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2015 ASIL annual meeting

April 8, 2015 @ 8:00 am - April 11, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

109th ASIL (American Society of International Law) Annual Meeting

Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World

For better or worse, international law is confronting a period of profound change. Geopolitical developments—in particular, new assertions of economic, political, or military power by countries like Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—have simultaneously aggravated latent territorial disputes and created the potential for unprecedented economic integration. Advances in technology have enabled cyber-conflicts and forged new tools for governmental coercion or control, while also facilitating the dissemination of information. Shared environmental challenges have presented new causes of human suffering or conflict, as well as new possibilities for global cooperation and assistance. And the increased role of non-state actors in international affairs has made more vocal the still unfulfilled demands on, for example, the universal recognition of the human rights of LGBT persons, the responsibilities associated with corporate conduct, and the protection of people from mass atrocities.

The 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting will focus on the theme “Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World” and will examine questions such as the following.

  • Through what processes can we expect international law to adapt, and how might new norms emerge in the face of persistent disagreements or holdout problems?
  • How is the legal order responding, as the world moves from a unipolar system dominated by the United States to a more multipolar system?
  • What is the role or relevance of international law where it might be unable to resolve global issues?

Keynote speakers will include

  • President Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America Foundation (Women in International Law Interest Group Luncheon)
  • Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (Friday Keynote Address)
  • Judge Kenneth Keith, International Court of Justice (Grotius Lecture)
  • Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy, ASIL Academic Partner Graduate Institute, Geneva (Hudson Medal Luncheon)
  • Professor Michael Reisman, Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law, ASIL Academic Partner Yale Law School (Charles Brower Lecture on International Dispute Resolution)

April 8-11, 2015
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001


April 8, 2015 @ 8:00 am
April 11, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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