Call for Papers: International Economic Law in 2018: Between Reform and Contestation




Event Date: 

09/12/18 to 09/13/18

Location name: 

Manchester, Great Britain


the European Society of International Law

ESIL International Economic Law Interest Group - Call for


2018 MANCHESTER ESIL Conference

Workshop of the ESIL IEL IG – 12 and 13 September 2018
International Economic Law in 2018:
Between Reform and Contestation

At the Conference of the European Society of International Law taking place in Manchester,
Great Britain, the ESIL International Economic Law Interest Group, chaired by Peter-Tobias
Stoll, Elisa Baroncini, Holger Hestermeyer, Catharine Titi, and Marina Trunck-Fedorova will
convene a full day workshop, which will take place on 12 September (afternoon) and 13
September (morning) 2018.
Two panels and one roundtable will be organized, which will deal with
1) Electronic Commerce. Cyberspace & International Economic Law (panel)
2) Reform of Investment Dispute Settlement and Developments in EU Investment Law
3) The Multilateral Trading System in Trouble (roundtable)
For the two panels and the roundtable of the workshop the ESIL IEL IG invites papers, which
should be unpublished, in an advanced stage of completion, and ready to be included in the
ESIL SSRN Conference Paper Series and in the ESIL Conference Proceedings. If published,
the ESIL IELIG may authorize authors to present a related paper at the ESIL IELIG
Workshop. The working languages of the ESIL IELIG are English and French, and thus the
proposals may be submitted in English or French (see below for the paper submission
procedure and timeline).
Panel 1: Electronic Commerce, Cyberspace & International Economic Law
Cyberspace rapidly develops and forms part of our all days life, as electronic commerce, the
advancement of social media and the internet of things may illustrate. Obviously, the


economic dimension of these developments is crucial. For long time, international economic
law has been charged with details of these developments: with intellectual property, services,
tariffs and with the many detailed issues of the WTO’s work programme on electronic
commerce. Now, that recent events raise issues like national security and privacy and have
called legislators into action, fresh thought is needed to reconcile emerging human rights and
privacy standards, security needs and the principles of an open and non-discrimatory world

Panel 2: Reform of Investment Dispute Settlement and Developments in EU Investment
Panel 2 will focus on two topics that have recently dominated debates on international
investment law, at least in the European Union, as follows. First, we encourage submissions
on reform of investment dispute settlement. This includes the European Union’s proposal for
an investment court system (ICS), negotiations on a multilateral investment court (MIC), and
the ongoing work of UNCITRAL’s Working Group III on reform of investment dispute
settlement. Second, we welcome submissions analysing recent developments in the European
Union involving intra-EU BITs, investment dispute settlement and the position of the Court of
Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Preference will be given to analytical, rather than
descriptive, pieces.
Roundtable: The Multilateral Trading System in Trouble
The proposed Roundtable aims at providing a most complete overview and full discussion
and exchange of views of the highly significant issues which have been emerging as major
challenges of the international trade system. Therefore, scholars and practitioners are invited
to submit papers on the WTO Appellate Body composition crisis, the WTO case-law, also in
comparison with the reports expressed in the RTAs' dispute settlement mechanisms, DSU and
WTO reviews, the constantly rising tension on tariffs escalations between the United States
and China, security issues within the WTO system, and the status of negotiations, conclusion
and implementation of mega-regionals, also with specific reference to sustainability issues.
Submissions are welcome from senior and junior scholars. Abstracts must not exceed 800
words, and have to be submitted to the following mail addresses:;;;;
In addition to the abstract, each submission should contain a separate file containing
information on:
• The topic of the call for papers for which the abstract is submitted;
• The author’s name and affiliation;
• A short (one page) author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications;
• The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number;
• Whether the author is an ESIL member and the date of affiliation.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is midnight 23 May 2018 (CET).

Successful applicants will be informed by 15 June 2018.
The deadline for the submission of the papers of accepted abstracts is 1 August 2018.
The Workshop will take place in Manchester on Wednesday 12 September 2018
(afternoon) and Thursday 13 September 2018 (morning).
The deadline for the submission of final papers for publication is 1 November 2018.

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