The International Law Association, founded in Brussels in 1873, has elected at the Meeting of its Executive Council in London on 18 October, Antonios Tzanakopoulos as the Secretary-General of the Association. Antonios had so far been serving as the Joint Secretary of the British Branch, and will also continue in this role. The ILA's objectives, under its Constitution, are "the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law". The ILA has consultative status, as an international non-governmental organisation, with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies.