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About the International Law Section

The ABA International Law Section (the Section) is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners.  The Section focuses on a full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.

The Section's purposes are to promote interest, activity, and research in international law and to further its development; increase knowledge among members of the legal profession and the general public; to promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and to implement Goal IV of the Association – "To advance the rule of law in the world."

The Section has over fifty regional and practice specific committees, task forces and working groups divided among twelve divisions: Americas; Asia/Pacific; Contracts, Transportation, Energy & Environment; Corporate & Supply Chain; Cyber, Art & Technology; Dispute Resolution; Diversity & Inclusion; Europe/Eurasia/Middle East Africa; Finance; Human Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility; Legal Practice, Ethics & Delivery of Legal Services; and Trade, International Organizations & Regulatory Practice. The Committees closely monitor and disseminate information on domestic and international policy developments with implications for law practice.

Contact Us


Christina Heid, Section Director
Tel: 202-662-1034
[email protected]

  • Overall Management of Section operations, staff, and budget
  • Works with Section Chair, Executive and Administration Committees, and oversees Publications and Policy
  • Provides support for ILEX Program - J-1 Visa program, international visitors

Jinny Choi, Associate Director
Tel: 202-662-1675
[email protected]

  • Oversees Policy, including Blanket Authority and Rule of Law letters
  • Directs ABA-UNDP ILRC Center and ABA Day at the UN  
  • Oversees ILEX Program - J-1 Visa program, international visitors
  • Assists Section Director with international leadership meetings and manages Section Awards
  • Assists Section Director with international leadership meetings, policies  and initiatives

Membership, Committees and Technology

Angela Benson, Membership, Meetings, and Marketing Director
Tel: 202-662-1664
[email protected]

  • Membership recruitment, retention and diversity initiatives
  • Manages Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
  • Exhibits at Industry International Events & Conferences
  • Manages Annual Leadership Retreat and Special Programs
  • Markets Section Meetings and Programs
  • Social Media Marketing, Development, and Public Relations
  • Manages liaison agreements and cooperating entities
  • Oversees all components of Meeting Planning for all Section Conferences, Forums, and Meetings including the RFP process, managing the selection, contract, and logistics of venues, catering, running of meeting and development of marketing collateral and cooperating entities
  • Staff liaison to Meeting Co-Chairs and Planning Committee on development of Meeting

Lavina Cousin, Committee Specialist 
Tel: 202-662-1668
[email protected]

  • Provides day-to-day support to Section Committees
  • Coordinates the development and organization of Committee programming via in-person meetings, teleconferences and webinars.
  • Oversees the Committee Nomination and Appointments Process, Redbook, and Leadership Directory
  • Assists Committees with Newsletter Development and Creation


Shea Logan, Program Specialist – Meetings
Tel: 202-662-1667
[email protected]

  • Point of contact for all program speakers (conferences, forums and stand-alones) including deadlines, registration, speaker releases, CLE materials; maintains speaker database
  • Provides weekly updates on conference registration and budget goals
  • Manages meeting app, websites, and sponsorship