International Academy of Comparative Law
The 20th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law
Date: July 22 – 28, 2018
Venue: Kyushu University Ito Campus “Shiiki-Hall”. Fukuoka International Congress Center.
Host: The 20th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Organizing Committee and The International Academy of Comparative Law
Last General Congress
The XIXth International Congress of Comparative Law
Date: July 20 – July 26, 2014 / 20 juillet – 26 juillet 2014
Venue: University of Vienna, Austria
in cooperation with / en coopération avec: University of Vienna, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law / Institut Suisse de droit comparé and Pan European University Bratislava
After the two first congresses of the Academy organized in 1932 and 1937, general congresses have been held every four years without exception since 1950. Most of them have taken place in Europe but they have also been held three times in the Americas, twice in Australia and once in Asia. Currently the number of topics at each general congress has increased to about thirty. One or two “general reporters” are designated to elaborate the comparative study on each topic on the basis of the work of national reporters. The selection of best topics continues to be a serious challenge. Obviously, it is necessary to pay attention to legal evolution, as well as to the arising of new fields, but also to the modifications of the many factors having an impact on the law. Thus, for instance, the unavoidable fact showing that the State is no longer the only legislator shall be taken into account when planning congresses and designating “special” reporters, who will not be always “national” reporters.
General Congresses History
The first International Congress of Comparative Law (General Congress) was held at The Hague in 1932. The second General Congress was also held at The Hague, this time in 1937. The war brought with it a suspension of activities and meetings were only resumed in 1950. The General Congresses after the war were as follows: London (1950), Paris (1954), Brussels (1958), Hamburg (1962), Uppsala (1966), Pescara (1970), Teheran (1974), Budapest (1978), Caracas (1982), Sydney (1986), Montreal (1990), Athens (1994), Bristol (1998), Brisbane (2002), Utrecht (2006), Washington D.C. (2010), and Vienna (2014)