ASIL Midyear Meeting

The ASIL Midyear Meeting

The American Society of International Law hosts a Midyear Meeting annually in late October or early November. The meeting encompasses several events, including leadership meetings of the Society's Executive Council and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law; the Research Forum, which features cutting-edge international law scholarship by more than 70 authors; and programming for practitioners. The Midyear Meeting has been held since 2010 in Miami, Los Angeles, Athens & Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. This year's meeting will be held in Brooklyn, New York, November 7-9.

2019 ASIL Research Forum

November 7-9, 2019
Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn, New York

The Society's 2019 annual Research Forum, co-sponsored by ASIL Academic Partner Brooklyn Law School, will include expert-led discussions on a variety of leading-edge international law topics and several keynote lunch discussions. The Forum will also include events designed to assist students and new professionals interested in pursuing a career in international law.

Registration (tentatively) Includes

  • 20+ sessions
  • Attendance at the Practitioners' Forum
  • 2 lunch panels (lunch provided)
  • Coffee breaks throughout the meeting
  • Saturday breakfast
  • 2 receptions
  • 2 international law career development programs

2019 ASIL Research Forum Committee (Brooklyn, NY)


  • Julian Arato, Brooklyn Law School
  • Kristen Barnes, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Rebecca Hamilton, American University Washington College of Law


  • Asli Ü. Bâli, UCLA School of Law
  • Nicolas Lamp, Queen's University Faculty of Law
  • Cian Murphy, University of Bristol Faculty of Law
  • Kish Parella, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Matiangai Sirleaf, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Research Forum Registration

Full Conference Registration includes access to all Research Forum sessions, professional development sessions, Friday and Saturday luncheon discussions, Saturday breakfast, and Friday and Saturday evening receptions.

  ASIL Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Regular Member $225 $325 (ASIL membership available at additional cost)
Gov/IO/NGO Registration* $175 N/A
Speaker Registration $100 $250
Student Registration* ✝ $30 $65
*To qualify for reduced rates, attendees are required to provide a valid proof of identification to registration staff at time of check-in.

✝ Students from ASIL Academic Partner schools receive complimentary admission to the Midyear Meeting. (For a list of AP schools and to learn how to obtain the discount code, please visit here.)
All prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

Updated: 10/1/19

Thursday, November 7, 2019

2019 Practitioners’ Forum (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP)

Friday, November 8, 2019

Leadership Meetings
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.            Executive Council Meeting

Student and New Professional Development Programs

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                        Pursuing a Career in International Law

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          International Legal Research Methods

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.                    Lunch keynote/plenary: A Discussion with Miguel de Serpa Soares (Lunch provided)

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.                      Research Forum Session I

United States Foreign Affairs

  • The International Predicates of Regulation; Elena Chachko, Harvard Law School
  • Presidential Trade Authority & Trade Executive Agreements; Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
  • Discussant: Curt Bradley, Duke University School of Law

Representation and International Law

  • Affirmative Action as Transitional Justice; Yuvraj Joshi, Yale Law School
  • The Human Right to Intersectional Democracy; Jonathan Crock, The College of William and Mary
  • Women at International Criminal Tribunals; Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Discussant: Sarah Knuckey, Columbia Law School

International Legal Theory & History

  • Irony, Cynicism, and ‘New Sincerity’: Engaging with the Dual Structure of International Law; Sue Gonzalez Hauck, Higher District Court, Frankfurt am Main
  • Genealogies of "Pragmatic Legalism": International Lawyering and American Foreign Policy after the Second World War; Afroditi Giovanopoulou, Columbia University
  • Permanence in International Law and Protracted Territorial Conflicts; Omar Shehabi, Yale Law School
  • Discussant: Pavel Šturma, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Law

New Techniques in International Litigation and Adjudication

  • Rehabilitating Charge Bargaining; Nancy Combs, The College of William and Mary Law School
  • Changing Narratives of International Law and Emerging ‘Lawfare’ in International Courts; Iryna Marchuk, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law
  • Ruling through Advice: Advisory jurisdiction in international human rights law; Jorge Contesse, Rutgers University Law School
  • Discussant: Irene Ten Cate, University of Houston Law Center

