The US Branch of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War is a non-profit and non-political association focused on military law and the law of war. The parent organization, the International Society for Military law and the Law of War (ISMLLW), was created in Strasbourg (France) in 1956 and has had its seat as well as its General Secretariat in Brussels (Belgium) since 1988.
The ISMLLW is an international non-profit association with the main objective to study and disseminate knowledge of international humanitarian law, military law and related legal topics. The Society’s membership represents more than 60 countries, including the United States of America. The Society maintains close contacts with the United Nations and holds consultative status with the UN since 1997.
To fulfill its statutory aim of disseminating knowledge in the above fields, the Society organizes many conferences and seminars.
As with its parent Society, the US Branch’s aim is to study and disseminate the law of war, military law and the law of peace operations. To this end, the Society organizes and co-sponsors Congresses, Seminars, Conferences and other events in order to raise awareness and seek clarity on law of war issues.
The US Branch of the Society is composed of military and civilian legal advisors, judges and prosecutors, as well as academics who are interested in these issues. Additionally, the activities of the US Branch of the Society are open to members and non-members.