Kelly Adams


Strong, functional systems of international law are critical to overcoming the challenges plaguing our increasingly globalized world; injustices that have spawned recently reaffirm the need for these systems. Successfully maintaining these systems requires deep multifaceted insights. The International Law Association, founded in 1873, has aided and influenced the work of the United Nation’s International Law Commission for more than a century. Various documents produced in association with the International Law Association, including a draft statute for the establishment of a permanent international criminal court, a set of draft resolutions on the effect of state succession on treaties, a handbook identifying issues in the existing legal framework of the effects of state succession on treaties and existing State practice, and a set of draft articles addressing the use of non-navigational watercourses in international law all demonstrate different ways in which this influence has been exercised. The integration of the International Law Association’s work into that of the International Law Commission illustrates one way in which the International Law Association has impacted the overall development of international law. Examining the creation of these documents also illuminates the cooperative process of between entities in the complex field of international law.