Friday, October 12, 2007

Call for Papers: Inaugural Conference of the Society of International Economic Law

The Society of International Economic Law has issued a call for papers for its inaugural conference, the theme of which will be "New Horizons of International Economic Law." Here's the call:

Over the course of the last two decades, the communities of scholars, practitioners and others active in the area of international economic law have grown and diversified in ways that few could have predicted. The field of international economic law now includes a diverse array of participants, is prominent in numerous areas and addresses new substantive issues. Perhaps inevitably, the term "international economic law" now defies easy definition - at once a fully integrated part of public international law and an identifiable field in its own right, with a broader or narrower scope depending on perspective.

This conference aims to explore the many different faces of "international economic law", in order to reflect critically on its past, present and future paths. It will seek to explore issues concerning the content of the discipline, its evolution as a distinct field, and its relation with other fields of study. Given that the aim of the Society includes fostering research in the area of IEL and promoting cooperation among all parts within the field, the SIEL inaugural conference will also be a forum for those inside and outside academia to share pedagogical and research methods, as well as to explore greater cooperation among the many different constituencies of the field.

We welcome papers and panels on any topic related to the conference, including:

  • the three traditional pillars of "public" IEL: trade, investment, and monetary policies;
  • the relationship between these pillars, and between these pillars and other branches of law;
  • the influence of disciplines such as economics, political economy, and others on international economic law;
  • "comparative" international economic law, focussing on the ways in which international economic law interacts with laws, institutions and actors at the domestic level;
  • the "geographies" of international economic law, relating to the role of international economic law in different parts of the world;
  • the roles that law and legal practices play within "international economic governance";
  • methods and trends in the teaching of international economic law, both in universities and to the broader public;
  • interactions between scholars, practitioners, government officials and civil society groups active in international economic law;
  • and topical issues within international economic law.

We are particularly interested in integrating new voices with more established figures in the field, and welcome works in progress from young or new scholars reflecting the conference's broad theme.

There will be plenary and concurrent panels. Each panel will be moderated and may also have commentators on the papers presented. It is expected that many of the eminent members of the Founding Executive Council and members of the Founding Committee will be attending the conference - as presenters, commentators, and as Key Note Speakers (see for a full listing).

Submission Procedure

Paper and panel proposals are due by 15 December 2007, however early expression of interest is welcome. Paper abstracts and panel proposals should be no longer than 500 words, and should be submitted via email to, in WORD or PDF formats. Please, write "SIEL Conference Call for Papers" in the "subject" of the e-mail. Please, provide us with information about your full institutional affiliation and contact details. All papers submitted to the SIEL Conference must be previously unpublished. Work in progress is acceptable. Panel proposals should include a panel title, topics covered during the panel, list of suggested panelists (minimum 4), and information about the panelists and their specific contribution to the panel.

Results of the selection process are expected to be announced by 15 January 2008 by e-mail. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a final manuscript should be submitted by Sunday, 15 June 2008.

Conference fees and the costs associated with attending the conference will be kept as low as possible. The Society hopes to be in a position to waive the conference fee for speakers.

Review Process

Every paper or panel proposal will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers, members of the SIEL Founding or Inaugural Conference Committees. Confidentiality of the selection process is


You may submit your inquiries to Andrew Lang and Colin Picker: Co-Chairs, Founding Committee SIEL and to Galina Zukova, Co-Chair, SIEL Inaugural Conference Committee

Dr Andrew Lang, Law Department - London School of Economics

Prof. Colin B. Picker, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

Assoc. Prof. Galina Zukova, Riga Graduate School of Law