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The editors of the SYbIL welcome submissions from all members of the academic community for consideration for the General Articles and Spanish Practice section of the forthcoming volume of the Yearbook. The SYbIL also welcomes references from authors in order to review their recent published books.
The SYbIL editorial process is subject to a double-blind peer review process, seeking to enhance the quality of research by providing authors with feedback on submitted materials and constructive suggestions for consideration and revision where appropriate. The review process is conducted under strict considerations of anonymity in order to ensure absolute objectivity. The editors of the SYbIL will never disclose the identities of reviewers to authors or other reviewers, nor will the editors disclose the identities of authors to the reviewers.
The Call for Papers for Vol. 18 is still open. Manuscripts dealing with any topic of interest in the field of Public and Private International Law and International relations should be submitted to the editors by 31 October 2014. The manuscripts shall compulsory conform to the Style Guide of the SYbIL (available here).Please, remember that your manuscript MUST be submitted to the Editor’s email address at editor@sybil.es. Please, do not use any other email address. Visit our website section for authors at http://www.sybil.es/sybil/for-authors/.

European Society of International Law Research Forum

Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence

14 – 15 May 2015

Call for Papers

The 2015 ESIL Research Forum will take place on 14 and 15 May 2015, at the European University Institute in Florence. With the transition to Annual Conferences, the Society will maintain the Research Forum in a smaller but more intensive format. The Research Forum is re-launched as a scholarly conference which promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. From 2015, it will be convened at least once a year and is organized around a broad The Research Forum targets in particular scholars at an early stage of their careers, especially advanced PhD students and post-doctoral  researchers. All ESIL members are invited to attend the Research Forum as audience members.

Approximately 10-15 papers will be selected from among the submissions, and during the Research Forum paper presenters will receive comments on their papers from members of the ESIL Executive Board and invited experts.

This year, the Research Forum calls for papers addressing the following set of issues in international law:

The Use of Force

Statehood, Secession, the Creation of States

The Legitimacy and Illegitimacy of Governments and States

Territories and Boundaries

We stress that papers which address any dimensions of the call, including through interdisciplinary research and methods, and through historical, theoretical or empirical approaches, will be given serious consideration. We welcome papers that propose to redefine or re-imagine our understanding of the terms of the call and their meaning in the current Abstracts of not more than 750 words should be submitted by interested applicants to ESIL-RF2015@EUI.eu by Monday 1 December 2014. Please include the following information: name, affiliation, email address, and whether you are an ESIL member. Applicants should also send a one-page curriculum vitae with the abstract. Papers should be unpublished at the time of the presentation.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 January 2015. Complete drafts of papers will be required by 15 April 2015. Following review, selected papers will be published in the ESIL SSRN Paper Series.

Successful applicants will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Partial financial support may be available on a needs basis for a limited number of scholars. Scholars selected to present a paper who have exhausted other potential sources of funds can submit a request to the Selection Committee for financial support with an explanation of why they are in need of assistance.

Once selected, applicants will be informed of several hotels that offer preferential rates to Research Forum participants. Lunch on both days will be provided, and a dinner for presenters, commentators and ESIL Executive Board members will be hosted by the Academy of European Law on the evening of 14 May.

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Interesting call for papers for a conference on “The Reform of International Economic Governance” at the University of Granada on 9-10 October 2014. The two main sessions will cover, respectively, reform of the trading regime and reform of the monetary and financial architecture. Here is the link with the information. Paper proposals may be sent until 1 June 2014.

Photo: Reflejos del Torreón (La Ahlambra, Granada, 2010)

 

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The call for  papers or posters for the ESIL Vienna Conference on 4-6 September 2014 includes:

Agora 7: International law and History: The Return of the Past?

International law has developed a distinctively historical and historiographic turn in the last 15 years, rediscovering a historical approach to the study of international law and international lawyers which had largely faded from view since 1945. In part it has been revitalized by a renewed preoccupation with understanding the political and normative foundations of international law, its relationship with empire and colonialism, and as part of the search for clues about the origins of the present. But it has also been revitalized by the resurgence of intellectual history, postcolonial history and international history, which are reinvigorating the study of ‘classical’ figures in international political and legal thought, and trying to understand the origins of the political, social and economic foundations of the contemporary international legal order. Along with groundbreaking work in the history of international law in general, recent years have seen new studies in the history of the laws of war, renovations of the legal thought of classical figures such as Gentili and Vattel, and new histories of international institutions such as the League of Nations.

