11th Annaual Conference of the European Society of International Law “The Judicialization of International Law- A Mixed Blessing?” Call for Proposals
Call for ProposalsThe 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway. It is hosted by the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo.
The Organising Committee of the conference invites all scholars (including PhD students) to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the conference, as well as proposals for a full panel of speakers for a single agora.
The purpose of the agorae is to share cutting-edge research in specific areas of international law, to stimulate debate, and to foster discussion between participants. ESIL Interest Groups are particularly welcome to propose agorae. Innovative ideas for conducting a panel (e.g. round table) are also encouraged.
Proposals for papers or agorae can be submitted either in English or French.
Proposal should correspond to the overall conference theme and can relate to (but need not be limited to) the following, partly overlapping, topics:
Problems and perspectives of special regional courts, or problems affecting the development of the international judicial function (e.g. access to international justice, judicial review of political acts, revision of an international judgments by a court of appeal, etc.)
How do courts matter for the substance of the law in particular subject-areas?
The place of international judgments in the doctrine of sources
Do international courts and tribunals have a function in relation to economic, social and cultural rights?
An ‘International Tort Court’ for multinational corporations?
A World Court of Human Rights?
A World Court of International Humanitarian Law?
The future of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
Professional ethics for judges
International courts and tribunals in new areas, such as international security; a more fair global resource allocation; protecting social rights; improving global health; more responsible multinational corporations; dealing with transnational internet problems?
Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms
The future of the International Criminal Court
Reform of regional human rights courts and global human rights treaty bodies
The future of investment tribunals
The WTO and regional trade tribunals
The role of the ICJ
Arbitration vs courts
Sovereign debt default and international dispute settlement mechanisms
Hybrid courts and their possible use as a form of international justice (piracy, environmental damages, compensations, etc.)
Courts and third world/postcolonial approaches and feminist theory
Historical, economic, sociological, etc. approaches to international courts
Implementation of international judgments in national legal orders
TimelineThe deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 January 2015
Successful applicants will be informed by 31 March 2015
The deadline for the submission of the full papers is 1 July 2015
The conference begins on Thursday 10 September 2015 in the morning and ends on Saturday 12 September 2014 in the early afternoon
The deadline for the submission of final papers, to be included in a future conference publication or in the ESIL SSRN series, is 1 October 2015
All selected agora speakers will have to register for the conference. They will receive free registration, provided they are ESIL members. The organisation does not cover expenses for travelling and accommodation.
After the conference, ESIL provides the opportunity to publish papers in the ESIL SSRN Series and also plans to publish selected high-quality papers in a book series
ESIL Young Scholar Prize
From 2015 onwards, ESIL will award the ESIL Young Scholar Prize at each Annual Conference; this is a prize for the best paper submitted to the conference by scholars at an early stage in their academic career. Early-career scholars are either PhD candidates or those who have had their oral defense no longer than 2 years prior to the submission of the abstract. Candidates for the prize have to be current ESIL members.
The Prize is sponsored by the law firm WilmerHale. Please indicate, when submitting an abstract, if you wish the submission to be considered for the ESIL Young Scholar Prize.
For further information regarding the Submission of Agora or Paper Proposals see here
Papers presented in agorae should present innovative ideas, be unpublished at the moment of presentation, and be in an advanced stage of completion.
Abstracts will be reviewed by a selection committee. Joint submissions are possible, but, if selected, only one person may receive free registration to the conference.
Selection criteria are:
Originality and innovativeness of the work
Links to the conference theme
Geographical and gender balance
Only one abstract per author will be considered
Abstracts must not exceed 800 words.
Call for Abstracts: Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: The Emerging European Union Regime
The journal Human Rights & International Legal Discourse has issued a call for abstracts for a special issue on “Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: The Emerging European Union Regime.” Here’s the call:
Call for Abstracts
“Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: The Emerging European Union Regime”
Human Rights & International Legal Discourse focuses on the interplay between human rights law and other specific domains of international law. The 2015 Fall issue will focus on recent and ongoing developments concerning the regulation of corporate human rights responsibility at the EU level.
