ASIL Midyear Meeting

The ASIL Midyear Meeting

The American Society of International Law hosts a Midyear Meeting annually in late October or early November. The meeting encompasses several events, including leadership meetings of the Society's Executive Council and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law; the Research Forum, which features cutting-edge international law scholarship by more than 70 authors; and programming for practitioners. The Midyear Meeting has been held since 2010 in Miami, Los Angeles, Athens & Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, and St. Louis. This year's meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California, November 8-10.

Registration is now closed. Onsite registration for the Research Forum opens Friday, November 9.

Registration is now closed. Onsite registration for the Research Forum opens Friday, November 9.

Eighth Annual ASIL Research Forum

November 9-10, 2018
University of California-Los Angeles School of Law

Los Angeles, California

The Society's eighth annual Research Forum, co-sponsored by ASIL Academic Partner UCLA School of Law, will include expert-led discussions of more than 70 papers on a variety of leading-edge international law topics and several keynote lunch discussions. The Forum will also include events designed to assist students and new professionals interested in pursuing a career in international law.

Registration Includes

  • 24 sessions
  • Attendance at the Practitioners' Forum
  • 2 lunch panels (lunch provided)
  • Coffee breaks throughout the meeting
  • Saturday breakfast
  • 2 receptions
  • 2 international law career development programs
  • 1 Speed Mentoring event for students and new professionals

2018 ASIL Research Forum Committee (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Kal Raustiala, UCLA School of Law
  • Victoria Shannon Sahani, Arizona State University College of Law
  • Jarrod Wong, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law


  • Anupam Chander, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Janie Chuang, American University Washington College of Law
  • Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Karen Knop, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Catherine Powell, Fordham Law School

Research Forum Registration

Full Conference Registration includes access to all Research Forum sessions, professional development sessions, Friday and Saturday luncheon discussions, Saturday breakfast, and Friday and Saturday evening receptions.

  ASIL Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Regular Member $225 $325 (ASIL membership available at additional cost)
Gov/IO/NGO Registration* $175 N/A
Speaker Registration $100 $250
Student Registration* $30 $65
*To qualify for reduced rates, attendees are required to provide a valid proof of identification to registration staff at time of check-in.
All prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

Updated: November 1, 2018

Practitioner's Forum: Panel & Discussion

November 08 - 18:00 - 19:30

Government Regulation of the Internet in the Transnational Arena

Göran Marby (Keynote), Tricia Cross (Panelist), Vivek Krishnamurthy (Panelist), Kristen Eichensehr (Panelist)

Practioner's Forum Reception

November 08 - 19:30 - 20:15

American Journal of International Law Board of Editors Meeting

November 09 - 09:00 - 11:00
(Faculty Library)

ASIL Executive Council Meeting

November 09 - 09:00 - 12:30
(Room 1314)

International Legal Research Methods

November 09 - 09:30 - 11:00
(Room 1347)

Pursuing a Career in International Law

November 09 - 11:00 - 12:30
(Room 1347)

Plenary Luncheon

November 09 - 12:45 - 14:00
(Room 1347)

Current Developments in International Trade 

Kathleen Claussen (Speaker), Melida Hodgson (Speaker), Richard Steinberg (Speaker), Jarrod Wong (Moderator)

Panel 1: International Economic Law

November 09 - 14:15 - 15:15
(Room 1430)

  • Ruling the Global Economy: Why Is Money So Different than Trade?
  • Boilerplate Treaties; Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
Karen J. Alter (Speaker), Kathleen Claussen (Speaker), Stephen Nelson (Speaker), Greg Shaffer (Discussant)

Panel 2: Reconceptualizing Post-World War II Experiences with International Law

November 09 - 14:15 - 15:15
(Room 1420)

  • Glimpses of Women at the Tokyo Tribunal
  • Disaggregating Corporate Liability: Japanese Multinational Enterprises and World War II
Diane Marie Amann (Speaker), Timothy Webster (Speaker), Mark Drumbl (Discussant)

Panel 3: Morality and International Law

November 09 - 14:15 - 15:15
(Room 1447)

  • Emerging Biotechnology, Morality and Overlapping Supra-national Frameworks in the ‘European Patent System’: Too many cooks? 
  • Living Cultural Property: A discussion of animals as cultural property and the issues that face traditional views 
Aisling McMahon (Speaker), Michael Viteritto (Speaker), Asli Bali (Discussant)

