Legitimacy & Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals—Oslo, Norway 

PluriCourts, University of Oslo, presents The Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals Aug. 30-31 2014. “This conference seeks papers pursuing empirical, normative, comparative or theoretical approaches. We welcome contributions from law and social science, including philosophy, sociology, criminology, psychology and history.” Abstracts are due Nov. 1, 2013. Send to to Prof. Cecilia Marcela Bailliet (c.m.bailliet [at]
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Responsible Investment—Paris, France 

The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative holds the PRI Academic Network Conference Nov. 13-15, 2013, at the headquarters of Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) in Rue de Lille, Paris. The overall theme for the conference is Investing for Sustainable and Long-Term Returns. The call for papers is here. Full papers are due Aug. 31, 2013. Papers submitted for PRI-FIR prizes are due July 15, 2013.

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You are here: Home *** CALLS FOR PAPERS Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace—Madison, WI Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace—Madison, WI  

The Wisconsin International Law Journal‘s 2014 symposium, Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace, will take place April 4-5, 2014. Abstracts are due Oct. 1, 2013.

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 full call for papers ( on IntLawGrrls or here) suggests areas for papers under public international law, international human rights, international humanitarian law, international environmental law, international trade law/economic law, and the teaching of international law. The organizers are Cecilia Marcela Bailliet (c.m.bailliet [at] and Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu [at]
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Call for Papers: “Prospects and Challenges of 21st Century Law” — Oradea, Romania 

Agora University, Law and Economics Faculty, Social Sciences Department has organized the 7th Agora International Law Conference, AILC 2013, to take place 17-18 October 2013, in Oradea, Romania. The call for papers is here. Paper Submission Deadline: September 20, 2013. - See more at:
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Call for Papers – The 3rd International Public Law Conference – Bangkok 

Date: November 12-15, 2013
Place: Bangkok, Thailand

The International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) invites you to participate in the 3rd International Conference on Public Law (IPLC). The Conference is an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants to come together, exchange ideas, and discuss emerging issues in public law. The Call for Paper can be found here. Submission Deadline for abstracts: November 1, 13

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Business History—The Virtues and Vices of Business—Frankfurt, Germany 

The 2014 Business History Conference annual meeting will be held on March 13-15, 2014, in Frankfurt, Germany. The Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG, Society for Business History) is handling local arrangements. Prizes are awarded for the best dissertation in business history (Krooss Prize), best first paper delivered by a new scholar, and best paper in the history of corporate responsibility.

The theme for the meeting will be “The Virtues and Vices of Business — A Historical Perspective.” The organizers invite papers and session proposals that address both the micro and macro levels of the virtues and vices of business in historical perspective. In keeping with longstanding BHC policy, submissions need not be directly related to the conference theme.

The deadline for receipt of all proposals (papers, panels, and Krooss Prize competition) is Sept. 15, 2013.

The Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, sponsored by BHC and funded by the Journals Division of Oxford University Press, will take place in Frankfurt on Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13. The colloquium is limited to ten students. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars that includes at least two BHC officers. The colloquium will discuss dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and employment opportunities in business history. This colloquium is intended for doctoral candidates in the early stages of their dissertation projects.

The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2013.

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Second Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference 

Second Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference
June 5-6, 2014


This is an opportunity for interdisciplinary academic debate among legal scholars and scientists from various disciplines addressing issues of environmental protection. The topics covered by the conference include, but are not limited to:

Climate Change
Air Pollution
Protection of Oceans
Access to Water
Sustainable Development
Human Rights and Environment
Protection of Environment in Armed Conflicts
Environment and Indigenous Peoples
Green Energy
Waste Management
International Trade and Environmental Protection

Abstracts for papers and posters must be no longer that 350 words in length and should be submitted by Thursday, September 5, 2013 through email to The submission must include the name and title of the author, position, name and address of the current institution of employment, and a short biography.

Successful applicants will be informed by October 5, 2012. The authors selected for paper presentation at the conference will be expected to submit completed papers with maximum 8,000 words in length (including footnotes and bibliography) by Saturday, March 1, 2014. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a conference book.

Travel and accommodation costs will have to be carried by the authors of the selected papers and poster presentations themselves. Please address any further enquiries to

From International Law Reporter
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Electronic Governance — Seoul, Republic of Korea 

Paper submissions are now being accepted for the 7th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2013) to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 22–25, 2013. The conference is being organized by the National Information Society Agency, Republic of Korea, and the Center for Electronic Governance at the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology. The submission deadline is July 1, 2013.

Papers can be submitted to six specific and one emerging topics tracks:

Building Smart Government
Governing through Networks
Policy and Governance Innovations
Smart Governance for Smart Industries
Smart Governance for Smart Societies
Ethics, Transparency and Accountability
Emerging Topics

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Call for Papers: The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration  

Call for Papers
The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration
November 8, 2013
World Trade Institute (WTI) – University of Bern

***SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 15, 2013***

The World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern invites the submission of papers and abstracts for its conference entitled “The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration”. The conference will examine the development of the concept of the “State” in a field that currently presents an increasing number of controversial disputes: Investor-State Arbitration. However, it is often unclear whether we can attribute conduct to a State or determine its rights and responsibilities.

The essence of this system is something unusual in international law, as controversies between foreign investors and host States are allegedly insulated from political and diplomatic relations between States. In return for agreeing to independent international arbitration, the Host State is assured that the State of the investor’s nationality will not espouse the claim or intervene in a factual controversy and is theoretically relieved of the pressure of having its relations with the Home State compromised.

