The ILA's International Committees are established to undertake research and to prepare reports on carefully selected areas of international law (public, private or commercial). These reports are discussed and considered by the membership and other interested parties at the Biennial Conferences. The reports take various forms: a re-statement of the law; a draft treaty or convention; an elaboration of a code or rules or principles of international law; or a review of recent developments of law or practice.
It is the wide range of nationalities and expertise amongst its membership on which the ILA can draw which allows the committees their unique status on the international stage.
Any ILA Member or Branch can propose a subject for a new committee to the Director of Studies who will advise the Executive Council on the establishment of such a new committee.
Committees are established with a mandate in the first instance for four years. The EC may renew the mandate either in its original form or with amendments, for further periods of up to four years.
Nominations for committee membership are made by branches and passed to the relevant Committee Chair and Director of Studies for their approval before being considered by the Executive Council.
The committee reports are published with the proceedings of each conference. The individual committee reports and conference resolutions published since 2000 are available for downloading on this website (see under relevant committee on List of Current Committees).