Biennial Conference on International Law and the Social Sciences

Conference presented by —

The American Society of International Law
     — International Law and Social Sciences Interest Group

Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2024

Conference will include:

  • Academic paper presentations drawn from an open call for papers
  • Invited papers and keynote speakers
  • Possible poster session organized around drinks and appetizers
  • Social events including an off-site Chicago-based activity 

Hosted by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Northwestern's Buffet Institute for Global Affairs.

Call for Paper Proposals

Applications due May 15, 2024

Call for Papers Information (pdf)


Overall Concept and Theme

Building New Interdisciplinary Networks 

Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, located in downtown Chicago, will host the inaugural International Law and Social Sciences (ILASS) biennial work-in-progress workshop on September 27-28, 2024. Our goal for this inaugural workshop is to begin building new networks that bridge social science and the study of international law. Researchers from a range of disciplines will present work-in-progress on international law topics. 

The network we seek to build will include faculty and visiting researchers from law and social science departments, doctoral (Phd) students, post-doctoral researchers, full-time researchers, scholars who are working in practice, and institute or think-tank fellows. Scholars from the disciplines of law, history, political science, economics, anthropology and sociology who study international law topics are encouraged to apply and to attend our events. The ILASS interest group is also hosting an on-line speaker series, and we will host off-site social events at the ASIL annual and midyear meetings. ASIL membership is not necessary to join ILASS events, including this workshop.

Conference Program

The conference program will be posted in July 2024. 


There will be a registration fee which will cover some meals. Please understand that budget constraints prevent us from providing any travel or other financial assistance to conference participants.

Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to process visa requests, or to issue visa letter invitations. Participants who may need a visa to enter the United States must make their own arrangements.

Conference Details

The conference will take place at Northwestern Pritzker Law in downtown Chicago:

Northwestern Pritzker Law
375 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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A block of rooms are available at a special conference rate at the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago, located at 701 N Michigan Ave (at Huron). Book online or call (312) 440-1500.

Conference Organizers

Neha Jain and Karen J. Alter, Co-conveners, Northwestern University
Mark Pollack and Karen J. Alter, ASIL International Law and Social Science Co-Chairs
Katerina Linos and Anne van Aaken, Co-Vice Chairs, ASIL International Law and Social Science