Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Call for Papers: International Law and Justice

The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and the Asian Society of International Law have issued a call for papers for a joint conference on "International Law and Justice," to take place October 25-26, 2012, in Sydney. Here's the call:

The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law & The Asian Society of International Law

Joint Conference on

International Law and Justice

Sydney, Australia, 25 - 26 October 2012

This Joint Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (‘ANZSIL’) and the Asian Society of International Law (‘Asian SIL’) will take place from Thursday 25 October to Friday 26 October 2012, hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. This is the first formal event jointly organised by ANZSIL and the AsianSIL.

The last decade has seen a significant growth in international law activity and engagement across the region and sub-regions—with intersections growing among different fields of international law and the ongoing development of networks among professional communities of experts in international law and related disciplines and professions.

The Conference aims to bring together participants from across Asia and the Pacific, and beyond, to discuss topical issues relating to the broad theme of international law and justice. Most simply, to what extent can international law be an instrument of justice? Do we all share a common perception of justice and how does justice at an international level relate to other goals such as peace, equality, or development? Has the expansion of international law enhanced international justice and if so, for whom? To what extent has international law embraced the concept of intergenerational justice?

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline 30 May 2012

The Conference Organising Committee now invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Conference. Topics for papers can include, but are not limited to, the relationship between international law and justice in the context of:

  • International courts and less formal dispute resolution processes
  • Human rights and development
  • The role, purpose, and effectiveness of international law
  • International criminal law
  • International security, including maritime security
  • International environmental law
  • The history and theoretical underpinnings of international law
  • International organizations
  • International trade law and international economic law
  • International law education
  • Polar regions
  • Application of theories of justice to international law, international institutions and/or current international issues. The theories may cover formal, procedural, substantive, retributive, restorative justice or they may be drawn from any culture or religious tradition)
  • Comparisons between theories of justice in different cultures

Papers with a focus on regional developments are particularly welcome. Potential paper givers are encouraged to address explicitly some aspect of the conference theme.

Those wishing to propose papers for presentation at the Conference should submit a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae by email to the Conference Organizing Committee at, not later than Monday, 30 May 2012. The Conference Organising Committee will aim to inform applications of the outcome of their proposals by early July 2012. Further information about the Conference, including the program and registration details, will be available at a later date on the websites of ANZSIL: and the Asian SIL:

The conference is being organised in collaboration with the United Nations University and its Institute for Ethics Governance and Law, Griffith University, and other partners. It is anticipated that the biennial Ingram Colloquium on International Law and Development convened by the UNSW Faculty of Law will take place at the same time as the Conference.

Conference secretariat email: