ESIL was set up in Florence in May 2004 in response to a a strongly felt need for a general European network to bring together and to develop deeper understanding among people working in the field of international law. Since 2004, ESIL has become an increasingly important meeting place for scholars, young researchers and practitioners interested in international law. The Society’s goals are to encourage the study of international law, to foster inquiry, discussion and innovation, and to promote a greater understanding of the role of international law in the world today.
ESIL is a dynamic network of academics, researchers, students, lawyers, judges, government officials, diplomats, legal advisers, etc. To date, ESIL has attracted more than 3,000 members from over 100 countries, and membership continues to expand year by year.
The Secretariat of the Society is based at the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence and the activities of the Society continue to be generously supported by the European University Institute.
The Society is managed by the ESIL Board.
There has been a major ESIL event each year since the 2004 inaugural conference:
|INAUGURAL CONFERENCE: 'INTERNATIONAL LAW IN EUROPE: BETWEEN TRADITION AND RENEWAL' Florence, Italy. 13-15 May 2004|
|RESEARCH FORUM: 'INTERNATIONAL LAW: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES'|
Geneva, Switzerland. 26-28 May 2005
|BIENNIAL CONFERENCE: 'INTERNATIONAL LAW: DO WE NEED IT?'|
Paris, France. 18-20 May 2006
|RESEARCH FORUM: 'THE POWER OF INTERNATIONAL LAW IN TIMES OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION' |
Budapest, Hungary. 28-29 September 2007
|BIENNIAL CONFERENCE: 'INTERNATIONAL LAW IN A HETEROGENEOUS WORLD' |
Heidelberg, Germany. 4-6 September 2008
|ESIL –ASIL RESEARCH FORUM: 'CHANGING FUTURES: SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW’|
Helsinki, Finland. 2-3 October 2009
|BIENNIAL CONFERENCE: 'INTERNATIONAL LAW 1989-2010: A PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL' |
Cambridge, UK. 2-4 September 2010
|RESEARCH FORUM: ‘INTERNATIONAL LAW AND POWER POLITICS: GREAT POWERS, PERIPHERIES AND CLAIMS TO SPHERES OF INFLUENCE IN THE INTERNATIONAL NORMATIVE ORDER’|
Tallinn, Estonia, 27-28 May 2011
|BIENNIAL CONFERENCE: 'REGIONALISM AND INTERNATIONAL LAW' |
Valencia, Spain. 13-15 September 2012
|RESEARCH FORUM: ‘INTERNATIONAL LAW AS A PROFESSION’|
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 23-25 May 2013
|10TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE: 'INTERNATIONAL LAW AND... BOUNDARIES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND BRIDGES TO OTHER DISCIPLINES’ |
Vienna, 4 - 6 September 2014
|ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 'THE JUDICIALIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW – A MIXED BLESSING?'|
Oslo, 10 - 12 September 2015
|ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 'HOW INTERNATIONAL LAW WORKS IN TIMES OF CRISIS?'|
Riga, 8 - 10 September 2016
After Naples, future Annual Conferences are planned in Manchester (2018) and Athens (2019).
As well as these large-scale annual events, ESIL also organises an increasing number of workshops, seminars, conferences and lectures at different venues around the world throughout the year, including events arranged by the Society’s Interest Groups.
Membership of the Society is open to all those with an interest in international law. Members receive a range of benefits, including reduced registration fees for ESIL events, the opportunity to join any of the 15 Interest Groups, an annual online subscription to the European Journal of International Law, one of the world’s leading international law journals, and quarterly Newsletters and monthly ESIL Reflections and ESIL Updates. Full details of all the Society’s activities can be found on the website .