The American Society of International Law

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization.  ASIL was founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950.  ASIL holds Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the U.S. and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies.

The mission of the ASIL is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.  ASIL has its meetings, publications, information services and outreach programs.  ASIL advances international law scholarship and education for international law professionals as well as for broader policy-making audiences and the public.

ASIL advances international law education for legal professionals as well as for the broader policy-making audiences and the public through a variety of programs such as:

  • Judicial Education and Training – ASIL provides judges and court personnel from around the world with educational programming, opportunities for transnational networking, resources, and tools for understanding an increasingly internationalized legal landscape and for effectively using international law when it arises in their courts.
  • International Law Institutes – ASIL provides continuing legal education programs and skills oriented trainings for members of the legal profession, including government, non-governmental and private sector attorneys, who may or may not have had exposure to international law.
  • Career Development – ASIL supports law students and legal professionals of all ages and levels of experience in pursuing careers in international law by providing career panels, networking, professional development resources, and recognition for achievement and service through its career development program.
  • International Law Studies – ASIL conducts research on and provides analysis of significant international legal developments to help further the development and use of international law, including international law’s domestic policy implications, through the seminars, fellowships, and publications of its International Law Studies Program.
  • Public Education – ASIL offers the Public Education Program for everyone, not only legal professionals, with accessible information on how international law relates to important global developments as well how international law shapes everyday life in the United States and around the world.

ASIL is served as a forum for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to explore international law in its many forms.  ASIL’s research, publications, programs, and events cover a broad range of international law topics and significant issue areas such as: Development and International Law; Environment, Science, and Technology; Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; International Security; International institutions; Trade and Investment; Transnational Litigation and Arbitration; and Women and International Law.

ASIL has electronic and print publications. Insights,, International Law in Brief, Electronic Resource Guide, International Judicial Monitor, and Reports on International Organizations (RIO) are ASIL’s major electronic publications.  ASIL published American Journal of International Law; ASIL Annual Meeting 2010 Proceedings; ASIL Newsletter; International Legal Materials; and JSTOR.

ASIL also published books such as: Incorporating the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement into Domestic Law: Issues and Challenges; Proceedings of the Second International Humanitarian Law Dialogs No. 40; Proceedings of the First International Humanitarian Law Dialogs No. 39; Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: Annotations, Revised Edition No. 38; A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind…; A Century of International Law; Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions; International Law: 100 Ways it Shapes Our Lives; The American Society of International Law’s First Century; Trade as Guarantor of Peace, Liberty and Security; Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths and Internships in International Law (2007-2008 Edition); The Methods of International Law; and Trilateral Perspectives on International Legal Issues.

ASIL society has 4,000 members from nearly 100 nations include attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, students and others interested in international law.


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