Panel 4: Competition Law and Agencies

November 09 - 14:15 - 15:15
(Room 1457)

  • Enforcing Global Justice Administratively 
  • International Mergers and Antitrust Law: The Need for Formal Cooperation between Competition Agencies for a Consistent Merger Review Process
Sean Pager (Speaker), Paula Pera (Speaker), Michael Sant'Ambrogio (Speaker), Frank Gevurtz (Discussant)

Coffee Break

November 09 - 15:15 - 15:30

Panel 1: Human Rights Violations and Domestic Law

November 09 - 15:30 - 17:30
(Room 1430)

  • Settling Human Rights Violations 
  •  Nunca Mas Meets #NiUnaMenos- The Long Path to Addressing Sexual Violence under Pinochet
  • Subsidiarity Reversed: The Primacy of International Human Rights Review in Extraterritorial Situations
Jorge Contesse (Speaker), Caroline Davidson (Speaker), Ralph Wilde (Speaker), Kish Parella (Discussant)

Panel 2: Domestic Systems & International Law

November 09 - 15:30 - 17:30
(Room 1420)

  • Accountability in Transnational Business: The Promise and Limits of Corporate Criminal Liability under National Law
  • The Identification of Customary International Law: Institutional and Methodological Pluralism
  • Cities in International Law: The new landscape of global governance
  • Delaware's New Competition: Nation States as Laboratories of Transnational Corporate Law
Elizabeth Acorn (Speaker), Noah Bialos (Speaker), William Burke-White (Speaker), Will Moon (Speaker), Katherine Schroeder (Speaker)

Panel 3: Evaluating International Courts

November 09 - 15:30 - 17:30
(Room 1447)

  • Governing the International Criminal Court through Performance Indicators? Reflections on a Recent Endeavour by the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute 
  • International Courts as Coordination Devices for Opposition Parties: The Case of the East African Court of Justice
  • Defining "Ethnic Cleansing" as Genocide in International Law: Regime Complex and Network Analysis
  • International Business Courts: A New Era for Dispute Resolution?
Andrea Caracano (Speaker), James Gathii (Speaker), Yang Liu (Speaker), Jane Willems (Speaker), Richard Steinberg (Discussant), UCLA School of Law ()

Panel 4: Re-conceptions of Rights in International Law

November 09 - 15:30 - 17:30
(Room 1457)

  • A Case for the Protection of Space Tourists: Reimagining the vacuum in space
  • Criminal Punishment as a Human Right?
  • Universal Human Rights and Constitutional Change
  • Political Economy and Consumer Law: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Right to Tourism
Pranay Lekhi (Speaker), Wayne Sandholtz (Speaker), Sabrina Tremblay-Huet (Speaker), Tanishtha Vaid (Speaker), Angela Banks (Discussant), Arizona State University College of Law ()

David D. Caron Fund Memorial Reception

November 09 - 17:45 - 18:15
(Room 1357)

Welcome Reception

November 09 - 18:15 - 19:30
(Shapiro Courtyard)


November 10 - 08:00 - 08:30

Panel 1: Armed Conflict and International Law

November 10 - 08:30 - 10:00
(Room 1430)

  • Does the Practice of Humanitarian Intervention Possess the Status of Custom of International Law in the Light of the Kosovo Conflict?
  • Something is not Always Better than Nothing
  • Safe Zones as Humanitarian Intervention
Alejandro Abad Alvarez (Speaker), David Hughes (Speaker), Brid Ni Ghrainne (Speaker), Yahli Shereshevsky (Speaker), David Glazier (Discussant)

Panel 2: The Economics of Climate Change

November 10 - 08:30 - 10:00
(Room 1420)

  • The Basis of a Uniform Private International Law System in Central America Designed for Cross-Border Environmental Tort Mass Litigation
  • Thwarting Disaster Capitalism: Cancelling debt in the wake of climate events
  • Political Economy of International Rule-Making: The creation of the International Solar Alliance
Antonia Eliason (Speaker), Vyoma Jha (Speaker), Marco Rigau (Speaker), Claudia María Castro Valle (Speaker), Jacqueline Peel (Discussant), Melbourne Law School ()

Panel 3: Indigenous Peoples

November 10 - 08:30 - 10:00
(Room 1447)

  • Negotiated Gaps and the Non-Definition of Indigenous Peoples in UNDRIP
  • Extractive Industry Agreements in International Law
Nnaemeka Ezeani (Speaker), Dwight Newman (Speaker), Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu (Speaker), Kristen Barnes (Discussant)

