• 01 Jun 2016 10:47 AM | Holger Hestermeyer
    The thirteen living former Members of the WTO AB have written an open letter to the chairman of the DSB in the context of the current reappointment discussion in the WTO. It is available here: AB former Members Letter to DSB Chair 31.5.2016.pdf
  • 20 May 2016 4:36 AM | Holger Hestermeyer

    The ASIL IEL IG Biennial Conference will be held 30 September 2016 - 1 October 2016 at Georgetown. The call for papers is out and available here: https://www.asil.org/sites/default/files/documents/2016%20Biennial%20Call%20For%20Papers.pdf

  • 14 Mar 2016 8:03 PM | Lisa Toohey

    Postdoctoral Researcher in ERC-Project on Private-Public Arbitration

    The Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam is offering a position for a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-funded project ‘Transnational Private-Public Arbitration as Global Regulatory Governance: Charting and Codifying the Lex Mercatoria Publica’, coordinated by Prof Stephan Schill. The project is conducted within the framework of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) one of the centres of excellence of the University of Amsterdam. ACIL aims to promote high-quality research and education on public international law. Its research programme focuses on development and application of international law and its interaction with national legal orders.

    Lex Mercatoria Publica Project
    The Lex Mercatoria Publica project analyzes the rising phenomenon of transnational arbitrations between private economic actors and public law bodies (based both on investment treaties and contracts between private and public actors) as a mechanism of global regulatory governance. Its aim is to uncover to which extent and under which conditions arbitrators generate the rules governing public-private relations rather independently of specific domestic legal systems and their democratic processes, and thereby prospectively steer government conduct. The body of law crafted by arbitral tribunals is what the project designates as ‘lex mercatoria publica’. The project aims at describing and analyzing the content of the lex mercatoria publica and develop normative criteria to assess the legitimacy of private-public arbitrations in democratic societies that are based on the rule of law.

    Postdoctoral Research: Charting Arbitral Practice in Private-Public Arbitrations
    During its first phase the project has explored the conditions under which different domestic legal systems permit private-public arbitrations. In the next step, for which the postdoctoral researcher will be employed, the project will engage in empirical research into the practice of arbitral tribunals sitting in private-public arbitrations, in particular contract-based disputes. The post-docs tasks will involve research into published and the collection of unpublished decisions and awards of arbitral tribunals in public-private arbitration. This research is intended to be done in close interaction with major arbitration institutions, international law firms engaged in private-public arbitration, and international arbitrators sitting in these cases. Research stays and travel abroad may be necessary for this purpose. A central question will also be whether arbitral practice develops in the context of a worldwide frame of reference, or whether regional practices dominate. The practice of private-public arbitration that is uncovered during this stage of the research will be the basis for getting a clearer picture of the principles and rules forming part of the lex mercatoria publica.

    The postdoctoral researcher is expected to undertake research independently and work towards the publication of a research monograph or several publications in leading international journals. The researcher will benefit from committed research supervision by the project leader as well as interaction with other researchers in the lively and supportive intellectual environment of the ACIL, a centre of excellence at the University of Amsterdam’s Law Faculty, which has since long enjoyed a strong, international reputation for critical innovation in legal research.


     *   engages in independent scientific research that will result in high-quality publications in leading international journals;
     *   actively contribute to the research community at the ACIL and the Law Faculty, e.g. in research meetings and seminars;
     *   regularly present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences, and publish them in proceedings and journals;
     *   participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
     *   may (but will not be required to) lecture on subjects in the Faculty’s curriculum.


     *   Completed PhD degree at start of the employment;
     *   demonstrable research interest in international arbitration, both commercial and treaty-based, and, ideally, also its theory;
     *   excellent command of English (written and spoken);
     *   interest in cross-disciplinary research and ability to work in a team.

    Further Information
    To discuss the position informally, please contact:

     *   Prof Stephan Schill -  schill@mpil.de
     *   Project summary

    The postdoctoral researcher’s appointment will be originally for the period of one year, with a possibility for prolongation for up to two years. The appointment preferably commences on 1 June 2016 as soon as possible. Extension of the contract is subject to satisfactory performance after the first year. The gross full-time monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for postdoctoral researchers at Dutch universities, scales 10 and 11, ranging from €2,532 up to €4,654. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus.

    Job Application
    To apply please submit the following items in Word or PDF format electronically to: solliciteren-fdr@uva.nl  attn. Dr D.J. Den Boer, Director of the Faculty of Law:

     *   cover letter;
     *   CV;
     *   contact details of 2 referees;
     *   proof of your Master’s and PhD degrees, including grade transcripts. If you have not completed your PhD degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion;
     *   a writing sample with no more than approx. 50 pages in total, such as one chapter of the PhD thesis or a scholarly paper;
     *   research proposal.

    The closing date for receipt of completed applications including the research proposal is 15 April 2016.

  • 21 Feb 2016 6:01 AM | Lisa Toohey

    Registration is now open at  http://sielnet.org/event-2177056 for the 2016 SIEL Conference in Johannesburg.   Earlybird rates apply until 15 May 2016.

  • 08 Feb 2016 12:45 AM | Lisa Toohey
    Planning for the 2018 SIEL Conference has commenced.  Please see the attached Call for Venues for full details.  We look forward to welcoming proposals from a broad range of hosts.

    SIEL CfP for 2018 Venue_Final.pdf
  • 25 Jan 2016 5:36 PM | Holger Hestermeyer

    The Annual WTO Conference was originally established in 2000 through a partnership between the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) at the Georgetown University Law Center. The 16th edition of the Conference is organized jointly by BIICL, IIEL, the Graduate Institute, Geneva and the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). As originally established by University Professor John H. Jackson of Georgetown, and Professor Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, QC, a Trustee of BIICL, the Annual WTO Conference has a longstanding affiliation with the Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL), published by the Oxford University Press. The Annual WTO Conference is one of the most important and prestigious conferences addressing developments in international trade law, pursuing cutting-edge issues of interest to academics and practitioners alike.

    Read the CFP here: Call for Paper 2016 - WTO Conference 27 Jan.pdf

  • 25 Jan 2016 5:08 PM | Holger Hestermeyer

    The questionnaire will take only a few minutes of your time.

    The questionnaire is at https://hujipsych.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9M3Woje2qWqIX41. Your participation is important for the success of this advanced stage research project. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • 30 Nov 2015 7:05 AM | Lisa Toohey

    For many years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop - jointly organized by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Stephan W. Schill (Amsterdam), and Christian J. Tams (Glasgow) - has been a forum for the discussion of foundational issues of international investment law.

    The next workshop, to be held on 11-12 March 2016, inquires at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the ICSID Convention into whether, and to what extent, international investment law and investor-State arbitration are 'engines of legal development' and have radiating effect in general international law. The workshop does so against the background that international investment law has developed from a highly specialized, and even exotic discipline into international law mainstream. The increasing numbers of investment treaties, proliferating investment disputes, and the negotiation of mega-regionals, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, attest to this. Topics addressed in presentations to the workshop are the contribution of investment law and investor-State arbitration to the international law of dispute settlement, the law of treaties, and state responsibility. The program is available here. As in previous years, the workshop will bring together academics and practitioners and provide them with a forum for open and frank exchanges.

    If you are interested in participating, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt, E-Mail: S.Schimpf@jur.uni-frankfurt.de<mailto:S.Schimpf@jur.uni-frankfurt.de> by 28 February 2016.


  • 13 Nov 2015 7:09 AM | Holger Hestermeyer

    It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the sad news that Professor John H. Jackson, the father of the IEL field, passed away on 7 November.  Professor Jackson had a profound influence on so many of us, through his classes, scholarship, advice and guidance, and overall influence over the discipline.  He also played an important role in SIEL's creation, supporting the concept from the very beginning.  He served on our Founding Executive Council, and delivered the Hudec lecture at our inaugural conference in Geneva in 2008.  SIEL will miss him deeply.

    For those of you who would like to celebrate Prof. Jackon's memory, the family has requested donations to a scholarship established in Professor Jackson's name at Georgetown Law Center in lieu of flowers. The details are available here: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/press-releases/mourning-the-loss-professor-john-jackson.cfm

  • 12 Nov 2015 10:12 PM | Lisa Toohey

    A conference entitled: 'Transparency v. Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance’ will be held on Friday 20 November 2015 at Ravenna, School of Law.  For further details, see: http://www.fondazioneflaminia.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/DRAFT-PROGRAMME-RAVENNA-CONFERENCE-TRANSPARENCY-CONFIDENTIALITY-IEL.pdf?189523

      Participation is free for academics and students but registration is required due to space constraints. Please, send an email to register by 16 November to Dr Carla Rossi (Fondazione Flaminia) at the following email address: crossi@fondazioneflaminia.it