Call for Papers - International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict




Event Date: 

10/5/17 to 10/6/17

Location name: 

Athens, Greece


The Athens Public International Law Center (AthensPIL) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law

The Athens Public International Law Center (AthensPIL) of the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens Faculty of Law is hosting, in the context of the Investment Law Initiative, a
Colloquium on ‘International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict’, which will
take place on October 5 & 6, 2017, in Athens, Greece.
Details on the submission procedure and key dates can be found at the end of this call.

The Colloquium on ‘International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict’ is jointly
organized by the AthensPIL of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of
Law (Greece); the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); the Research Centre
on Procurement Law and International Investment (CREDIMI) of the University of Burgundy
(France) and the University of Zaragoza (Spain). These academic and research institutions joined
forces in 2016 and established the Investment Law Initiative, an international collaboration aimed at
strengthening research and systemic analysis of international investment law. The Colloquium
is coordinated by Dr Katia Fach Gómez (University of Zaragoza, Faculty of Law)1, Dr Anastasios
Gourgourinis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Law; Athens PIL),
and Dr Catharine Titi (CNRS and CREDIMI, University of Burgundy).

Colloquium theme

Recent events in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Crimea have (unsurprisingly) brought to the surface
various systemic concerns regarding international investment protection and arbitration.
Investment claims and scholarly literature increasingly illustrate the wide-ranging linkages between
international investment law and the law of armed conflict. Hence, the Colloquium on
‘International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict’, aiming to chart the terrain of
this multifaceted and complex relationship, could not be more timely.

To this end, international lawyers are invited to submit abstracts on the following, fairly broad,
suggested topics:

o Unlawful seizures of territory in inter-state and investor-state arbitration proceedings
o ‘War clauses’ in investment treaties
o ‘Essential security interests’ exceptions in investment treaties
o Force majeure, military necessity and other circumstances precluding wrongfulness in
investment claims involving armed conflict
o Protection and security standards and due diligence obligations of host states during armed
o Obligations under investment treaties relating to pre-conflict military activities by host
o Denial of benefits in case of armed conflict
o Systemic overlaps between investment protection law and international criminal law
arising from investment relations with entities engaged in armed conflict
o Armed conflict and the role of administering institutions in investment arbitration
o Divergence and convergence between international investment law and the law of
belligerent occupation
o Implications of armed conflict for jurisdiction and admissibility in investor-state
arbitration (e.g. territory, nationality, state succession etc.)
o The effect of economic sanctions on investors’ rights and investment arbitration
o OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from
Conflict-Affected and HHigh-Risk Areas: towards a socially responsible investment law?
o Termination and suspension of investment treaties as a consequence of armed conflict
o Investment arbitrators’ mandate vis-a-vis the obligation not to recognize as ‘lawful’ a
situation created by an illegal use of force and/or the acquisition or occupation of territory
o Transnational (or truly international) public policy and investment arbitration in claims
involving armed conflict
o Recognition and enforcement of investment arbitral awards stemming from cases
involving armed conflict
o Scope for judicial dialogue and cross-fertilization between the investment protection and
armed conflict regimes

Guidelines for Submission
Senior and junior academics and practitioners (including PhD candidates and post-doctoral
researchers) are invited to participate in the call for papers of the Colloquium on ‘International
Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict’. Authors are invited to submit by March 15,
2017, an abstract (of an original paper) which is neither published nor accepted for publication
when the Colloquium takes place. Papers will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts,
subject to double-blind peer review. Only one abstract per author will be considered. Abstracts
must not exceed 800 words, must be anonymous and not identify the name or affiliation of the
author(s) in the abstract, the title, or the name of the document, and must be submitted to the
following email addresses:;; and In addition to the abstract, each submission should contain, as a
separate file, a short (one page) author’s CV, including the author’s name and affiliation and contact
details and a list of relevant publications.

Authors of selected abstracts for the Colloquium will be notified by April 15, 2017. Following
this, they must submit a draft paper (6,000-8,000 words) by August 15, 2017. The draft papers will
be distributed to the other participants in advance to facilitate an in-depth discussion during the
Colloquium – a ‘no paper – no podium’ policy applies.

After the Colloquium, submission of final papers by authors is due by November 30, 2017.
Selected final papers will be published by Springer, subject to peer review, in the Special Issue
of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EYIEL) on ‘International
Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict’.