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, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. The 2019 meeting was held in Brooklyn, New York, November 7-9.

2019 ASIL Research Forum

November 7-9, 2019
Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn, New York

The Society's 2019 annual Research Forum, co-sponsored by ASIL Academic Partner Brooklyn Law School, included expert-led discussions on a variety of leading-edge international law topics and several keynote lunch discussions. The Forum also included events designed to assist students and new professionals interested in pursuing a career in international law.

Registration (tentatively) Includes

  • 20+ 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

2019 ASIL Research Forum Committee (Brooklyn, NY)


  • Julian Arato, Brooklyn Law School
  • Kristen Barnes, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Rebecca Hamilton, American University Washington College of Law


  • Asli Ü. Bâli, UCLA School of Law
  • Nicolas Lamp, Queen's University Faculty of Law
  • Cian Murphy, University of Bristol Faculty of Law
  • Kish Parella, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Matiangai Sirleaf, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Updated: October 31, 2019

How to Research and Publish in International Law

November 08 - 09:00 - 22:30
(Room 504)

Executive Council Meeting

November 08 - 09:00 - 12:30
(11th Floor Subotnick Conference Center)

Pursuing a Career in International Law

November 08 - 10:45 - 12:15
(Room 504)

Plenary Luncheon: A Conversation with Miguel de Serpa Soares

November 08 - 12:45 - 14:00
(10th Floor Subotnick Conference Center)

Representation and International Law

November 08 - 14:15 - 15:45
(Room 504 )

  • Affirmative Action as Transitional Justice; Yuvraj Joshi, Yale Law School 
  • The Human Right to Intersectional Democracy; Jonathan Crock, The College of William and Mary 
  • Women at International Criminal Tribunals; Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 
  • Discussant: Sarah Knuckey, Columbia Law School
Jonathan Crock (Speaker), Yuvraj Joshi (Speaker), Milena Sterio (Speaker), Sarah Knuckey (Discussant)

United States Foreign Affairs

November 08 - 14:15 - 15:45
(Room 503 )

  • The International Predicates of Regulation; Elena Chachko, Harvard Law School 
  • Presidential Trade Authority & Trade Executive Agreements; Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law 
  • Discussant: Curt Bradley, Duke University School of Law
Elena Chachko (Speaker), Kathleen Claussen (Speaker), Curt Bradley (Discussant)

New Techniques in International Litigation and Adjudication

November 08 - 14:15 - 15:45
(Room 502)

  • Rehabilitating Charge Bargaining; Nancy Combs, The College of William and Mary Law School 
  • Changing Narratives of International Law and Emerging ‘Lawfare’ in International Courts; Iryna Marchuk, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law 
  • Ruling through Advice: Advisory jurisdiction in international human rights law; Jorge Contesse, Rutgers University Law School 
  • Discussant: Irene Ten Cate, University of Houston Law Center
Nancy Combs (Speaker), Jorge Contesse (Speaker), Iryna Marchuk (Speaker), Irene Ten Cate (Discussant)

International Legal Theory & History

November 08 - 14:15 - 15:45
(Room 402 )

  • Irony, Cynicism, and ‘New Sincerity’: Engaging with the Dual Structure of International Law; Sue Gonzalez Hauck, Higher District Court, Frankfurt am Main 
  • Genealogies of "Pragmatic Legalism": International Lawyering and American Foreign Policy after the Second World War; Afroditi Giovanopoulou, Columbia University 
  • Permanence in International Law and Protracted Territorial Conflicts; Omar Shehabi, Yale Law School 
  • Discussant: Pavel Šturma, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Law
Afroditi Giovanopoulou (Speaker), Sue Gonzalez Hauck (Speaker), Omar Yousef Shehabi (Speaker), Pavel Šturma (Discussant)

Coffee Break

November 08 - 15:45 - 16:00

The Theory and Practice of Occupation Law

November 08 - 16:00 - 17:30
(Room 504)

