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 the Practitioners' Forum. The Midyear Meeting has been held since 2010 in Miami, Los Angeles, Athens & Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and New York. The Society's 2020 Midyear Meeting will be held in a fully virtual format, on a platform similar to the one used for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. Participants will be able to engage with presenters and discussants throughout the conference, as well as each other. The Midyear Meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 29-30.

2020 ASIL Research Forum

October 29-30, 2019

ASIL Academic Partner Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio is the host of the Research Forum portion of the 2020 Midyear Meeting. In addition to the 24 panels featuring over 70 authors presenting cutting edge research in the field of international law and relations, the Midyear Meeting will include over a dozen hours of professional development opportunities for current law students and recent graduates. Mentoring sessions, skills training, cover letter and resume drafting workshops, and panels featuring insights into hiring practices during the global pandemic will all be available to attendees as well.

2020 ASIL Research Forum Committee


  • Kristen Eichensehr, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Blanca Montejo, United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
  • Michael Scharf, Case Western Reserve University School of Law


  • Angela Banks, Arizona State University School of Law
  • Zachary Kaufman, University of Houston School of Law
  • Jessica Peake, UCLA School of Law
  • Carlos Vázquez, Georgetown University Law Center

Research Forum Registration

Students at ASIL Academic Partner Law Schools✝ $0
Students at Other Academic Institutions $25
Presenters and Discussants $50
All Other Attendees $100
✝ Students from ASIL Academic Partner Law Schools receive complimentary admission to the Midyear Meeting. (For a list of AP schools and to learn how to obtain the discount code, please visit here or contact
All prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

Updated: 9/3/2020

Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

  • What is the threshold in international space law and jus ad bellum qualifying harmful space activities as armed attack?, Giulia Pavesi, KU Leuven
  • The Legal Status of Maritime Features with Artificial Construction in the Law of the Sea, Qin He, Southwest University of Political Science & Law & Chunliang Zhang, Southwest University of Political Science & Law
  • Who Owns Ocean Biodiversity?: The Legal Status of Marine Genetic Resources within the International Framework,Abhaya Ganashree, Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Atrocity Prevention

  • Preventing Crimes Against Humanity Within the United States, Elena Baylis, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Social Media and Genocide: The Case for Home State Responsibility, Kyle Rapp, University of Southern California
  • No Peace Without Justice: Ad Hoc Arbitral Commissions & Transitional Justice for Victims of Atrocity Crimes, Hannah Garry, USC Gould School of Law

Developments in International Investment Law

  • The Meaning of Silence in Investment Treaties, Simon Batifort & Andrew Larkin, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Human Rights and the Trajectory of ISDS Reform, Nicholas Diamond, Georgetown University Law Center & Kabir Duggal, Columbia University Law School
  • Addressing Structural Inequality in Investment Treaty Arbitration, Victoria Sahani, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

  • Confusion and Uncertainty in Procedure: The Forgotten Problem of Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in International Investment Dispute Settlement, Nicola Strain, University of Oslo
  • The Dejudicialization of International Economic Law, Relja Radović, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law
  • Splitting the Baby, Irene Ten Cate, University of Houston Law Center

Dispute Resolution and Compensation

  • Compensation in a Changing International Legal Order, Ashley Barnes, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Towards Postcolonial Jurisprudence: South Korea, Mitsubishi, and War Reparations, Timothy Webster, Western New England University School of Law
  • The Settlement Paradox in Human Rights Litigation, William Aceves, California Western School of Law

Domestic Governance during Pandemics

  • Pandemic Governance, Yanbai Andrea Wang, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Pandemic Policing, Confinement and Romani Human Rights, Alexandra Oprea

Enforcement of Transnational Law

  • Emerging Powers, Legal Capacity, and the Transnational Legal Ordering of Trade, Gregory Shaffer, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Transnational Law in a Time of Crisis, Carrie Shang, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Closing the Patent Loophole Across Borders, Mattias Rättzén, Harvard Law School

