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bookcase-335849_1280Write On! Call for Papers: Inequality and Human Rights (deadline 1 December) 
Source: IntLaw Grrls 
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law has issued a Call for Papers [pdf] for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7-8, 2016.

Since the current global financial crisis began in 2008, income and wealth inequality both within and between countries has come under attack from multiple perspectives. While there is much methodological debate about how best to measure economic inequality globally, many of the figures are alarming. According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, half the world’s wealth is now owned by just 1% of the population, while the least well-off 50% own just 1% of global wealth.
Poverty, wealth and economic inequality are neither natural nor innate. Processes of impoverishment and uneven accumulation are produced, stabilized and sometimes challenged through legal and institutional arrangements, market competition, and social struggles. To date, human rights approaches to social and economic rights have primarily focused on poverty alleviation and the guarantee of basic rights. While not insignificant, these approaches have rarely attended to issues of extreme wealth or the social distribution of wealth.
We invite papers from any discipline that consider whether international human rights law, movements, and discourses have, could or should engage with the problem of economic inequality nationally or internationally. Are human rights frameworks equipped to address economic inequality? Might their promotion foreclose other, more effective, vocabularies and strategies aimed at economic justice? How might human rights frameworks need to change to contribute to a more egalitarian world?
We particularly encourage papers that consider these questions through contextualized examination of key sites of struggles over the distribution of income, benefits, access, decision-making power, and risk exposure. Such sites might include policies and practices around taxation, money and finance, debt (both sovereign and personal), development, natural resources and the environment, education, intellectual property, criminalization, borders and migration, labor, housing, land ownership, and military intervention. Although our focus is on economic inequality, we also encourage papers that attend to the ways in which it interacts with other forms of inequality, such as those based on gender, race, nationality and physical and mental ability.
Please send an abstract of under 600 words to Julia Dehm ( by December 1, 2015. A limited number of travel grants are available to support travel costs for selected participants who are unable to receive financial support from their home institutions. If you wish to apply for a travel grant, please complete an application form (available at

books-441866_1280Call for Papers: Second Kobe Seminar on International Investment Law 
Source: International Law Reporter
The Kobe University Graduate School of Law has issued a call for papers for the second Kobe seminar on international investment law. The theme is “Asian Challenges to International Investment Law: Viewing from Internal and Comparative Perspectives.” Here’s the call:
Kobe University Graduate School of Law/Global Masters Programmes (GMAP) in Law is pleased to announce that a one-day seminar on international investment law will take place on 29 January 2016 in Kobe, Japan. The theme is Asian challenges to international investment law: viewing from internal and comparative perspectives. Here is the idea:
Investment treaty law and arbitration has historically developed so as to protect foreign direct investment made by investors from European and North American countries towards the rest of the world. In the 2010s, however, Asia is playing increasingly a role in changing this traditional landscape: Asian companies began to bring investment claims against European countries by way of arbitration. Also, Asia takes initiatives in investment law-making at a regional level such as Japan-Korea-China investment agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This seminar thus aims to understand these Asian challenges to international investment law from both internal as well as comparative perspectives so as to prospect a future Asian contribution to global economic governance.
Submission of paper proposals
In addition to investment law expert sessions featuring invited speakers, the seminar also holds sessions for junior researchers/practitioners. It provides a platform where participants will be given feedback on their paper presentations from senior experts. Graduate students (students enrolled in master or PhD programmes) as well as junior researchers/practitioners are invited to submit a paper on topics including, but not limited to: TTP; Japan-Korea-China IIA; Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB); Ping An Life Insurance Corp. v. Belgium; JGC Corp. v, Spain; plain packaging; global supply chain; intellectual properties; interaction between trade and investment law; geopolitics of the TPP; transparency; harmonization; standards of protection; investor-state dispute settlement.
How to submit
◆ An applicant should submit an abstract (of no more than 300 words) with a CV (including email address and list of publications) to Kei Nakajima ( by 5 December 2015.
◆ The successful applicants will be notified by 15 December 2015.
◆ Participants are expected to submit a conference paper (of no more than 4,000 words) by 20 January 2016.
Other Information
◆ The seminar is held at Kobe University Graduate School of Law, Kobe, Japan. The detail of the venue is to be confirmed. Updates will be posted on GMAP website.
◆ Sessions for junior researchers/practitioners are supposed to be held in the morning, followed by lunchtime break and investment law expert sessions in the afternoon.
◆ Presentation (20 minutes each) is followed by general discussion with participants as well as senior experts.
◆ No registration fee is required. Coffees, lunch and dinner are provided. A limited number of financial assistance for travel/accommodation fee might be available for applicants upon request with a short statement on the reasons.
◆ Dai Tamada, Professor of Law at Kobe University & Director of GMAP in Law
◆ James Claxton, Professor of Law at Kobe University
◆ Kei Nakajima, Research Fellow at Kobe University
Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact with Kei Nakajima (

