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Link to the IALS Archive website and how to request access: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/archives

See below to download:

- Article by Dr Ruth Frendo (982KB)
- ILA Archive Catalogue 2017 (2MB) (also available from the University of London catalogue here: http://archives.ulrls.lon.ac.uk/)

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New ILA Study Group: Role of Cities in International Law

New ILA Study Group: Role of Cities in International Law

More than 30 Members of the ILA s Executive Council representing 20 different ILA Branches attended a meeting in London on Saturday 6 May.

At this meeting a new ILA Study Group on the role of cities in international law was established, bring the number of Study Groups currently working to 11. A new Committee on international human rights law was also provisionally approved and further details should be announced shortly.

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2017 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, May 19-20 2017

2017 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, May 19-20 2017

The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law will hold the International Law Association (ILA)-American Society of International Law (ASIL) Asia-Pacific Research Forum on May 19-20, 2017 at Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. The theme of the Research Forum is “The Geopolitics of International Law: Contemporary Challenges for the Asia-Pacific.”

The Research Forum is organized in partnership with the ASIL Law in the Pacific Rim Region Interest Group and the Research Center for International Legal Studies of National Chengchi University. It will provide a forum for academics, private practitioners and government attorneys to examine contemporary international law issues in the Asia-Pacific.

Click here for the programme, registration details and further information.

We look forward to welcoming you to Taiwan! Inquiries can be directed to the organizing committee at ila@nccu.edu.tw.

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Report from the Commission on the Status of Women

Report from the Commission on the Status of Women

12-23 March 2018, UN Headquarters, New York

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62) took place in New York during the period 12-23 March 2018. The ‘working’ two week period was preceded by a Consultation Day – a mix of events, with speakers (such as Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and H.E. Ms Geraldine Byrne-Nason, Bureau Chair (see below), and others, easing the CSW 62 attendees into two busy weeks.1 The International Law Association (ILA) has recognised consultative status with the Economic and Social Commission of the UN (ECOSOC)2 and was represented by the ILA Feminism and International Law Committee at CSW 62.3

The priority theme this year was Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. A timely topic; rural women and girls suffer multiple discrimination – even compared with women and girls in non-rural areas. The review theme was Participation in, and access of women to, the media, and information and communications technologies, and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women, from the 47th session of the CSW. This approach (priority and review themes) allows for new themes to be explored, and at the same time, provides for review of what has been a priority theme. The overall result is to broaden the range of subjects under discussion during CSW, and by revisiting a review theme, to facilitate an assessment of progress made.

For the full report please download a PDF here.

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Professor Yuji Iwasawa, Vice- Chair of the ILA, elected as judge on the ICJ

On 22 June 2018, Yuji Iwasawa, a Vice-Chair of the International Law Association, was elected by the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations as a judge on the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the United Nations.  He was elected to fill a vacancy left by resignation of a judge and will serve until February 2021 to complete the term.

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The ILA established a scholarship fund in May 2014 to help young individuals attend ILA Regional or Biennial Conferences. The first awards were made in September 2014 and provided scholarships to 8 young people who attended a Regional Conference in Lisbon. A further 20 scholarships were made for 20 young people to attend the ILA Biennial Conference 2016 in Johannesburg.

Over 90 applications were received for the Sydney 2018 ILA Biennial Scholarship Round and 8 awards were made:

The 2018 Scholarship Award Winners were:

-  Vivek Bhatt (Australian)

- Carlos Bichet Nicoletti (Panamanian)

- Guy Jules Kounga (Cameroonian)

- Yonadi Meyer (South African)

- Mariana Monteiro de Matos (Brazilian)

- Mateusz Osiecki (Polish)

You can read their reports on the Sydney Conference here.

They have been selected from a very large number of applicants from around the world and we congratulate them on their selection and look forward to meeting them in Sydney.

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ILA 78th Biennial Conference - Sydney, 19-24 August 2018

ILA 78th Biennial Conference - Sydney, 19-24 August 2018

The 2018 ILA Conference (78th) took place in Sydney, Australia between 19 and 24 August. The event was well attended with around 650 delegates registered over the four days.

At the Closing Ceremony on 23 August six new ILA Committee Resolutions were adopted and two new ILA Study Group Resolutions:

  1. Committee on Baselines under the International Law of the Sea .
  2. Committee on Feminism and International Law
  3. Committee on Recognition and Non-recognition in International Law
  4. Committee on Use of Force
  5. Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise
  6. Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise - Sydney Declaration of Principles
  7. Committee on Islamic Law and International Law
  8. Study Group on Business and Human Rights
  9. Study Group on the Use of Domestic Law Principles for the Development of International Law

Papers and speeches from the conference will be made available on the ILA 2018 Conference Website over the coming days.



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ILA Regional Conference 19 - 20 September 2019, Braga, Portugal

ILA Regional Conference 19 - 20 September 2019, Braga, Portugal

The contribution of case-law international courts and tribunals to the development of international law

International courts and tribunals have, without question, with their case-law, contributed to the development of international law. This contribution can be assessed in terms of methodology of internal law, the development of procedural rules, the impact of specialized courts in specialized fields of international law (such as the Law of the Sea or Investment Law) or the impact of certain particular recent cases.

The Portuguese branch of the International Law Association will organize in September 2019 a regional conference addressing these issues. The conference will include as speakers well-known judges, members of the United Nations International Law Commission and scholars, several of which from Portuguese-speaking countries and around the world. It will also give young researches the opportunity of presenting their papers. The conference will be hosted by the University of Minho Law School in Braga, in the north of Portugal, and the proceedings will be object of publication in a book.

For further information see the conference website: http://ilaportugal2019.com/en 


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The 2019 ILA Regional Conference in Slovenia is the first ILA conference organized by the ILA Slovene Branch. It will take place in the beautiful seaside resort of Bernardin located between the romantic town of Piran and the Portorož Riviera on the Adriatic coast 27-30 June 2019.

The general theme of the conference is “Migration / international legal regulation” and will thus provide a forum to address and discuss a plethora of challenging questions related to the issue of migration from both the public and private international law lens in a region largely affected by the topic.

Additionally, the conference will offer a myriad of opportunities for discussions on topics covered within the ILA Committees and Study Groups and give them space to advance their work, as well as to network with the leading international law minds from around the world.

For up to date information please visit the conference Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/605858956514177/

For further information and to register please visit: http://www.ilaslovenia2019.com/

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ILA Biennial Conference 23-27 August 2020, Kyoto, Japan: Bridging for the Future

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.

ILA Conference 2020 Facebook page

View the video here.

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It is with great pleasure that we invite the International Law community to attend and participate in the 80th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association which is being organised by the ILA Portuguese Branch and will take place in Lisbon from 19-24 June 2022.

The programme includes sessions of the ILA Committees and Study Groups and a set of parallel panels where the main issues affecting the current status of International Law will be discussed. Information on the programme is available here https://ila2022.org/program/

Register today https://ila2022.org/registration/

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