Make ASIL 2016 Great! Submit a Proposal

Make ASIL 2016 Great! Submit a Proposal

I am a huge fan of ASIL’s Annual Meeting for a whole host of reasons.  I like to see old friends, make new acquaintances, and spend inordinate amounts of time talking in the hallways.  The book sales on Saturday morning is a highlight of my year (no comment on what that may say about my life).  But what really holds the event together is it’s programming.  And while some of that programming comes from the Programming Committee leadership, many (if not most) of the panels have their origins in good ideas from members like you and me.  So, with that in mind, I thought I’d pass along the following item that I just received from Tillar House:

The Annual Meeting Committee of the American Society for International Law (ASIL) is currently accepting proposal submissions for its 110th Annual Meeting, held March 30 – April 2, 2016, in Washington, DC. This year’s meeting will be held under the theme “Charting New Frontiers in International Law.”
The Committee will prioritize session proposals that involve non-traditional formats, such as interviews, Q&A roundtables, lectures, poster sessions, or the use of multimedia or interactive audience participation features. In addition, the Committee is committed to expanding diversity in the issues and voices represented at the Annual Meeting, and is excited to present a track specifically focused on professional and academic development.

Submissions are due Monday, July 20th, 2015, and the Committee will notify proposers regarding the status of their submission via email in the fall of 2015. For instructions, more information on the Annual Meeting, and to submit a proposal, please visit

I’m excited to see the call for new presentation formats and new voices.  So, please, if you have an interesting idea, please send it along to ASIL!  The Annual Meeting will be all the better for it.

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Dan Joyner

Hi Duncan, I mean this comment only in the vein of general discussion of the topic you’ve usefully brought up here. I think alot of people don’t put forward panel proposals for ASIL because they know that ASIL has a peculiar approach to the process. What I’ve always understood is that if you put in a panel proposal to them, and if they accept it, they basically then take complete control over it and they may or may not even include you, the proposer, in the final version of the panel. This leads to a pretty messed up incentive structure. Why would I or anyone else put time and effort into coming up with a good panel, and get people interested in it, when I know that ASIL might completely change the panel around in substance and in participation, and I may not even be included in the final form of the panel? I suppose some of us may just be intellectually altruistic, and want there to be good panels for the sake of there being good panels, but I think most of us like to have some benefit from our efforts and return on our investment. If I’m wrong… Read more »