Write On! Women in International Security



Women in International Security (WIIS) is an excellent international network base for any women interested in political science, international law, international relations, military careers, peacekeeping, policy-making and just about anything to do with international security. It operates not only as a career network base for young women, but also as a platform for women’s voices in academia, military and government.You can read about WIIS International here.

There are 6 US regional chapters and 21 International chapters around the world. Last year I attended the WIIS Canada Annual Workshop, and I was struck by the environment of positive engagement and support from men and women alike. It stood out as one of the best conferences I have ever attended.

This year’s WIIS Canada Annual Workshop will be held in Halifax in beautiful Nova Scotia  on June 17-19. The call for papers is open until March 15, and this year’s theme is “Women in Security Across Military and Civilian Lines”. The emphasis is very much on graduate student participation, so if you are one, or know any, please consider submitting an abstract. There are (at least partial) travel funds available for participants.

A non-exhaustive list of possible topics includes:

  • The role of gender in militaries and military-to-civilian transitions
  • Sexual harassment and sexual violence in militaries
  • The experiences and well-being of female soldiers and veterans
  • Women in military families
  • Women in international development and humanitarian sectors
  • Women in peace negotiations, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping
  • UNSCR 1325 on women, peace, and security
  • Women’s peace movements
  • Women and combat
  • Women in the defence and private security industry
  • Feminist foreign policy


Write On! PluriCourts conference ‘Adjudicating international trade and investment disputes’ (deadline March 1)

The PluriCourts Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo is organizing a conference titled ‘Adjudicating international trade and investment disputes: between interaction and isolation.’ The conference will be hosted at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo 25-26 August 2016. Abstracts are due March 1, 2016.

The conference aims to focus on the relationship, interactions and comparisons between the international trade and investment regimes in the context of adjudication of disputes. The conference will welcome research across the disciplines of law, political science, and philosophy relating to three themes: the new mega-regionals, comparisons and practices, and cross-fertilization and learning. Historically, the global regulation of international trade and investment relations have been closely interrelated; but in the post-war period, international trade law and international investment law developed on largely divergent paths. While international trade regulation has culminated in a multilateral regime with a permanent dispute settlement mechanism, the international regulation of foreign direct investment is primarily governed by 3500 essentially bilateral treaty relationships calling for ad hoc investor – state arbitration potentially to be hosted by a variety of international institutions. Despite these seemingly distinct structures, there is a recent trend that some say signal a move towards regime convergence: most clearly seen in the rise of mega-regional free trade agreements (FTAs) with investment chapters.

This potential convergence may be deceiving, however. The investment chapters of FTAs remain separate from the rest of the agreements and provide for distinct rules and procedures on dispute settlement. Moreover, issues of overlap between trade chapters and investment chapters have not been resolved, which means that the same case could possibly be raised simultaneously in two separate disputes under the same FTA. Legal disputes based on investment chapters in FTAs to date (ie under the NAFTA and DR-CAFTA) appear to interpret the investment protection chapters as standalone agreements with little or no reference to other sections of the FTAs. Despite the limitations to integration that this new generation of trade and investment agreements may represent, there are other areas of interaction between the trade and investment regimes that could provide better evidence of a gradual move towards cohesion. This conference aims to look at the development of the new mega-regionals, but also the ways (or lack thereof) that the trade and investment regimes share practices and cross-fertilize.

For more information and submission procedures, see: Call for Papers – Trade Investment Conference [pdf]


Write On! Canadian International Lawyer Call for Papers (deadline March 15)

The journal Canadian International Lawyer is soliciting papers for its Volume 11(2). CIL welcomes submissions of original articles, case commentaries, practice notes, treaties, and legal developments on significant current issues of international law in French or English. Occasionally, CIL publishes a section entitled “From a Legal Point of View?” addressing inconclusive and pressing legal issues worthy of informing the current political debate in Canada.

