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  • 08 Oct 2019 4:24 AM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)


    The Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?“ invites applications for three Fellowships starting on 1 April 2020 or at a later mutually agreed date. 

    Position: 3 Fellowships in International Law, International Relations or Political Philosophy 

    Duration: 12-24 months fellowship starting on 1 April 2020 or at a later date

    Deadline for Applications: 15 November 2019

    Remuneration: A monthly stipend of 2500,00 Euro plus a roundtrip (economy) is attached to the position from which all costs will have to be covered. 

    Eligibility: The Junior Fellowships are designed for applicants worldwide with a doctorate in international law, international relations or political philosophy. The proposed projects should relate to the Group’s area of research. Applicants should have completed their PhD before joining the group and should not have pursued more than 2 years of postdoctoral research. Candidates from outside Europe are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are not expected to speak German. 

    The Research Group consists of public international lawyers - Heike Krieger (Freie Universität Berlin), Georg Nolte (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Andreas Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam) - political scientists Andrew Hurrell (Oxford University) and Andrea Liese (Universität Potsdam), as well as the political philosopher Stefan Gosepath (Freie Universität Berlin). The working language of the group is English. 


    The Research Group examines the role of international law in a changing global order. It assumes that a systemically relevant crisis of international law of unusual proportions is currently taking place which requires a reassessment of the state and role of the international legal order. It focuses on the type of international law that we may currently see emerging. Developments in recent years give rise to the question whether the move towards an international rule of law has lost momentum. Inter-state crises in different parts of the world display renewed thinking in terms of geopolitical spheres of influence. Collective efforts to address global issues through universal international law meet difficulties. Can we, under current conditions, still observe a legalization of international relations based on a universal understanding of values, or are we witnessing a tendency towards an informalization or a reformalization of international law, or even an erosion of international legal norms? Or are we simply observing a slump in the development towards an international rule of law based on a universal understanding of values? 

    More information can be found at the call for applications and via http://kfg-intlaw.de.

    Further information can be obtained at info@kfg-intlaw.de.


  • 08 Oct 2019 4:04 AM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)
    The conference is organised by the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) in collaboration with the International Law Forum and other sponsors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

    SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) is, among other things, interested in fostering collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals in International Economic Law (IEL). PEPA/SIEL fulfils these goals through various activities such as organising conferences at which emerging IEL academics and professionals can present and discuss their research in a supportive and welcoming environment. 

    We are pleased to announce that the 9th  PEPA/SIEL conference will take place on 17-19 May, 2020 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, in Jerusalem. 

    Call for Papers 

    The scope of the conference is broad, and we invite submissions on any IEL topic including, but not limited to: 

    • Law and practice in international economic governance and international organisations and tribunals such as the World Trade Organization, regional trade agreements and investor-state dispute settlement;
    • International trade, investment, development, competition, intellectual property, monetary and financial law, including dispute resolution; 
    • The interaction of IEL branches with other branches of public policy and law relating to public health, gender, inequality, human rights, environment, sustainable development and food safety;
    • Bilateral and regional economic integration and the multilateral trading system; 
    • Comparative economic law, focusing on how international economic law interacts with laws, institutions and actors at the domestic level; 
    • Interdisciplinary research incorporating economics, international political economy, history, philosophy, psychology or sociology, as well as empirical methods, both qualitative and quantitative; 
    • International developments and economic law, which may inter alia, refer to current disputes, ongoing negotiations, ‘trade wars’, the Appellate Body crisis, ongoing reform of the international investment system, Brexit and the EU, and the Belt Road Initiative. 
    • Digital trade, international financial regulation, cryptocurrencies, and monetary affairs. 
    • IEL issues relevant especially to corporations including, but not limited, to supply chains, trade compliance programs, export controls and corruption 
    • Educating and teaching IEL in turbulent times. 

