The 107th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will focus on “International Law in a Multipolar World” and will take place April 3–6, 2013, in Washington, D.C. For information about earlybird registration (through February 15), speakers, panel developments, and other aspects of the meeting, visit www.asil.org/am13. Members of the ABA Section of International Law qualify for ASIL member rates. An excerpt from the 2013 Annual Meeting theme statement follows.
While the United States is arguably still the only superpower and the European Union remains the largest economy, the world is undergoing major change. China, India, Russia, Brazil, and other States in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa are increasingly active voices in international institutions. . . . [T]hese actors are seeking to reshape international rules governing trade and finance, military force, the environment, and beyond. How will the international legal order evolve to reflect this new multipolar world? Will the international legal order undergo significant change as the global balance of power and influence shifts? Are there barriers preventing these actors from having a full voice in the international legal order? Can the major international organizations adapt adequately? Will new organizations emerge? How will human rights law, environmental law, trade law, the law of armed conflict, the law of the use of force, and other bodies of law reflect the interests and influence of a new set of actors? . . . How should the legal profession and nonlegal experts—in the fields of technology, finance, trade, climate science, arms conflict, and arms control—respond? During the 2013 ASIL Annual Meeting we will address these questions and discuss the evolution of international law in a multipolar world.