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.                      Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.                      Research Forum Session II

Effectiveness and Power Dynamics in International Law

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; Arlene Kanter, Syracuse University College of Law
  • 'Brexit' and the Power Dynamics of Global Treaty (Re-)Negotiations; Joris Larik, Leiden University
  • The Interstate Aspects of Investment Disputes; Elise Ruggeri Abonnat, University of Paris II-Assas
  • Discussant: Karen Alter, Northwestern University

International Environmental Law in Practice

  • Indigenous Women in the Americas: Securing Environmental Justice through the Development of International Human Rights Standards; Laura Cahier, University of Aix-Marseille
  • The Significance of Indigenous Knowledge and Practices as the Ecosystem-Specific Approach for the Environmental Law Regime; Mahmudul Hasan, George Washington University Law School
  • The Regulation of Marine Renewable Energy Activities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction; Dawoon Jung, University of Edinburgh

The Status of Data under International Law

  • The Law of Worldwide Injunctions in the Realm of Online Data; Kevin Benish, Holwell Shuster and Goldberg LLP
  • The Rights to Privacy and Data Protection in Times of Armed Conflict; Asaf Lubin, Harvard University
  • Non-territoriality of Data and Multi-Nationality of Corporations: Implications for Data Governance in Trade Agreements; Thomas Streinz, Guarini Global Law & Tech at NYU School of Law
  • Discussant: Fleur Johns, UNSW School of Law

The Theory and Practice of Occupation Law

  • Business Enterprises and the Law of Occupation: Towards a theory of international legal regulation; David Hughes, University of Michigan Law School
  • GATT Rules and State Practice Regarding Business in Occupied Territories; Eugene Kontorovich, George Mason University Law School
  • Palestinan Refugees and The Right of Return; Moria Paz, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Discussant: Tess Bridgeman, Stanford University


5:30 – 7:00 p.m.                      Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Brooklyn Law School

Saturday, November 9, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                      Coffee break

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.            American Journal of International Law Board of Editors Meeting


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                    Research Forum Session III

Armed Conflict and the Use of Force

  • Redundant or essential? Host state consent and the use of force in UN peacekeeping; Patryk Labuda, New York University School of Law
  • Revisiting the Pledge by the UK Regarding the Five Techniques; William Worster, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Doctrine: The rule of law and the role of strategy; Allen Weiner, Stanford Law School and Scott D. Sagan, Stanford University

State and Non-State Practice in International Criminal Law

  • Prosecuting ISIS: A Role for Non-State Actors in Delivering Justice; Deyaa Alrwishdi, American University Washington College of Law
  • The Resurgence of Amnesties in Latin America; Leon Castellanos-Jankiewicz, Asser Institute for Int'l and European Law
  • Military Delegation of Moral Agency and the Myth of Individual Responsibility; Saira Mohamed, UC Berkeley School of Law

Regulatory Systems and International Law

  • Regulating Corporate Families; Rachel Brewster, Duke University School of Law
  • Patents and Ethically Contentious Biotechnologies: A Global Regulatory Approach via International Patent Law?; Aisling McMahon, National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • A Standardized Label to Regulate Unhealthy Foods; Alexia Marks, University of Colorado Law School
  • Discussant: Elizabeth Trujillo, University of Houston Law Center

Cyber Affairs and International Law

  • International Law Protections Against Malicious Cyber Operations; Nele Achten, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
  • Preventing Transboundary Cyber Harm: Rethinking the applicable norms or continue avoiding responsibility; Dafina Bucaj, Loyola Marymont University Law School, Los Angeles
  • Online Activism, Digital Domination, and the Rule of Trolls; Tamar Megiddo, University of Haifa
  • Discussant: Gary Corn, American University, Washington College of Law


10:30 – 10:45 a.m.                  Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.                  Research Forum Session IV

Issues in International Criminal Justice

  • Aging Out— Domestic Atrocity Prosecutions and the Passage of Time; Caroline Davidson, Willamette University College of Law
  • International Criminal Law and the Collective Memory of the International Law Community; Yahli Shereshevsky, University of Haifa
  • Recklessness and War Crimes: The Relationship of State Practice and International Tribunals in Establishing Customary Law; Brian Cox, Cornell Law School
  • Discussant: Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University School of Law

