ESIL Annual Conference 2015: The Judicialization of International Law - A Mixed Blessing ?



Event Date: 

09/10/15 to 09/12/15

Location name: 

Oslo Norway


European Society of International Law

The purpose of the agorae is to share cutting-edge research in specific areas of international law, to stimulate debate, and to foster discussion between participants. ESIL Interest Groups are particularly welcome to propose agorae. Innovative ideas for conducting a panel (e.g. round table) are also encouraged.

Proposals for papers or agorae can be submitted either in English or French.

Proposal should correspond to the overall conference theme and can relate to (but need not be limited to) the following, partly overlapping, topics:

  • Problems and perspectives of special regional courts, or problems affecting the development of the international judicial function (e.g. access to international justice, judicial review of political acts, revision of an international judgments by a court of appeal, etc.)
  • How do courts matter for the substance of the law in particular subject-areas?
  • The place of international judgments in the doctrine of sources
  • Do international courts and tribunals have a function in relation to economic, social and cultural rights?
  • An ‘International Tort Court’ for multinational corporations?
  • A World Court of Human Rights?
  • A World Court of International Humanitarian Law?
  • The future of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
  • Professional ethics for judges
  • International courts and tribunals in new areas, such as international security; a more fair global resource allocation; protecting social rights; improving global health; more responsible multinational corporations; dealing with transnational internet problems?
  • Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms
  • The future of the International Criminal Court
  • Reform of regional human rights courts and global human rights treaty bodies
  • The future of investment tribunals
  • The WTO and regional trade tribunals
  • The role of the ICJ
  • Arbitration vs courts
  • Sovereign debt default and international dispute settlement mechanisms
  • Hybrid courts and their possible use as a form of international justice (piracy, environmental damages, compensations, etc.)
  • Courts and third world/postcolonial approaches and feminist theory
  • Historical, economic, sociological, etc. approaches to international courts
  • Implementation of international judgments in national legal orders


  • The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 January 2015
  • Successful applicants will be informed by 31 March 2015
  • The deadline for the submission of the full papers is 1 July 2015
  • The conference begins on Thursday 10 September 2015 in the morning and ends on Saturday 12 September 2014 in the early afternoon
  • The deadline for the submission of final papers, to be included in a future conference publication or in the ESIL SSRN series, is 1 October 2015


All selected agora speakers will have to register for the conference. They will receive free registration, provided they are ESIL members. The organisation does not cover expenses for travelling and accommodation.


After the conference, ESIL provides the opportunity to publish papers in the ESIL SSRN Series and also plans to publish selected high-quality papers in a book series with a renowned Publisher.

From International Law Reporter