The role of international law societies in charting new frontiers in international law.

Author:Infante, Maria Teresa
Position:Proceedings of the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law: Charting New Frontiers in International Law

This panel was convened at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 by its moderator Edward Kwakwa of the World Intellectual Property Organization, who introduced the panelists: Simon Chesterman of the National University of Singapore Law; Olufemi Elias of the African Association of International Law; Maria Teresa Infante of the University of Chile; Marko Milanovic of the University of Nottingham School of Law; and Ruth Wedgwood of the International Law Association. *


The Latin American Society of International Law (SLADI-LASIL) was created as an initiative of international law academics and practitioners, led by the distinguished ambassador of Uruguay and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hector Gros Espiell, who was the first president, and by Professor Marcelo Kohen (Argentina), the first director general. Professor Kohen has recently been succeeded by Professor Jorge E. Vinuales (Argentina).

The original initiative intended to formalize an already existing network nourished by active national societies and the participation of a number of academics, legal advisors, and practitioners in the Instituto Hispano Luso Americano de Derecho Internacional (IHLAD1), based in Spain, as well as in conferences organized by the Organization of American States, through its Juridical Division and the Inter-American Juridical Committee.

Since its creation, SLADI has attracted senior personalities such as Judge Bernardo Sepulveda Amor (Mexico) and Judge Antonio Cancado Trindade (Brazil), who have successively been presidents of the Society. Professor Francisco Orrego Vicuna was vice president until 2012. At present, the renowned jurist Eduardo Valencia Ospina (Colombia), a member of the UN International Law Commission, presides over SLADI.

SLADI launched its activities in 2008 with a conference on "Latin American Perspectives on Human Rights." Since the initial conference, conferences have been held in Mexico to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Mexican Yearbook of International Law and in Rio de Janeiro and Bogota. At these conferences, speakers and participants have explored the trends and perspectives of dispute settlement mechanisms and the validity of international law to structure and shape an international order.

SLADI has established a pattern of biennial conferences where the primary participants are experienced jurists and younger generations of researchers and lawyers. Distinguished scholars...

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