The Approaches of Liberal and Illiberal Governments to International Law:  

A Conference Marking 25 Years since the Collapse of Communist Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

The theory that liberal democracies are more peace-loving and generally ’better’ members of the international community is usually attributed to the philosopher Immanuel Kant. In fact, variations of this argument have been prevalent throughout the history of international law. For example, Friedrich Martens (1845-1909), the leading Tsarist Russian scholar, when constructing his international law of ‘civilized peoples’, defined civilization as government’s respect for individual rights and liberties. In the 1990s, this thesis again emerged when Anne-Marie Slaughter made a similar argument specifically in the context of post-Cold War international law. In Slaughter’s view, liberal states were best situated to produce an international legal order geared towards human rights and ‘real’ integration, as opposed to more general calls within the international legal community for a ‘universal’ architecture that bound and called for participation from liberal and illiberal states.

The University of Tartu and the European Society of International Law’s Interest Group on International Legal Theory (IGILT) invite submissions that will examine whether liberal (and illiberal) ideas make a difference in the context of international law along three general themes. First, how should we define liberalism, and to what extent is liberalism bound to a ‘Western’-centric orientation or embedded within the 19th century colonial legacy? Second, what are the defining features of illiberalism (or authoritarianism, traditionalism, etc.), and how might international law address the tension between illiberal state regimes and the doctrine of sovereign equality? And third, in addressing these above questions, what new empirical, historical or theoretical studies would help test the validity of the theory that liberal states ‘behave better’ in the context of international law?

In particular, applicants are encouraged to address these questions in relation to former Eastern Bloc countries. For instance, with the exception of Belarus, all of these countries are subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, sometimes with troubling records. Moreover, if we treat EU law as a regional manifestation of international law, then EU membership based on the Copenhagen criteria related to rule of law, democracy and human rights, has in a way become one of the new dividing lines in Eastern Europe. Yet the protection of human rights and respect for democracy has remained problematic not just in countries like the Russian Federation and Ukraine (i.e., outside the EU), but also in countries such as Hungary and Romania. Thus, can it be true that the EU law is the regional integration law of ‘liberal’ European states while the post-Communist states that resist more liberal ideas have remained outside it? Have greater spaces of the EU and the CIS, or in the context of international trade, the EU and the Russian-led Customs Union, been built up based on geopolitics and history or also on different understandings of liberal and traditionalist values?

Similarly, the Russian Federation, due to its size and weight in the international community as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the G8, remains a particularly relevant testing ground in the context of (il)liberal ideas and international law. How has Russia’s official approach to such central themes in international law as jus ad bellum and human rights evolved since the collapse of the USSR and the decline of Communist ideas? Do Russia, the US and West European nations interpret key articles in the UN Charter in a similar or different manner, and what importance do they still attribute to the Charter? To the extent that the Russian government remains protective of state sovereignty, does it attempt to fight liberal ideas and the penetration of human rights with traditionalism and (Orthodox-influenced) critiques of the West? Now that the Russian Federation has finally become a member of the WTO, does it also accept ‘liberal’ ideas about trade and international governance?

The conference will take place on June 12-13, 2014 at the University of Tartu History Museum, featuring keynote talks by José E. Alvarez (NYU) and Gerry Simpson (Melbourne). Due to a generous grant from the European Research Council, successful applicants will receive full scholarships to cover flight and accommodation costs, on the condition that they develop their presentation into an article of publishable quality and that they are ESIL members. Approximately ten articles from the conference will be selected for publication in the 15th volume of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, which will be edited by Lauri Mälksoo and Ineta Ziemele.

Please submit your paper proposal, along with your CV, to the e-mail address by November 30, 2013. Applicants will be notified by December 15, 2013.
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Call for Papers for the 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference  

The 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference will be held on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago. This conference will be funded primarily by the Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Endowment Fund of The John Marshall Law School. Conference organizers and hosts include The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, Illinois, USA), Roosevelt University, College of Arts and Sciences (Chicago, Illinois, USA), and The East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China).

