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About ESIL

The European Society of International Law is a dynamic network of researchers, scholars and practitioners in the field of international law. The Society's goals are to encourage the study of international law, to foster inquiry, discussion and innovation in international law, and to promote a greater understanding of the role of international law in the world today.

The Society has provided a forum for the exchange and promotion of new ideas ever since the inaugural meeting in 2004 in Florence, and ESIL events and publications continue to illustrate the breadth and range of members' interests and activities. There has been a major ESIL event each year since the Society was set up: Geneva (2005), Paris (2006), Budapest (2007), Heidelberg (2008), Helsinki (2009), Cambridge (2010), Tallinn (2011), Valencia (2012), Amsterdam (2013), Vienna (2014), Oslo (2015), Riga (2016), Naples (2017), Manchester (2018), Athens (2019), Stockholm (2021) and Utrecht (2022). After Aix-en-Provence, future Annual Conferences will be in Vilnius (2024) and Berlin (2025).

ESIL also holds an annual Research Forum, a scholarly event that promotes engagement with research in progress by early-career members of the Society. To date, these have been held in Florence (2015), Istanbul (2016), Granada (2017), Jerusalem (2018), Göttingen (2019), Catania (2021) and Glasgow (2022). Forthcoming Research Fora will be in Tartu (2023) and Nicosia (2024).

In addition, there are many joint events where ESIL works together with other institutions to set up conferences, symposia or workshops looking at specific aspects of international law. ESIL also supports events organized by ESIL Interest Groups as wells as other international workshops and conferences organized by its members.

Support for ESIL is provided by the ESIL Secretariat based at the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence.

If you wish to join ESIL, please go to the ESIL website

If you are not sure about your ESIL membership status, contact

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