Biennial International Law Conference

The objectives of the International Law Association (ILA) are the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law. One of the main activities is the organisation of an international law conference which takes place in different jurisdictions every two years. The inaugural conference was held in Brussels in 1873 and the last conference took place in Sydney in 2018. The conference provides opportunities to share both experiences and understanding of current issues and challenges in international law. The ILA Committees report on their work and Reports and Resolutions in particular areas of International Law are considered and adopted. The ILA has established a Scholarship Fund to help graduate and postgraduate students and early career professionals attend the Biennial Conferences. The conference is also an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the world, not only catching up on local and regional developments but also establishing new links to build upon once you have returned home after the event. A detailed report of the event, including the papers, Reports and Resolutions discussed and adopted at the conference is published following the event.

The 79th Biennial International Law Conference was due to be held in Kyoto, Japan but due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the event will now take place online from 29 Nov 13 December 2020. The theme of the event is Bridging for the Future and information about the event, including the programme and registration, is available at

Several ILA Committees will be presenting Reports and Resolutions at the 79th Biennial International Law Conference. To access the reports and Resolutions click on the relevant link below:

Committee Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals Final Report Resolution
Committee Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals Final Report (FR) Final Report (EN) Resolution (FR) Resolution (EN)
Committee Global Health Law Interim Report Resolution
Committee Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Final Report Resolution
Committee Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Final Report Resolution
Committee Nuclear weapons, non proliferation & contemporary international law Interim Report Resolution
Committee Intellectual Property and Private International Law Final Report Resolution
Committee Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in International Trade Law Interim Report  
Committee Human Rights in Times of Emergency Interim Report  
Committee Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance Interim Report  
Committee Submarine Cables and Pipelines under International Law Interim Report Annex
Committee International Securities Regulation Interim Report  
Committee International Monetary Law (MOCOMILA) Interim Report  
Study Group Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation Final Report Resolution
Study Group International Tax Law Final Report Mandate (new Committee)
Study Group Asian State Practice of Domestic Implementation of International Law Interim Report  
Study Group Study Group on Cross-Border Violations of the Rights of Children in Migration, Enforcement Mechanisms & Legal Remedies Interim Report  
Committee Rule of Law and International Investment Law Interim Report  
Committee International Protection of Consumers Interim Report  
Study Group Role of Cities in International Law Interim Report