The Conference will bring international scholars, advocates and policy makers together to participate in an academic discussion about the law, policy, and implementation of legal protections for the elderly around the globe. This conference is purposely intended to parallel the current discussions of the United Nations' Open-Ended Working Group on Aging. The Conference organizers are hoping to draft and develop a model International Bill of Rights for Elderly Individuals based on the research presented and the ensuing discussions.

There will be a general sessions over a two-day conference, and each session is expected to have individuals discussing their current research, with other academics and experts serving as moderators and discussants on the panel. This conference is meant to complement and supplement the discussions being held through the United Nations pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/182. The final agenda for the conference will be determined based on the exact topics and countries analyzed in the abstracts accepted for presentation.

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George Mason Law & Economics Center 2014 Workshops for Law Professors 

The Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law invites applications for four LEC Workshops for Law Professors in 2014:

1. LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Risk, Injury, Liability, and Insurance ... -insurance
January 30 - February 2, 2014, Hawks Cay Florida Keys Resort, Duck Key, FL

2. LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Public Choice Economics ... -economics
March 20-23, 2014, Sheraton Palo Alto and Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

3. LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Empirical Methods ... al-methods
May 19-23, 2014 (lodging is not included), George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA

4. LEC Economics Institute for Law Professors ... professors
June 15-27, 2014, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs, CO


2. REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: For each workshop, accepted applicants must make a deposit bonding their attendance within 30 days of acceptance. For each workshop, the deposit is refunded within 30 days after successful completion of the workshop.
3. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please use the link below to apply: ... 1&cp=1
4. ACCEPTANCE: The LEC will begin evaluating applications on October 15, 2013

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For more information regarding these conferences or other initiatives of the Law & Economics Center, please visit:

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Call For Papers KCON9: The 9th Annual Conference on Contracts 

February 21-22, 2014, St. Thomas University School of Law

Submissions are cordially invited for the 9th Annual International Conference on Contracts, the largest annual scholarly and educational conference devoted to Contracts and related areas of commercial law.

TOPICS: Papers and works-in-progress are welcome from those who study Contracts from any perspective, whether doctrinal, pedagogical, theoretical, empirical, historical, economic, critical, comparative, or interdisciplinary. Works that take an international or civil law approach are also welcome. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to participate. Those interested in proposing and organizing panels (3-5 presenters) on specific themes are especially encouraged to do so.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1984, St. Thomas University School of Law is located on the University's main campus in Miami Gardens. The School of Law includes a multi-level library, a moot court amphitheater, faculty and administrative offices, a computer lab, and classrooms and offices for student organizations. St. Thomas Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It is part of a Catholic university and a law school where values matter. Located between vibrant legal communities in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, St. Thomas Law offers clinical, externship, internship, and part time employment opportunities in both. St. Thomas Law has been recognized for the diversity of the student body and the sense of community among its students. The School of Law has been recognized as having one of the most diverse student bodies among accredited law schools. The cultural diversity, commitment to professionalism and small class size make studying law at St. Thomas Law a unique and enriching experience.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Individual submissions should be made by a brief abstract (one page is sufficient) of the paper or Work-in-Progress that includes contact information for the author(s). Individual submissions will be placed on panels with like submissions. Panel proposals should include the name and contact information of the moderator or organizer, and a summary of the proposed papers or works in progress. There is no publication commitment for the conference, but the St. Thomas Law Review is publishing a symposium issue in conjunction with the Conference and welcomes submissions that seek publication. Otherwise, presenters and organizers of individual panels are free to arrange for publication on their own.

Submissions Deadline is Monday, December 16, 2013.

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Association of American Law Schools Call for Presentations and Papers Midyear Meeting: Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues 

We are seeking proposals for presentations and papers for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues. The Workshop will be held June 6-7, 2014, with registration beginning on Thursday, June 5th. It will appeal to a full range of teachers and scholars in all subject areas by creating opportunities for a rich dialogue about the meaning, contours, and status of equality for sexual minorities, including discussions on “beyond identity” and “new frontiers.” We welcome participation by all AALS members—and particularly all sexual minorities.