    Submission Guidelines

    Submissions should include (1) a CV (no more than 2 pages); (2) an anonymized research abstract (no more than 400 words), to be sent no later than 31 January, 2020 as attachments to pepasiel2020@gmail.com, in a single email, including the submitter’s surname in the message title. Papers will be selected based on a double-blind review conducted by members of the Conference Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 March 2020, after which they are expected to submit a conference paper (no more than 4000 words) and an updated abstract, by 15 April 2020, to the same e-mail. Abstracts will be made available online, and papers will be made available to conference speakers and discussants. 

    Should you have any questions regarding application or participation, please feel free to contact pepasiel2020@gmail.com

    More information: 9th PEPA/SIEL Call for Papers.

  • 04 Oct 2019 5:10 AM | Shin-yi Peng (Administrator)

    The 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian International Economic Law Network (AIELN) will be held by the Institute of Law for Science and Technology, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taipei from 26 to 27 October 2019. The theme of the Conference is “International Trade Regime for the Data-Driven Economy: How will Artificial Intelligence Transform International Economic Law?” The program is available here.

  • 27 Aug 2019 6:57 AM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)

    The Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in International Economic Law commencing July 1, 2020. 

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2019. Note: Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

    Terms: This tenure-track position is in either the French Common Law Program, taught in French; the English Common Law Program, taught in English; or both.  Candidates should note at the top of their covering letter whether they are applying to the English program, the French program or both.

    Academic Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities including research; c) academic service activities, d) supervision of graduate students.

    Wages: Salary range for an Assistant Professor is $86,986-$120,306, for an Associate Professor is $96,088-$166,861 and for a Full Professor is $115,369-$201,408.

    Benefit package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete compensation package, which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance.

    Location of work: Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, 57 Louis-Pasteur Pvt., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada.

    Relocation expenses: The successful candidate may be eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with University policy.

    More information here 

  • 15 Aug 2019 1:33 PM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)

    Dr. Yulia Levashova, Prof. Julien Chaisse and Dr. Ilia Rachkov will be editing a TDM Special Issue on the interaction between international investment law and special economic zones (SEZs).

    SEZs and international investment law interact in several different ways. International investment agreements (IIA) are, similarly to SEZs, concluded by states with the goal of attracting foreign investors. IIAs make no distinction between foreign investments and investments made in SEZs. Consequently, foreign investors may initiate investment claims against a host state for mistreatment in an applicable SEZ. In the past, foreign investors have challenged the revocation of fiscal and tax benefits that were provided by a state's authorities under the SEZ's regime. In a number of investment cases, tribunals have also dealt with the issue of attribution by assessing whether a SEZ's authority qualifies as a state organ for the purpose of an applicable IIA.

    General issues of interaction between investment law and SEZs that may include:

    • Coherence in investment law and policy making, particularly in relation to the legal infrastructure of SEZs and investment protection rules
    • The protection of legitimate expectations of an investor in investment cases involving SEZs
    • Indirect expropriation of SEZ investments
    • The issue of attribution in investor-state disputes concerning the SEZs
    • The assessment and clarification of SEZs in investment and trade agreements (e.g. tax carve-outs etc.)
    • The interaction between specific dispute settlement mechanisms within SEZs and national courts and/or investment arbitration tribunals
    • The relationship between the special procedures established in the SEZs and potential ISDS disputes
    • Issues of non-discrimination between different types of foreign investors operating within and outside of SEZs
    • Sustainable development objectives in SEZs and their relationship with IIA investment protection rules
    • SEZ-related disputes under national law
    • The Belt and Road Initiative: SEZs and foreign investments

    Timeline and submission guidelines:

    Proposals (200 words) and authors' profiles (150-200 words) should be submitted to all three editors no later than 1 October 2019. Please CC info@transnational-dispute-management.com when submitting your materials. Full papers should be submitted by 30 December 2019. The release of the special issue is planned for the first quarter of 2020. Articles accepted for publication ahead of this schedule can also go through Transnational Dispute Management's (TDM) online advanced publication process, allowing your work to reach its target audience as soon as the paper completes the peer review and editing process. The layout of the articles should conform to TDM's submission guidelines available at www.transnational-dispute-management.com/contribute.asp (more information available upon request).