Panel 4: Room Jurisdiction, Procedure and Transparency

November 10 - 08:30 - 10:00
(Room 1457)

  • When Procedure Meets Sovereignty: Demystifying an ICSID tribunal's powers to order provisional measures in restraint of a state's exercise of its police powers
  • Opening Up International Adjudication: Mapping Procedural Transparency in International Disputes
  • Online Access to Administrative Information in China
Alexander Leventhal (Speaker), José M. Reis (Speaker), Quinn Emanuel Uruquhart (Speaker), Alex Zhang (Speaker), Jeff Dasteel (Discussant), UCLA School of Law ()

Coffee Break

November 10 - 10:00 - 10:15

Panel 1: Corporations in International Law

November 10 - 10:15 - 11:45
(Room 1430)

  • The New Functional Sovereignty: Private Authority in Global Governance
  • The Network of Global Corporate Investors: Who are the claimants?
  • Compliance as a Bargain
MJ Durkee (Speaker), Vera Korzun (Speaker), Kish Parella (Speaker), James Gathii (Discussant)

Panel 2: Cyberspace

November 10 - 10:15 - 11:45
(Room 1420)

  • State Cyber Surveillance and the Elimination of Human Rights Encounter
  • Digital Switzerlands
  • Control and Capabilities Test: How States Are Adopting a New Model for Attribution in Cyberspace
Wanshu Cong (Speaker), Kristen Eichensehr (Speaker), Peter Stockburger (Speaker)

Panel 3: International Environmental Law

November 10 - 10:15 - 11:45
(Room 1447)

  • Transnational Climate Change Litigation: The contribution of the Global South
  • The Legal Protection of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Where do we stand?
  • Climate Change and the Limitations of Refugee Law: Can international human rights law address the protection gap of climate migrants?
Jolene Lin (Speaker), Jacqueline Peel (Speaker), Elizabeth Rodriguez-Santiago (Speaker), Pei Lun Tsai (Speaker), Alex Wang (Discussant), UCLA School of Law ()

Panel 4: Treaties

November 10 - 10:15 - 11:45
  • Investment Treaties and National Governance
  • A Unique and Innovative Process: Analyzing the Creation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Ayelet Berman (Speaker), N. Jansen Calamita (Speaker), Jean Krasno (Speaker), Lori Damrosch (Discussant)

Lunch Keynote

November 10 - 12:00 - 13:30
(Room 1347)

Keynote:The Role of the U.N. Special Rapporteur

Panel 1: At Risk Populations

November 10 - 13:45 - 15:15
(Room 1430)

  • The European Court of Human Rights, Cross-Border Surrogacy and the Application of the Best Interests of the Child Principle
  • Where Justice Ends: A Human Rights Analysis of the Venezuelan Sex Workers in Guyana
  • An Overview of the Enforced Disappearances of Children from 2008 to 2015 in Mexico and Colombia
Serena Anand (Speaker), Yannick Gill (Speaker), Janet Leon (Speaker), Saira Mohamed (Discussant)

Panel 2: International Criminal Justice

November 10 - 13:45 - 15:15
(Room 1420)

  • El Coco does not frighten anymore: ICC scrutiny and state cooperation in Colombia
  • Is there even a standard of review at the ICC?
  • The Complementarity Turn in International Criminal Justice
Kevin Gray (Speaker), Patryk Labuda (Speaker), Hannah Garry (Discussant)

Panel 3: International Governance

November 10 - 13:45 - 15:15
(Room 1447)

  • Things Fall Apart: The unraveling of international institutions through withdrawal
  • Governing the Global Public Square
  • The Contribution to Customary International Law by Territories under International Administration
Taylor Dalton (Speaker), Rebecca Hamilton (Speaker), William Worster (Speaker), David Sloss (Discussant)

Panel 4: International Arbitration

November 10 - 13:45 - 15:15
(Room 1447)

  • Taxpayer Participation in International Tax Arbitration
  • Sticky BITs: Provision adaptation and diffusion in the investment treaty network
  • Unmaking of an Arbitration: Guyana v. Venezuela and the Enduring Problem of Nullity
Gilda Almeida (Speaker), Cree Jones (Speaker), Philipp Kotlaba (Speaker), Weijia Rao (Speaker), Perry Bechky (Discussant)

