meeting expectations and where is it falling short?" Where should we reinforce the current system and where must we develop new solutions? How can we revitalize our global health, economic, and human rights institutions to make them more durable and impactful? Where do we require more robust legal frameworks and where, perhaps, do we need less regulation? How should we tailor our reinvestment in international law?

ABILA committees will host more than a dozen breakout networking sessions devoted to subject matter areas of interest, as well as networking sessions for Minorities and International Law, Women and International Law, and Young Lawyers. ILW also includes rooms for attendees to meet with international law publishers. Saturday features a Career Session especially for law students (who can attend ILW for free) and on Friday evening, ABILA will host its ABILA second annual international trivia night!

Date and Location

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 2:00pm to Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 4:30pm