On 17 September 2020, Prof Dire Tladi was appointed to serve as the President of the South African Branch of the International Law Association (SABILA). SABILA is a chapter of the International Law Association (ILA), an organisation that brings together international lawyers from all over the world dedicated to the "study, clarification and development of international law" and the "furtherance of international understanding and the respect of international law".

Tladi has been a member of the ILA and SABILA since 2001 and has served on various of the ILA's committees including its committee on international law and sustainable development.

Tladi replaces Professor Hennie Strydom of the University of Johannesburg as the President of SABIL.