Coffee Break

November 10 - 15:15 - 15:30

Panel 1: Individuals under International Law during and after Armed Conflict

November 10 - 15:30 - 17:00
  • Precautions to Minimize Civilian Damage in Urban Warfare
  • Conforming Guantanamo Detention with International Law
  •  Wars Without Prisoners: Denying quarter in the age of drone warfare
Antonio Coco (Speaker), David Glazier (Speaker), Ofilio Mayorga (Speaker), Rebecca Hamilton (Discussant)

Panel 2: Gender and International Law

November 10 - 15:30 - 17:00
(Room 1420 )

  • Gendering the ISIL Phenomenon: Human Trafficking and the Half-Told Narratives of the UN Security Council
  •  Gendering Sanctions: A smarter sanctions framework 
  • #SheTradesGlobally: Transnational Frameworks involved in the Promotion of a Gender-Positive Trade Environment
Faye Bird (Speaker), Jennifer Ismat (Speaker), Maria Panezi (Speaker), Adrien Wing (Discussant)

Panel 3: Human Rights Treaties at the National Level

November 10 - 15:30 - 17:00
(Room 1447)

  • Re-framing Spain
  • Recent Engagement with International Human Rights Norms by Courts in Southeast Asia: New challenges to human rights theories
  • From Global to Local and Local to Global: Lessons from domestic implementation of the Women's Convention
Kristen Barnes (Speaker), Melissa Loja (Speaker), Shruti Rana (Speaker), Tendayi Achiume (Discussant)

Panel 4: International Legal Theory

November 10 - 15:30 - 17:00
  • Nationalism, Alienage, and Early International Rights
  •  Provocations for a Material International Law
  • An Analysis of the Territorial Expansion and Colonialism in International Law
León Castellanos-Jankiewicz (Speaker), Jessie Hohmann (Speaker), Seo Hee Lee (Speaker), Sean Murphy (Discussant)

Closing Reception

November 10 - 17:00 - 18:00

Hotel Accommodations

There is no conference hotel for the Midyear Meeting, but the following hotels are recommended for registered attendees

(Distances listed are from UCLA School of Law)

UCLA Tiverton House (1.0 mile)
900 Tiverton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 794-0151
Free UCLA BruinBus Campus Shuttle service, within a 6 minute walking distance, which offers rides to campus near UCLA School of Law

Hilgard House Hotel (0.9 mile)
927 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-3945
Free UCLA BruinBus Campus Shuttle service, within a 9 minute walking distance, which offers rides to campus near UCLA School of Law (map)

UCLA Luskin Conference Center* (0.7 mile)
425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 206-8585
Offers complimentary campus shuttle drop off and pick up at any location on the UCLA campus. Reservations must be made at the front desk at least half an hour prior. Must check availability with front desk.

Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Century City/Beverly Hills* (2.4 miles)
10320 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 556-2777

Hotel Angeleno* (2.6 miles)
170 N. Church Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 476-6411
Offers complimentary shuttle drop off and pick up at any location on the UCLA campus. Reservations must be made at the front desk. Shuttle runs in 30 minute intervals from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel* (2.6 miles)
11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 476-6571
Offers complimentary shuttle drop off at any location on the UCLA campus on a first come first serve basis from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Must check availability with front desk.

* Attendees booking accommodations at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center, Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Century City/Beverly Hills, Hotel Angeleno, or Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel should inquire about possible UCLA rates for attending a conference at the UCLA School of Law.

Registration is now closed.

Regulation of the Internet in the Transnational Arena

Thursday, November 8, 2018
TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
333 South Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3197

Featuring keynote remarks by Göran Marby, CEO & President, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

As information technology has permeated global society, so too has the ability and desire of national governments to use and regulate flows of information, especially across the internet. Governments have become adept at using social media to reshape narratives about their political opponents, to skew national perceptions of global issues, and to promote disinformation on government actions. At the same time, social media platforms, the news media, academics, technology companies, and general users are facing governmental efforts in multiple jurisdictions to restrict posting of and access to information. For example, opposition parties, non-governmental organizations, and journalists increasingly face regulations meant to curtail scrutiny of those in power.

Companies must navigate between compliance with governmental regulation and public pressures not to be complicit in disinformation campaigns or censorship. This challenge multiplies significantly in the transnational arena, where there exists a patchwork of national regulations.

  • Tricia Cross, 21st Century Fox
  • Kristen Eichensehr, UCLA School of Law
  • Vivek Krishnamurthy, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Kal Raustiala, UCLA School of Law (moderator)

A reception will follow the panel discussion.