Founded in 1933, the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.
The Section’s purposes are to promote interest, activity, and research in international and comparative law and related areas; to further its development; to diffuse knowledge among members of the legal profession and others; to formulate professional opinion thereon; to promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and to implement Goal IV of the Association — “To advance the rule of law in the world.”
To address these issues, the Section has assigned over 60+ regional and special interest committees, task forces and working groups within twelve divisions – Africa/Eurasia, Americas/Middle East, Business Regulation, Constituent, Corporate, Disputes, Finance, Industries, Legal Practice, Public International Law and Tax, Estates & Individuals – to closely monitor and disseminate information on domestic and international policy developments with implications for law practice.
The Section’s membership of 23,000+ spans over 90 countries, which includes 18% of its members as qualified lawyers practicing abroad and another 18% as non-U.S. qualified lawyers. Over 50% of the Section’s lawyer members in private practice, 12% in-house counsel, 4% in Academia, 3% in Government, and includes over 10,000 law student members.
The Section of International Law has 60+ regional and special interest committees, task forces and working groups focusing on a broad variety of international law topics. The Section’s committees are the most important components of your gateway to international practice. Committees are active via teleconferences, brown bag lunches, listservs, newsletters and websites, all of which allow you to build valuable networks in a variety of practice areas.
*This blogger currently serves as Co-Chair of ABA SIL International Human Rights Committee and Chair of its Subcommittee on Human Trafficking.
Note: Committee membership is available only to members of the Section of International Law. To join the Section and/or the ABA, call the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 or (312) 988-5522.