Sunday, March 27, 2016

Call for Papers: ESIL International Economic Law Interest Group Workshop

The International Economic Law Interest Group of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for a full day workshop on September 7, 2016, immediately preceding the 12th Annual ESIL Conference, in Riga. Here's the call:

ESIL International Economic Law Interest Group - Call for Papers

2016 Riga ESIL Conference

Workshop of the IEL IG – 7 September 2016

At the Conference of the European Society of International Law taking place in Riga, Latvia, the ESIL International Economic Law Interest Group, chaired by Elisa Baroncini, Marion Panizzon and Peter-Tobias Stoll, will convene a full day workshop, which will take place on 7 September 2016.

    Three panels will be organized, which will deal with

    1) The future of world economic law: new mega-regional trade and investment agreements and the proposed International Investment Court,

    2) International Economic Law and sustainable development and climate change,

    3) International Economic Law and economic sanctions.

For each of the three panels of the workshop the ESIL IELIG invites papers, which should be unpublished, in an advanced stage of completion, and ready to be included in the ESIL SSRN Conference Paper Series and in the ESIL Conference Proceedings. If published otherwise, the ESIL IEL IG is happy to authorize authors to indicate the presentation of a related paper at a ESIL IEL IG workshop. The working languages of the ESIL IELIG are English and French, and thus the proposals may be submitted in English or French (see below for the paper submission procedure and timeline).

Call for Papers 1: The future of world economic law: new mega-regional trade and investment agreements and the proposed International Investment Court

The recent tendency to conclude free trade agreements is outstanding in regard to the sheer numbers of such agreements or negotiation projects as well as in terms of their intention to provide for a "deep" integration. Also, there is much doubt whether Art. XXIV GATT / V GATS alone can effectively balance multilateral inclusiveness and regional exclusivity. It appears, therefore, that new ways are needed to reflect upon the future of the international economic order.

Also some fresh thinking is required in view of international investment law, which recently has seen the innovative proposal of an international investment court. This proposal, which has been included in the EU-Vietnam and EUCanada Free Trade Agreements, marks a considerable point of departure for international investment law, which urgently needs some analysis and discussion.

Call for Papers 2: International economic law and sustainable development and climate change

The year 2015 has seen two important United Nations conferences, which have been considered a remarkable success and at the same time are closely related to international economic law. In September 2015, UN Sustainable Development Summit formally adopted an ambitious new sustainable development agenda with 17 newly formulated sustainable development goals (SDGs). This way, the concept of sustainable development is getting more and more articulated. As most of these goals relate to the economy or rely on economic activity for their achievement, a reflection is urgently required as to how these new SDGs may impact international economic law.

SDG No. 13 calls for “Climate Action” and in this way points to the second important achievement in 2015, which has been the successful conclusion of the 2015 Paris Conference on climate change. And indeed, a fresh view on the international economic law implications is also called for in this regard. From emission trading to border tax adjustments, from flexible mechanisms to technology transfer: manifold aspects involved in the implementation of the results of the Paris Conference relate to international economic law and should be discussed at our workshop.

Call for Papers 3: International Economic Law and Economic Sanctions

The recent economic sanctions imposed against Russia by the US and the EU and the related reactions have raised a long-standing issue relating to the compatibility of economic sanctions with free trade rules. However, in addition to its trade dimension, the situations mentioned here or other possible scenarios for economic sanctions furthermore raise new questions in view of international investment law.


Submissions are welcome from senior and junior scholars. Abstracts must not exceed 800 words, and have to be submitted to the following mail addresses:;

In addition to the abstract, each submission should contain a separate file containing information on:

  • The topic of the call for papers for which the abstract is submitted
  • he author’s name and affiliation
  • A short (one page) author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications
  • The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number
  • The membership of the author with ESIL and the date of affiliation

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 May 2016

Successful applicants will be informed by 30 May 2016

The deadline for the submission of the papers of accepted abstracts is 1 August 2016.

The Workshop will take place on Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The deadline for the submission of final papers for publication is 1 November 2016.