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International Law Society

What is ILS All About?

The International Law Society (ILS) is a non-profit association of students and young lawyers dedicated to the study and promotion of international law. ILS's mission is to promote awareness, study, and understanding of international law and related issues. ILS is dedicated to supplementing traditional law school education with opportunities for study, research, and career networking that concentrates on international and transnational law.

ILS seeks to encourage communication and cooperation among law students and other interested individuals internationally; increase opportunities to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and publicize career opportunities in international law.

The benefits of ILS membership are numerous. In working alongside the Center for International Law and Policy (CILP), ILS members enjoy the international network of pooled academic, professional, and organizational resources provided by the association. ILS enhances the quality and quantity of its chapters' local programming, and allows its members tap into a larger network of global resources.

ILS is able to advise students on opportunities in international law, and provide other educational programming and administrative support. Through ILS, you will be able to participate in a number of events and activities, including conferences, internships, and Study Abroad in International Law programs, and numerous activities at New England Law | Boston.

Comprised of law students and lawyers around the world, the International Law Students Association (ILSA) serves as an umbrella organization for its individual members and chapters at universities. ILSA has chapters at nearly 100 universities and colleges worldwide and, through its various activities, touches students at over 500 law schools in over 100 countries.

ILS stands poised as an international leader providing its members with cross-cultural understanding, instruction, and resources they will need to succeed and contribute to the development of world order and international law.

Executive Board 2015 - 2016

Past Events

The Rule of Law, Guns, and Gadgets: Development in a Hostile World

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Lawyer and entrepreneur Vilas Dhar described the modern context of private international law and shared his experiences promoting the development of socially conscious technologies and their implementation in the emerging world.

Dhar has experienced the challenges faced by legal practitioners, engineers, and business owners bringing critical products and processes to troubled regions.  He has been involved in counseling, financing, and directing companies creating development-focused technologies such as alternative power, solar water purification devices, and microinsurance structures in Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia.

Dhar is a partner and co-founder at Dhar Law, LLP (, a Boston based law firm with a strong commitment to community lawyering.

Diverse Voices / Different Strategies: Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Symposium Program

Panelists considered the implications of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which was endorsed by the United States.  UNDRIP recognizes both the collective and individual rights of indigenous peoples to fully enjoy basic human rights, which include Indigenous cultural rights, the right to education, health, employment, and language.

The symposium featured panelists from New England Law | Boston, the Center for International Environmental Law, Cultural Survival, DePaul University, the Indian Law Resource Center, and Project Word, and was osponsored by the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law and the International Law Society.

Reviewing the UN Human Rights Council: Looking back and moving forward

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The conference featured a diverse range of international experts.

Center for International Law and Policy 2010 Annual Conference

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