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 the Practitioners' Forum. The Midyear Meeting has been held since 2010 in Miami, Los Angeles, Athens & Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and New York.

The 2021 Midyear Meeting will take place virtually on Thursday and Friday, November 11-12, 2021. We remain committed to offering a robust opportunity for new and established professionals to come together to discuss innovative works-in-progress. As we have learned over the past year and a half, the virtual format will also allow for greater participation of a truly world-wide audience.

Midyear Meeting Registration

Registration includes the Research Forum and Practitioners' Forum.
Students at ASIL Academic Partner Law Schools✝ $0
Students at Other Academic Institutions $25
Presenters and Discussants $50
All Other Attendees $100
✝ Students from ASIL Academic Partner Law 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 or contact
All prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

2021 ASIL Research Forum

November 11-12, 2021

The Research Forum features leading international legal scholarship by more than 70 authors and is open to the public. The forum provides a setting for the presentation and discussion of the selected works-in-progress papers. Submissions may be on any topic in international and transnational law and should be unpublished.

2021 ASIL Research Forum Committee


  • Arturo Carrillo, George Washington University Law School
  • Kathleen Claussen (co-chair), University of Miami School of Law
  • Kabir Duggal, Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Paolo Farah, West Virginia University College of Arts & Sciences
  • Veronika Fikfak (co-chair), Cambridge University Faculty of Laws
  • Ben Heath (co-chair), Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Rekha Rangachari, New York International Arbitration Center

David D. Caron Prize

David D. Caron

The David D. Caron Prize is awarded for the best paper presented at the ASIL Research Forum by (a) a student currently enrolled in a graduate program; or (b) a person who received a graduate degree not more than five years prior to the date of the Research Forum at which the paper is presented. The Prize is announced at the Research Forum and the recipient receives a travel stipend to attend the formal presentation at the Society's subsequent Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
David D. Caron Prize Recipients
  • 2020: Tatsiana Ziniakova, Wake Forest University School of Law, "Gender-Based Violence in International Human Rights Law: Evolution towards a Binding Post-Binary Framework"
    Tatsiana Ziniakova
  • 2019: Yanbai Andrea Wang, Stanford Law School, "Exporting American Discovery"
  • 2018 (inaugural): Léon Castellanos-Jankiewicz, T.M.C. Asser Institute, "Nationalism, Alienage, and Early International Rights"

Updated: 10/14/2021

2021 ASIL Midyear Meeting
Research Forum Panels (DRAFT)

The Response to Atrocity Crimes (Pre-Recorded)

  • Universal Jurisdiction in Domestic Courts: No Hiding From Justice, Heidi Gilchrist, Brooklyn Law School
  • Statelessness and Mass Atrocities: Why the Right to Nationality Matters for Atrocity Prevention, Katherine Southwick, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Caste Based Atrocities as Violation of International Human Rights in View of Indian Diaspora and its Subsequent Penalization, Vijayalaxmi Khopade, Self-employed
  • Discussant: David J. Scheffer, Northwestern University School of Law

Defining Our Terms: International legal theory (Live)

  • Images & Realities of the Host State in International Law (submitted as: Images of the Host and Host State in International Law), Kristen Boon, Seton Hall Law School
  • A Cartesian Law of Nations, Sungjoon Cho, Chicago-Kent College of Law

New Approaches to Justice and Human Rights Practice (Pre-Recorded)

  • The Habre Effect? How An African Trial Shaped Justice Norms, Margaret deGuzman, Temple University Beasley School of Law and Charles Jalloh, Florida International University School of Law
  • Philanthropic Justice: The Role of Private Foundations in Transitional Justice Processes, Julia Emtseva, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
  • Decolonizing International Human Rights Practice, Laurel Fletcher, UC Berkeley

Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Legal Theory (Live)

  • Rules and Standards in International Law, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, University of Virginia School of Law
  • International Law as Hedging, Trang (Mae) Nguyen, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Latin American International Law and the American Century, Sergio Puig and Alejandro Chehtman, University of Arizona and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

International Dispute Resolution (Pre-Recorded)

  • Transparency in International Dispute Resolution - A Comparative Analysis of Selected Subsystems of International Law, Bjorn Arp, American University Washington College of Law
  • The Myth of a Fact-Law Dichotomy: International Economic Adjudicators and Domestic Law, Dafina Atanasova, Lecturer (MIDS) Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement, IHEID/University of Geneva
  • Reconceptualizing the Legislative Stabilization Clause, Jarrod Wong, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Discussant: Freya Baetens, University of Oslo Faculty of Law

Governing Migration and Asylum (Live)

  • Forced Migration and the Rule of Law, Evan Criddle, William & Mary Law School
  • Bottom-Up Transnational Lawmaking: A social network analysis of transnational legal process in United States asylum law, Regina Jeffries, University of New South Wales
  • Secrecy and Non-Bindingness in Regulation of Labor Migration, Tamar Megiddo, College of Law & Business
  • Discussant: Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Reimagining International Law (Live)

  • Reimagining International Law's Environment: An ecological critique of international food law and international disaster law, Ashleigh Best, University of Melbourne and Ayse Didem Sezgin, King's College London
  • The Performance of Theory in the Practice of International Law, William Byrne, University of Copenhagen
  • International Frameworks for Sustainable Urban Development and Justice in Designing Local Law and Policy for the Night, Sara Ross, Dalhousie University School of Law

Global Health Governance (Live)

  • The new global health governance: for an international health emergency early warning system, Sandro Schmitz dos Santos, Austral Consulting & Investments/ International Law Association Brazilian Section
  • Standards of Scientific Evidence in International Agreements: The case of the WHO International Health Regulations, Margherita Melillo, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
  • Can International Law Ensure the Survival of Humanity? The case for germline genome editing in humans, Natalie Ochoa, Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, Madrid

COVID-19 and Treaties (Pre-Recorded)

  • Human Rights Treaty Derogation and COVID-19: WHO guidance and state response, Audrey L. Comstock, Arizona State University
  • Effects of COVID-19 on Treaty Interpretation: State's conduct in terms of subsequent agreement and subsequent practice, Rakesh Roshan, Supreme Court of India
  • A human right to the COVID-19 TRIPS Waiver? Confronting the fragmentation of international law during the global pandemic, Sanya Samtani, University of Oxford

US Domestic Implementation of International Law (Live)

  • The Doctrine of Sovereign Distinction, Haley Anderson, University of California, Berkeley
  • OFAC's Unrules, Perry Bechky, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
  • Necessary But Not Sufficient: How gender equity protections under the U.S. ERA fall short of those under CEDAW, Mary Hansel, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Treaties (Pre-Recorded)

  • The Ties that (Un)bind: A network analysis of treaty exit, Taylor Dalton, University of Southern California
  • Treaty Influencers: A computational analysis of treaty-making practice in international investment law, Runar Lie, Pluricourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
  • A Theory of Boilerplate in International Agreements, Michael Waibel, University of Vienna
  • Discussant: Danae Azaria, University College London Faculty of Laws

Rights and Obligations in New Spaces (Pre-Recorded)

  • Food Sovereignty and the Right to Food: from Opposition to Interrelation, Victoria Adelmant, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law
  • Why Conflict Between Economic Development and International Social Rights Governance Is Inevitable, Desiree LeClercq, Cornell University
  • Myth of Separate Human Rights Obligations of Territorial Non-State Actors, Julia Miklasova, University of Cologne

Legal Education (Pre-Recorded)

  • "Merit" and "Corruption" in the African Higher Education System: Legal and policy reflections and beyond, Cristiano d'Orsi, University of Johannesburg
  • Academic Lawmaking by States, David Hughes, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and Yahli Shereshevsky, University of Haifa Law School
  • Peace and Conflict Transformation through Clinical Legal Education, Ngozi Maduafor, Nile University of Nigeria
  • Discussant: Adrien Wing, University of Iowa College of Law

Critiquing the International Human Rights Infrastructure (Live)

