Call for Papers: Latin American Society of International Law 2012 Biennial Conference 

Latin America: Heritage and Inheritance in International Law
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 23-­25 August 2012

Ever since their independence, Latin American States have exercised significant influence on the progressive development of international law. Having arrived to international society during the first quarter of the nineteenth century, these States were confronted with a largely unfavorable international legal system. This prompted an immediate concern among the newly independent States for the formulation of clear rules to protect their autonomy. In asserting these rights, they provided solid bases for the transformation of international law. Remarkably, the following century saw the generalization of these rules one after the other, which today constitutes the body of international law. During its Biennial Conference in 2012, the Latin American Society of International Law (LASIL) seeks to assess the development of international law taking Latin America as a focal point. The global situation of the past decade has prompted the revisionism of cosmopolitan and universalist tendencies and an increasing reliance on regional and national perspectives to address pressing issues. The global economic crisis, the unprecedented growth of emerging countries and the insecurity derived from complex armed activities has favored inward-­‐looking responses with far-­‐reaching implications of a legal, political and economic character. The Biennial Conference will evaluate these issues from a wider perspective, while situating Latin America on the global stage. The first objective of the Conference is to evaluate the region’s main contributions to the development of general international law overtime. The second consists in identifying legal responses to the new international challenges of our time.

1. International human rights tribunals and the Inter-­‐American System
2. Migration: between national security and protection of the individual
3. Violence and armed conflict situations: differences and affinities
4. Dispute settlement and the Pact of Bogota
5. Developments in trade and investment: the environmental breakthrough
6. Cultural diversity in Latin America

Proposals should be sent electronically to LASIL’s Board of Directors before 31 March 2012, through the Following e-­‐mail addresses: and Proposals shall include the following: a. Name of the discussion table in which they intend to participate b. An abstract of 500 words of the proposed topic c. Name of author(s) and institutional affiliation (if applicable) d. CV of author(s), including a list of publications e. Contact details of author(s), (including e-­‐mail and phone number) f. The language of the presentation The LASIL Board of Directors will constitute a Committee responsible for the selection of proposals. The final decision regarding the inclusion of papers on the conference’s agenda will be notified to the participants not later than 30 April 2012. Finalized versions of the papers must be submitted by 31 July 2012. Only one proposal per person is allowed.

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From: International Law Reporter
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