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.
General guidelines

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.

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