2015 ASIL annual meeting

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

Brennan Center Discussion on Intelligence

Rethinking Intelligence:
What Will the Intelligence Enterprise
Look Like in 10 Years?

In partnership with Defense One, former FBI veteran and Brennan Center Fellow Michael German interviewed former intelligence officials, congressional staffers, academic researchers, and advocates for an inside look at underlying structural and strategic problems in U.S. intelligence programs. Their arguments tackle three fundamental questions: what is the scope of the new intelligence community, why does it sometimes fail, and how should the U.S. reform it?

Join intelligence experts for an in-depth discussion about what’s working and what’s not with U.S. intelligence practices as well as a candid discussion about the future of national security policy. Interviews from the Brennan Center’s “Rethinking Intelligence” video project will also be screened.

Animal Rights, Human Rights, & the Future of the Planet by the Animal Legal Defense Fund & the Center for Biological Diversity

Georgetown University Law Center

600 New Jersey Avenue Northwest, Room TBA
United States

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and the Center for Biological Diversity are teaming up for a speaking tour: Breaking the Taboo: Leading Animal and Environmental Groups to Discuss Population, Human, and Animal Rights.

ALDF & the Center are teaming up to bring the conversation about population, overconsumption, environmental protection, and animal rights to top-ranked law schools across the country.

Carter Dillard, director of litigation at ALDF, and Stephanie Feldstein, population and sustainability director at the Center, will discuss the intersection of the most pressing issues in the animal and environmental protection movements and how crises can – and must – be solved through innovative policies that advance human rights, animal rights, and wildlife conservation at the same time.

Carter and Stephanie will discuss the vital connections between animal agriculture, human population growth, environmental protection, and systems of rights – both human and animal. They will explain how to use this synergy – along with advocacy, creativity, and legal action – to get beyond the stigma and taboo that usually keep population growth and our diets out of conversations. They will also suggest legal reforms and practical ways for each of us to create a better future for all species.

Contact Name: David Schwartz
Contact Email: dzs6@georgetown.edu


In 2014, the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, among others, reignited America’s dialogue on race and sparked a national response. That response included community organized street protests, highway blockages, social media activism, and multi-city marches with participants shouting #DontShoot, #BlackLivesMatter, and #ICantBreathe as unified expressions of public discontent.

The question is: What do we do now? How can we transition beyond the moments of Ferguson and New York into a robust movement at the local and federal level? One first step could be reforming our criminal justice system – but what does that entail? Join New America, in collaboration with Howard University, for the launch of, “From Moment to Movement” a conversation and essay series on race and policy in America.