Law and Boundaries: Conference at Sciences Po for young scholars and doctoral students

June 17-18 Sciences Po in Paris will host a conference on Law and Boundaries. There is an open call for abstracts, with a deadline of April 17.  Themes include:

  • Adjudication reloaded
  • Bargaining in the Shadow of the Private/Public Distinction: Globalisation and the State
  • “Hey, teacher! Leave them kids alone!”: Education and the State
  • “Oh boy, it’s a girl!”: Gendering, Sexuality and Bodies within the Family, the Market and the State
  • Of (also) Access and Distribution: Reexamining Copyright and Property
  • Receive or Reject: Transplanting “Legal Organs”
  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Boundaries, Contradiction and Transgression
  • The Dark Sides of Value: Occupation and the Global Circulation of Value
  • The King is Dead, Long Live the King: the Stakes of Managerialism.

More information, including how to apply, is available here,

iCourts and Pluricourts Summer School- Applications due April 1

The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order is hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international law and with a special interest in interdisciplinary studies of international law and its social and political context. The program is designed for students and scholars who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves an interdisciplinary study of one or more international courts.  Senior faculty work with students to develop their projects, and provide insights from their own experience of becoming a scholar of international courts.

All the details are available here.

Karen J. Alter writes about the Trials and Tribulations of Prosecuting Heads of State: the ICC and Kenyatta

See my post today on the Monkey Cage

The Kenyatta decision differs from the decision to suspend the investigation of Sudan’s Bashir (see:  My intuition is that Bensouda  responding to the reality that her cases cannot proceed.  An alternative understanding, however, would be that this is a response to African pressure. Thoughts anyone about this question?

The Judicialization of International Relations- an open call workshop

The journal International Organization and Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies invite applications for a workshop to be held June 12-13, 2015.

Karen Alter and Erik Voeten, with the support of IO’s editorial board, will convene this workshop. Interested participants should submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by December 1, 2014 to

We especially welcome the following types of proposals:

• Studies that examine whether states, international institutions, firms or other nonstate actors act differently in the shadow of adjudication

• Studies comparing politics in non-judicialized to judicialized contexts

• Studies of the impact of judicialization across countries, regions or issue areas

• Studies that analyze whether and when adjudicators are becoming consequential creators of international law

• Examinations of the potential counter-responses to the increased authority of judicial institutions. For example, how and when do state actors successfully seek to influence adjudicators or otherwise reduce their jurisdiction or authority?

• Analyses of whether international law differentially influences states depending on how much authority domestic judicial bodies have to utilize international law.

• Inquiries into the larger theoretical implications of the emergence of these judicial actors.

• Studies that provide generalizable insight into the practices, processes, politics and decision-making of adjudicatory bodies that have an international or transnational jurisdiction.

For more information, see:

Are female law scholars representing themselves well?

Shana Tabak’s announcement of the Pioneers of Women in the Law reminds us of the need to make sure that women are written into both the history and scholarship of the international law.

A year ago I wrote about a paper in circulation that documented a gender citation gap.  The study has been published, and it is generating a debate.  Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article noting the cultural tradition of women feeling uncomfortable citing their own work. The article reminds us of the need to cite our own work, and to pay attention to gender balance in our own citation practices.

In political science, the focus is also moving to Wikipedia. We have long known that Wikipedia, like many encyclopedias, tends to write out the contributions of women. Indeed the format of an internet based encyclopedia may even exacerbate the problem, since 90 percent of Wikipedia’s contributors are men.

I plan to study the representation of women political scientists on Wikipedia, comparing it to their representation in institutions like editorial boards and learned societies. My interest in this topic was piqued when I found a page that lists American Political scientists with Wikipedia pages.  Former presidents of APSA, winners of the most prestigious Woodrow Wilson Book Prize, and many other notable female scholars were not on the list.

Take a look at the Wikipedia list of international law scholars.  Maybe I missed some names, but I found 8 females on this list.

In addition to studying the female pioneers of international law, we need to counter the practices which continue to marginalize female voices. The question is not ‘if’ women’s contributions are written out. The real question is what are we going to do about this? The solution in a number of fields is for women scholars to organize and write more entries.  On the eve of ASILs conference (which I will unfortunately miss), it seems timely to put this issue on the agenda of IntLawGrrls.

iCourts Summer School for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Students June 23-27, 2014

The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order are hosting a summer school for PhD students and junior scholars titled “International Law: Courts and Context.” The week long program is designed for doctoral students and post-doctoral students engaged in the interdisciplinary study of one or more international courts. The program is led by renown senior faculty with deep experience studying international courts in various contexts. A significant part of the program is a focus on improving participant’s own projects.

Information and a brochure are available at: