Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Call for Papers: International Economic Law in Times of Crisis and Change

The Socio-Legal Studies Association has issued a call for papers for its 2012 conference, which will take place April 3-5, at De Montfort University, Leicester. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 16, 2012. One of the conference themes is "Exceptional States: International Economic Law in Times of Crisis and Change." Here's the call for that theme:

Exceptional States: International Economic Law in Times of Crisis and Change

Convenors: Celine Tan, School of Law, University of Warwick (Celine.Tan@warwick.ac.uk) and Amanda Perry-Kessaris, School of Law, SOAS, University of London (a.perry-kessaris@soas.ac.uk).

The global economy is undergoing tremendous upheaval and change. From the ongoing global financial crisis to concerns over food and energy security to conflicts over natural resources and a burgeoning environmental and climate change crisis, instability is permeating international economic relations and threatening to undermine the institutions of global economic governance.

There is uncertainty over the capacity of the postwar international economic legal order – itself built upon foundations established in the aftermath of military conflict and economic crisis – to contain the social, economic, political and legal manifestations of global crises. The impact of this turn of events is particularly challenging for developing countries and especially acute for countries on the periphery of the global economy, such as post-conflict and fragile states. However, despite such challenges, times of crisis also offer opportunities for change, critical reflection on the current framework of international economic law and prospects for the reorientation of law and policy in the global economy.

The convenors of this theme welcome proposals addressing this question of crisis and change in international economic lawmaking and hope to stimulate further discussion and collaboration on these areas among participants.