From its inception in 1925, the primary purpose of the American Foreign Law Association (AFLA) has been to promote the understanding and application of foreign, comparative and international law, to cooperate with other professional organizations involved in such fields and to support relevant legal research and writing.

AFLA members have opportunities to:

  • Keep up-to-date on recent developments in foreign, comparative and international law
  • Foster an appreciation of the common elements among varied legal systems
  • Be at the forefront of the internationalization of the legal profession
  • Meet with other international lawyers, judges and academics


The AFLA holds monthly luncheon meetings on current topics involving foreign and international law from September through June in New York City. These luncheon meetings typically include leading U.S. and foreign practitioners in private practice, the public sector and government, as well as academics and researchers from around the world.

Recent past speakers have addressed such topics as new legal developments in Asia, Europe, North American and Latin America, current cases before the International Court of Justice, global antitrust enforcement, trends in investor-state and international commercial arbitration, immigration and ethics in international and transnational legal practice.

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