The deadline for the Call for Papers for the 13th ESIL Annual Conference,«Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law,» to be held in Naples from 7 to 9 September 2017, is just a few days ahead on Tuesday 31 January 2017.



12th ESIL Annual Conference, Riga, 8 – 10 September 2016: ‘How International Law Works in Times of Crisis’

The European Society of International Law will hold its 12th Annual Conference in Riga, Latvia, on 8 – 10 September 2016The conference is hosted by the Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with the Latvian Constitutional Court. The Call for Papers and the Call for Posters can be found on the ESIL website and on the conference website (deadline for submission: 31 January 2016).


The International Economic Law Interest Groups American and European Societies of International Law of the together with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law are pleased to announce a joint 2015 Works-in-Progress Workshop on: The Future of Transatlantic Economic Governance in the Age of the BRICS, 11-12 December 2015, to be held at the Max Planck Institute Heidelberg, Germany.

Workshop theme: As the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations have revealed, in some ways the developed economies of North America and Europe have never been more interested in creating a cooperative system of economic governance. In other ways, however, the relationship between these countries has never faced more challenges, as new economies disinclined to accept the trade rules and regulatory cooperation efforts of the developed world have ascended to new economic rights and have asserted new legal authority. Moreover, some of the traditional strengths of incumbency, such as a powerful currency and traditionally strong representation in international organizations, have come to look more like liabilities. This emerging economic order has presented challenges for Transatlantic cooperation efforts in trade law, investment law, financial regulation, monetary policy, and law and development – to say nothing of the longstanding conundrums raised by differences in competition law, complexities inherent in the supervision of multinational corporations and financial institutions, and problems posed by the need for sustained regulatory cooperation.

The International Economic Law Interest Groups of the American Society of International Law and the European Society of International Law, in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, will hold a joint workshop in which progress in new research on these issues may be made. The working language of the workshop will be English.

Call for previously unpublished papers: We encourage IEL scholars, practitioners, and advanced doctoral students to submit proposals for paper presentations on any topic related to the workshop’s theme, broadly conceived. Proposals should be no more than one single-spaced page in length and should include the paper’s working title and an abstract describing its main thesis, methods, and contribution. All papers should be works-in-progress, that is unpublished at the time of the workshop.

Authors should also submit a separate, one-page bio or short curriculum vitae (CV) (max two pages) along with the abstract.

Proposals should be emailed to: ASIL.ESIL.IntEcLIG.Workshop@gmail.com and must be received no later than June 30, 2015.

Selection process: Submissions will be reviewed by a joint selection committee convened by the organizers. Selection decisions will take into account the proposals’ originality, diversity, and relevance to the workshop’s theme and will aim to achieve a well-rounded representation of European, North American, and non-transatlantic perspectives. We plan to inform the selected participants by August 15, 2015, with papers due for circulation to all workshop participants no later than November 15, 2015.

Workshop Format: In order to ensure a high level of discussion and useful feedback for all authors, the workshop will take place over 1.5 days in a roundtable format. Presenters will be thematically grouped into four to five panels of three papers each, with a senior commentator moderating the discussion for each panel. Due to space limitations, early submission of proposals is highly encouraged.

Publication Possibility: Depending upon the topics of the final submissions, a number of workshop participants may be invited to submit their papers for publication within a special issue of the Journal of World Investment and Trade. Any such invitations will be extended in accordance with that Journal’s usual peer review and editorial policy.

Workshop Costs: We are in the process of applying for funding to help offset the costs of the workshop. Subject to final availability of funds, we hope to be able to cover reasonable economy class travel and accommodation costs to assist most participants with the journey to Heidelberg, which is particularly lovely during the holiday season. Final confirmation of funding availability will be communicated along with selection decisions.

Any further questions may be directed to the organizers at: ASIL.ESIL.IntEcLIG.Workshop@gmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

On behalf of the ASIL IEcLIG:

Julie Maupin (Max Planck Institute, HD)

Sonia Rolland (Northeastern University)

Jarrod Wong (Pacific McGeorge)

David Zaring (Wharton)

On behalf of the ESIL IEcLIG:

Elisa Baroncini (University of Bologna)

Marion Pannizon (World Trade Institute)

Peter-Tobias Stoll (Georg August Universität, Göttingen)

On behalf of the Max Planck Institute:

Anne Peters (Co-Director)

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.

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).


Uno de los paneles que tuve la suerte de moderar en la Conferencia del décimo aniversario de la ESIL en Viena el viernes 5 de septiembre tuvo como tema el derecho internacional y las ciencias humanas: antropología y sociología. Las tres presentaciones fueron excelentes. Emma Nyhan (EUI) presentó un excelente estudio sobre la identificación de los beduinos en Israel como «pueblos indígenas» y sus consecuencias para el derecho internacional e interno. Alessandra Arcuri (Erasmus University Rotterdam) hizo una exposición muy interesante sobre la forma en que se utiliza la ciencia en la Comisión del Codex Alimetarius y cómo la adopción del Acuerdo OMC sobre las barreras técnicas al comercio ha transformado los estándares del Codex en obligatorios. Por último, Jessie Hohmann (Queen Mary University of London) presentó un trabajo fascinante sobre el derecho internacional a través de «objetos».  En este caso, utilizó el ejemplo del opio, las formas en que se determina su legalidad y las maneras en que ha servido para justificar diversos tipos de intervenciones. El derecho internacional a través de objetos es un proyecto en desarrollo de la Dra. Hohmann y el Dr. Daniel Joyce (UNSW, Australia) que seguramente dará mucho que hablar en el futuro próximo. Espero que estos trabajos se publiquen pronto. Copio el resumen del panel:

Agora: International Law and the Human Sciences: Anthropology and Sociology

Convener: Carlos Esposito (Autónoma University of Madrid)

The last decade has seen anthropologists and sociologists turn their attention to the study of international law and international institutions, mostly in the field of human rights, but increasingly in the areas of international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international investment. The results have been varied, but are sometimes startling and illuminating. Turning international law and international lawyers into objects of sociological and anthropological analysis promises a new lens through which to address some perennial questions about international law: how do global legal norms develop legitimacy? How do they travel between national and international realms? How do international legal institutions socialize global actors and generate structures of social action at the international level? How does the normativity generated by international legal norms in human rights and international criminal law interact with national and local contexts? What forms of social power does it generate, and what kinds of power and knowledge does it marginalize? These are the questions that anthropological and sociological studies of international law can help address. They can also help to better understand the multiple ways in which international law is being transformed in this epoch of ‘Global Law’, a development that systematically challenges many of the key distinctions and categories upon which our concept of international law and its identity are premised. This agora will bring together anthropologists and sociologists whose work centres on the study of international law and international institutions and place them in discussion with international lawyers.

Jessie Hohmann (Queen Mary University of London), ‘The Material Culture of International Law: An Investigation of International Law’s Preoccupations through Objects’
Alessandra Arcuri (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ‘The Sound of Science and the Codex Alimenatarius Commission: Understanding Exclusion, Imaging Inclusion’
Emma Nyhan (European University Institute), ‘The Glocalization of International Law’

Gracias a August Reinisch y Nehal Bhuta por ofrecerme moderar este magnífico panel.

Espero ver a algún lector del blog en esta conferencia organizada  por los grupos de interés en derecho internacional del medioambiente de la ASIL y la ESIL que empieza mañana en Ginebra. Aquí está la información y el programa.

Oskar Kokoschka, Die Wiener Staatsoper, 1956. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

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.


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.


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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