The meeting, the 102d in ASIL's history and the 1st for new President and IntLawGrrl Lucy Reed (below right), will be held March 25-28, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Its theme: "International Law as Law." Co-chairs -- Stephen Mathias, Legal Adviser's Office, U.S. State Department Legal Adviser's Office, Anthea E. Roberts of the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton, and Georgetown Law Professor Carlos Manuel Vázquez -- explain:
Like domestic law, international law is created, implemented and enforced – but in a manner that is distinct, varied, and constantly evolving. Understanding how international law functions as law today requires an examination of the nature of the actors in the international legal system and the changing ways in which they interact with one another. These developments are challenging and transforming traditional visions of international law, sparking new and renewed theoretical and practical debates.
Topics thus to be explored at the annual meeting include:
► Changing character of fundamental aspects of the international legal system, including the sources of international law, the role of states and their constituent branches of government in generating and implementing international obligations (including the role of domestic courts in enforcing treaty obligations);
► Law-making and law-executing functions of international organizations, and the role of non-state actors (including civil society, individuals and businesses) as creators, enforcers and subjects of international law; and
► Developments in substantive law and innovations in techniques for achieving compliance.
To propose a panel, complete and submit the online Program Proposals Form before June 16, 2008. "[S]tudents and new professionals (academic or non-academic)" who'd like to present scholarship within the meeting theme should complete and submit the online New Voices Proposals Form before June 30, 2008.