The International Impact of Resource Exploitation

  • Creating IUU Fishing; Maggie Gardner, Cornell Law School
  • Of a Chemical Persuasion: Philosophies of Technology in International Chemicals and Waste Law; Sabaa Ahmad Khan, University of Eastern Finland School of Law
  • Addressing Fundamental Obstacles to Climate Policy: A growth regime complex and civil society; Temitope Onifade, University of British Columbia School of Law

International and Transnational Courts

  • The Adjudication Business; Pamela Bookman, Fordham University Law School
  • Strategic Litigation Networks’ Impact on the System of International Criminal Justice: A Rebalancing Factor?; Florian Jeßberger and Leonie Steinl, University of Hamburg Faculty of Law
  • Qatar’s Quest for Relief: Parallel Proceedings across International Tribunals; Natalie McCauley, Public International Law and Policy Group
  • Discussant: Robin Effron, Brooklyn Law School

The Impact of Technology in International Law

  • The African Grid; Brittany Bennett, Florida A&M University College of Law
  • How Technology Transforms Refugee Law; Katerina Linos, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Discussant: Rebecca Hamilton, American University Washington College of Law

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.        Lunch keynote/plenary: The Nuts and Bolts of Multilateral Treaty-Making (Lunch provided)

  • Catherine Amirfar, ASIL-President-Elect, Moderator
  • Hal Abramson, Professor of Law, Touro Law Center: 2019 United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (Singapore Convention)
  • Michael Coffee, State Department Office of the Legal Adviser (Treaty Affairs): 2019 Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in Civil or Commercial Matters
  • Sean D. Murphy, ASIL President: Possible Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity
  • Cymie Payne, Rutgers Law School: Possible Convention on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction


2:00 – 3:30 p.m.                      Research Forum Session V

Protection of Marginalized Groups

  • Rights Litigation Piggybacking: Legal Mobilization Strategies in LGBTIQ International Human Rights Jurisprudence; Lucas Lixinski, UNSW Sydney Faculty of Law
  • Addressing Reproductive Inequality in Europe; Alexandra Oprea, independent practitioner
  • Not Just Words: Making and unmaking international women’s rights law; Rebecca Sanders, University of Cincinnati
  • Discussant: Adrien Wing, University of Iowa College of Law

The International Criminal Court

  • Defining the Limits of Judicial Oversight in the Initiation of Investigations at the International Criminal Court; Priya Urs, University College London
  • Dual Hurdles: A Survey of Apprehended Bias at the ICC; Jennifer Keene-McCann, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Sentencing Practices in the International Criminal Court: An Empirical Study; Etiene Martins, Harvard Law School
  • Discussant: Saira Mohammed, UC Berkeley School of Law

Trade Policy, National Security, and International Law

  • The New National Security Challenges to the Economic Order; J. Benton Heath, New York University School of Law
  • Innovation in the Enforcement of International Economic Law: Can the United States Make Auto-Interpretation Work?; Simon Lester, The Cato Institute
  • Foreign Affairs and the National Security Economy; Timothy Meyer, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Discussant: Bruce Rashkow, Columbia Law School

International Law beyond the Horizon

  • Moving Away from the Legal: Current transformations in human rights; Luca Bonadiman, Harvard Law School
  • Legitimacy and Justice in International Tax Law; Ivan Ozai, McGill University Faculty of Law
  • (Neo)multilateralism? A Case Study of the Belt and Road Initiative; Jingyuan (Joey) Zhou, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Discussant: Floriane Lavaud, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.                      Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.                      Research Forum Session VI

Defining Our Terms

  • The Law of Gravity in Public International Law; Rachel Lopez, Drexel University School of Law
  • Tracing the Inherent Powers of International Courts and Tribunals; Brian McGarry, Leiden University
  • The Ordinary Meaning of International Law; Brian Slocum and Jarrod Wong, University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Reparations and Victim Restitution

  • The Cost of Crime: A Proposal for an Asset Forfeiture and Victim Remuneration Framework in a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity;  JoAnna Adkisson, George Washington University Law School
  • Exploring the (monetary) value of human rights in the Americas; Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg, University of Sheffield School of Law
  • Righting and Rewriting: Transnational War Reparations Litigation and the Production of Knowledge in East Asia; Timothy Webster, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Discussant: Ruti Teitel, New York Law School

Regime Interaction: Investment and …?

  • Not all Rights are Created Equal: A loss-gain frame of investor rights vs. human rights; Tomer Broude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law and Caroline Henckels, Monash University Faculty of Law
  • The Paradox in Action: Enforcing “Soft Law” Instruments Through Investor-State Arbitration; Vera Korzun, University of Akron School of Law
  • Investment Misconcieved: The impact and Fallacy of the investment-commerce distinction in ICSID arbitration; Stratos Pahis, New York University School of Law
  • Discussant: Simon Batifort, Curtis Mallet LLP

Transnational Procedure

  • Three Models of Arbitral Judging; Irene Ten Cate, University of Houston Law Center
  • Core Criminal Procedure; Steven Koh, Boston College Law School
  • Exporting American Discovery; Yanbai Andrea Wang, Stanford Law School
  • Discussant: Robert Howse, New York University School of Law

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.                      Closing Reception



What is included in my registration?
Fees include attendance at all Research Forum sessions; lunch on Friday and Saturday; and receptions on Friday and Saturday.

Do I need to pay separately to attend the Practitioners' Forum as well?
No, the 2019 Practitioners' Forum (hosted at the Manhattan office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) is included with the cost of registration for the Research Forum. If you plan to attend the Practitioners' Forum as well, ASIL's Member Services team will email Research Forum registrants to make sure you are on the attendance list for both.

Are hotel charges included in registration fees?
No, hotel charges are not included in the registration fee. Attendees must book their own hotel arrangements separately (see hotel information, below). 

Are meals included in registration costs?
The registration fee covers the cost of the lunches and receptions on Friday and Saturday. All other meals, including dinner on Friday night, are the responsibility of the participant.

What is the cancellation policy?
For cancellations received on or before October 24, 2019, we will refund 50% of your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee to cover the cost of processing. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after October 24, 2019. All refund requests must be made in writing to ASIL Services at

Who qualifies for the Government, Non-governmental and International Organization Rate?
To qualify for the Government/NGO/IO rate, you must be (a) a full-time employee of a U.S. or non-U.S. government agency (federal, state, local or tribal) (this does not include government-supported universities or colleges, government contractors, and government consultants);  (b) a full-time employee of a U.S. or non-U.S. non-profit organization recognized by the United Nations; or (c) a full-time employee of an organization designated by the President of the United States through Executive Order to qualify for the privileges, exemptions, and immunities provided in the International Organizations Immunities Act.


Will Internet/wifi access be available at Brooklyn Law School during the Research Forum?
Yes, Internet/wifi access will be available on the Brooklyn Law School campus. More specifics regarding Internet access during the conference are forthcoming.

What is the dress code for the Research and Practitioners' Forum?
Business attire is recommended.

What is the weather in Brooklyn, New York during November?
The average temperature range is 45-60˚ F/7-15˚ C. The chance of precipitation in early November is usually around 25%, though this may vary.


What hotels does ASIL recommend?
There are several hotels of varying rates near Brooklyn Law School. Depending on availability, the following hotels may offer a special visitor's rate for guests who mention that they are attending a conference at Brooklyn Law School. For those hotels, more information is below: A map of various local hotels may be found at the following website:

NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY
Online Reservations:‐rooms/nycbk‐new‐york‐marriott‐at‐the-brooklyn‐bridge/

Once on the website, when asked to input your dates of stay or rooms/guests a "special rates" field will appear. In the special rates field, choose "corporate rate," then type in the code "B9W."

By phone: 877‐303‐0104 (either mention the B9W code or request the Brooklyn Law School corporate rate)

Hilton Brooklyn New York/Downtown Brooklyn
140 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY
Online Reservations:

When on the Brooklyn Hilton reservations website, the BLS Corporate will automatically populate.