Articles’ length will be between 5.000 to 8.000 words. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 November 2014. By 1 December 2014, a limited number of abstracts will be selected for the submission of full papers. A further round of double blind peer review will follow after submission of the final paper, which is due on 1 May 2015. Publication of the special issue is planned for October 2015.
Authors are kindly invited to send their paper proposals by 1 November 2014 to the editors of this special issue: Ass. Prof. Dr. Karin Buhman (Roskilde University and Copenhagen Business School; firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof. Dr. Carmen Márquez Carrasco (Universidad de Sevilla; email@example.com) and Dr. Luis Rodríguez-Piñero (Universidad de Sevilla; firstname.lastname@example.org).
New Issue: International Journal of Transitional Justice
The latest issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Vol. 8, no. 3, November 2014) is out. Contents include:
• Paul Gready & Simon Robins, From Transitional to Transformative Justice: A New Agenda for Practice
• Evelyne Schmid & Aoife Nolan, ‘Do No Harm’? Exploring the Scope of Economic and Social Rights in Transitional Justice
• Changrok Soh & Daniel Connolly, Cosmopolitan Memories in East Asia: Revisiting and Reinventing the Second World War
• Shari Eppel, ‘Bones in the Forest’ in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe: Exhumations as a Tool for Transformation
• Shanee Stepakoff, G. Shawn Reynolds, Simon Charters, & Nicola Henry, Why Testify? Witnesses’ Motivations for Giving Evidence in a War Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone
• Simon Zschirnt & Mark Menaldo, International Insurance? Democratic Consolidation and Support for International Human Rights Regimes
• Roman David, International Criminal Tribunals and the Perception of Justice: The Effect of the ICTY in Croatia
• Cynthia M. Horne, The Impact of Lustration on Democratization in Postcommunist Countries
Call for Submissions: Renewable Energy Disputes
Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Journal and Transnational Dispute Management have issued a call for submissions for a joint special issue on renewable energy disputes. Here’s the call:
OGEL & TDM Call for Papers: Special Issue on Renewable Energy Disputes
Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Journal and Transnational Dispute Management invite submissions for a joint Special Issue on Renewable Energy Disputes.
Renewable energy production is nothing new: windmills have been used to produce wind-based energy and dams have been used to produce mechanical energy for centuries past. However, the scale of investment in this area and the increased subsidies, regulation of and drive towards this type of electricity generation are unprecedented. Given the surge in activity in renewable energy production, it is no surprise that disputes in this area have started to arise.
Issues that have led to disputes within the EU, the US and globally have, for example, related to the national governments’ objective of ensuring maximum national or regional benefit from governmental measures in this area (similar to what is done in oil and gas-producing countries through local content requirements), miscalculations of subsidies in the planning stages and excessive costs for the state from such subsidies, especially when economic circumstances have changed. Furthermore, the scale of activities has in itself contributed to all kinds of disputes arising at various levels and various forums. These disputes may involve issues of public international law, EU and US law (at the supranational, national and subnational levels), private law and contractual arrangements. The Special Issue examines these types of disputes and analyses their backgrounds and the reasons why they arose. Recent and ongoing renewable energy disputes under international law have concerned international investment law and WTO law. However, recent renewable energy disputes at European level have mostly related to the free movement provisions of EU Treaty law. Contractual arrangements and connection issues serve as illustrations of private and contractual disputes in these areas.
This OGEL/TDM Special Issue on Renewable Energy Disputes will examine all kinds of renewable energy disputes. The basic structure of the special issue is:
Introduction: Renewable energy disputes: an overview – Professor Kim Talus (UEF Law School)
I) Public International Law Disputes
• WTO cases: an overview (already in preparation)
• WTO case against Canada (Ontario local content requirement) (already in preparation)
• Investment Disputes in Renewable Energy (already in preparation)
• Further proposals welcome!
II) EU Law Disputes
• Judgment Ålands Vindkraft (already in preparation)
• Judgment Essent (already in preparation)
• Further proposals welcome!
III) National and Subnational Law and Commercial or Contractual Law Disputes
• Spain: Spanish Supreme Court and ICSID cases against Spain (already in preparation)
• UK Renewable Disputes (already in preparation)
• Further proposals welcome!
