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The International Law Association (ILA) was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Prof. Alexander Yankov, a prominent jurist and one of the founders of the Bulgarian Association for International Law (1962).

The Chair of the ILA, the Rt. Hon the Lord Mance said "Professor Yankov, whose death has just been announced, was a former President and great supporter of the ILA, who hosted its very successful conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2012. He had a long and very distinguished career in international law, as a practitioner, as an academic and as a diplomat, characterised by his learning as well as his great personal charm. He continued to attend ILA meetings in London until quite recently. We will all remember him with gratitude and send our most sincere condolences to all his family, as well as to the Bulgarian branch, which he founded, on his passing."

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The 79th Biennial International Law Conference will take place from 23 – 27 August 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. The theme is ‘Bridging for the Future’ and general information about the event is available at ila2020kyoto.org/

The International Law Association (ILA) and the Japanese Branch which is organising the 79th Biennial Law Conference due to be held in Kyoto, Japan from 23 - 27 August 2020 are both monitoring international developments relating to Covid-19 closely, taking into account, in particular, the regular updates and advice given by the World Health Organisation and other public bodies, as well as limitations on travel currently imposed or likely to arise from the present situation. The Organising Committee can confirm in this light that there are no immediate plans to change the arrangements for the event, but that they and the ILA are very aware of the evolving situation and are ready to respond accordingly. Please check for further updates or contact info@ila-hq.org for additional information.

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Peace and Justice through Law

International law is key to peace, justice and development in a globalised world. Since 1873, the ILA's constitutional objective has been "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 aims to:

- bring together all interested in international law worldwide, from legal and mediation practice, the judiciary, academia, business and international, governmental and non-governmental organisations;

- foster understanding of international law both generally and, particularly through its scholarship fund, among young persons across the world;

- promote greater respect for and adherence to international law.

The ILA’s resolutions and the reports of its committees and study groups inform and influence the development of international law.

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Resolutions passed at the ILA 78th Biennial Conference

  • Committee on Baselines under the International Law of the Sea

  • Committee on Feminism and International Law

  • Committee on Recognition and Non-recognition in International Law

  • Committee on Use of Force

  • Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise (1)

  • Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise (2)

  • Committee on Islamic Law and International Law

  • Study Group on Business and Human Rights

  • Study Group on the Use of Domestic Law Principles for the Development of International Law

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