Planning for the 2018 SIEL Conference has commenced. We look forward to welcoming proposals from a broad range of hosts. The Call for Venue is available here.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Zaragoza is hosting, in the context of the Investment Law Initiative, a Colloquium on ‘International Investment Law & Competition Law’, which will take place on 27 & 28 September 2018, in Zaragoza, Spain. Details on the submission procedure and key dates can be found here.
The call for papers, panels & posters for the 6th SIEL Biennial Global Conference has been extended to December 20, midnight GMT.
The Conference will be held from 12-14 July 2018 at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. Please keep the date!
Further information is available here.
Postdoctoral Researcher in ERC-Project on Private-Public Arbitration
(also available at http://www.uva.nl/en/content/vacancies/2017/10/17-517-postdoctoral-researcher-in-erc-project-on-private-public-arbitrations-lex-mercatoria-publica.html?m)
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.
To discuss the position informally, please contact:
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.
To apply please submit the following items in Word or PDF format electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org, attn. Selection Committee:
The closing date for receipt of completed applications including the research proposal is 30 November 2017.
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The XXIII Annual Conference of the Italian Society of International and EU Law (SIDI-ISIL) will take place at the University of Ferrara on 7/8 June 2018. The conference's theme is Codification in International and EU Law. One session of the Conference will deal with Coordination between different codification instruments (8 June 2018, 9 am – 1 pm). Speakers will be selected through a call for papers. The deadline for submitting proposals is 10 January 2018. The call for papers is available here: Call for Papers SIDI_6.10.2017 FINALE.pdf
The final program of the conference in Athens is available here: Programma_all.pdf
7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2018
Nicosia, Cyprus, 13-14 April 2018
The 7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/ Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) organised by PEPA/SIEL in collaboration with the Law School of the European University of Cyprus, will take place on 13 - 14 April 2018 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
This conference constitutes a unique and established platform which grants early academics (students enrolled in Master or Ph.D. programmes) and early professionals/academics (generally within five years of graduating) studying or working in the field of IEL, the opportunity to demonstrate and receive valuable feedback on their ideas and research about broader issues relating to International Economic Law (IEL). SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) aims to, inter alia, foster collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals, by granting to the latter the opportunity to not only present and discuss their research in a supportive and welcoming environment, but most importantly the opportunity to receive fruitful feedback from experienced academics and professionals as well as experts in the field.
The organisers invite submissions on any IEL topic including, but not limited to:
Submissions should include a CV (no more than 2 pages) and a research abstract (no more than 400 words) and be sent no later than 3 November 2017 to email@example.com. Papers will be selected based on a double-blind review conducted by a senior practitioner or academic and a conference organizer so kindly ensure that your CV will be in a separate file and your abstract will not entail personal details.
Decisions regarding the symposium program will be made no later than November 30, 2017. Selected applicants will be expected to submit their complete paper (not exceeding 5.000 words) by February 28th, 2018.
General inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to the email address above.
A limited number of scholarships to cover travel/accommodation expenses for applicants from developing countries facing financial hardship, is available by the Developing Country Participant Fund. Applicants for such a waiver are kindly invited to add a short letter of no more than 3 paragraphs to their conference application, stating the reason for the scholarship.
Submissions for the new SIEL/Hart Prize are now open!