ESIL conferences are organised annually since the last general meeting at Vienna. The next ESIL annual conference on ‘The Judicialization of International Law – A mixed blessing?’ will be held on 10-12 September 2015 at the University of Oslo. The Call for Agora Proposals and Papers and Call for Posters are open until 31 January 2015.

The Leiden Journal of International Law (LJIL) has published a call for papers for a symposium to reflect on the changing role of scholarship in international law next 11 May 2015. The announcement is here. Proposals may be sent to ljil@law.leidenuniv.nl by 12 December 2014.

Call for Papers

Dreaming of the International Rule of Law – A History of International Courts and Tribunals

On the occasion of The ESIL 11th Annual Conference, to be held in Oslo, 10 – 12 September 2015. The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing? The ESIL’s interest group on the History of International Law http://esilhil.blogspot.co.uk/ invites submissions, in English or French. For all the current anxiety surrounding the judicialization of international politics, the contemporary growth of international courts and tribunals, which shows the continuing appeal of the “domestic analogy” in shaping the intellectual imagination of the discipline, may arguably be considered a dream made true for the long-standing aspirations of professional relevance of international lawyers. The promise of a more perfected international rule of law is among the factors that account for the fact that the establishment of new international courts and tribunals has accompanied the proliferation of international institutions and the diversification of international law for the last 25 years’-long post-cold war period.Against this background, submissions are welcomed in two interdependent categories. On the first hand, the IGHIL invites submissions addressed to examine the histories of the creation of “successful” international courts and tribunals, in the sense of institutionally established and operative ones. On the other, the IGHIL welcomes submissions addressed to examine the histories of short-lived, aborted or failed international courts and tribunals as well as the history of projects for international courts of tribunals that remained “dead letter” and/or are still “in nuce”.Authors are invited to consider factors of failure/success in the creation, disappearance or non- emergence of international courts and tribunals in light of their legitimacy of origin and exercise as well as other factors. These may include, but are not limited to e.g. the role of particularly inspirational figures or social movements, the contextual-historical relevance of different international legal philosophies or the impact of context-breaking events in the history of international law.Each submission should include:– An abstract of no more than 400 words– The intended language of presentation– A short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information and e-mail address.Applications should be submitted to both Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral and Randall Lesaffer by 15th February 2015. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 15th March 2015. Selection will be based on scholarly merit and with regard to producing an engaging workshop, without prejudice to gender, seniority, language or geographical location. Please note that the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law is unable to provide funds to cover the conference registration fee or related transport and accommodation costs.

The best papers would be eligible for publication in a “symposium” of the Journal of the History of International Law (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff).

I have a post commenting on this project here. It is a very interesting project, and there is plenty of time to send a proposal. Good luck, and also to Jessie and Dan with this superb project.

Dr Jessie Hohmann, QMUL, and Dr Dan Joyce, UNSW, invite contributions to an edited volume on International Law’s Objects: Emergence, Encounter and Erasure through Object and Image. The project interrogates international law’s material culture and everyday life.

The study of international law is highly text based. Whether as practice, scholarship or pedagogy, the discipline of international law both relies on and produces a wealth of written material. Cases, treaties, and volumes of academic writing are the legal sources through which most of us working in international law relate to the subject, and, at times we might come to feel that these texts are our major project and output.

Yet international law has a rich existence in the world. International law is often developed, conveyed and authorised through objects or images. From the symbolic (the regalia of the head of state and the symbols of sovereignty), to the mundane (a can of dolphin-safe tuna certified as complying with international trade standards), international legal authority can be found in the objects around us. Similarly, the practice of international law often relies on material objects or images, both as evidence (satellite images, bones of the victims of mass atrocities) and to found authority (for instance, maps and charts).

Motivating this project are three questions:

  • First, what might studying international law through objects reveal? What might objects, rather than texts, tell us about sources, recognition of states, construction of territory, law of the sea, or international human rights law?
  • Second, what might this scholarly undertaking reveal about the objects – as aims or projects – of international law? How do objects reveal, or perhaps mask, these aims, and what does this tell us about the reasons some (physical or material) objects are foregrounded, and others hidden or ignored?
  • Third, which objects will be selected? We anticipate a no doubt eclectic but illuminating collection, which points to objects made central, but also objects disclaimed, by international law. Moreover, the project will result in a fascinating artefact (itself an object) of the preoccupations of the profession at this moment in time.