Among all other submissions, CIL encourages articles dealing with the following topics:

• The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

• The recently concluded Paris Agreement on climate change

• Legal aspects of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Submissions are subject to an editorial review process. Feature articles and case comments are double blind peer reviewed by selected scholars and practitioners before acceptance for publication. Submissions are accepted only electronically, and should be emailed to Noemi Gal-Or at ngalor [at] ngal-or.com and Andrew Lanouette at alanouette [at] cassidylevy.com. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.cba.org/Publications-Resources/CBA-Journals/Canadian-International-Lawyer.

Write On! Call for Papers: Inequality and Human Rights (deadline 1 December)

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 (jdehm@law.utexas.edu) 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 https://goo.gl/Jk33Ai).

University of Baltimore – Center on Applied Feminism Call for Papers

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism is hosting its annual conference on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The theme this year is fascinating: “Applied Feminism Today.”

Here’s a link to the conference website: http://www.law.ubalt.edu/centers/caf/Call-for-Papers-2016.cfm

I hope you will consider submitting an abstract to the Call for Papers, reproduced here:

This conference seeks to explore the current status of feminist legal theory. What impact has feminist legal theory had on law and social policy? What legal challenges are best suited to a feminist legal theory approach? How has feminist legal theory changed over time and where might it go in the future? We welcome proposals that consider these questions from a variety of substantive disciplines and perspectives. As always, the Center’s conference will serve as a forum for scholars, practitioners and activists to share ideas about applied feminism, focusing on the intersection of theory and practice to effectuate social change.

The conference will be open to the public and will feature a keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers have included Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Dr. Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Amy Klobuchar, NOW President Terry O’Neill and EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by Friday October 30, 2015 to ubfeministconference@gmail.com. Your abstract must contain your full contact information and professional affiliation, as well as an email, phone number, and mailing address. In the “Re” line, please state: CAF Conference 2016. Abstracts should be no longer than one page. We will notify presenters of selected papers in November. We anticipate there will be eight paper presenters during the conference. About half the presenter slots will be reserved for authors who commit to publishing in the annual symposium volume of the University of Baltimore Law Review. Thus, please indicate at the bottom of your abstract whether you are submitting (1) solely to present or (2) to present and publish in the symposium volume. Authors who are interested in publishing in the Law Review will be strongly considered for publication. For all presenters, working drafts of papers will be due no later than Feb. 26, 2016. Presenters are responsible for their own travel costs; the conference will provide a discounted hotel rate as well as meals. If you have further questions, please contact Prof. Michele Gilman at mgilman@ubalt.edu.


Write On! Call for Papers: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network (deadline 18 September)

The Law and Society Association (LSA) Planning Committee invites you to participate in panels sponsored by the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the LSA Annual Meeting in 2016. Information about the meeting (including registration and hotel information) is at: www.lawandsociety.org/NewOrleans2016/neworleans2016.html.

Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform. We would be especially happy to see proposals that fit in with the LSA conference theme, which is the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. We welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN. Also, because the LSA meeting attracts scholars from other disciplines, we welcome multidisciplinary proposals.

Our goal is to stimulate focused discussion of papers on which scholars are currently working. Thus, while proposals may reference work that is well on the way to publication, we are particularly eager to solicit proposals for works-in-progress that are at an earlier stage and will benefit from the discussion that the panels will provide.

A committee of the CRN will assign individual papers to panels based on subject. Our panels will use the LSA format, which requires four papers, but we will continue our custom of assigning a chair for the panel and a commentator for each individual paper. As a condition of participating as a panelist, you must also agree to serve as a chair or commentator for another panel or participant. We will of course take into account your scheduling and topic preferences to the degree possible.

The duties of a chair are to organize the panel logistically, including registering it online with the LSA, and moderating the panel. The chair will develop a 100-250 word description for the session and submit the session proposal to LSA before their upcoming deadline on October 15, so that each panelist can submit his or her proposal, using the panel number assigned. Chairs will also be responsible for assigning commentators but may wait to do so until panels have been scheduled later this winter. The duties of a commentator are to read one paper and provide verbal comments as well as brief written (email is fine) comments.

