The International Law Students Association is a non-profit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA provides students with opportunity to study, research, and network in the international legal arena. The organization's activities include academic conferences, publications, the global coordination of student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
On October 20-22, 2011, the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association presented the annual International Law Weekend in New York, in conjunction with the 90th annual meeting of the American Branch.
ILW 2011 brought together hundreds of practitioners, professors, members of the governmental and non-governmental sectors and students. It featured numerous panels, distinguished speakers, receptions, and the Branch's annual meeting. ILW 2011 took place at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on October 20, 2011, and at Fordham University School of Law on October 21 and 22. The overall theme of ILW 2011 was "International Law and National Politics."
This three-day conference explored the intersection of international rules and norms and domestic politics and policymaking. To what extent do international standards influence the application and interpretation of national law including complementary or countervailing policies sought by domestic policymakers, non-governmental actors and/or civil society? Expert panels and discussion sessions examined these and other issues with regard to such diverse areas as human rights and humanitarian intervention, national security, immigration, trade, labor, health care and the environment.