Further information, including the timeline for submissions, can be found in the Call for Papers [pdf]. The Call for Papers closes 18 April 2015.

TILJNext year will be the 50th anniversary of the Texas International Law Journal (“TILJ”)! That is a truly outstanding achievement, and the editors of the TILJ have published this call for papers for the 50th anniversary issue of the Journal:


What: Call for Papers, Fifty Years of International Law Scholarship

Who: The Texas International Law Journal (“TILJ”) at The University of Texas School of Law

Deadline: Paper submissions due January 1, 2015 for publication in fall of 2015.

The Texas International Law Journal will be celebrating its 50th year in 2015. As a part of this celebration, the Journal will be publishing a special 50th Anniversary Issue as part of Volume 50.

This special issue will bridge the Journal’s storied history with its bright future. In addition to republishing a few seminal articles from its past, the Journal is seeking authors who are leaders in their respective fields of international law to comment on the most significant developments in international law over the past fifty years while also offering their perspective about the most significant developments or issues arising in the near future.

Papers may address any topic in international or comparative law, but ideally we would receive a submission in each of the following areas to provide the broadest perspective:Ÿ Treaty Law
ŸŸ; International Human Rights Law; Private International Law; Jurisdiction Ÿ; International Legal Theory.

Special topics to consider:ŸŸ International Commercial LawŸ; International Criminal Law; Law of the SeaŸŸ; Law of Armed Conflict.

Decolonization Fifty Years Later—The effects of colonization and its unwinding still reverberate around the world today, radically shaping legal institutions and defining nations’ and states’ views of the law in an international context. This topic would incorporate recent world events in the discussion.

International Justice and National Sovereignty—The international legal system imposes more regulations and guidelines than ever before. This topic examines the challenges confronted by constitutional governments, democracies, et al. with the increasing obligations imposed by international legal structures (e.g., the International Criminal Court, WTO, independent commercial arbitration agreements or treaties, etc.).

If there is an article (8,000-20,000 words), or even a brief comment (4,000-7,000 words), that you would like to publish in our special 50th Anniversary issue, we invite you to send it to submissions@tilj.org for consideration. It will be an honor to publish one of your articles in our upcoming volume. All submissions must be original, unpublished works. TILJ accepts submissions electronically via ExpressO and by e-mail at submissions@tilj.org. For more information on TILJ submission and editorial policies please see http://www.tilj.org/submissions.


Founded in 1965, the Texas International Law Journal is a student edited and managed legal journal comprised of students of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. The Journal seeks to advance the study, practice, and awareness of international and comparative law. TILJ (ISSN: 0163-7479) is a 501 (c)(3) organization that publishes three issues of high quality secondary source material annually and hosts scholarly symposia as well as activities and online engagement committed to promoting international legal understanding and debate.

Check out this interesting, intellectually stimulating workshop on “The Judicialization of International Relations”!

The journal International Organization and Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies invite applications for a workshop to be held June 12-13, 2015.

Karen Alter and Erik Voeten, with the support of IO’s editorial board, will convene this workshop. Interested participants should submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by December 1, 2014 to judicializationconference@gmail.com.

We especially welcome the following types of proposals:

  • Studies that examine whether states, international institutions, firms or other nonstate actors act differently in the shadow of adjudication
  • Studies comparing politics in non-judicialized to judicialized contexts
  • Studies of the impact of judicialization across countries, regions or issue areas
  • Studies that analyze whether and when adjudicators are becoming consequential creators of international law
  • Examinations of the potential counter-responses to the increased authority of judicial institutions. For example, how and when do state actors successfully seek to influence adjudicators or otherwise reduce their jurisdiction or authority?
  • Analyses of whether international law differentially influences states depending on how much authority domestic judicial bodies have to utilize international law.
  • Inquiries into the larger theoretical implications of the emergence of these judicial actors.
  • Studies that provide generalizable insight into the practices, processes, politics and decision-making of adjudicatory bodies that have an international or transnational jurisdiction.

For more information, see: http://www.cics.northwestern.edu/groups/ioil/2015Workshop.html

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