The Future of International Criminal Law

  • Toward an International Human Right to Claim Innocence, Laurence Helfer, Duke University School of Law
  • The ICC and Human Rights: The Effect of Prosecuting the Destruction of Cultural Heritage on the ICC's Approach to Human Rights, Haydee Dijkstal, 33 Bedford Row Chambers
  • Need For Tailored Rehabilitation Programs for Perpetrators of International Crimes: What Can Former Yugoslavian Example Show Us?, Marina Maier, Leiden University

Gender Issues in International Law

  • Banging Your Head Against the Wall: Battle of the Special Rapporteur Over Women's Rights in Iran, Delaram Farzaneh, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Resisting the Playing Field, Desiree LeClercq, Cornell University
  • Gender-Based Violence in International Human Rights Law: Evolution towards a Binding Post-Binary Framework, Tatsiana Ziniakova, Wake Forest University School of Law

Historic Roots of International Law

  • Exposing Collaborators: Stories and Sentiments Starting in Communist Prague, Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University & Barbora Hola, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • International Lawyers and the Idea of a League of Nations, John Hepp, Wilkes University
  • Intersectional Sovereignties: Dr. Aline Chalufour, Woman at Nuremberg – and at Paris, Ottawa, and Dalat, Diane Amann, University of Georgia School of Law

International Environmental Law

  • Indigenous Participation in Environmental and Commons Governance at the Arctic Council from the Perspective of International Law, Rina Kuusipalo, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
  • The Role of International Organizations in the Development of International Environmental Law: Adjusting the Lenses of Analysis, Rita Guerreiro Teixeira, KU Leuven - Centre for Global Governance Studies
  • Let the Trees Speak for Themselves: Incorporating Nature's Rights into the Global Pact for the Environment, Samantha Franks, Michigan Journal of International Law

International Governance of Pandemics

  • On International Legal Regulation of Health Assistance under Major Epidemic Situation, Yinling Zhou, Wuhan University
  • Effects of COVID-19 on the treaty interpretation: State's conduct in terms of subsequent agreement and subsequent practice, Rakesh Roshan, National Law University Delhi
  • How the coronavirus crisis challenges international investment (customary) law rules: which role for the necessity defence?, Federica Cristani, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

International Immigration & Refugee Law Issues 

  • The Division of Responsibility in Early International Refugee Responses, Sophie Capicchiano Young, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • The Convention Against Torture and Non-refoulement in U.S. Courts, Trent Buatte, U.S. Department of State
  • Health Care and Sanitation Rights of Asylum Seekers in United States Immigration Detention, Jari Rubio, University of New Mexico School of Law

International Law and Technology

  • The U.N. Needs a Reboot: A Declaration of Digital Human Rights, Margie Rutledge, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Are All Soldiers created Equal? – On the Equal Application of the Law to Military Enhanced Soldiers, Yahli Shereshevsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Protecting equality in a digital age: the need for more expansive anti-discrimination protections, Tetyana Krupiy, Tilburg University

International Law in Theory

  • Interpretive Entrepreneurs, Melissa J. Durkee, University of Georgia School of Law
  • The Domesticization of Lawfare, David Hughes, University of Ottawa Law School
  • A Cognitive Turn for International Law: Implications for the Study of Global Inequality, John Linarelli, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

The Law of War

  • The Syria Conflict and Its Impact on International Law, Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law & Paul Williams, American University Washington College of Law
  • Reconceptualizing the Right of Self-Defence Against 'Imminent' Armed Attacks, Christopher O'Meara, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Killing Qasem Soleimani: International Lawyers Divided and Conquered, Luca Ferro, Ghent University

Novel International Law Making

  • The Global Arrest Game: The criminalization of foreign policy, Steven Koh, Boston College of Law
  • Trade Executive Agreements, Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
  • The Other Secret Deals with Mexico and the Expansion of the Executive Bureaucracies, Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez, Texas A&M University School of Law

Privacy in International Law

  • Privacy Before Trade: Assessing the WTO-Consistency of Privacy-Based Cross-Border Data Flows Restrictions, Julian Rotenberg, Harvard Law School
  • Interfacing Privacy and Trade, Mira Burri, University of Lucerne
  • Access to Data in Cyberspace: the Challenges of International Law in a Digitalized World, Michaëla Roegiers

