The International Association of Consumer Law was founded as a bi-lingual association to foster learning and debate on consumer issues and law. It is an association primarily for academics; one that engages with the wider community and has a long tradition of inviting those from that wider community to participate in its conferences.

The IACL conferences which are held once every two years in different parts of the world have hosted judges, regulators, legal practitioners, bureaucrats, bankers, business groups and consumer organisations.