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The 2015 American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting aimed to assess how international law is and should be adapting to the profound global changes that are now underway. The Meeting took place against a dramatic backdrop of events: the rapid expansion of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq; a security and refugee crisis in the Middle East; escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea; an Ebola crisis in West Africa; and the build-up to a widely anticipated round of negotiations on climate change. These and similar geopolitical developments raise serious questions about the continued relevance and adequacy of existing international legal arrangements and institutions. For example, are the traditional processes for making international law capable of effectively and legitimately addressing these challenges? Can existing international institutions maintain their relevance in an increasingly multi-polar system? And how should the world tackle complex problems such as the proliferation of violence among non-state actors, degradation of the global environment, and persistent levels of severe poverty?


International Law | Law