By phone: 844‐736‐5598

Nu Hotel
85 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
Online Reservations:
By phone: 227‐347‐4854 (Request BLS Seasonal Rate)

Other Area Hotels
Aloft Brooklyn, 216 Duffield Street, Brooklyn: (718) 256‐3833

Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield Street, Brooklyn: (718) 855‐1900

EVEN Hotel, 46 Nevins St, Brooklyn: (718) 552‐3800

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman St, Brooklyn: (347) 696‐2500


Which airports should I fly into/out of for the conference? 
New York City is served by several airports. These include:
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which typically handles international and long-haul flights.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which primarily handles domestic flights.
Newark International Airport (EWR), which is located in Newark, NJ, and handles both international and domestic flights.

What is the best method to get from the airport/train station to Brooklyn Law School?
New York City has one of the most robust public transit systems in the United States. Thus, there are several ways to get from one of the three major airports or Penn Station to Brooklyn Law School. The three subway stations closest to Brooklyn Law School are Borough Hall Station (serviced by the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains), the Court Street Station (serviced by the M and R trains), and the Jay Street-Borough Hall Station (serviced by the A, C, and F trains).

From JFK International Airport:
Take the JFK AirTrain toward Howard Beach. At Howard Beach, take the A subway line heading Uptown to Jay Street – Borough Hall stop. Walk west on Fulton Street two blocks. Fulton Street becomes
Joralemon Street. The Law School will be on your left.

From LaGuardia Airport:
Take the M60 bus heading to Manhattan. Exit the bus at East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Transfer to the 4 or 5 subway line heading Downtown to Borough Hall stop. Walk east on Joralemon
Street. The Law School will be on your right on the same block.

Taxis and rental cars are also available from all airports.

For more information, please visit

Train Station: 
The closest Amtrak train station to Brooklyn Law School is Penn Station in Manhattan.  Additionally, the MetroNorth commuter rail stops at Grand Central Terminal, and the Long Island Railroad stops at Brooklyn Station.


Please email ASIL's Service Center, at or (202) 939-6001.

Practitioners' Forum attendence is included with Research Forum registration.
If you prefer to register for only the Practitioners' Forum (ASIL member: $100, non-member: $125), please use the button above.

Updated: September 10, 2019

Practitioners' Forum
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (919 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022)

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.           


4:30 – 5:45 p.m.           

Navigating the Rising Tides of Nationalism

In recent years, nationalism has resurged across the globe. States that once led the increasing internationalization of policy to solve global problems have turned inward, retreating from efforts at international cooperation and fostering an environment in which one state's interests are pitted against the rest. No field of international law has been immune from this change in the international legal landscape, but the fields of trade, investment, and refugee law have been particularly impacted. Is nationalism back to stay and, if so, for how long and at what consequence for international law?

This multidisciplinary panel will discuss the scope and implications of the current wave of nationalism for practitioners. In particular, the panelists will aim to discern whether there is a common theme to the rise of nationalistic policies in these various fields and articulate lessons to draw from the recent shift in direction away from policymaking with a global interest. The central aim of the discussion will be to provide practitioners with guidance on how to face the challenges raised by increasing nationalism in these fields.


  • Maryellen Fullerton, Brooklyn Law School
  • James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • J. Benton Heath, New York University School of Law
  • Don McRae, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Jennifer Thornton, Arent Fox LLP

5:45 – 6:00 p.m.           


6:00 – 7:15 p.m.           

A New Multilateralism?

At the same time that nationalism has shaken some areas of international law, multilateralism has thrived in others. Are we witnessing a new kind of multilateralism, and how will it evolve against the current climate of nationalism? What do developments such as reforms in investor-State dispute settlement, the potentially impending collapse of the WTO appellate body, and renegotiation of key trade agreements such as the NAFTA mean for today's practitioners? How do efforts to create transnational rules for corporate social responsibility sit against domestic protectionism? Should practitioners expect a shifting legal landscape, more of the same, or something in between?

This panel will bring together specialists from several disciplines to forecast trends and developments of relevance for business actors, international organizations, and those advising them.


  • Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
  • Rachel Davis, Shift, Inc.
  • David Gaukrodger, OECD
  • Stephen Mathias, UN Office of Legal Affairs
  • Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, Foley Hoag LLP

7:15 – 8:30 p.m.