Sunday, September 12, 2021

International Law Weekend - Early Bird Registration

At this blog, EVERY weekend is an international law weekend.

But the ILW is an annual not-to-be-missed event organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (AmBranch or ABILA), with the assistance of the International Law Students Association (ILSA, the fine people who bring you the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition).

Each October, the American Branch presents International Law Weekend (ILW) in New York City. This two-and-a-half-day conference features over 30 panels, and many of the world’s leading international lawyers and diplomats participate. In recent years, keynote luncheon speakers have included the president of the American Society of International Law and the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State. Gala receptions have been hosted by the Finnish, Belgian, British, and Singapore missions to the United Nations.

Recent ILWs have attracted an audience of over 1,200 practitioners, academics, U.N. diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, journalists, students, and interested citizens. Registration for ILW is very reasonably priced as a service to our members. It is free for students. Sponsorship by law firms, universities, and interested practitioners is welcomed and recognized.

International Law Weekend 2021 is scheduled for October 28-30, 2021. And this year it's online, of course, which means you can attend more easily.

Students get to go for free, others pay a registration fee. There's an early bird rate that expires on September 15. Click here for more information.

In addition to the substantive panels, there will be breakout rooms for networking and catching up with international law colleagues. One of those rooms will be for the ABILA Committee on Teaching International Law.

Mark E. Wojcik (mew)

Co-Chair, ABILA Committee on Teaching International Law


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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Scribes Brief-Writing Award

If your law school won a best-brief award in a regional or national moot court competition during the 2020-2021 academic year, you can submit that winning brief to be considered for the 2021 Scribes Brief-Writing Award.

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--established the Brief-Writing Award to recognize the Best of the Best. It selects the best brief from moot court competitions held in the previous academic year. Submissions in past years have frequently included briefs that won the best-brief award in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Nominations for the 2021 Scribes Brief-Writing Award can be submitted until October 4, 2021. 

Instructions for submitting a brief for the Scribes competition:

1.      By October 4, 2021, email an electronic copy of the winning brief to         

2.     The subject line of the email should indicate that it’s a Scribes brief nomination from “___ Law School" (the students’ law school).

3.     The body of the e-mail must include the following information:

  • Name of the moot court competition
  • Place where the brief was named best brief (e.g., “finals,” “SW regional”)
  • Names of the students who wrote the brief
  • Students’ school
  • Name of students’ advisor or coach, if any

4.     The brief itself cannot include any information that identifies the student authors or their school. Please check the cover page, signature pages, and headers or footers.

5.     Submit the brief as a PDF file if possible, although they will accept Word format if necessary.

6.     The brief should be submitted as a single file.

The award committee will consider briefs from the 2020-2021 academic year, and the award winners will be announced early next year. If you have any questions, please contact Philip Johnson, Executive Director of Scribes, at


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