The Host State plays a dual role in these disputes: it is a party to the arbitration – usually the respondent – the entity that through governmental, legislative or even judicial activity has allegedly breached investor’s rights; and it is also a party to the treaty creating the cause of action for the investor, a kind of agreement that increasingly includes provisions on exceptions, interpretation or even dispute settlement, where another party – usually the Home State – could have a say.

As the use of Investor-State Arbitration has increased spectacularly in recent years, this dispute resolution mechanism has progressively come under more scrutiny. Critics of this regime often point out that it allows private arbitrators to decide the legality of sovereign acts or public policies and there are concerns about “forum shopping”, high costs, transparency and fairness to third parties, lack of predictability and consistency.

Understanding what a State is in this context should therefore be an important object of study, but most research has been focused on the rights of the investor rather than on the analysis of the different components of a State in order to examine the State’s attribution, rights and responsibilities. On the other hand, States do not always consider the possible effects of their actions or public policies under international law.

This conference seeks to discuss some questions about the State in the context of investorstate dispute settlement. What do we refer to when we talk about the “State”? Which entities constitute the “State”? Is every act of a public agency or instrumentality attributed to the “State”? What are the implications of the State’s consent to arbitration in investment treaties? What are the effects of its denunciation? Are States bound when the awards are assigned to a third-party? What is the standard of review of the State’s actions under international law vis-à- vis domestic law? Can we apply Investor-State arbitration when the foreign investor is another State?

The conference aims to answer these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective for a better understanding of intended or unintended effects of State actions. For that purpose the present call for papers is directed to legal practitioners and academics, as well as to economists and political scientists in order to analyse the many facets of State activity.

Potential topics for the conference include:

- State as a single unity or State as a set of institutions

- State Autonomy Theory and investment arbitration

- State-Owned Enterprises or State Agencies as foreign investors

- State attribution in investment disputes

- Effects of denunciation of investment treaties

- State-State Arbitration in investment disputes

- General exceptions in Investment treaties

- States as claimants in investment disputes

- International State responsibility and investment arbitration

- The role of the Home State in investment arbitration

Please submit papers proposals on substantial, original, and unpublished research related to all aspects of the role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration, including but not limited to the topics discussed above. In addition, we encourage submissions of interdisciplinary research including research in economics and political science.

The aim is to disseminate information and to stimulate constructive scientific discussion with legal researchers, economists, political scientists, diplomats and representatives of governmental institutions regarding the consequences of State activity and the role of the State in the light of recent developments in Investor-State Arbitration. Rather than following the format of a typical panel, the discussion group will be a less structured session that will allow both experts and participants to engage in a lightly moderated but productive conversation.

Abstract submissions must be between 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short resume. Please submit your documents to Shaheeza Lalani ( or Rodrigo Polanco ( Papers that are selected for the conference are expected to be published as part of an edited volume on the subject.

Scholars who have their abstracts accepted are expected to have a final draft submitted by October 15, 2013. Each paper submitted should be an original that has not been published in a prior work. Authors selected for presentation of their papers at the conference are expected to submit completed papers with a maximum close to 5,000 words in length (without considering footnotes).

This conference will be the first WTI Doctoral Programme Conference, and it will be jointly organised with the International Investment Initiative (I3 ) of the WTI.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 15, 2013
Notification of Acceptance of a Paper: August 15, 2013
Final Submission of an Accepted Paper: October 15, 2013
Conference Date: November 8, 2013

From International Law Reporter

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Call for Papers: Celebrating of the Centenary of the Peace Palace  

Call for Papers

The International Court of Justice will host a conference in celebration of the Centenary of the Peace Palace on Monday, 23 September 2013. The programme will include four sessions:

1. A Century of International Justice, and Perspectives for the Future

2. The Role of the International Court of Justice for Enhancing the Rule of Law

3. The International Court of Justice and the International Legal System

4. The International Court of Justice and the United Nations: Relationship of the ICJ with other UN Organs

Speakers for the first three sessions have been invited by the Court. Speakers for the fourth session will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to this Call for Papers. Possible topics to be addressed by the papers are: (a) the role and relevance of Article 36 (3) of the Charter of the United Nations; (b) advisory opinions requested by United Nations organs; (c) the review by the Court of the legality of acts of United Nations organs; (d) the role of other United Nations organs for the implementation of the Court’s judgments.

Senior and junior scholars of any nationality are eligible to apply. Abstracts, in either English or French, should be no more than 2500 words in length and must be received by the Court by Wednesday, 10 July 2013. Only one abstract per author may be submitted. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered.

The selection of papers by a panel of three judges of the Court will take place on an anonymous basis. Abstracts should therefore not contain the authors’ contact details. They should however be accompanied by a cover letter providing this information, as well as by a curriculum vitae.

Applications should be sent to:

International Court of Justice

Attn: Jenny Grote Stoutenburg

Peace Palace

Carnegieplein 2

2517 KJ The Hague

The Netherlands

Selected speakers will be notified no later than Monday, 22 July 2013. Full papers must be received by the Court by Monday, 9 September 2013. The papers must be unpublished and ready to be included in proceedings which may later be published.

Unfortunately, the International Court of Justice is not in a position to meet travel and accommodation costs for any speaker at the Conference. The selected papers of those who will not be able to attend the Conference may be included in the proceedings.
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