commerce-acts-books-477966-mCall for Papers: Beyond the Western Paradigm?:Towards a Global History of International Law
Source: International Law Reporter 
On the occasion of the European Society of International Law Research Forum, on April 21-22, 2016, in Istanbul, the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law has issued a call for papers for a workshop on “Beyond the Western Paradigm?: Towards a Global History of International Law.” The call targets scholars at an early stage of their careers, especially Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers. Here’s the call:
On the occasion of the ESIL Research Forum (Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law in Istanbul, 21-22 April 2016) the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law hereby invites submissions, in English or in French, for a Workshop on global approaches to the history of international law. The workshop targets scholars at an early stage of their careers, especially PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.
Since its inception the discipline of the history of international law has been approached from the perspective of European states. Teleological visions of history as progress often dominate the discourse of textbooks on international law, making the implicit claim that it was the providence of European states to gradually, from the 15th century onwards, create a universal and ‘globalised’ world order. Attempts have been made to alter this discourse by alternatively highlighting the disruptive aspects of Western international law in the service of European imperialism and by pointing out the criticism offered by non-Western states and scholars against instances of European oppression. In light of these developments recent scholarschip has called for the creation of a ‘global’ history of international law which moves beyond the traditional Eurocentric paradigm and which also awards a voice to indigenous and non-Western histories of international law. This raises questions as to the methodology and the substance of a global history of international law.
In light of these questions, the IGHIL invites submissions from phd researchers and post-doctoral researchers within the fields of international law, history, legal history and politics on topics relating to:
a) ‘histories’ of international law from a global perspective with an emphasis on the historical state practice and intellectual history of indigenous people and non-Western States relating to international law
b) the historical relationship and interaction between non-Western and Western international law including stories of participation and confrontation with respect to, for example, human rights, humanitarian international law, international criminal law, etc.
c) the methodological challenges of a global history of international law, including questions of periodisation, epistemology, narrative, etc.
Each submission should include:
a) An abstract of no more than 400 words;
b) The intended language of presentation;
c) A short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information and e-mail address.
Abstracts must be submitted no later than 15 December 2015 to Shavana Musa ( on behalf of the Steering Committee of the Interest Group, which shall collectively supervise the peer-review process of the abstracts. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of the selection process by 15 January 2016.
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.

IMG_0900Call for Papers: International Journal of Law and Management Studies (Vol I Issue 1): Submit by Dec 15 
Source: Lawctopus 
International Journal of Law and Management Studies (IJLMS) is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal which revolves around the issues relating to the wide spheres of law and management and the close nexus between the two.
It is an open-access, online journal for enhancement of research.
It aims to provide a highly readable and valuable addition to the literature which will serve as an indispensable reference tool for years to come.
The coverage of the journal includes all new theoretical and experimental findings in the fields of law.
The journal also encourages the submission of critical review articles covering advances in recent research.
The areas of the journal broadly include but not limit to
· Company Laws
· Business Laws
· Intellectual Property Rights
· Cyber Laws & Social Media Marketing
· Contracts & Sale of Goods
· Juristic Persons & Constitutional Law
· Any other area where the nexus between law and business/management is established.
A submission may fall within any of the following categories
• Articles – 5000 words – 10,000 words
• Essays – 6000 words – 10,000 words

• Short Articles – 3000 words – 5000 words
• Case Comments – 5000 words
• Comments – 3000 words
The word limit for abstract for any of the above categories shall be 350 words.
The above limits are exclusive of footnotes.
We are also open to discussing potential submissions that are substantially longer or shorter.
Please get in touch with us for further information and to discuss any such proposals you may have.
However, please note that we do not accept unsolicited book reviews.
Any footnoting style may be adopted as long as it is internally consistent.
We only accept previously unpublished submissions.
All submissions will be subject to a plagiarism check.
Deadline for submissions will be 15th December, 2015.
Format of Submissions
Please send in your submissions in MS Word Document (DOC, DOCX) to or use the Paper Submission Portal, HERE .
Along with the following information
1. Names of Authors
2. Email Address & Postal Address
3. Mobile Phone Number
4. Name of Institution & Year of Study

5. Address of Institution
6. Title, Subtitle of Manuscript & Category of Submission
For further enquiries, mail us at
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