OGEL and TDM encourage submission of relevant papers, studies, and comments on various aspects of this subject, including International, regional and national disputes on various aspects of renewable energy disputes. Contributions discussing a particular topic within this area, such as need to reform the ISDS with regards renewable energy and climate change, are also welcome.
Papers should be submitted by the 15 January 2015 deadline to Professor Kim Talus – email@example.com – as well as a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ala’i & D’Orsi: Transparency in International Economic Relations and the Role of the WTO
Padideh Ala’i (American Univ. – Law) & Matthew D’Orsi (American Univ. – Law) have posted Transparency in International Economic Relations and the Role of the WTO (in Research Handbook on Transparency, Padideh Ala’i & Robert Vaughn eds., 2014). Here’s the abstract:
The chapter describes the evolution of transparency obligations within the multilateral trading system. Beginning as obligations that were ancillary and subsidiary to the substantive provisions of market access and non-discrimination under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT 1947), transparency obligations became central and substantive obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO). The transparency obligations of the WTO have had a profound impact on the internal governance of Member States in three key ways. First, transparency has facilitated trade disputes by identifying measures whose application and administration are inconsistent with the provisions of the covered agreements. Second, transparency has promoted the power of the central governments within Member States over local and provincial governments. Last, transparency requires uniformity in administration of measures within and among states to the extent possible. In conclusion, the authors ask whether transparency, in the context of the WTO, has any goal broader than that of protecting and promoting the interests of private traders, and whether increased litigation, increasing centralization and increasing uniformity promoted in the name of transparency also contribute to broader goals of good governance or development.
Call for Submissions: British Influences on International Law 1915-2015
The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has issued a call for submissions for a book on “British Influences on International Law 1915-2015.” Here’s the call:
British Influences on International Law 1915-2015
The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is publishing a series of books to commemorate the centenary of the establishment in London of the Grotius Society (a forerunner of BIICL) in 1915. One of these books is on British Influences on International Law in the period from 1915 until today.
We invite anyone who has an interest in writing a chapter on an aspect of this topic to submit an abstract for consideration. This invitation extends to established academics, early career researchers, doctoral researchers, those with experience in government and other practice, and anyone else with relevant expertise, whether based in the UK or elsewhere. The authors of the selected papers may be chosen for presentation as part of a seminar series which is likely to be held in the first half of 2015.
About the book
The book considers the influence of British contributions on the development of international law. These influences range from the negotiation and drafting of treaties, to roles in the creation, development and enforcement of international law, by individuals and groups, as well as by institutions. The perspective to be taken is from 2014/2015 reviewing various international legal issues from 1915 retrospectively and examining the impact these have had on international law today.
This is a novel and edifying perspective in that it surveys and appraises the contributions of British people and institutions (both broadly and inclusively defined) in domestic and international legal forums and their role in the development, interpretation, and application of international law. This includes domestic, regional and international influences.
The book is edited by Professor Robert McCorquodale, BIICL Director, together with Jill Barrett, Dr Andraž Zidar, Anna Riddell and Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci. It is scheduled to be published by BRILL/Martinus Nijhoff. The book is part of a larger project looking at British Contributions to International Law in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the setting up of the Grotius Society.
Submission of Proposals
Proposals are welcome for papers assessing any aspect of British influences on international law. Your proposal may focus on a particular substantive area of international law, one or more individuals or institutions, or a theme, or any other approach/field of examination you may wish to develop.
Proposals should include an abstract of the proposed contribution (not exceeding 400 words) and a short bio note about the author(s) (not exceeding 250 words). They should be sent to Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, project coordinator, at email@example.com by 29 October 2014. Notification of the outcome of the selection process will be sent by the end of November 2014. For those accepted, the deadline for submission of the finished papers will be March 2015. Authors should be available to present their paper at a seminar series in London in the first half of 2015.
Papers proposed for inclusion in the edited volume should be original and previously unpublished. In a few instances, a previously published paper may be accepted, provided that this is explicitly stated in the proposal, with information about where and when it was published. Responsibility for securing the rights to reprint the piece rests with the author and such permissions should be sought before the proposal is submitted.
For any further information or clarification, please contact the project co-ordinator Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci on firstname.lastname@example.org