Friday, October 9, 2009

Call for Papers: Third Annual International Law Colloquium

The Department of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in conjunction with the Department of Law, London School of Economics, has issued a call for papers for the third annual International Law Colloquium for doctoral students, January 16-17, 2010. Here's the call:

The International Law Colloquium is designed for doctoral students working on dissertations in the field of international law and related subjects. Participants are from the UK and elsewhere in the world. The purpose of the Colloquium is to provide students with the opportunity to make a brief presentation about their work (or parts thereof) for open and constructive discussion with input from a panel of scholars including Matthew Craven (SOAS), Catriona Drew (SOAS), Florian Hoffman (LSE), David Kennedy (Harvard/ SOAS), Susan Marks (LSE) and Ralph Wilde (UCL). Preference will be given to projects with a theoretical or interdisciplinary dimension.

Themes from previous years have included: the ‘role’ of international or comparative legal scholars; the conceptual and normative relations between the ‘private’ and ‘public’ in international law; the dimensions of North/South debates in international trade, investment, labour, and environment; states of exception and/or emergency; post-colonial and Third World approaches to international and comparative legal studies; the international rule of law; and the histories of international law.

The Colloquium will be held in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS on the 16th and 17th January 2010.


Students interested in participating should submit an abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a brief biographical statement, including information regarding current academic affiliations and general research interests, by 27th November 2009. All inquiries and materials should be addressed to the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law at SOAS:

Attendance at the Colloquium is free, but participants will have to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Further advice on such matters is available on request.