This agora will bring together intellectual historians, historians of law and historians of international thought to consider the ways in which new research into the history of international law is changing our understanding of past and present.

 

The deadline for proposals for papers or posters is 15 January 2014.

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The call for  papers or posters for the ESIL Vienna Conference on 4-6 September 2014 includes:

Agora 6: International law and Feminism: Anything New Under the Sun?

In the 1990s an intense debate on feminism and international law started to permeate journals and learned societies. Core concepts of international law were critiqued and de-constructed from a feminist perspective. Most recently, the ILA re-established a committee on ‘Feminism and International Law’ in 2010 focusing on the economic empowerment of women and the possible contribution of international law. Other initiatives, like the journal ‘Feminist Legal Studies’, continue; others were recently revived, such as the ‘IntLawGrrls’ blog.

Feminist methodological approaches to international law include the detection of silences in the law and the question of how to respond to the many (cultural, linguistic, religious, ethnic, economic) differences among women. Feminist international lawyers have added to the understanding of international law in various ways, e.g. through a feminist perspective on international criminal law and on women in armed conflicts.

These issues will be discussed in this agora, including questions such as: What is the current status of the debate? Is there still momentum in international law and feminism? What are the fields where international law and feminism might best contribute to the development of international law?

The deadline for proposals for papers or posters is 15 January 2014.

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The call for  papers or posters for the ESIL Vienna Conference on 4-6 September 2014 includes:

Agora 5: International Law and Literature

Law and literature has become an established research interest and has found its way into a number of law school curricula. Obviously both academic fields are primarily about the interpretation of texts. But there are many other overlaps between the two fields, from lawyers turning novelists to novelists pushing legal change. However, international law seems to have been rather on the fringe of these developments. Even so, issues central to international law have been reflected in literature (e.g. terrorism, from Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel ‘The Secret Agent’ to the 2006 book ‘Terrorist’ by John Updike). Though more rarely, international lawyers have even become protagonists in literature like Frederic Martens in Jan Kross’ 1984 novel ‘Professor Martens’ Departure’, depicting the 19th century international lawyer already torn between apology and utopia. Conversely, international lawyers have taken a closer look at literature and studied the reflection of international law in Shakespeare’s plays like Theodor Meron in his 1994 study on ‘Henry’s Wars and Shakespeare’s Laws’ followed by his 1998 book ‘Bloody Constraint: War and Chivalry in Shakespeare’.

Building on this interest of international lawyers in literature, this agora will address general issues: Is there anything that law and literature can learn from each other? Is there a deeper overlap in the methodology? How would a lawyer cope with the prevailing subjectivist approach to art? Can writers adapt to the stringent interpretative canons of (international) lawyers? To what extent should lawyers draw on the methodology developed in the context of literary studies, e.g. as regards text analysis or interpretation?

 

The deadline for proposals for papers or posters is 15 January 2014.

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The call for  papers or posters for the ESIL Vienna Conference on 4-6 September 2014 includes:

Agora 4: International Law and Economics 

‘Law and economics’ has become an established branch of interdisciplinary research. Many fields of the law have been analyzed from a ‘law and economics’ perspective (assuming rational behaviour and using economic tools) and also from a ‘behavioural law and economics’ perspective (a joint enterprise between economists and psychologists). However, international law appears to have been analyzed to a lesser extent although it is an especially interesting topic due to the missing centralized enforcement power. It thus appears worthwhile to investigate whether ‘(behavioural) law and economics’ approaches could be applied more widely to core issues of international law ranging from treaty negotiation to treaty compliance, the development of customary law, the design of international institutions, international dispute settlement, and so on.

This agora welcomes all contributions on international law using a (behavioural) economics approach, including empirical studies on international law.

The deadline for proposals for papers or posters is 15 January 2014.

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