Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Call for Abstracts: 2020 ASIL Midyear Meeting

The American Society of International Law has issued a call for abstracts for its 2020 Research Forum at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a part of the Society's Midyear Meeting, which will be held October 30-31. The deadline is May 18, 2020. Here's the call:

The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the 2020 ASIL Research Forum to be held at ASIL Academic Partner Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH. The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of scholarly papers related to international law. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not. Students and new professionals are especially encouraged to submit proposals for the Forum, and for the David Caron Prize (described below).

The Society plans to hold the Research Forum in person if it is possible to do so consistent with the safety and well-being of our attendees in light of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. We will explore alternative arrangements should it be impossible or inadvisable for an in-person gathering to take place in October, and if the public health situation prevents individual presenters from attending, we will work with them to arrange alternative options for remote participation.

Papers may be on any topic related to international and transnational law and must be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication). Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome. To be selected for the Research Forum, interested presenters should submit an Abstract of no more than 500 words in length summarizing the scholarly paper by 5:00 PM EST on Monday, May 18, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted using the form below. The Abstracts will be considered via a blind review process. Abstracts that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Notifications of acceptance will go out in June.

Abstracts of papers accepted for presentation will be assembled into thematic panels. The organizers welcome volunteers to serve as discussants who will comment on the papers. All authors of accepted papers will be required to submit their completed paper four weeks before the Research Forum, Thursday, October 1. Accepted authors must commit to participating on both Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2020. Papers will be posted in advance of the Forum on the Midyear Meeting App, accessible only by participants in the Meeting.

Presenters will have the option (subject to editorial approval) of being published in the spring 2021 double volume, ASIL Research Forum issue of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. To qualify for publication in the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, papers must be between 15-30 single spaced pages, include citations in Bluebook format, and be submitted by September 7, 2020.

David D. Caron Prize

The David D. Caron Prize is awarded for the best paper presented at the Research Forum by (a) a student currently enrolled in a graduate program; or (b) a person who received a graduate degree not more than five years prior to the date of the Research Forum at which the paper is presented. Co-authored papers are eligible for consideration provided all the co-authors meet the requirements stated above. All papers submitted for the Caron Prize by the deadline will receive written feedback from members of the Selection Committee, in addition to the feedback provided at the Forum.

Individuals whose papers are accepted for the Research Forum and who wish to be considered for the prize must submit their papers by Monday, September 7. The prize committee will review submitted papers, provide authors with feedback, and make recommendations in advance of a second-round submission. Papers not received by this date will not be considered for the Prize. Please note that authors must actually present their papers at the Research Forum, where the Prize will be announced. Authors who anticipate financial barriers to attending the Forum should also apply for a David D. Caron Fellowship, described below. The Prize recipient will receive a travel stipend to attend the Society's 2021 Annual Meeting, where the Prize will be formally presented.

David D. Caron Fellowships

Student or early career authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to apply for a limited number of David D. Caron Fellowships, designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend and present their scholarship. More information about these fellowships will be circulated to individuals whose papers are accepted.