  • Business Enterprises and the Law of Occupation: Towards a theory of international legal regulation; David Hughes, University of Michigan Law School
  • GATT Rules and State Practice Regarding Business in Occupied Territories; Eugene Kontorovich, George Mason University Law School
  • Human Rights, Cross Border Mobility and Refugees: A Case Study; Moria Paz, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Discussant: TBA

David Hughes (Speaker), Eugene Kontorovich (Speaker), Moria Paz (Speaker), Tess Bridgeman (Discussant)

Effectiveness and Power Dynamics in International Law

November 08 - 16:00 - 17:30
(Room 503)

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; Arlene Kanter, Syracuse University College of Law 
  • 'Brexit' and the Power Dynamics of Global Treaty (Re-)Negotiations; Joris Larik, Leiden University 
  • The Interstate Aspects of Investment Disputes; Elise Ruggeri Abonnat, University of Paris II-Assas 
  • Discussant: Karen Alter, Northwestern University
Arlene Kanter (Speaker), Joris Larik (Speaker), Elise Ruggeri Abonnat (Speaker), Karen Alter (Discussant)

The Status of Data under International Law

November 08 - 16:00 - 17:30
(Room 502)

  • The Law of Worldwide Injunctions in the Realm of Online Data; Kevin Benish, Holwell Shuster and Goldberg LLP
  • The Rights to Privacy and Data Protection in Times of Armed Conflict; Asaf Lubin, Harvard University
  • Non-territoriality of Data and Multi-Nationality of Corporations: Implications for Data Governance in Trade Agreements; Thomas Streinz, Guarini Global Law & Tech at NYU School of Law
  • Discussant: Fleur Johns, UNSW School of Law

Kevin Benish (Speaker), Asaf Lubin (Speaker), Thomas Streinz (Speaker), Fleur Johns (Discussant)

International Environmental Law in Practice

November 08 - 16:00 - 17:30
(Room 402)

  • Indigenous Women in the Americas: Securing Environmental Justice through the Development of International Human Rights Standards; Laura Cahier, University of Aix-Marseille
  • The Significance of Indigenous Knowledge and Practices as the Ecosystem-Specific Approach for the Environmental Law Regime; Mahmudul Hasan, George Washington University Law School
  • The Regulation of Marine Renewable Energy Activities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction; Dawoon Jung, University of Edinburgh

Laura Cahier (Speaker), MAHMUDUL HASAN (Speaker), Dawoon Jung (Speaker)

Welcome Reception

November 08 - 17:30 - 19:00
(10th Floor Subotnick Conference Center)

Sponsored by Brooklyn Law School


November 09 - 08:00 - 08:30

American Journal of International Law Board of Editors Meeting

November 09 - 08:30 - 10:30
(11th Floor Subotnick Conference Center)

Regulatory Systems and International Law

November 09 - 09:00 - 10:30
(Room 505)

  • Regulating Corporate Families; Rachel Brewster, Duke University School of Law
  • Patents and Ethically Contentious Biotechnologies: A Global Regulatory Approach via International Patent Law?; Aisling McMahon, National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • A Standardized Label to Regulate Unhealthy Foods; Alexia Marks, University of Colorado Law School
  • Discussant: Elizabeth Trujillo, University of Houston Law Center

Rachel Brewster (Speaker), Aisling McMahon (Speaker), Alexia Marks (Speaker), Elizabeth Trujillo (Discussant)

Armed Conflict and the Use of Force

November 09 - 09:00 - 10:30
(Room 504)

  • Redundant or essential? Host state consent and the use of force in UN peacekeeping; Patryk Labuda, New York University School of Law
  • Revisiting the Pledge by the UK Regarding the Five Techniques; William Worster, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Doctrine: The rule of law and the role of strategy; Allen Weiner, Stanford Law School and Scott D. Sagan, Stanford University

Patryk Labuda (Speaker), Allen Weiner (Speaker), William Worster (Speaker)

Cyber Affairs and International Law

November 09 - 09:00 - 10:30
(Room 503)

