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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.

The ILA congratulates its Portuguese branch for the organisation of a successful regional conference in Lisbon. Between the opening address by the Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Dr Miguel Serpa Soares and the closing address by Professor Miguel Poiares Maduro, Minister for Regional Development of Portugal, the participants discussed papers on the role of, interaction between and challenges to international courts and tribunals. Presentations were made by many well-known judges, practitioners and scholars but also well over 20 young practitioners and scholars were given the opportunity to present their views and opinions. The papers will be published in due course. The conference was also the practical inauguration of the ILA scholarship fund that enabled eight young international graduate law students to attend this conference.

To read Reports and view photo gallery click here 





Welcome message from Lord Mance, Executive Chair of the ILA



 The 2014 ILA 76th Biennial Conference was held inWashington DC, April 7-11  in conjunction with ASILFor further details and programme please see the conference website: www.ila2014.org
Click here to view reports submitted.
Download   ILA Delegate List (Draft) Washington 2014 (49KB)

Click here for the Conference Summary  Conference Summary (478KB) 

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The Regional Conference held in Lisbon in September 2014 was a great success.  It was well attended and the first 8 ILA Scholars took part (Read their Reports here).

The ILA has launched a scholarship fund to assist the attendance of selected individuals at ILA Biennial and Regional Conferences.

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