Call for Papers: Tenth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law

Deadline: 

05/7/21

Event Date: 

12/13/21 to 12/15/21

Location name: 

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Organization: 

Junior Faculty Forum for International Law

The Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law is delighted to announce that the tenth Forum will be hosted by the South African Research Chair on International Constitutional Law in collaboration with the Institute for Comparative and International Law in Africa of the University of Pretoria. It will take place on Monday December 13, Tuesday December 14 and Wednesday December 15, 2021, and has been scheduled to coincide with the University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights Annual Graduation Celebrations. The tenth Forum will have a strong Africa focus: it will be open to junior faculty affiliated with an institution based on the African continent and to those junior faculty based elsewhere whose research specifically relates to the continent. The venue of the Forum will be the Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria.

Designed as an annual feature of the international law calendar, the Forum is aimed at bringing together junior faculty working in the field of international law in order that their work can be presented before an audience of peers and experts and then discussed by more senior scholars in international law and related fields. The initiative is thus dedicated toward encouraging and facilitating the work of young international law scholars by creating an important platform of intellectual opportunity, stimulation and exchange. The inaugural Forum was held at New York University in May 2012; it has been followed by the second Forum at the University of Nottingham (May 2013), the third Forum at the University of Melbourne (July 2014), the fourth Forum at the European University Institute in Florence (June 2015), the fifth Forum at New York University (June 2016), the sixth Forum at the University of Nottingham (May 2017), the seventh Forum at the University of Melbourne (May 2018), the eighth Forum at the National University of Singapore (August 2019), and, most recently, the ninth Forum, hosted in virtual format by the Renmin University of Beijing in China (September and October 2020).

The convenors of the tenth Forum are Christof Heyns (University of Pretoria), Dino Kritsiotis (University of Nottingham), Sarah Nouwen (European University Institute/University of Cambridge), Dire D. Tladi (University of Pretoria) and J.H.H. Weiler (New York University).

As with previous years, selected presentations from the tenth Forum shall be encouraged for publication in the European Journal of International Law (Oxford University Press), a co-sponsor of the event at the University of Pretoria, subject to the outcome of the peer review process.

FOR THE TENTH FORUM, THE CONVENORS ARE PROCEEDING INITIALLY WITH PLANS FOR AN IN-PERSON EVENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA IN DECEMBER 2021, BUT RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE LATER IN THE YEAR TO THE DEFAULT OPTION OF VIRTUAL FORMAT (AS WAS THE CASE LAST YEAR WITH THE NINTH FORUM AT THE RENMIN UNIVERSITY OF BEIJING). MORE DETAILS FOLLOW IN THESE PAGES.

As part of the application procedure, all applicants are invited to set out in a single document of no more than EIGHT PAGES the following THREE components and are requested to place these components in the following order in their application:

A. a cover letter (of no more than two pages) introducing the application and identifying the suitability of the applicant and their research project for the Forum format, as well as setting that project within the broader context of the applicant’s career research and future plans. Where appropriate, relevant circumstances must be provided to explain why the applicant is outside the six-year eligibility rule. Applicants applying for financial assistance should also provide circumstances of financial need in this part of the application, together with the extent of the assistance requested.

AND

B. an updated (and, if needs be, abbreviated) curriculum vitae of the applicant (of no more than two pages) that makes clear:

  • the current position, commencement date of employment and institutional affiliation of the applicant (please bear in mind for the tenth Forum: applicants must be affiliated with an institution on the African continent; however those based elsewhere but whose research presentation has a strong African focus);
  • the employment history of the applicant so as to demonstrate accordance with the six-year eligibility rule and 
  • the main publications (including those publications accepted for publication) of the applicant published/accepted for publication thus far.

AND

C. a document of the proposed research presentation for the Forum (of no more than four pages) that includes:

  • the title of the proposed research presentation and
  • the content of the proposed presentation, setting out in clear terms what ideas, argument or set of arguments, critique/s or analysis they wish to present at the Forum.

It is important to emphasize that work submitted as part of the Forum process must not have been accepted for publication prior to the occurrence of the Forum in December 2021. 

PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL THREE COMPONENTS ABOVE (OF NO MORE THAN EIGHT PAGES) ARE SUBMITTED IN A SINGLE DOCUMENT OF PDF FORMAT, ALTHOUGH DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED IN WORD.DOC/WORD.DOCX WILL BE ADMITTED.

Applicants are invited to submit their applications to the Forum email address (annualjuniorfacultyforumIL@gmail.com) and must do so by the deadline of MAY 7, 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be entertained.