    For more information please see: https://www.transnational-dispute-management.com/news.asp?key=1771

  • 29 Jul 2019 4:13 AM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)

    International law is rooted in communities, influencing and affected by social groups and their socio-cultural features. This fifth workshop on the sociology of international law focuses on various sociological aspects pertaining to international economic law and human rights law, as well as to interrelationships between these two major legal fields. 

    Contributors will explore diverse interactions between sociological concepts (such as identity, socialization, collective memory, social control or frames) and broad range of legal rules and institutions in these spheres. 


    • 15 October 2019 – deadline for submission of abstracts and scholarship applications
    • 30 November 2019 – applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process
    • 10 April 2020 – deadline for submission of short papers 
    • 8-9 May 2020 – workshop

    For full details about the workshop’s theme and the application processes, please click here

  • 27 Jul 2019 8:41 AM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)

    The objective of SAIELN is to encourage and support the development of international economic law (IEL) in the South Asia region in cooperation with global partners. The network is a freestanding body associated with the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and other IEL groups.



    The concept of Blue Economy is premised on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this concept is based on protection and the restoration of the ocean base, which provides livelihood and food to many in the world and sustainability of economic activities.



    For more information, visit: https://saieln.com

    Conference Agenda: SAIELN Conference Agenda.pdf

  • 07 Jun 2019 7:57 AM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)

    An International High-level Conference on “Multilateral Reform of Investor-State Dispute Resolution: A Dialogue between Different Approaches” will be held in Xi’an City, P. R. China, on 15-16 September 2019. 

    Key Topics of Discussion for Parallel Sessions

    The participants are welcome to submit papers on the reform of ISDS system, including but not limited to the following topics: 

    1. The theoretical foundations of ISDS Reform;
    2. ISDS reform under UNCITRAL; 
    3. The Rules Amendment of the ICSID; 
    4. The Modernization of Energy Charter Treaty; 
    5. The European Approach to ISDS Reform: The Multilateral Permanent Tribunal; 
    6. The American Approach to ISDS Reform: USMCA;
    7. The Asian Pacific Approach to ISDS Reform: CPTPP, RCEP and the Belt and Road Initiative; 
    8. China’s Role in ISDS Reform. 

    Application and Deadline for Submissions

    Proposals around 800 words and a CV (including your affiliation, main publications and contact information) should be submitted by email to sriicl@mail.xjtu.edu.cn (and copied to Dr Peng Wang: wangpeng6165@126.com) by 20 June 2019. Successful applicants will be informed by email before 30 June 2019.

    For those proposals accepted, completed manuscript of 8000-10000 words (footnotes included) are to be submitted by 30 August 2019. Selected papers will be published in an edited collection by a reputed international publisher.

    More information and call for papers: Multilateral Reform of Investor-State Dispute Resolution - China - CfP.pdf

  • 05 Jun 2019 6:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AfIELN (African IEL Network) is delighted to share its June newsletter, available here.

    Further information about the African IEL Network could be found here.

  • 15 May 2019 3:16 AM | Chris Tassis (Administrator)

    The objective of SAIELN is to encourage and support the development of international economic law (IEL) in the South Asia region in cooperation with global partners. The network is a freestanding body associated with the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and other IEL groups.

    The Second Biennial Conference will address the Law of the Blue Economy from an International and South Asian perspective. We are therefore seeking proposals for papers, panels and posters for the two-day SAIELN conference.

    The concept of Blue Economy is premised on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this concept is based on protection and the restoration of the ocean base, which provides livelihood and food to many in the world and sustainability of economic activities.

    For the purposes of this conference, South Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    The deadline for abstract submission is 27 May 2019.

    For more information, visit: https://saieln.com

    Call for papers: SAIELN - CfP - Blue Economy Conference.pdf

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