Save the date - 2018 Biennial of the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group


Chancellor Day Hall 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Please save the dates of September 21-22 for the 2018 Biennial of the American Society of International Law's International Economic Law Interest Group.

Theme: Managing International Economic (Dis)Integration: Challenges and Opportunities

The international community continues to grapple with potential moves toward international economic disintegration, such as Brexit, withdrawals from ICSID and BITs, the aftermath of the Euro crisis and the Trump administration’s re-negotiation of the NAFTA and other FTAs. The current moment also presents opportunities for innovation and for new alliances: the CPTPP may come into force without the United States, and efforts to construct an African Continental Free Trade Area and to establish a multilateral investment court continue apace.

Moreover, emerging economies increasingly take the lead on multilateral initiatives. In the WTO, India and Brazil have proposed new agreements on trade facilitation in services and investment facilitation, respectively. China’s One Belt One Road initiative and the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are increasingly shaping investment patterns in the region.

The conference will take stock of the fast-moving developments at this crucial moment in the evolution of international economic law.


The Biennial will be held at McGill's Faculty of Law, with thanks to Andrea K. Bjorklund, holder of the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, and Robert Leckey, Dean and Samuel Gale Professor of Law.

The International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law is devoted to the study and practice of international economic law. It engages in various activities, including conferences and study projects, and seeks to assist in fostering greater understanding and education in international economic law.

Further information, including the call for papers, will be forthcoming.