International Law Association – Australian Branch

Welcome to the official website of the
Australian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA)

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About us

The ILA was founded in Brussels in 1873. It has consultative status, as an international non-governmental organisation, with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies.


The objectives of the Australian Branch of the ILA, as stated in its Constitution, are to promote the study, elucidation and advancement of international law, public and private, the study of comparative law, the making of proposals for the solution of conflicts of law, and for the unification of law, and the furthering of international understanding and goodwill amongst persons of Australian citizenship and normally resident in Australia.


In 2018, the Australian Branch will be hosting the 78th Biennial ILA Conference in Sydney from 19 to 24 August 2018. The conference, whose core theme is Developing International Law in Challenging Times, will consider cutting-edge themes of international law as it responds to social and political challenges in a new environment. Leading experts in public and private international law will join with lawyers, academics and other professionals to consider the responsiveness of international law to a world presenting increasing challenges. Details of the conference can be found on the dedicated website,

The Australian Branch, which includes a number of State and Territory Chapters, is run by the Management Committee. The main activities of the Australian Branch include:

The Australian Branch also publishes the ILA Reporter as its official blog, which provides leading analysis, commentary and discussion on issues in public and private international law. 


To become a member of the Australian Branch of the ILA, please click here

Corporate support

The Australian Branch is grateful for the support provided by the following law firms: