Call for Papers: International Law and the Changing Economic & Political Landscape in Asia



Event Date: 

11/26/15 to 11/27/15

Location name: 

Bangkok, Thailand


Asian Society of International Law

The 5th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law 2015

Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel

26 & 27 November 2015, Thursday & Friday


International Law and the Changing Economic
& Political Landscape in Asia

Call for Papers

The Asian Society of International Law was established in 2007. Following four successful biennial conferences, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday and Friday, 26 and 27 November 2015.

Theme of the Conference
Nowadays governments, scholars and civil society in Asia are engaged enthusiastically in the development of international law in the region. Asian countries today witness more regional cooperation and economic integration, for instance, through the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), etc. The conference will confront the changes that will ensue from these developments in the region, and provide a forum to share perspectives on legal issues from around Asia and from beyond.

Topics of Papers
To this end, proposals for papers are now being invited on the following topics:

  1. Changing approaches to international law
    Changing approaches to international law as a discipline, including studies on the teaching, research and practice of international law in Asian contexts; Third World approaches to international law; the contribution of civil society to international law; the turn to “global constitutionalism”;and the UN  Charter and the development of international law;
  2. Emerging issues in human rights
    Issues in the international protection of human rights, including the evolving position on the responsibility to protect (“R2P”); the empowerment of women in Asian societies; and the impact of labor migration;
  3. Conflict of laws relating to marriage, adoption, surrogacy and custody of children;
  4. Energy and natural resources law, including their joint and sustainable development; comparative regulatory and fiscal regimes (e.g. concession v. production-sharing v. service contracts, etc.) and cross-border pollution;
  5. International environmental law: Climate change and disaster management
  6. Food security, health and sanitary cooperation;
  7. International cooperation against organized crime and its punishment: terrorism, drug smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, anti-corruption; and the illicit trade in cultural artifacts, especially in conflict situations;
  8. International Humanitarian Law
  9. Law of the Sea, including piracy and maritime security and safety in the Asian region
  10. Legal aspects of regional integration in its political and social dimensions, including ASEAN Integration, free trade agreements, and security arrangements;
  11. Peaceful resolution of political and territorial disputes in Asia, including legal frameworks for cooperation
  12. Resolution of international trade and business disputes in Asia, including the enforcement of arbitration awards and foreign judgments
  13. International Investment Law
  14. Trade- and business-related issues, including the regulation of cyber matters
    Issues relating inter alia to competition law; anti-dumping safeguards; intellectual property rights; transfer pricing; WTO obligations of Asian countries; trade sanctions to prevent breaches of International Humanitarian Law; micro-finance and small- and medium-sized enterprises; and finance and investment including SMEs and micro-finance.

The Organizers seek to encourage the participation in the Conference of all persons interested in international law all over the world, whether established or junior scholars, academics or practitioners, government officials and NGO officers, by inviting applications for positions as panelists. Papers may provide an Asian perspective on these topics, and/or international/comparative approaches to the listed topics.

Application Procedure 

You will be required to provide in the online submission form:

  1. A 500-word abstract/summary of the proposed paper.
    Please clearly identify the title of your paper and the panel category in the online form.
  2. Affiliation details and brief biography
    This would include details of professional status, educational background, institutional affiliation, office address, contact telephone number, and e-mail address. Please also provide, in the section titled `brief biography’ any information about representative presentations given, publications, and any other relevant information about your research or experience.
  3. Your affiliation to the Asian Society of International Law
    Preference will be given to existing members of the Asian Society of International Law in the selection process. To sign up for membership, please click Here.

In addition to paper proposals, proposals for panels will also be considered. A panel should address a topical issue of international law and consist of 4-5 speakers from a range of countries and stages of career development.

Please complete the online submission forms by Friday, 10 July 2015, 2300 hrs (Singapore Time).

Click HERE for online abstract submission for individual papers

Click HERE for online submission for panels

Click HERE to view Conference Website

Any enquiries about the paper selection process and Bangkok Conference may be addressed to:

Successful applicants will be informed by August 2015 and are required to submit their completed papers and registration to the Conference Organizers by Monday, 6 November 2015. The paper should be between 6000 and 8000 words.

All papers accepted by the Organizers for the Conference may be featured on the Conference website, a document sharing portal or as part of the AsianSIL Working Paper Series. Paper presenters are encouraged to submit finalized papers to the Society’s Asian Journal of International Law. Publication is subject to a double-blind peer-review and editorial discretion. Details may be found on the Journal’s Website