International Organizations & International Law (IO/IL)

logoThe IO/IL Working Group is a meeting place for scholars with an interest in international law and international organization, broadly defined.

It brings together faculty, visitors, and advanced graduate students and facilitate joint research and events. With a deliberately interdisciplinary mandate, it welcomes members and scholarship dealing with:

  • All aspects of international institutions and institutionalization;
  • International regulation and governance;
  • The relationship between domestic and international rules, norms, and laws.

Executive Committee:

2016/2017 Workshops:

December 2016, Graduate and Postdoctoral Workshop

call for papers

An interdisciplinary symposium for works-in-progress on international law and organization, hosted by the Buffett Institute at Northwestern. We encourage participation from across the social sciences, law, and humanities on the history, theory, and practice of international law and international organization. Interested participants should send a 500-word abstract and CV to by October 15.

The workshop will take place at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago on December 5. 

keynoteApril 7, 2017: New Approaches to Global Nuclear Politics

This event will feature a panel of scholars with innovative approaches to nuclear politics including Austin Carson (University of Chicago), Eliza Gheorghe (Harvard, Belfer Center), and Sidra Hamidi (Northwestern University). The panel will be followed by a keynote address by historian Gabrielle Hecht (University of Michigan). 

June 2, 2017: Annual Colloquium: "Global Order: Same As It Ever Was?"flyer

The IO/IL Working Group at the Buffett Institute, welcomes applications for its annual conference on the history, politics, and law of global governance. This one-day event highlights new scholarship on international law, international organization, and global governance from across the social sciences, humanities, and legal scholarship. The event is open to faculty and advanced graduate students as presenters and discussants.