Write On! McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy

The McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (JSDLP) is soliciting submissions of case comments. The JSDLP is a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal based at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on the intersection between law, the environment, development and society.

The journal is currently seeking case comments on recent jurisprudence relating to environmental or sustainable development law and policy. Cases may come from any jurisdiction. Comments are generally 5,000 words in length. Submissions from academics, policymakers, practitioners, NGO representatives and graduate-level students are welcome.

Past issues of the JSDLP are available at http://www.mcgill.ca/jsdlp/jsdlponline for your reference.

Deadline for submission of full papers: October 31, 2013

Please send questions and submissions to Audrey Mocle, Case Comment Editor, at audrey.mocle@mail.mcgill.ca.

Write On! Call for Papers: Trade and Climate Change

Trade, Law and Development is a student-edited journal on International Economic Law published by the National Law University, Jodhpur, India. Managing Editor Thomas J. Vaillianeth sends this call for papers for the journal’s upcoming special issue on Trade and Climate Change:

Founded in 2009, the philosophy of Trade, Law and Development has been to generate and sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in International Economic Law and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas – with a specific focus on the development perspective of International Economic Law. In keeping with these ideals, the Board of Editors is pleased to announce Trade and Climate Change as the theme for its next Special Issue (Vol. VI, No. 1, Summer 2014).

Climate change is one of the foremost challenges facing the global community today and intersects with international trade in numerous ways. Sustainable development and protection and preservation of the environment are recognized as fundamental goals of the WTO, although its principal objective is to foster international trade. The WTO permits members to avail of exceptions to its principles in order to protect the environment under specific conditions. The on-going Doha Round has further consolidated the WTO’s stance on the environment by launching the first ever multilateral trade and environment negotiations. Moreover, the recent COP-15, Rio+20 and Earth Summit negotiations have given significant impetus towards achieving a global solution to climate change. There is hope that this multilateral dialogue will materialise into a global climate change deal in 2015 under the auspices of the UNFCCC.

This Special Issue, currently scheduled for publication in June, 2014, will provide an ideal platform for deliberation on the relationship between trade and climate change in the run-up to the proposed 2015 global climate change deal. Accordingly, the Board of Editors is pleased to invite original, unpublished submissions for the Special Issue on Trade and Climate Change for publication as ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and/or ‘Book Reviews’. Preference will be given to submissions that espouse perspectives of developing and under-developed countries.

Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail, ExpressO or the TL&D website. For further information and submission guidelines, please visit the Journal’s website or contact us at editors[at]tradelawdevelopment.com.

Last date for Submissions: January 31, 2014.

Write On! New Frontiers in the Law of War


Call for Papers: Florida State University Journal of Transnational Law & Policy

Deadline for notification of interest: Sunday, May 19th

The Florida State University Journal of Transnational Law & Policy is issuing an invitation to scholars from all fields to contribute papers for the forthcoming volume New Frontiers in the Law of War. This special themed volume is spearheaded by Professor Jeff McMahan from Rutgers University who will be publishing his article “Necessity and Proportionality in Self-Defense in War” as part of the FSU College of Law Lillich Lecture Series. Papers may address all issues related to the law of war and we encourage novel and innovative approaches to this diverse field. Articles selected for publication will also have corresponding posts on the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy blog.

The deadline for notification of interest in publication is Sunday, May 19th. If interested, or for any further inquiries, please email Margaret Spicer at mjs07j@my.fsu.edu.

Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace


Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium

April 4-5, 2014, University of Wisconsin Law School, USA

Call for Papers


We invite internationally acclaimed women scholars and advanced PhD candidates to the second conference on the Creation of International Law, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin on April 4-5, 2014 as part of its Wisconsin International Law Journal annual symposium. The intention is to continue and expand the network of women scholars and practitioners that was launched in 2009 in Norway to support their engagement in public international law.  The theme of the second conference is: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace. The pursuit of peace remains a global challenge and there is a need for reflection as to how the current international public law institutional and normative structure functions and what are the gaps?

Scholars from across the globe are invited to present papers addressing challenges in relation to the creation of international law from theoretical, normative, or empirical perspectives.  We seek to bring together academic women to promote new research collaboration and strengthen their ability to influence the creation and elaboration of international law. The conference seeks to profile women as subjects of international public law development, both for students and researchers seeking recruitment to the law schools.  Papers selected for presentation at the symposium will be published in the Wisconsin International Law Journal.

The following are some suggested areas for papers, addressing issues relating to peace at the international level (state-state/international community) and at the domestic level (state-society/individual). Papers can address the tension between the notion of negative peace (prohibition of violence and aggression) and positive peace (elimination of structural violence, respect for human rights, and social justice ). However, the list is not exhaustive and we welcome other areas of international law related to international peace.

  • Public International Law: We welcome papers discussing the current divide on R2P, juxtaposing the principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty against initiatives advocating intervention in response to massive violations of human rights, and the right to democracy.  We also welcome papers on reform of international and national institutions in order to improve the implementation and enforcement of peace.
  • International Human Rights:  Peace:  Is it a Human Right?  Is it an individual or collective right?   Who are the beneficiaries of this right and who are the duty-bearers? How should we move forward in terms of defining the scope of the right to peace and ensuring compliance?  Freedom of Expression- what is the scope of this right and its relation to peace?  The Rights to Non-Discrimination, Equality, Freedom of Expression, Food, Water, Housing, and Education- how do we measure progress?
  • International Humanitarian Law: We welcome papers on prohibition of nuclear weapons and weapons composed with nuclear byproducts, incendiary weapons, and autonomous weapons systems.  We also welcome papers addressing initiatives to regulate disarmament or regulate the arms trade.
  • International Environmental Law: We welcome papers on peace, sustainable development, and the interface between climate change and human rights/migration law
  • International Trade Law/Economic Law: We welcome papers addressing institutional and normative roots of structural violence, poverty, and global inequality/inequity.  We also seek papers addressing the marginalization of women and efforts to empower them.
  • Dispute Resolution: We welcome papers on mediation, conciliation, arbitration, commissions of inquiry, peace commissions, tribunals, and other non-violent mechanisms.  We also welcome papers addressing the participation of women in these forums.
  • Education: We welcome papers discussing the teachingof International Law- is there a bias towards topics addressing violence and use of force?  How can we improve the teaching of peace within the law school?

The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 1, 2013.  Scholars whose abstracts are selected for the symposium will be notified by November 1, 2013.  Complete papers from those selected are due on March 1, 2014.  Please email your abstracts of not more than 500 words including your institutional affiliation and contact details to Cecilia Marcela Bailliet (c.m.bailliet@jus.uio.no) and Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu@wisc.edu) by the deadline.  Late submissions will not be accepted.