Write on! Please submit a proposal to the ASIL Research Forum Oct 26-28, 2017

Seventh Annual ASIL Research Forum will be held October 26-28, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri

The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held during the ASIL Midyear Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri at Washington University School of Law.

 The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of works-in-progress. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not. 

Papers may be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication). Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are very welcome.

 Proposals should be submitted online at www.asil.org/researchforum by June 26, 2017. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 500 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Abstracts will be considered via a blind review process. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Notifications of acceptance will go out by the end of July.

 Papers accepted for presentation will be assembled into panels. The organizers welcome volunteers to serve as discussants who will comment on the papers. All authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a draft paper four weeks before the Research Forum (September 29, 2017). Accepted authors must commit to being present on both Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. Draft papers will be posted in advance of the Forum on an asil.org website accessible only by attendees of the Forum.


iCourts Phd Summer School June 26-31

Applications for iCourts Phd Summer are being accepted through April 1. The summer school is for students who are well into their Phd process.  We work on framing and writing strategies, professionalization and mentorship.

The course is offered free of charge but the participants pay for expenses relating to travel and accommodation. Read about the summer school here.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships at Pluricourts

1-2 postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years in political science are available at PluriCourts, University of Oslo. We are looking for applicants who will contribute to PluriCourts’ research agenda, by studying the functioning, effects and legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs). We seek candidates with a background in judicial politics, international relations, comparative politics, political economy, public administration, or other relevant political science sub-fields.

Successful candidates will develop their own research agenda, in collaboration with colleagues at PluriCourts. Possible research topics include, but are not restricted to; 1) judicial independence and politicization of ICs, 2) compliance with and effectiveness of ICs’ decisions, 3) the effects of international judicialization on domestic politics, including redistribution of powers and resources between societal groups and actors, 4) judicial behavior and impartiality of judges, 5) the selection and retention of judges, 6) the social legitimacy of international courts, 7) descriptive and substantive representation of men and women in ICs, and 8) interest group litigation and the role of law and courts as a legitimation strategy for achieving political goals.

Salary level 57-65 (NOK 486 100 to 567 100 pr. year)

Application deadline is January 25, 2017. Read the full announcement here: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1735565/70420?iso=no

Job Posting at iCourts- Talented women especially encouraged!

Associate Professor or Professor in International Law or European Law with Focus on International Courts

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a position as Associate Professor or Professor of international law or European law with focus on international courts. The position includes research-, teaching- and administrative responsibilities. The position is available immediately.

The Associate Professor or Professor will be affiliated with iCourts – the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts.

More information on the job can be found here: http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=864918

Application deadline
The application must be uploaded by December 5, 2016.

Great opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship!

These positions are more generally focused on global governance, but a case can be made for focusing on the role of international law and international legal institutions within this project.

Three post-doc positions on legitimacy in global governance
The research program “Legitimacy in Global Governance” (LegGov) invites applications for three two-year post-doctoral appointments. The positions will be placed in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Lund (Sweden), with a planned starting date of January 1, 2017.
LegGov is a six-year collaboration (2016-2021) among researchers from the Departments of Political Science at Lund and Stockholm Universities, and the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. The program is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond with Professor Jonas Tallberg as lead coordinator and Professors Karin Bäckstrand and Jan Aart Scholte as co-coordinators.
For more information about the research program and the three positions, see http://www.statsvet.su.se/leggov. Application deadline: June 30, 2016.

How is your elevator speech? ICourts/Pluricourt Summer School for Phd students June 20-24, 2016

Applications are due April 1 for the ICourts and Pluricourts  PhD Summer School on International law: Courts and Contexts. This week-long intensive training focuses on professional development, including explaining your dissertation project in a concise yet general way, developing and defending your methodological approach, framing your project to interest diverse audiences, reflecting on your writing and outreach strategies, and building a professional CV.

Morning sessions feature presentations from senior faculty member who reflect on their research strategies, methods and trajectories.  Afternoons include working sessions focused on your dissertation project.  The Summer School takes place in lovely Copenhagen, and includes sight seeing and networking. It is a blast, although exhausting (if only because the sun sets very late in the summer!)

Learn more, including how to apply, here. The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation. iCourts will offer up to 5 travel scholarships. Space is limited, and admission is competitive.





The Variable Authority of International Courts

The peer-reviewed journal Law and Contemporary Problems has just published a 314-page special issue edited by Karen Alter, Laurence Helfer and Mikael Rask Madsen. This long-term project, launched at iCourts and involving numerous staff and close collaborators of the Centre, realizes iCourts’ ambition to build theory by comparing the real-world experiences of different international courts (ICs).

The special issue offers the first systematic empirical exploration of the authority of the ten most active ICs. Each article, authored by leading scholars in law, political science and sociology, analyzes how IC authority varies over time, by issue area, and within and across member countries.  The contributors apply the framework developed by the co-editors in the introductory article, “How Context Shapes the Authority of International Courts.”  The key question addressed in the special issue is how to explain the wide variation in the de facto authority of ICs.  Specifically, which contextual factors lead some ICs to become active and prominent judicial bodies that cast a rule-of-law shadow beyond the courtroom, while others remain moribund or legally and politically sidelined?

A number of authors explain how international judges have influenced the environment in which they operate. But the symposium collectively suggests that contextual factors beyond the control of judges may be equally if not more influential, limiting the ability international judges to transform de jure into de facto legal authority.

The articles focus on well known ICs (CJEU, ECtHR, ICC, WTO, ICJ, ICTY) and less well known regional courts in Latin American and Africa (OHADA, EACJ, IACtHR, CCJ.) A book version, to be published by Oxford University press, will include commentaries and  additional chapters focusing on the Andean Tribunal, the SADC, and ECOWAS courts.