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Annual BIICL/SLS Workshop: Reform and International Law

Date: Ends 15 Oct 2022

Time: TBC

Venue: TBC

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31st Annual BIICL/SLS Workshop: Reform and International Law

Call For Papers

International law is both a motivator and product of reforms around the globe. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars will convene a workshop to discuss 'reform' in international law, which will take place on 5th December 2022

The workshop will examine the scope and process of reform in international law. The following are examples of general questions to be considered:

  1. What are the factors (e.g. - crises) that inspire and push reforms in international law?
  2. Who are the players that are and/or should be involved in reforming the international system?
  3. What are the risks of reforming or not reforming the existing system?
  4. Is incremental reform sufficient or is a system transformation required?

One aspect of particular interest is reform of the UN System. Papers in this stream might focus on a range of areas, such as: UN responsibility (e.g. - peacekeeping); the International Law Commission and Sixth Committee; 3. immunities and host nation diplomatic law; 4. Charter-level reform (e.g. - the Statute of the International Court of Justice); 5. decolonization (e.g. -international protectorates, non-self-governing territories). Whilst UN reform is stagnant, the workshop will seek to discuss ideas for improvement in case the political will emerges.

We are also interested in reform on specific areas of law, such as: human rights, global health, migration and refugee law, humanitarian law, international labour law and State responsibility. Papers in this stream might consider international law as a factor influencing reform at the regional and domestic level. For example, the role it plays to influence domestic legislation, policy and practice; mechanisms to bolster that influence; and the domestic and other factors aligning to allow international law to have a reforming (or even transforming) influence.

We are also interested in papers on reforming teaching and careers in international law. Papers in this stream might examine, for example: the role of teachers of international law in informing the reform of international law; the reforms that are needed to make international law a more inclusive career option for students; and reforms to the teaching of international law that bring the whole range of approaches to the fore.

How to Apply

 Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be submitted by 15 October 2022, 23:59 hrs BST to: . The abstracts should be clearly connected to the workshop themes and provide the title of the proposed paper as well as the ideas to be presented. To promote an exchange of diverse contributions, abstracts from early career researchers (including PhD Students), researchers with alternative research careers (e.g. - NGOs, governments or corporates) and academics from the Global South are particularly encouraged. A short biography (no more than 100 words) should also be included.

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