  • Thinking Against Deportation, Anja Bossow, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Two Views of the Human Rights Committee, David Moore, Brigham Young University Law School
  • A Dangerous Symbiosis: Human rights advocates, accountability mechanisms, and the need for information transparency and security, Lisa Reinsberg, International Justice Resource Center

International Criminal Court (Pre-Recorded)

  • The Use of African Law at the International Criminal Court, Stewart Manley, University of Malaya
  • From Hadžihasanović to Bemba and Beyond: Revisiting the application of command responsibility to armed groups, Joshua Niyo, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Dominic Ongwen: Sentencing and mitigation at the ICC, Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Discussant: Diane Amann, University of Georgia School of Law

Remedies and Enforcement (Live)

  • A Sense of Remedy: Emerging practices in international compensation, Ashley Barnes, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Adjudicating Corruption in International Investment Arbitration: The comparative effects of enforcement on investors and governments, Rachel Brewster, Duke University Law School
  • China and the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, Yanbai Andrea Wang, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Technology & Evidence in War (Pre-Recorded)

  • War Crimes, Killer Robots, & Software 2.0: Preparing international law & accountability frameworks for the next generation of machine learning, Brian L. Cox, Cornell Law School
  • The Effects of Visual Evidence on the Application of International Humanitarian Law: A Behavioural Approach, Shiri Krebs, Deakin University
  • Hybrid Warfare and International Law, Ivana Stradner, American Enterprise Institute

Climate Change (Live)

  • Weaponization of Adaptation: State abuse of climate change impacts in occupied territories, Shannon Marcoux, Natural Justice (Cape Town)
  • A Parisian Consensus, Frederic Sourgens, Washburn University School of Law
  • Discussant: Christina Voigt, University of Oslo Faculty of Law

The Evolution of Economic Agreements (Pre-Recorded)

  • In the Name of Energy Sovereignty, Guillermo Garcia Sanchez, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Stable BITs, Cree Jones, School and Brigham Young University Law School and Weijia Rao, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law
  • Investors as International Law Intermediaries, Kish Parella, Associate Professor with the Washington and Lee School of Law
  • Discussant: Adam Chilton, University of Chicago School of Law

The Tools and Theories of Cyber-crimes (Live)

  • Foreign Sovereign Cyber Litigation, Kevin Benish, NYU School of Law
  • Platform-Enabled Crimes, Rebecca Hamilton, American University, Washington College of Law
  • How Lessons from Anti-Piracy Norms Can Help the International Community Defeat Cyber Pirates, Ryan Migeed, George Washington University Law School
  • Discussant: Kristen Eichensehr, University of Virginia School of Law

Indigenous Peoples as Actors in International Law (Pre-Recorded)

  • Help or Hindrance? The dynamics of deference in international courts and indigenous rights, Shea Esterling, University of Canterbury
  • Original Nation Approaches to International Law: The rights of indigenous people and nature in the age of anthropocene, Hiroshi Fukurai, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Present and Future International Arctic Law, Stefan Kirchner, University of Lapland

Selected Issues in Private Law (Live)

  • Implications of the Selection of Islamic Law in European Union Contract Law, Grace Body, University of Michigan Law School
  • Assessing the Strategic Situation Underlying International Antitrust Cooperation, Weimin Shen, Washington University School of Law
  • Contracting Around Treaties, Aaron Simowitz, Willamette University College of Law
  • Discussant: Jay Butler, University of Virginia School of Law

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (Pre-Recorded)

  • Rebalancing International Investment Law, Vera Korzun, University of Akron School of Law
  • An Investment Theory of International Investment Law, Stratos Pahis, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • The 'Externalities' of Joint Interpretations in Investment Arbitration: Learning from the Past, Chen Yu, National University of Singapore
  • Discussant: Andrea Bjorklund, McGill University Faculty of Law

Global Trade Law and Policy (Live)

  • The Legalization of Global Economic Governance: Contracting or multilateralism?, Karen Alter, Northwestern University and Tim Meyer, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Policy Exceptionalism, Julian Arato, Brooklyn Law School
  • Readdressing the Consequences of the Institutional Estrangement between International Trade and Human Rights, Ana Chuc-Gamboa, Queen's University Ontario Faculty of Law
  • Discussant: James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Transnational Digital Governance (Pre-Recorded)

