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The Politics of International Law 

We are pleased to announce the second biennial Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law to take place on 15 and 16 June 2012, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, in Montreal.

The aim of this second seminar is to explore the relationships between law and politics at the international level, with a focus on the competing themes of realism and idealism. The idealists of the 19th and 20th centuries had great ambitions for international law, considering it to be the primary basis for civilization and progress. The influence of realpolitik, they believed, would decline as States increasingly grasped the benefits of international cooperation and the costs of pursuing narrow self-interest.

The various themes that conference papers might address include but are not limited to the following:

Is our current conception of international law outdated, and does that give more room for political considerations to influence international law in ways deleterious to its legitimacy?

Does the current state of international law, particularly with respect to the use of force, represent the legalization of politics?

What is the relationship between law and politics? How do they interrelate and how are they distinct? How well is this distinction managed at the international level?

Are we witnessing devolution, or a return to the "local," in ways that reject or undermine international law? Is it beneficial or detrimental to the goals that international law should or does pursue that regional actors have gained authority as the de facto decision-makers about major issues, including the propriety of the use of force, in their spheres of influence.

What are the various sources of political pressures on international decision-makers? Can they overcome these pressures to arrive at decisions based on the rule of law? For example, how could their accountability be enhanced?

Non-state actors, of all kinds - NGOS, corporations, individuals - play an increasingly prominent role in international law. To what kinds of political influences are they subject? Are they a source of political pressure? To whom are they accountable? To whom should they be accountable?

Are we witnessing a democratization of international law? How could or should such a process unfold?

Is the emphasis on international law in the shape of formal norms and institutions misplaced considering the power imbalance between States and people organized as civil society and what role does a grassroots democratic process have in re-shaping international norms and institutions?

Do concepts such as fragmentation and constitutionalism, or approaches such as Global Administrative Law, shed light on the relationship between law and politics, or on questions of international law's legitimacy?

Instructions for abstract/paper submission

Doctoral and post-doctoral researchers wishing to participate in the conference must electronically submit an abstract, by April 10, 2012, to Professor Jaye Ellis (jaye.ellis@mcgill.ca).

Abstract submissions MUST include the following:

Name and contact details of the presenter,
Title of the presentation,
Abstract of the presentation (600 words),
A short biographical profile of the presenter for dissemination (not more than 5 lines).
A one-page bio of the presenter

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Call for Papers - Cambridge ASIL-ESIL Workshop 2012  

The International Legal Theory Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), in partnership with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on International Legal Theory, will hold a joint works-in-progress workshop at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law on September 27–28, 2012.

The workshop’s theme is “Transatlantic Debates in International Legal Theory.” On many levels, the interaction between North American international legal scholarship and its European counterpart(s) is working very well. Time and again, however, one finds that the underlying theoretical or philosophical framework is radically different. In this workshop we would like to explore that difference without letting ourselves be defined by it. Contributions analyzing, criticizing, denying or celebrating the difference are welcome, as well as papers exemplifying the various theoretical approaches to international law, be they “American,” “European” or neither. The most important function of this workshop is to intensify the transatlantic theoretical debate by bringing together scholars with diverse disciplinary, philosophical, and methodological perspectives to discuss cutting-edge research on international legal theory.

Up to twelve papers will be selected for presentation. Although discussants will be assigned to introduce the papers, all workshop participants will be expected to read all of the contributions in advance and come prepared to contribute to the discussion.

Interested participants should submit an abstract (1,000 words maximum) summarizing the ideas they propose to develop for presentation at the workshop. Submissions on all topics related to international legal theory are encouraged, but preference will be given to proposals that engage the workshop’s theme. Papers that have been accepted for publication prior to the workshop are eligible for consideration, provided that they will not appear in print before the workshop.

The workshop’s organizers will undertake to secure outside funding to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for all scholars who present papers at the workshop, but they cannot, at this stage, guarantee its availability.

Abstract submissions should be sent to asil.esil.theory@gmail.com by April 20, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by May 11, 2012. Papers must be fully drafted and ready for circulation to participants by August 31, 2012. Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to Evan Criddle (ecriddle@law.syr.edu) or Jörg Kammerhofer (joerg.kammerhofer@jura.uni-freiburg.de).

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Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance 

Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance

December 5-7, 2012

National University of Singapore

The use of indicators is becoming an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary global governance. Many of the indicators rank the performance of states or national societies along various dimensions. Those rankings can have material effects, particularly in situations where they are used in deciding how to allocate foreign aid or investment, or in assessing whether states have complied with their international obligations. Many of these effects have already been felt
by Asian societies, organizations and governments, which are frequently ranked based on indicators produced outside the region.

Call for Papers
Submissions from both junior and senior scholars are invited on the themes such as:
‐ history of compilation and use of quantitative data for purposes of global governance;
‐ roles of indicators as a technology of global governance;
‐ significance of indicators in defining key concepts such as ‘rule of law’ and in defining
benchmarks of success or failure;
‐ analysis of who produces indicators, and why, and of participation, transparency and
review mechanisms;
production and use of indicators in South East Asia and in Asia more broadly (which
indicators currently count, and why, and what strategies may be pursued in the future?);
‐ forms of “governance by information” that serve as alternatives to indicators, including
reporting requirements, disclosure requirements, impact assessments, peer reviews,
investigations, formal fact-finding, and policy and performance evaluations;
‐ supply of and demand for indicators, and the nature and effects of competition in this
area;
‐ relationship between information produced by global and local indicators and the
associated questions of translation, adaptation and appropriation;
‐ magnitude and distribution of the burden of producing information for governance
purposes, and effects of overloads of informational requirements;
‐ uses and impacts of indicators and their alternatives, including influence in national
policy processes and public debate and critique;
‐ relationship between indicators and international law; and
‐ regulation of the production or use of indicators.

An abstract of 150-500 words should be sent (in .pdf or .doc format) to Angelina Fisher (FisherA@exchange.law.nyu.edu) by April 30, 2012. Abstracts must include a statement of the issue area of the paper, as well as an indication of the major arguments to be made, a proposed title, and postal, email and telephone contacts for the author.

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Amicus Journal Call for Papers 

The Amicus Journal is a leading reporter on the significant issues affecting capital punishment worldwide, and provides a forum for dialogue on issues concerning the death penalty and related topics. The Journal includes articles written by academics and practitioners on current legal issues and on the death penalty from the perspective of disciplines other than law. There is a section of the journal dedicated to selected articles, which are peer reviewed. The
journal also features news from around the world, case reports, book reviews, and front line reportage from interns working in capital defense offices.

Main Articles: Between 5,000-8,000 words
Shorter Articles and Case Commentaries: Between 2,000-3,000 words
Book Reviews: Up to 1,000 words per book
Letters to the Editor: Up to 800 words
Please send letters or other contributions to either of the Joint Editors, Randall Coyne at rcoyne@ou.edu or Thomas MacManus at thomas.macmanus@kcl.ac.uk

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Call for Papers: International Human Rights Law Review 

The International Human Rights Law Review is a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal. It aims to stimulate research and thinking on contemporary human rights issues, problems, challenges and policies. It is particularly interested in soliciting papers, whether in the legal
domain or other social sciences, that are unique in their approach and which seek to address poignant concerns of our times. One of the principal aims of the Journal is to provide an outlet to human rights scholars, practitioners and activists in the developing world who
have something tangible to say about their experiences on the ground, or in order to discuss cases and practices that are generally inaccessible to European and North-American audiences. The Editorial Board and the publisher are keen to work hands-on with such contributors and to help find solutions where necessary to facilitate translation or language editing in respect of accepted articles.

Articles for consideration should be written in English submitted as an email attachment (Word or Word compatible) to Dr Manisuli Ssenyonjo, email: manisuli.ssenyonjo@brunel.ac.uk.

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Bajo Palabra Philosophy Conference 2012 : Call for Papers at the 2nd Bajo Palabra International Philosophy Conference 

2012 2nd Bajo Palabra-UAM International Philosophy Conference:
“Philosophy, Human Rights and Democracy”


Autonomous University of Madrid
12 to 16 November 2012

The Bajo Palabra Philosophy Association of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) has been working throughout the last few years to promote and develop research and scholarly work in Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly in Philosophy, as well as to support its diffusion beyond the academic world. For this reason, and as a natural extension of its activities, last year the Bajo Palabra Philosophy Association undertook the project of a 1st Philosophy Conference, entitled “Reflections on a Plural World”, with the intention of maintaining the continuity of the project as a periodic, annual event, taking place every winter.

Bajo Palabra Philosophy Association is currently preparing the next edition of the Conference for 2012, which this time will be held the 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16th November 2012, on the UAM Campus, in connection with the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair[1] (whose official denomination, incidentally, is “Philosophy, Human Rights and Democracy”, thus perfectly overlapping with the main thematic axis of this year’s Edition of the Conference).

Our aim, therefore, is to open a space for exchange, dissemination and collaborative work between people coming from different areas of knowledge, geographical areas, and personal and intellectual experiences. We are inviting students, scholars and researchers from different countries and with different academic backgrounds to exchange the results of their work with each other, at a time when interdisciplinary is more important than ever, and when diversity is the driving force behind every development. Our Conference offers its participants an opportunity to explore the complexities, possibilities and contradictions of present societies from different viewpoints and perspectives.

Important dates

30th June 2012: deadline for abstract submissions.

15th. September 2012: deadline for the article submissions for the II Bajo Palabra’s Young Researchers Prize.

9th. November 2012: deadline for conference registration.

12, 13, 14, 15 and 16th. November 2012: Dates the Conference will be hold.

30th. November 2012: deadline for the final draft submissions in view of their publication in the Bajo Palabra. Journal of Philosophy, according to the journal’s rules of submission.

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Conference 'Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation': Call for workshop proposals 

The Leiden research profile area on Political Legitimacy invites workshop proposals for the international conference ‘Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation’. The central question is whether the increase of regulations has helped or hindered the legitimacy of political systems, including modern democracies. While legitimacy is a contested concept, most contemporary accounts take that popular legitimacy, the idea that power should be justified in the eyes of the people, is an important topic. The role of regulation in achieving legitimate rule has been and will remain an important research question in many academic disciplines. We invite prospective workshop directors to submit a workshop proposal on a theme related to this subject.

The conference is open to scholars from history, law, politics, public administration, political philosophy and international relations. It will take place on Wednesday 23 (evening only), Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January 2013 in Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference is organized by the Leiden research profile area on Political Legitimacy, a university-funded interdisciplinary research group that aims to strengthen research on legitimacy both inside and outside Leiden University.

Conference 'Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation': Call for workshop proposals

The Leiden research profile area on Political Legitimacy invites workshop proposals for the international conference ‘Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation’. The central question is whether the increase of regulations has helped or hindered the legitimacy of political systems, including modern democracies. While legitimacy is a contested concept, most contemporary accounts take that popular legitimacy, the idea that power should be justified in the eyes of the people, is an important topic. The role of regulation in achieving legitimate rule has been and will remain an important research question in many academic disciplines. We invite prospective workshop directors to submit a workshop proposal on a theme related to this subject.

The conference is open to scholars from history, law, politics, public administration, political philosophy and international relations. It will take place on Wednesday 23 (evening only), Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January 2013 in Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference is organized by the Leiden research profile area on Political Legitimacy, a university-funded interdisciplinary research group that aims to strengthen research on legitimacy both inside and outside Leiden University.


Conference theme

The political legitimacy of national states and the international system is a cause for concern among observers and policy-makers. While the evidence for a decline of legitimacy is mixed at best – many measures of trust in public institutions, quality of political representation and support for democracy do not show a large decline – there is a growing feeling of discontent with the current political system in many liberal democracies.

Political decision-making has increasingly been transferred beyond the direct control of presidents and parliaments: globalization, Europeanization and the growth of non-majoritarian institutions impact the way in which national authorities can decide on policies. In many ways their hands are tied by the European Union, central banks and legal authorities. The margins of decision-making are getting smaller and decision-making increasingly involves regulation. In particular, politicians create institutions and rules that limit their freedom to act later on.

At the same time, rules and institutions have arguably been the main force behind the creation of legitimate authority. Historically, lawless societies have usually been regarded as illegitimate. Can legitimacy exist without rules or does legitimacy presuppose (fixed) rules, and, if so, how should they be defined in different situations? In the last century the rational-legal type of legitimacy seems to have become central to modern (liberal) democracies. Indeed, one could argue that the most crucial element of modern liberal states is that they are bound by the rule of law. This is what we call the paradox of regulation: on the one hand rules and regulations are constitutive of political legitimacy; on the other hand they limit the freedom to act, which seems to impede the capacity of political regimes to foster political legitimacy.

While liberal democracies tend to create legitimacy via rules, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian systems, such as modern-day Russia and China, have historically attempted to create legitimacy via their policies and actions. How should we consider these alternatives to liberal democracy in the light of the debate on political legitimacy? And what can we learn from the way legitimacy was organized in societies before the advent of modern democracy with its constitutional rules? Is, on the other hand, modern populist criticism of liberal rules and institutions undermining or in the end buttressing legitimacy?

The conference Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation aims to explore these developments and their consequences in a multi-disciplinary setting with researchers of history, law, politics, public administration, political philosophy and international relations. We therefore welcome workshop proposals that approach the question of legitimacy from various angles; especially those combining insights from different disciplines.


Conference format

The conference consists of two parts: plenary sessions with internationally renowned speakers in the field of political legitimacy and workshop sessions in which papers are presented and discussed. The workshop format involves working groups of about 10-12 participants, who each present their paper to this group. This opens up the possibility for constructive and intensive discussions among a small group of researchers with a similar research interest.

Workshop proposals

Workshop proposals should be connected to the main theme of the conference, although the exact questions studied could of course vary between workshops. We welcome proposals from all relevant disciplines employing a wide variety of research approaches, both normative and empirical.

We invite workshop proposals from any researcher working in the field of political legitimacy. Normally workshops will have two directors. To stimulate international and inter-disciplinary debate we will prioritize workshops with directors from different disciplines and from different countries (or both).

Your proposal should cover the following points:

An outline of the topic
Explain what the topic of the workshop is and why it is a relevant and urgent theme.
Relation to the conference theme and existing work
Explain how the proposal relates to the conference theme and existing work in this field.
Inter-disciplinary approach
Indicate how different disciplines relate to the workshop topic. Also discuss who the likely participants are to be – you do not need to provide a full list of names, but make a convincing argument why the workshop will be attractive to researchers.
Type of papers
Try to indicate the type of papers you wish to attract, e.g. empirical, case study, comparative, theory.
Biographical note
Please outline (in 60-80 words) for each workshop director: disciplinary background, current research interests, most recent publications and academic affiliation.

The total length of the proposal should not exceed 1500 words. Please send the proposal to polleg@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. The deadline for workshop proposals is 1 April 2012.

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Call for papers -- European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Economic Law 

European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Economic Law

Workshop, held on the occasion of the Fifth ESIL Conference on "Regionalism and International Law"
University of Valencia, 13-15 September 2012

he IG on International Economic Law Interest Group invites all members of the ESIL to submit works for presentation in either of the two panels of our workshop: "The Regulatory Answers to the Sovereign Debt Crisis" and "The reach and impact of bilateralism as a tool for fragmentation or de-fragmentation in IEL". The ESIL IEL IG workshop takes place Thursday, 13 September 2012, 9:30-12:30 am. In addition, there will be a joint workshop of the IG on International Economic Law and the IG on International Environmental Law, taking place on Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 6-8 pm. More information on these calls for papers and the application procedure is found below.
Panel 1: The Regulatory Answers to the Sovereign Debt Crisis

The sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the United States has raised a number of legal challenges that are likely to foster significant reforms to the traditional methods of sovereign debt restructuring and International Monetary Fund conditionality. Besides, other issues are being reviewed as a result of the present convulse period of financial instability, such as the role of Central Banks in the regulation of international capital markets, the international regulation of the activities of credit agencies, or the strengthening of the cooperation between supervisory authorities. Soft law initiatives, such as the UNCTAD's Principles on Responsible Sovereign Borrowing and Lending also contribute to design the legal framework articulated to solve this crisis. The present sovereign debt problem has also fueled the institutional debate, as many commentators question the composition and functions of the IMF, the G-20 or the Financial Stability Board. Additionally, this Agora would welcome contributions dealing with the legal implications of the European Stability Mechanism or the European Financial Stability Facility.
Panel 2: The reach and impact of bilateralism as a tool for fragmentation or de-fragmentation in IEL

International economic law deals with the liberalization and regulation of cross-border trade relations and inter-state commerce. Yet with globalization, markets have integrated and the costs of doing cross-border business or to move to more promising markets have decreased sufficiently for other issue areas, like investment, natural resources and migration to dock onto trade relations, i.e. the core issue area of IEL. However, unlike international trade which is regulated and liberalized through the multilateral trading system of the WTO, these two issue areas, but also others at the fringes of IEL, such as energy or commodities trading, are primarily governed by bilateral agreements.This agora thus queries why the failure to act collectively has not yet been overcome by a multilateral regime in these fringe areas of IEL and what their may be their future in terms of multilateralism vs bilateralism: will these dock onto the WTO trading system and be governed by embedded multialteralism or will the prospect be one of seeking a particular multilateralism of their own or is bilateralism here to stay. Whereas trade is a global public good, like climate change, certain aspects of international migration, notably the mobility of the highly skilled and foreign direct investment relations are private goods, and thus scarce resources over which there is a global competition among states to exclude others from these benefits. The agora will want to analyse to what extent public goods approaches can help explain the rise of bilateralism in investment, migration, natural resources disciplines and understand why the success of multilateralism in trade relations can or cannot be so easily replicated in other fields.
Proposal Submission, Selection and Paper Publication

Abstracts of no more than 500 words must be submitted electronically by 23 April 2012 to marion.panizzon@wti.org. Abstracts should be attached in the form of a Word document which must not include the author's name or any reference to an affiliation. Only the email shall contain the author's name and full contact information. A panel committee will review and select the proposals. Decisions regarding inclusion in the conference programme will be sent by 1 May 2012.

Contributors of papers will be expected to provide full paper drafts by 20 July 2012. Papers should not be longer than 10,000 words and should be work that has not yet been published or accepted for publication. The submitted draft papers will be posted online as working papers prior to the conference to facilitate discussion at the workshop. The publication of selected papers is envisaged.

*Please note that the ESIL Interest Group on International Economic law is unable to provide funds to cover the conference registration fee or related transport and accommodation costs.
Panel Committee

A panel committee will review and select proposals. Committee Members are:

ESIL International Economic Interest Group Co-Chairs:
Peter-Tobias Stoll, University of Göttingen,
Luis M. Hinojosa-Martínez, University of Granada,
Marion Panizzon, University of Bern
ESIL IEL IG and ESIL IGIEL call for papers for joint workshop
The United Nations 'Rio+20' Conference on Sustainable Development

The ESIL Interest Groups on International Environmental Law and on International Economic Law are delighted to announce their first Joint Workshop on 'The United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development: Appraisal and Prospects of a Paradigmatic Concept'. It will take place on 12 September 2012 from 6-8pm. The deadline for submitting 400-word abstracts is 23 April 2012 and these should be submitted to both Peter-Tobias Stoll at PT.Stoll@jur.uni-goettingen.de and Alejandra Torres Camprubí at atorrescamprubi@yahoo.es, in WORD (version 1999-2007) or PDF format. Please write "Proposal 2012 Joint Event Workshop" in the subject of the email. More information on that joint call and the abstract submission procedure can be found at:

http://esiligiel.files.wordpress.com/20 ... a-2012.pdf

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Call for Proposals – Collective Redress in the Cross-Border Context 

Large-scale international legal injuries are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s globalized economy, whether they arise in the context of consumer, commercial, contract, tort or securities law, and countries are struggling to find appropriate means of providing collective redress, particularly in the cross-border context. The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), along with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), will be responding to this new and developing challenge by convening a two-day event on the theme “Collective Redress in the Cross-Border Context: Arbitration, Litigation, Settlement and Beyond.” The event includes two different elements – a workshop on 21-22 June 2012 comprised of invited speakers from all over the world as well as a works-in-progress conference on 20-21 June 2012 designed to allow practitioners and scholars who are interested in the area of collective redress to discuss their work and ideas in the company of other experts in the field. Both events are organized by the Henry G. Schermers Fellow for 2012, Professor S.I. Strong of the University of Missouri School of Law.

Persons interested in being considered as presenters for the works-in-progress conference should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Professor S.I. Strong at strongsi@missouri.edu on or before 1 May 2012. Decisions regarding accepted proposals will be made in early May, and those whose proposals are accepted for the works-in-progress conference will need to submit a draft paper by 4 June 2012 for discussion at the conference. All works-in-progress submissions should explore one or more of the various means of resolving collective injuries, including class and collective arbitration, mass arbitration and mass claims processes, class and collective litigation, and large-scale settlement and mediation, preferably in a cross-border context. Junior scholars in particular are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.

Persons presenting at the works-in-progress conference will have to bear their own costs, since there is no funding available to assist with travel and other expenses. The works-in-progress conference will be held on 20 and 21 June 2012 at NIAS, Meijboomlaan 1, 2242 PR Wassenaar, The Netherlands. Wassenaar is approximately 20 minutes from The Hague by car. The workshop of invited speakers will be held on 21 and 22 June, also at NIAS.

Both the Schermers workshop and the works-in-progress conference are open to the public, although advance registration is required. More information on both events is available at the HiiL website (www.hiil.org) or from Professor Strong at strongsi@missouri.edu.

Contact: Prof. S.I. Strong at strongsi@missouri.edu

Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2012

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Call for Papers / Conference Announcement -- ASIL Private International Law Interest Group -- What is Private International Law? 

ASIL Private International Law Interest Group -- What is Private International Law?

On 5/6 October 2012, the ASIL Private International Law Interest Group will, together with the Center for International and Comparative Law at Duke University, organize a 1½ day conference to discuss selected papers and ideas emerging from this call. We also plan to publish the papers selected for presentation in a special edition of an international law journal or a volume of collected papers. The venue of the conference and place of publication will be announced in early 2012.

A special invitation goes to authors under 35 years of age. The author under 35 of the best finished paper will be the winner of this year’s Private international Law Prize of the American Society of International Law. The prize money ($500) will be paid as a stipend to enable the author to participate in the conference and present his or her paper.

Submissions should be emailed to Ralf Michaels (michaels@law.duke.edu) and Rahim Moloo (rahim.moloo@nyu.edu) by May 15, 2012. Decisions on both invitations to present at the conference and on the ASIL Prize will be made by July 1.

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