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“Harmonization of the Law: the Hague Conference, Unidroit and UNCITRAL” Call for Papers 

Regional Conference
“Harmonization of the Law: the Hague Conference, Unidroit and UNCITRAL”
Call for Papers
September 10-11, 2012
Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon


By bridging the gap between legal families (common law, civil law, Islamic law), and giving recognition to their common principles in international law and practice, harmonization of the law facilitates international transactions and becomes an important vehicle to removing obstacles in international trade, resolving disputes and reconciling differences among different legal systems. There are three inter-governmental organizations that work toward achieving this objective, namely the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Unidroit and UNCITRAL. Their work includes drafting conventions, model laws, general principles and basic guidelines in the areas of private law, international trade law and private international law.

Conference overview: On Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11, 2012 The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will organize a regional conference titled “Harmonization of the Law: the Hague Conference, Unidroit, and UNCITRAL ” in cooperation with the three organizations and the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference will examine approaches to harmonization of the law utilized by the Hague Conference, Unidroit and UNCITRAL. Issues addressed will include, among others, the place of Islamic law in the legal family, Islamic law as a source of international principles of the law, reservations made by Muslim countries to international conventions, the merging of common law and civil law principles in the areas of contract law and secured transactions law, human rights and business law, human rights and contract law, international trade law and the rule of law, incorporating the human rights perspective in standard-setting in private international law, the effects of improvements in international trade law on human rights, model laws as effective means of harmonization of the law, and related topics.

Terms and Conditions: Members of the academia and experts in private law, private international law and international trade law from all countries of the world are invited to submit papers addressing methods and topics of harmonization of the law. A 1-page abstract must be submitted by Friday, June 15, 2012 at 5pm EST. The authors of the selected abstracts will be notified by Friday, June 22, 2012 and requested to submit a full paper by Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5pm EST. Abstracts and papers, together with a detailed CV and a copy of the passport should be submitted by email to Ms. Elaine Panter at epanter2@jhu.edu. Successful candidates will be notified via email by Friday, August 3, 2012 and invited to participate in the conference in Beirut on September 10-11, 2012. The papers will be published in a volume dedicated to the harmonization of the law.

Expenses and visa: Travel and lodging expenses will be covered by The Protection Project. Conference participants will be responsible for obtaining the entry visa into Lebanon and covering the visa expenses.

Contact Information: For further information, please contact Ms. Elaine Panter, Director of Programs and Planning, The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at epanter2@jhu.edu or by phone at +1 202 663 5894.

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