  • Cross-border Data Flows in Global Trade and Privacy Law: The different speeds of legal adaptation, Mira Burri, University of Lucerne
  • Techno-Nationalism and International Law, Georgios Dimitropolous, Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law
  • A Battle of Big Three: Competing conceptualizations of personal data shaping transnational data governance, Raymond Gao, Australian National University

Regional Histories and Rights (Live)

  • Prosecuting Crimes Against Cultural Heritage in Syria and Northern Iraq, Francesca Sironi de Gregorio, University of Palermo
  • Reconceptualizing cultural rights using Asian voices and vocabularies, Raghavi Viswanath, European University Institute
  • The Taiwanese Roots of Asia's War Reparations Movement, Timothy Webster, Western New England University

Marginalized Populations Across (and Crossing) Borders (Pre-Recorded)

  • Climate Displacement: Revisions to the international legal framework to address refugees resulting from future climate crises, Christian Jorgensen and Eric Schmitz, American Red Cross
  • Redesigning Slavery Through Law: A play in four acts, Arija Jovanovic, University of Essex
  • The Refugee in Human Rights Law, Moria Paz, Stanford Law School

Courts and Tribunals (Live)

  • Legalization and Public Support for Compliance with International Commitments, Harlan Cohen, University of Georgia School of Law and Ryan Powers, University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs
  • Does the Court Really Know the Law? The jura novit curia principle in fragmented international adjudication, Barbara Bazanth, New York University School of Law and Kalman Mark Varga, Cambridge University
  • Discussant: Mark Pollack, Temple University Beasley School of Law

The Law of War and the Use of Force (Pre-Recorded)

  • Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators as Decision-Makers under International Law: Some Experimental Findings, Anne van Aaken, University of Hamburg and Tomer Broude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • The Construction of Liability: How civilian involvement in war affects their victimization, Mara Revkin, Georgetown University Law Center
  • The Human-machine Interaction Standard for Weapon Systems with Autonomous Functions, Clea Strydom, University of Johannesburg
  • War and Words: The International Use of Force in the United Nations Charter Era, Lauren Sukin, Stanford University Department of Political Science Department and Allen Weiner, Stanford Law School

International Criminal Theory (Live)

  • Prosecution as Alienation, Steve Koh, Boston College Law School
  • Criminal Law in a World of States, Ryan Liss, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law
  • Policing Genocide? Evaluating police brutality against Black Americans under international criminal law, Udodilim Nnamdi, Columbia Law School
  • Discussant: Leila Sadat, Washington University School of Law

The Society is pleased to offer its student and new professional members access to this year's Midyear Meeting professional development track, featuring the following:

  • How to publish in the American Journal of International Law
  • Pursuing an international law career
  • Mentoring sessions with members of academia, government, private practice, and beyond
  • "Ask me anything" sessions with international legal experts

Please note: these sessions will befor members of the Society. If you are a student who signs up for free, you will need to become a member of ASIL to participate. Click here to join now and get access to these sessions during the 2021 Midyear Meeting!


Thursday, November 11

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Renée Martin-Nagle, Eckert Seamans LLP