  • International Law Protections Against Malicious Cyber Operations; Nele Achten, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
  • Preventing Transboundary Cyber Harm: Rethinking the applicable norms or continue avoiding responsibility; Dafina Bucaj, Loyola Marymont University Law School, Los Angeles
  • Online Activism, Digital Domination, and the Rule of Trolls; Tamar Megiddo, University of Haifa
  • Discussant: Gary Corn, American University, Washington College of Law

Nele Achten (Speaker), Dafina Bucaj (Speaker), Tamar Megiddo (Speaker), Gary Corn (Discussant)

State and Non-State Practice in International Criminal Law

November 09 - 09:00 - 10:30
(Room 502)

  • Prosecuting ISIS: A Role for Non-State Actors in Delivering Justice; Deyaa Alrwishdi, American University Washington College of Law
  • The Resurgence of Amnesties in Latin America; Leon Castellanos-Jankiewicz, Asser Institute for Int'l and European Law
  • Military Delegation of Moral Agency and the Myth of Individual Responsibility; Saira Mohamed, UC Berkeley School of Law

Deyaa Alrwishdi (Speaker), Leon Castellanos-Jankiewicz (Speaker), Saira Mohamed (Speaker)

Coffee Break

November 09 - 10:30 - 10:45

The Impact of Technology in International Law

November 09 - 10:45 - 12:15
(Room 505)

  • The African Grid; Brittany Bennett, Florida A&M University College of Law
  • Against Privatized Censorship: Proposals for Responsible Delegation; Molly Land, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • How Technology Transforms Refugee Law; Katerina Linos, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Discussant: Rebecca Hamilton, American University Washington College of Law

Brittany Bennett (Speaker), Katerina Linos (Speaker), Rebecca Hamilton (Discussant), Molly Land (Speaker)

The International Impact of Resource Exploitation

November 09 - 10:45 - 12:15
(Room 502)

  • Creating IUU Fishing; Maggie Gardner, Cornell Law School
  • Of a Chemical Persuasion: Philosophies of Technology in International Chemicals and Waste Law; Sabaa Ahmad Khan, University of Eastern Finland School of Law
  • Addressing Fundamental Obstacles to Climate Policy: A growth regime complex and civil society; Temitope Onifade, University of British Columbia School of Law

Maggie Gardner (Speaker), Sabaa Ahmad Khan (Speaker), Temi Onifade (Speaker)

Issues in International Criminal Justice

November 09 - 10:45 - 12:15
(Room 503)

  • Aging Out— Domestic Atrocity Prosecutions and the Passage of Time; Caroline Davidson, Willamette University College of Law
  • International Criminal Law and the Collective Memory of the International Law Community; Yahli Shereshevsky, University of Haifa
  • Recklessness and War Crimes: The Relationship of State Practice and International Tribunals in Establishing Customary Law; Brian Cox, Cornell Law School
  • Discussant: Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Brian Cox (Speaker), Caroline Davidson (Speaker), Yahli Shereshevsky (Speaker), Mark Drumbl (Discussant)

International and Transnational Courts

November 09 - 10:45 - 12:15
(Room 504)

  • The Adjudication Business; Pamela Bookman, Fordham University Law School
  • Strategic Litigation Networks’ Impact on the System of International Criminal Justice: A Rebalancing Factor?; Florian Jeßberger and Leonie Steinl, University of Hamburg Faculty of Law
  • Qatar’s Quest for Relief: Parallel Proceedings across International Tribunals; Natalie McCauley, Public International Law and Policy Group
  • Discussant: Robin Effron, Brooklyn Law School

Pamela Bookman (Speaker), Florian Jeßberger (Speaker), Natalie McCauley (Speaker), Leonie Steinl (Speaker), Robin Effron (Discussant), Brooklyn Law School ()

Plenary Luncheon: The Nuts and Bolts of Multilateral Treaty-Making

November 09 - 12:30 - 13:45
(10th Floor Subotnick Conference Center)