Regional Arbitration and Investment Law

  • The Constitutional Status of Investor-State Arbitration in Africa, Dominic Dagbanja, The University of Western Australia Law School
  • The "Africanization" Discourse and its Dilemmas in African International Economic Law, Olabisi D. Akinkugbe, Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law
  • The sweeping power of EU law in establishing a Multilateral Investment Court? From an Inside-Out to an Outside-In approach, Blerina Xheraj, University of Leicester

Repression, Expression, and the State

  • Can Lachiri Stop the Avalanche? Recommitting Institutions to Protect Religious Expression Rights in Europe, Kaley Hanenkrat, University of Michigan Law School
  • Women's Rights, Vulnerability, and Intersectionality: Achievements and Challenges of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, Laura Cahier, Georgetown University
  • How Does Punishment Affect Reintegration of Former Offenders? Evidence from Iraq, Mara Revkin, Georgetown University Law Center

The Role of International Law in Regulating Cyberspace

  • Cyber Threats of Force in International Law, Ivana Stradner, American Enterprise Institute
  • The Criminalization of Cyber-Attacks under the International Criminal Court's Rome Statute, Jennifer Trahan, NYU Center for Global Affairs
  • A Clash of Sovereigns: Corporate Power and State Authority in the Social Media Era, Jenny Domino, International Commission of Jurists

The Structure of International Law

  • The Strategy and Politics of Voting on the U.N. Security Council, Viva Jeronimo, Yale University
  • The Return of Reprisals, Ryan Mitchell, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • From Extraction to Equality: Transforming Human Rights Advocacy, Sarah Knuckey, Gulika Reddy, & Anjli Parrin, Columbia Law School

Theories of Human Rights

  • A Right to Have Rights: The Continued Relevance of "The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man", Melissa Stewart, Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute
  • Al Jazeera at the International Court of Justice, William Worster, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • "Words so Innocent and Powerless...How Potent They Become": Some Thoughts on the Corpus Linguistics of the ICC and Art.12(2)(A), Eleni Micha, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

The U.S. and International Law  

  • President Trump's View on International Humanitarian Law, Stuart Ford, UIC John Marshall Law School
  • Propaganda Warfare on International Courts, Sara Ochs, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • Back-stopping International Law? A Typology of FCPA Prosecutions of Foreign Defendants, Elizabeth Acorn, University of Toronto

Thursday, October 29, 2020 (All times Eastern Daylight Savings)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.                

  • Opening Ceremony & Keynote

11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.         

  • ASIL Executive Council Meeting

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.                 Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.       

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.                   Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.                    

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.                     Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.                     Break

4:45 – 6:15 p.m.

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

6:15 – 6:30 p.m.                     Break

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Practitioners' Forum

Friday, October 30, 2020

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.                 Break

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.                     Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Lunch Keynote

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.                     Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.                     Break

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Research Forum Paper Panel
  • Mentoring Session
  • Professional Development training session

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.                    

  • Closing Ceremony & social event

Panel: Global Issues Related to Arbitrating Data Breaches and Privacy Rights

Global business has been affected by data breaches and ensuing privacy violations. In response, some companies have looked to arbitration as a method of settling disputes related to data breaches and privacy violations. Last April, a U.S. federal court ruled in connection with the 2018 data breach at the education technology company, Chegg, that an arbitration clause contained in the company's clickwrap contracts was enforceable. The enforceability of arbitration clauses in connection with privacy rights may have implications for consumers who are prevented from joining class actions or otherwise enforcing their rights through recently enacted legislation.

Different countries have adopted distinct approaches toward data privacy and cyber security. The European Union has adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2018), aimed at harmonizing EU member states' laws and providing greater protection to data subjects. In the United States, responses have included state legislation, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, and non-governmental initiatives, such as the Sedona Conference's International Principles on Discovery, Disclosure and Data Protection in Civil Litigation, which includes a draft protocol that addresses data breaches and privacy issues. This panel will explore global issues related to arbitrating data breaches and privacy violations, including applicable law, mandatory law, and enforceability of forced arbitration clauses.

2020 ASIL Practitioners' Forum Committee


  • Christiana Hioureas, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Bart Smith Duijzentkunst, United Nations
  • Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law