If you would like to present a paper as part of a CRN panel, please email an abstract or summary, along with your name and a title, to Jessica Clarke at jessicaclarke@umn.edu. There is no need to upload the document to the TWEN site this year. Note that LSA is imposing a new requirement that your summary be at least 1,000 words long.  Although a shorter summary will suffice for our purposes, you will be required to upload a 1,000 word summary in advance of LSA’s deadline on October 15. If you are already planning a LSA session with at least four panelists (and papers) that you would like to see included in the Feminist Legal Theory CRN, please let Jessica know.

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Write On! Call for Papers on Human Rights Protection, Human Rights Public Policies, Democracy and Governance

The International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies has issued a Call for Papers on various topics including Human Rights Protection, Human Rights Public Policies, Democracy and Governance.

IJHRCS initiates and fosters academic dialogue concerning the modern subjects of constitutional law and human rights protection from a global perspective. It provides novel and original material in the fields of current economic and political crises, globalised democratic governance, human rights public policies, the theory and philosophy of rights, comparative constitutional law and the methodology of law. The journal welcomes the submissions of every law researcher and would like to encourage young law researchers especially to submit their recent works on the following topics:

· International constitutional law

· International human rights protection
· Comparative constitutional law
· Constitutional theory and policy
· Theory of rights
· Philosophy of rights
· Globalisation and governance
· Constitutional rights, constitutional freedoms
· Methodology of law
· Constitutional politics
· EU constitutionalisation
· Migration and multiculturalism
· Democratic deficit theory
· Political parties and elections
· Digital participation, e-democracy, e-governance

Information on the IJHRCS as well as guidelines for authors and submissions can be found at: http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=IJHRCS

For information and questions, contact Chief Editor Dr. Christina Akrivopoulou at akrivopoulouchristina@gmail.com.

Go On! PIL Workshop in Hamburg (deadline 31 May)

The Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law has sent an invitation to a workshop on public international law (PIL) from 25-27 September 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. The full call for papers is here: AjV [pdf]

Dear All,

We would like to invite you to an informal workshop in Hamburg (quick reminder: there’s another one held on September 4, 2014 in Basel, addressing “International Law and Domestic Law-Making Processes” [ed: see IntLawGrrls post here]. The Hamburg Workshop will be held from 25th to 27th September 2015 to discuss your research projects (e.g. chapters of your dissertation, academic contributions, case comments). PhD students and post docs with a background in international law and neighbouring disciplines ought to exchange ideas and arguments to inspire each other and advance with one’s research. Public international law and common sense will serve as the basis that will result in discovering parallel developments and similar issues in different fields of international law.

While we will arrange a setting for stimulating discussions, we will further the social exchange by providing for some cultural events, as well. Please submit your ideas for a presentation in 300-500 words in German or English to workshop_ajv@gmx.de until 31st May 2015. It is also possible to attend the workshop without presenting.

Further information will be provided in the near future. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the workshop!

Warmest regards,

Anne Dienelt and Katrin Kohoutek

Write On! Call for Submissions: Theoretical Approaches to International Law, UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (deadline 30 April)

UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has been extended until 24 May.

Call for Submissions Volume 4, Issue 2 (October 2015): Special Issue on Theoretical Approaches to International Law

The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (UCLJLJ) is a law journal run by postgraduate students of the UCL Faculty of Laws. All submissions are assessed through double blind peer-review. Starting in 2015, the Journal will appear twice a year and will be available open access.

The Editorial Board is pleased to call for submissions for the second issue of 2015. The Board welcomes submissions engaging with the issue’s general theme “Theoretical Approaches to International Law”. The topic is broadly conceived and leaves room in particular for any area of international law to be considered and for a wide range of theoretical traditions and approaches.

We accept articles of between 8,000-12,000 words, case notes of 6’000-8’000 words and book reviews of 1’000-2’000 words in length. All submissions must comply with the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Contributions that have already been published or that are under consideration for publication in other journals will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2015. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on our website.

For further information and guidelines for authors please visit the journal’s website.