Link to Call

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Call for Papers: Sociological Inquiries into International Law 

The workshop will take place at the London School of Economics, on 16 May 2014. Abstracts of no more than 300w should be sent to Sungjoon Cho, by 1 November 2013, and should include the author's name and full contact information. Decisions regarding inclusion in the workshop program will be sent by 1 January 2014. Those presenting will be expected to provide short discussion papers (3,000-4,000 words) by 25 April 2014.

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Call for Papers: Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law 

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law invites submissions for its third annual conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Deadline: November 1, 2013.

Email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words to ycc.conference.2014[@] im

Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar.

Scholars may make only one submission. Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted. For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists. The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area. Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.


Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2013. There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need. If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

Final papers by faculty members will be due by email to no later than March 1, 2014.

Acknowledgements and Questions

The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of Lewis & Clark Law School. Please direct all inquiries to Professor Ozan Varol, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at or telephone at 503.768.6805.

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Call for Papers: Moving to Opportunity: Examining the Risks and Rewards of Economic Migration 

The Indiana International & Comparative Law Review is issuing a call for papers for its symposium Moving to Opportunity: Examining the Risks and Rewards of Economic Migration, to be held February 21, 2014, with papers to be published in the Symposium issue of Volume XXV, likely to be released in late 2014.

Deadline for proposals: October 18, 2013

Possible presentation and paper topics include subjects related to the theme economic migration and which address international law or comparative legal aspects of the subject. Panels are set to include the Feminization of Migration; Trafficking and Slavery; Students, Education and Migration; and High-Skill Migrants.

Please send a brief abstract (fewer than 500 words) and a current CV to emahern[@]

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Call for Papers: Junior International Law Scholars Association Annual Meeting  

The Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) is holding its annual meeting on Friday, January 31, 2014, at Berkeley Law School. JILSA is an informal network composed mostly of junior scholars at American law schools who get together annually for a self-funded workshop. Junior scholars and fellows interested in presenting works in progress at the meeting should email proposals to Jean Galbraith and Markus Wagner by Friday, November 8. Please send a working title/abstract and provide a sense of the shape the paper is in. Proposals to present early stage works are also welcome.
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Call For Papers The Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-Leaf) at the George Washington University Law School Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes 

February 7-8, 2014, Washington, DC.

The Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) at The George Washington University Law School is pleased to announce its fourth annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes. The Workshop and Prizes are sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. The Workshop will be held on February 7-8, 2014 at GW Law School in Washington, DC.

OVERVIEW: The Workshop supports and recognizes the work of young legal scholars in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, economics, finance and securities, while promoting interaction among them and selected senior faculty and practitioners. By providing a forum for the exchange of creative ideas in these areas, C-LEAF also aims to encourage new and innovative scholarship.

Approximately ten papers will be chosen from those submitted for presentation at the Workshop pursuant to this Call for Papers. At the Workshop, one or more senior scholars and practitioners will comment on each paper, followed by a general discussion of each paper among all participants. The Workshop audience will include invited young scholars, faculty from GW's Law School and Business School, faculty from other institutions, practitioners, and invited guests.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, three papers will be selected to receive Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively. All prize winners will be invited to become Fellows of C-LEAF, C-LEAF makes no publication commitment, but chosen papers will be featured on its website as part of the C-LEAF Working Paper series.

Junior scholars who have not yet received tenure, but have held a full-time academic appointment for less than seven years as of the submission date, are cordially invited to submit summaries or drafts of their papers. Although published work is not eligible for submission, submissions may include work that has been accepted for publication. C-LEAF will cover hotel and meal expenses of all selected presenters.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry and known for its premier practice in the area of private investment funds and private equity M&A, generously sponsors the Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop and Prizes and provides other financial assistance to C-LEAF.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Those interested in presenting a paper at the Workshop should submit an abstract, summary or draft, preferably by e-mail, on or before October 4, 2013. To facilitate blind review, your name and other identifying information should be redacted from your paper submission. Direct your submission, along with any inquiries related to the Workshop, to:

Professor Lisa M. Fairfax
Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law
George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Papers and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes will be selected after a blind review by members of the C-LEAF Executive Board. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by November 15, 2013. Please feel free to pass this Call for Papers along to any colleagues who may be interested.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information on C-LEAF Fellows, please visit our website at: ... fault.aspx, or contact us at

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