Sunday, May 31, 2015

Conference: 23rd ANZSIL Annual Conference

The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law will hold its 23rd Annual Conference on July 2-4, 2015, at the Victoria University of Wellington. The theme is: "International Law-Making at a Crossroads: Participants, Processes and Principles." The program is here. Here's the idea:
The expansion and fragmentation of international law has brought a new complexity to international law-making. Today, there is an unprecedented diversification of actors, processes and fora involved in the creation of international standards, with government organisations, non-state actors and other networks are increasingly involved in the norm developing process. While certain forms of international collaboration are deliberately aimed at facilitating international agreement without establishing legally binding obligations, such agreements achieve a remarkable degree of compliance by states. Theories of international law-making no longer focus only on the fixed sources of law, but also explore the generation of law as an ongoing process of communication, interpretation, and narration. These innovative efforts at engaging in and making sense of legal diplomacy raise significant questions about the legitimacy, accountability, effectiveness, and nature of international law.