Welcome to the ILA

Forum for discussion of Public & Private International Law

The International Law Association was founded in Brussels in 1873. Its objectives, under its Constitution, are "the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law".

The ILA has consultative status, as an international non-governmental organisation, with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies.



2016 ILA Conference (77th), Johannesburg, South Africa  
The theme was 'International Law and State Practice: Is there a North/South Divide?'  

At the Closing Ceremony on 11 August six new ILA Committee Resolutions were adopted and for the first time, three ILA Study Group Resolutions were also presented.


Draft Conference Reports presented at
Johannesburg 2016 can be viewed under the relevant Committee/Study Group


More Events

Current News

Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC LLD 
The British Branch regrets to report the death on 8 February 2017 of Sir Eli Lauterpacht, aged 88, one of the best known academics and practitioners of international law for more than 60 years.
Further Details


Sir Nigel Rodley, died on January 25.
He had been a longstanding Member of the ILA British Branch and served on both the recent ILA Committees on Human Rights Law.  He attended the ILA2014/ASIL Conference in Washington DC. Further details


At the ILA EC meeting in London on 12 November 2016, two new branches were approved for Colombia and Nicaragua along with a new Study Group on International Tax Law.  

 More News

 Click Here to find the ILA on Facebook

 Click Here to find the ILA Twitter