Thursday, October 15, 2015

Call for Papers: ESIL 2016 Research Forum (Reminder)

The European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 2016 Research Forum, which will take place April 21-22, 2016, at the Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law, Istanbul. The deadline is November 1, 2015. Here's the call:

European Society of International Law Research Forum

21 - 22 April 2016

Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law, Istanbul

Call for Papers

The 2016 ESIL Research Forum will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April at Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law in Istanbul.

The Research Forum is a scholarly conference which promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. It has a small and intensive format. The Research Forum targets in particular scholars at an early stage of their careers, especially advanced PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Approximately 15 - 20 papers will be selected from among the submissions and, during the Research Forum, paper presenters will receive comments on their papers from members of the ESIL Board and invited experts.

The 2016 Research Forum calls for papers addressing the theme of the making of international law, including the following set of issues:

  • Interaction between sources of international law
  • Customary international law, its formation and nature
  • New sources of international law in international law making – formalism and beyond
  • International organizations and international law making
  • Non-state actors and international law making
  • Fragmentation and sources of international law
  • The legitimacy of the sources of binding obligation in international law
  • The role of comparative law in relation to international law making
  • Specific problems relating to international law making in particular subject areas such as human rights law, environmental law, international trade law, etc.

Papers which address any dimensions of the call, including through interdisciplinary research and methods, and through historical, theoretical or empirical approaches, will be given serious consideration. We welcome papers that propose to redefine or re-imagine our understanding of the terms of the call and their meaning in the current context.

Abstracts of not more than 750 words should be submitted by interested applicants to by 1 November 2015. Please include your name, email address and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 December 2015. Complete drafts of papers will be required by 15 March 2016. Papers may in due course be published in an edited collection.

Successful applicants will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Partial financial support may be available on a needs basis for a limited number of scholars. Scholars selected to present a paper who have exhausted other potential sources of funds can submit a request to the Selection Committee for financial support with an explanation of why they are in need of assistance.

Once selected, applicants will be informed of several hotels that offer preferential rates to Research Forum participants. Lunch on both days will be provided, and a dinner for presenters, commentators and ESIL Board members will be hosted by Koç University Law School on the evening of Thursday 21 April.