Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Call for Papers: Legality and Legitimacy of Non-UN Sanctions

The European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for the first session in a two-part symposium on "Non-UN Sanctions and International Law." Here's the call:


5 May 2017: Institute of International Relations, Prague
10 November 2017: Nottingham International Law and Security Centre, University of Nottingham


In 2017, an ESIL symposium will take place, co-organized by the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. The symposium will consist of two oneday events, one organized on 5 May 2017 in Prague, the other on 10 November 2017 in Nottingham. The overall topic of the symposium is Non-UN Sanctions and International Law. The idea is to consider various aspects of sanctions adopted outside the UN context, by individual States, groups of States, regional organizations or other actors.

  • The Prague event will focus on the legality and legitimacy of Non-UN Sanctions.

  • The Nottingham event will concentrate on the effectiveness of Non-UN Sanctions and the monitoring of such sanctions by States or Non-state actors.

The ESIL Symposium is a scholarly event that promotes an intensive and targeted discussion of a selected topic of international law. Approximately 8-12 papers will be selected from among the submissions for each of the one-day events. The most original papers may be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law (published by Oxford University Press) in 2018.

Call for Papers for the Prague event: Legality and Legitimacy of Non-UN Sanctions

Papers discussing any dimension of the topic of Legality and Legitimacy of Non-UN Sanctions, taking a theoretical or more policy-oriented approach, will be given serious consideration.

The organizers particularly welcome papers addressing one of the following set of issues:

  • the legal ground(s) for Non-UN Sanctions under current international law;
  • the relationship between UN and Non-UN Sanctions;
  • the legitimate aims pursued by Non-UN Sanctions;
  • the legality of Non-UN Sanctions adopted to promote fundamental interests of the international community (sanctions in reaction to the use of force or to gross human rights violations);
  • the role of non-state (private) actors in Non-UN Sanctions;
  • sanctions as a tool of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU;
  • the legality of counter-sanctions;
  • potential conflicts with human rights law, trade and investment law

Abstracts (of not more than 750 words) should be submitted to cil@iir.cz by 25 October 2016. Please include your name, email address and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 December 2016. Complete drafts of papers (of not more than 10,000 words) will be required by 1 April 2017.

Successful applicants will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. However, ESIL travel grants will be made available to offer partial financial support to participants. Speakers and participants in the symposium will be informed of hotels that offer preferential rates. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.

N.B. The Call for Papers for the Nottingham event will be issued in May 2017.