The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is a new organization aimed at academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in the field of IEL, in all parts of the world. The broad goals and objectives of the organization include:
a. building links and networks between and among IEL academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials;
b. fostering the development of local IEL expertise and IEL organizations where needed;
c. representing the discipline of international economic law as appropriate in global, regional and national fora; and
d. encouraging research, practice, service and teaching in the field of IEL.
SIEL will act as an umbrella organization, fostering co-ordination, collaboration and debate between IEL scholars and practitioners and national or regional IEL organizations around the world. It will be academically focussed, genuinely global in its reach, and highly inclusive - not only in its membership but also in terms of the expertise and interests of participants. It will focus, at least in the short term, on making links between IEL academics from all parts of the globe, disseminating IEL research, and building an online library of publicly accessible material to facilitate the teaching and learning of IEL worldwide.
The initial idea of a global organization for the field was first discussed at the ASIL-IELG's November 2006 conference, aptly held at the historic Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Shortly thereafter, some of the participants at that conference put together the Founding Committee, and then the Founding Executive Council. Subsequently, on May 24-25 2007, there was a planning meeting at the LSE to allow the Founding Committee, Executive Council and others to discuss our shared vision for SIEL. The input we received from the participants at that meeting has helped us to clarify and advance our vision of what the SIEL will do and be, and how it ought to be structured and governed going forward.
Our inaugural conference, along with the formal launch of SIEL, will be held from 15-17 July 2008, at the Centre on Trade and Economic Integration, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. For further information about the conference, please see the link on the left.
As a young Society, we aim to involve as many people as we can, particularly younger scholars and those from the developing world. To become a member, please click on the link in the left hand column.
For further information, please contact: Colin Picker (Co-Executive Vice President), Univ. of New South Wales (c.picker @ unsw.edu.au) or Meredith Kolsky Lewis (Co-Executive Vice President), Victoria University of Wellington Meredith.Lewis@vuw.ac.nz