Call for Papers: Young International Lawyers Research Forum — Catania, Italy 

On January 24-25th The University of Catania will be hosting the 10th Young International Lawyers Research Forum. The Call for Papers is now open and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 24 November 2012.

The theme of the coming YIL Research Forum is A Lackland Law? Territory, Effectiveness and Jurisdiction in International and European Law. The international post-Westphalian order is traditionally founded on the notion of State territory. Territory is a basic element of the very existence of a State and is gen-erally understood as justification and limit of State sovereignty and jurisdiction.

Even so, the expanding scope of territoriality issues is still controversial and central to the concerns of international legal theories. Indeed, the relevant changes occurred over the last decades throughout the international community have challenged the very idea of territory, as well as its primordial meanings and functions in international law. The normative and institutional “global order” has gone through complex evolu-tions and the territory as a crucial factor of international ruling is gradually loosing its key role. Both writers and international practice confirm that international law always more tends to be applied in a “de-territorialised” way, moving beyond the material or legal preconditions of territoriality.
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