The European Society of International Law (ESIL-SEDI) 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 in a different venue 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) and Manchester (2018). After Athens, future conferences will be held in Stockholm (2020) and Aix-en-Provence (2021).
As well as annual conferences, ESIL now also holds an annual Research Forum, a scholarly event which 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) and Göttingen (2019). The 2020 Research Forum will be held in Catania.
In addition, there are an increasing number of 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 many events throughout Europe, including the symposia and workshops of the ESIL Interest Groups, and other international workshops and conferences organised by its members.
The 16 ESIL Interest Groups are all active and provide excellent networking opportunities for the members of the groups. The groups’ conveners work together with the members to arrange events and publications.
The ESIL Board has introduced a number of measures to further increase participation in the Society’s activities and to support participation at ESIL events: members in middle- and low-income countries are offered reduced membership fees; ESIL travel grants are available to members to facilitate attendance at a range of ESIL events; carers’ grants are available to encourage and facilitate the attendance of members with parental or other caring responsibilities.
ESIL publications include the ESIL Series (high-quality volumes on the themes of Annual Conferences and joint events), papers in the ESIL SSRN Series, and the online ESIL Reflections.
The activities of the Society have been generously funded from the outset by the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence, where the ESIL Secretariat is based. This continuing support is a much-appreciated contribution to the future of the Society.
The Society is also very grateful for the support of its lifetime members and institutional members.
The official languages of the Society are English and French. The Society is committed to promoting linguistic diversity while at the same time maximising the ability of members to communicate effectively with one another.