  • Catherine Amirfar, ASIL-President-Elect, Moderator
  • Hal Abramson, Professor of Law, Touro Law Center: 2019 United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (Singapore Convention)
  • Michael Coffee, State Department Office of the Legal Adviser (Treaty Affairs): 2019 Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in Civil or Commercial Matters
  • Sean D. Murphy, ASIL President: Possible Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity
  • Cymie Payne, Rutgers Law School: Possible Convention on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

The International Criminal Court

November 09 - 14:00 - 15:30
(Room 505)

  • Defining the Limits of Judicial Oversight in the Initiation of Investigations at the International Criminal Court; Priya Urs, University College London
  • Dual Hurdles: A Survey of Apprehended Bias at the ICC; Jennifer Keene-McCann, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Sentencing Practices in the International Criminal Court: An Empirical Study; Etiene Martins, Harvard Law School
  • Discussant: Saira Mohamed, UC Berkeley School of Law

Jennifer Keene-McCann (Speaker), Etiene Martins (Speaker), Priya Urs (Speaker), Saira Mohamed (Discussant)

International Law Beyond the Horizon

November 09 - 14:00 - 15:30
(Room 504)

  • Moving Away from the Legal: Current transformations in human rights; Luca Bonadiman, Harvard Law School
  • Legitimacy and Justice in International Tax Law; Ivan Ozai, McGill University Faculty of Law
  • (Neo)multilateralism? A Case Study of the Belt and Road Initiative; Jingyuan (Joey) Zhou, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Discussant: Floriane Lavaud, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Luca Bonadiman (Speaker), Ivan Ozai (Speaker), Jingyuan (Joey) Zhou (Speaker), Floriane Lavaud (Discussant)

Trade Policy, National Security, and International Law

November 09 - 14:00 - 15:30
(Room 503)

  • The New National Security Challenges to the Economic Order; J. Benton Heath, New York University School of Law
  • Innovation in the Enforcement of International Economic Law: Can the United States Make Auto-Interpretation Work?; Simon Lester, The Cato Institute
  • Foreign Affairs and the National Security Economy; Timothy Meyer, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Discussant: Bruce Rashkow, Columbia Law School

J. Benton Heath (Speaker), Simon Lester (Speaker), Timothy Meyer (Speaker), Bruce Rashkow (Discussant)

Protection of Marginalized Groups

November 09 - 14:00 - 15:30
(Room 502)

  • Rights Litigation Piggybacking: Legal Mobilization Strategies in LGBTIQ International Human Rights Jurisprudence; Lucas Lixinski, UNSW Sydney Faculty of Law
  • Addressing Reproductive Inequality in Europe; Alexandra Oprea, independent practitioner
  • Not Just Words: Making and unmaking international women’s rights law; Rebecca Sanders, University of Cincinnati
  • Discussant: Adrien Wing, University of Iowa College of Law

Lucas Lixinski (Speaker), Alexandra Oprea (Speaker), Rebecca Sanders (Speaker), Adrien Wing (Discussant)

Coffee Break

November 09 - 15:30 - 15:45

Defining Our Terms

November 09 - 15:45 - 17:15
(Room 505)

  • The Law of Gravity in Public International Law; Rachel Lopez, Drexel University School of Law
  • Tracing the Inherent Powers of International Courts and Tribunals; Brian McGarry, Leiden University
  • The Ordinary Meaning of International Law; Brian Slocum and Jarrod Wong, University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Rachel Lopez (Speaker), Brian McGarry (Speaker), Jarrod Wong (Speaker)

Reparations and Victim Restitution

November 09 - 15:45 - 17:15
(Room 504)

  • The Cost of Crime: A Proposal for an Asset Forfeiture and Victim Remuneration Framework in a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity;  JoAnna Adkisson, George Washington University Law School
  • Exploring the (monetary) value of human rights in the Americas; Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg, University of Sheffield School of Law
  • Righting and Rewriting: Transnational War Reparations Litigation and the Production of Knowledge in East Asia; Timothy Webster, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Discussant: Ruti Teitel, New York Law School

JoAnna Adkisson (Speaker), Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg (Speaker), Ruti Teitel (Discussant)

Regime Interaction: Investment and …?

