Director of International Relations
Over the years, NBLSA has developed strong roots both within the United States and beyond. It is our goal as an organization to increase our global reach and to continue expanding our relationships with legal organizations all over the world.
International Law Association Membership
All NBLSA members interested in learning more about the legal aspects of international relations and global affairs are encouraged to become student associates of the American Branch of the International Law Association. Membership is completely free! Additional details can be found here.
International Book Drive
NBLSA is proud to partner with the International Book Project. In 2012, NBLSA members donated well over 2000 books and more than $500 to a school in Zimbabwe that is in need of books. This year, in an effort to promote literacy around the globe, NBLSA will be donating books and raising funds toward the creation of a library in another developing country. All BLSA chapters are expected to organize a children's book drive, fundraiser, or both between September 30, 2013 and November 4, 2013. 100% of the donations will be shipped to the International Book Project.
International Law Weekend
Each October, the American Branch of the International Law Association presents International Law Weekend (ILW) in New York City. This two-and-a-half day conference features over 30 panels, and is participated in by many of the world's leading international lawyers and diplomats. Additionally, in the past, gala receptions have been hosted by the Finnish, Belgian, and British missions to the United Nations.
Recent ILWs have attracted an audience of 800-1,000 students, academics, diplomats, and practitioners. Registration for the ILW is free of charge for the Branch's student associates. We encourage NBLSA members to attend! If you will be attending ILW, please contact the Director of International Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the ILW schedule and for additional details about how you can register to attend, please visit the American Branch of the International Law Association's website at http://ila-americanbranch.org/intl_law_wknd.aspx
World AIDS Day
December 1st is the globally designated day to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that plagues the world. Each local chapter is encouraged to organize and implement a program on this day to bring awareness to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. International Service Trips
2013 Haiti Service Trip Opportunity
The Zafen Project, based in Haiti, is an initiative dedicated to transforming the Haitian economy by creating jobs, expanding already existing small businesses, and empowering citizens by educating them on the economic beneﬁts and legal aspects of entrepreneurship.
In January 2013, ten (10) NBLSA student members from all over the country traveled to Haiti where they assisted the directors of the Zafen Project with various legal microﬁnance and legal projects. Participants familiarized themselves with the Haitian legal system, and its application to economic development.
The 2014 Haiti Service Trip will be open to all interested NBLSA members following an application process during the upcoming fall semester. Please check back in the fall for more information.
To learn more about the 2013 Haiti trip, please refer to the 2013 Haiti Trip Report here.
2013 Nigeria Service Trip Opportunity
The Women's Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) is a grassroots human rights organization located in Lagos, Nigeria. The organization is committed to addressing the issues of human trafﬁcking, illegal child labor, women's rights, and civil education in Nigeria.
In January 2013, ten (10) NBLSA student members from all over the country traveled to Lagos, Nigeria to volunteer at the WOCON ofﬁce. Students assisted with rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration efforts of trafﬁcked persons. Additionally, they helped raise awareness of issues such as illegal child labor and gender based violence. Finally, participants had the opportunity to visit with a Nigerian law firm and learn about law practices in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the legal aspects of human trafﬁcking.
The 2014 Nigeria Service Trip will be open to all interested NBLSA members following an application process during the upcoming fall semester. Please check back in the fall for more information.
To learn more about the 2013 Nigeria trip, please refer to the 2013 Nigeria Trip Report here.