Dr. Renée Martin-Nagle is a globally recognized water expert and scholar whose broad knowledge of environmental laws and policy extends to both domestic and international regimes.  Her areas of scholarly work include freshwater, groundwater, unconventional water resources, PFAS, climate change, oceans and biodiversity.  She earned a PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2019, and her doctoral thesis, Governance of Offshore Freshwater Resources, was published as a book in 2020. As founder of the consulting company A Ripple Effect LLC, Dr. Martin-Nagle has provided consulting services, produced research and publications and spoken at international conferences on a variety of environmental, sustainability and freshwater issues.   Prior to beginning her focus on freshwater, Dr. Martin-Nagle enjoyed a 25-year career as a senior executive, manager and chief legal officer in the aviation manufacturing sector, the last 20 years as General Counsel of Airbus Americas.  The birth of her first grandson in 2007 inspired her to dedicate her professional energies to preserving the planet, and, while working full-time, she earned an LL.M. from George Washington University, graduating in 2010 with highest honors.  She "retired" from Airbus in 2011 as Vice-President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Environmental Affairs, Board Member and Corporate Secretary and immediately joined the Environmental Law Institute as a pro bono Visiting Scholar.  Dr. Martin-Nagle currently holds a number of affiliations: Treasurer of the International Water Resources Association; President and CEO of A Ripple Effect LLC; Special Counsel at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC; Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute; Affiliate of the International Water Law Academy at Wuhan University; Member of the Water Innovation Accelerator Well; Secretary and chair of the Governance Committee of the Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees, and Member of the Municipal (water) Authority of Ebensburg PA.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Mentoring session: TBC

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Pursuing a Career in International Law
Ben Juvelier, American Society of International Law

The market for legal jobs is difficult right now and specializing in a particular issue, like international law, can make your job search even more frustrating. This session will discuss the steps that students and graduates can take while still in law school or in their early career to help themselves stand out in the search for an international law position. Topics covered will include targeted job searching, managing one's professional contacts, identifying appropriate international experiences, pursuing valuable volunteer and professional membership opportunities, and other practical issues that students can pursue.

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Sean D. Murphy, George Washington University Law School

Sean D. Murphy is the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Since 2012, he has been a Member of the U.N. International Law Commission, which appointed him as Special Rapporteur for Crimes against Humanity. From 1987 to 1998, he served in the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser working inter alia on matters relating to international humanitarian law, the law of the sea, and international dispute settlement. A former President of the American Society of International Law, Professor Murphy has served as counsel, arbitrator or ad hoc judge, including at the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID and the International Criminal Court.

Friday, November 12

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Mentoring Session
Kristin Smith, American Bar Association Human Rights Project

 Bio TBC

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

M. Arsalan Suleman, Foley Hoag LLP

Arsalan Suleman is Counsel in Foley Hoag's International Litigation and Arbitration practice in Washington, DC. His practice focuses on representing sovereign States in international disputes, including before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, UN treaty bodies, and U.S. courts. From 2015-2017, Arsalan served as the Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the U.S. Department of State. He also served as Counselor for Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2011-2015, and as the Deputy Envoy to the OIC from 2010-2015.  Arsalan is also the board chair of America Indivisible, a non-partisan, non-profit coalition effort to address bigotry against members of Muslim communities and those who appear to be Muslim from Black, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian American communities. He is an Advisory Board member of Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Arsalan is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. '07), Trinity College Dublin (M.Phil '04), and Georgetown University (B.S.F.S. '03). He clerked for the late Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum (SDNY).

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Publishing in AJIL and AJIL Unbound
Curtis A. Bradley, University of Chicago Law School
Laurence R. Helfer, Duke University School of Law
Meaghan Kelly, Duke University School of Law

Curtis Bradley and Laurence Helfer, the co-Editors-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law (AJIL), will discuss the submission process for the Journal. They will describe what they look for when reviewing submissions, and they will offer tips for developing a successful article and for navigating the peer-review process. This session is aimed at early career scholars and first-time authors who may be interested in submitting future work to AJIL.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Mentoring Session
Sarah Lee, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Sarah Lee is a member of the firm's International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. Her practice focuses on public international law and international arbitration. Ms. Lee regularly represents and advises corporations and sovereign States in disputes concerning a range of sectors, including the oil & gas, mining, telecommunications and financial industries. She serves on the Law Firm Coordination Task Force for the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC). Ms. Lee received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2016, where she was an executive editor for the Harvard International Law Journal Online. She obtained a B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 2013. She is a native speaker of French and Korean and has basic knowledge of Spanish and Chinese.

Coming Soon.

2021 ASIL Practitioners' Forum Committee


  • Pedro Fraga Martinez, Bryan Cave LLP
  • Jeremy Sharpe, independent practitioner
  • Dawn Yamane Hewett, Quinn Emanuel LLP