November 09 - 15:45 - 17:15
(Room 503)

  • Not all Rights are Created Equal: A loss-gain frame of investor rights vs. human rights; Tomer Broude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law and Caroline Henckels, Monash University Faculty of Law
  • The Paradox in Action: Enforcing “Soft Law” Instruments Through Investor-State Arbitration; Vera Korzun, University of Akron School of Law
  • Investment Misconcieved: The impact and Fallacy of the investment-commerce distinction in ICSID arbitration; Stratos Pahis, New York University School of Law
  • Discussant: Simon Batifort, Curtis Mallet LLP

Tomer Broude (Speaker), Caroline Henckels (Speaker), Vera Korzun (Speaker), Stratos Pahis (Speaker), Simon Batifort (Discussant)

Transnational Procedure

November 09 - 15:45 - 17:15
(Room 502)

  • Three Models of Arbitral Judging; Irene Ten Cate, University of Houston Law Center
  • Core Criminal Procedure; Steven Koh, Boston College Law School
  • Exporting American Discovery; Yanbai Andrea Wang, Stanford Law School
  • Discussant: Robert Howse, New York University School of Law

Irene Ten Cate (Speaker), Steven Koh (Speaker), Yanbai Andrea Wang (Speaker), Robert Howse (Discussant)

Closing Reception

November 09 - 17:15 - 18:15
(10th Floor Subotnick Conference Center)

Updated: November 18, 2019

Practitioner's Forum: Panel & Discussion

November 07 - 16:30 - 19:30

Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP  


4:30 pm 
Opening Remarks 
Sean Murphy, ASIL President

4:35-5:45 pm 
Navigating the Rising Tides of Nationalism 
In recent years, nationalism has resurged across the globe. States that once led the increasing internationalization of policy to solve global problems have turned inward, retreating from efforts at international cooperation and fostering an environment in which one state’s interests are pitted against the rest. No field of international law has been immune from this change in the international legal landscape, but the fields of trade, investment, and refugee law have been particularly impacted. Is nationalism back to stay and, if so, for how long and at what consequence for international law?This multidisciplinary panel will discuss the scope and implications of the current wave of nationalism for practitioners. In particular, the panelists will aim to discern whether there is a common theme to the rise of nationalistic policies in these various fields and articulate lessons to draw from the recent shift in direction away from policymaking with a global interest. The central aim of the discussion will be to provide practitioners with guidance on how to face the challenges raised by increasing nationalism in these fields. 

  • Maryellen Fullerton, Brooklyn Law School
  • James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • J. Benton Heath, New York University School of Law
  • Don McRae, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Jennifer Thornton, Arent Fox LLP 

6:00-7:15 pm 
A New Multilateralism?
At the same time that nationalism has shaken some areas of international law, multilateralism has thrived in others. Are we witnessing a new kind of multilateralism, and how will it evolve against the current climate of nationalism? What do developments such as reforms in investor-State dispute settlement, the potentially impending collapse of the WTO appellate body, and renegotiation of key trade agreements such as the NAFTA mean for today’s practitioners? How do efforts to create transnational rules for corporate social responsibility sit against domestic protectionism? Should practitioners expect a shifting legal landscape, more of the same, or something in between?This panel will bring together specialists from several disciplines to forecast trends and developments of relevance for business actors, international organizations, and those advising them. 

  • Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
  • Rachel Davis, Shift
  • David Gaukrodger, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 
  • Stephen Mathias, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs 
  • Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, Foley Hoag LLP 

7:15-7:30 pm 
Concluding Remarks (available here
Blanca Montejo, United Nations Security Council Affairs Division

Practioner's Forum Reception

November 07 - 19:30 - 20:30

Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP