Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Call for Papers: Society of International Economic Law 2nd Biennial Global Conference

The Society of International Economic Law has issued a call for papers and panels for its second biennial global conference, July 8-10, 2010. The conference will be hosted by the University of Barcelona and its IELPO Programme. Here's the call:

The Second Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) will be hosted by the University of Barcelona and its IELPO Programme (see at the premises of the University of Barcelona from the 8th July to 10th July 2010.

The conference committee seeks proposals for paper presentations and conference panels under the following terms.

Conference Themes

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 and covers many new substantive issues. Inevitably, the term international economic law defies easy definition: it is at once a fully integrated part of public international law and an identifiable field in its own right.

This conference provides a venue for exploring many different faces of “international economic law”. 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 Global Conference offers 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 proposals for papers and panels on any topic related to international economic law, including:

  • the three traditional pillars of 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 how 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 and learning of international economic law; and
  • interactions between scholars, practitioners, government officials and civil society groups active in international economic law.

We are particularly interested in integrating new voices with more established figures in the field, and therefore welcome works in progress from young or new scholars.

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

Submission Procedure

Both paper and panel proposals are due by 15 December 2009.

Paper proposals should include a cover e-mail with full institutional affiliation and contact details, and a paper abstract of no longer than 300 words.

In evaluating proposals, please note that priority will be given to unpublished papers and works in progress. In your proposal, please note whether the paper has already been published, or has been accepted for publication.

Panel proposals should include a panel title, a description of the topics covered during the panel, and a list of suggested panelists (between 4 and 6), including information about the panelists and their specific contribution to the panel, in the form of a paper or presentation title. Suggested panelists must have been consulted by the proposer about the proposal. They must have confirmed their interest in serving on such a panel if it were to be selected. Please take into account the diversity of speakers and opinions reflected in your panel proposal.

Paper and Panel Proposals must be submitted via email to, in WORD or PDF formats. Please, write “SIEL 2010 Conference Call for Papers” in the subject of the email.

Results of the selection process are expected to be announced by the end of February 2010. Accepted papers must be submitted by 10 June 2010.

Conference fees and the costs associated with attending the conference will be kept as low as possible. The Society hopes, but cannot guarantee, to be in a position to provide a subsidy of the conference fee for some speakers on the basis of need, but at this time cannot make any guarantees.

Review and Selection Process

Every paper or panel proposal will be reviewed by at least two members of the conference committee, on a double blind and confidential basis.

Online Publication

Conference papers will be made available online prior to the conference. Papers from the Inaugural conference were published online as a working paper series on SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network (see


Please submit inquiries to Colin Picker: Co-Executive Vice President, SIEL (Email:

About the SIEL

The Society of International Economic Law is a new organization for academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in the field of International Economic Law. The Society is global and inclusive in terms of the expertise and interests of participants, and the many disciplines encompassed by IEL. Among other objectives, the Society also seeks to bring together its members in areas of common interest, as well as supporting academic activities in the field.

The SIEL’s Inaugural Conference, held in Geneva in the summer of 2008, included the presentation of almost 100 papers by IEL scholars, new and established, from around the world, covering the many different facets of the field. For more information of the SIEL Inaugural Conference see

For more information about the SIEL, please visit: