This panel is part of the International Law Association-American Branch

("ABILA") conference, International Law Weekend, taking place from Thursday, October 28 through Saturday, October 30. Registration information and the full schedule are available at the link, below. Please note, student registration is free.


The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Law Commission’s Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts. One key aspect is the guidance on attribution, meant to help determine what conduct should be attributed to the state.

Today, are the rules flexible

enough to accommodate the contemporary trend of outsourcing public functions to private actors on the one hand, and the centralization of power in state owned or affiliated entities on the other? These relationships produce doctrinal murkiness in contexts as diverse as environmental disasters, military activities, and cyber-attacks. Is it time for a reassessment? Do the rules promote compliance or help states outsource and evade it?


Melissa J. “MJ” Durkee, Allen Post Professor and Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law


--Kristen Boon, Miriam T. Rooney Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law --Chimène Keitner, Alfred and Hanna Fromm Professor of International Law, UC Hastings --Alex Mills, Professor of Public and Private International Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London

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