• 02 Nov 2017 11:46 PM | Lisa Toohey


    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 The post-docs tasks will involve research into published and the collection of unpublished decisions and awards of arbitral tribunals in public-private arbitration.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.



    • 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:


    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. Selection Committee:

    • 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 indicating a project of independent research that the applicant wishes to pursue during his or her tenure.

    The closing date for receipt of completed applications including the research proposal is 30 November 2017.


  • 31 Oct 2017 2:09 AM | Shin-yi Peng (Administrator)

    You can access the latest SIEL Newsletter here.

    Thanks to Susan Isiko Strba, Maria Laura Marceddu & Johanna Jacobsson for putting it together!

  • 16 Oct 2017 6:38 AM | Holger Hestermeyer

    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 LawOne 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

  • 05 Oct 2017 10:19 AM | Holger Hestermeyer

    The final program of the conference in Athens is available here: Programma_all.pdf

  • 27 Sep 2017 9:37 AM | Shin-yi Peng (Administrator)

    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:

    • Law and practice in international economic governance and international organizations;
    • International trade, investment, competition, monetary and financial law;
    • The interaction of IEL branches with other branches of law governing intellectual property, human rights, environment, sustainable development, 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;
    • International economics, philosophy, sociology, politics.
    • International developments and economic law, which may inter alia, refer to Brexit, the OECD-led tax Initiatives international financial regulation, cryptocurrencies and monetary affairs.

    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 pepa2018conference@gmail.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.

    Conference Co-Chairs: Freya Baetens, José Caiado, Konstantinos Tsimaras and Venetia Argyropoulou.

  • 18 Sep 2017 9:56 AM | Shin-yi Peng (Administrator)

    Submissions for the new SIEL/Hart Prize are now open!

    The SIEL/Hart Prize is a brand new prize awarded every two years to an outstanding unpublished manuscript by an early career scholar in the field of International Economic Law. The manuscript can be a doctoral thesis or an original, book-length piece of scholarship. The deadline for submissions is 15th January 2018. Find the details here.

  • 11 Sep 2017 7:07 PM | Holger Hestermeyer
    The Athens Public International Law Center (AthensPIL) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law, the Research Centre on Procurement law and International Investments (CREDIMI), research centre of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of Burgundy, and the Faculty of Law of the University of Zaragoza organise, in the context of the Investment Law Initiative, and with the support of the ESIL Interest Group on International Economic Law, a conference on "International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict. For more information and registration, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colloquium-on-international-investment-law-the-law-of-armed-conflict-registration-36507239135

  • 11 Sep 2017 7:03 PM | Holger Hestermeyer

    The WTI offers a course on Treaty interpretation on 4-8 December 2017. Find the details here: Treaty Interpretation PhD Flyer.pdf

  • 11 Jul 2017 5:15 AM | Holger Hestermeyer

    The Brazilian Journal of International Law (RDI) invites submissions for a
    special issue on Southern Narratives of International Law to be published in
    2018. The issue will be edited by Professors Arthur Giannattasio
    (Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo), Fabio Morosini
    (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre), and Michelle
    Ratton Sanchez Badin (Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo)

    In the last decades, alternative narratives about international law have
    attempted to reframe the field beyond the modern Western European
    narratives. In such an attempt to present a contribution to international
    legal thinking outside and beyond a northern perspective, a new agenda for
    international law (teaching and research agenda, methods and analytical
    frameworks) is being pursued by academics in the global south or by
    academics who are concerned with the challenges that the global south is
    pressing on international legal theory. Indeed, global south approaches are
    associated with unveiling and reconceptualizing exclusion and of the role of
    the excluded in the international legal order. This call for papers aims at
    raising consciousness around the role of the global south in the theory of
    international law, to understand and to propose concepts and institutional
    experiences derived from those multilevel pure and applied criticisms to
    positivist theories and value-free doctrines. Thus, this call and its
    Special Editors encourage submissions on a variety of themes that address
    international law from that alternative standpoint. Suggested topics
    include, but are not limited to:

    1)      What does it mean to think critically in international law?
    2)      Traditional international law versus critical international law:
    epistemology and ontological differences.
    3)      Critical analysis of International Law and Normative Spaces: Differences
    between Global North and Global South Approaches.
    4)      International law and its critics: contributions from NAIL, TWAIL,
    Postcolonial theory, Decoloniality, Feminism, Queer theory, Race theory,
    Transcivilizational approaches, Imperialism, Postmodernism, and others.
    5)      International law and national identities.
    6)      Do all critical approaches to international law fit into Southern
    7)      Using history and empirical studies to criticize international law.
    8)      International law and exclusion: actors, processes, norms, narratives.
    9)      Critical analysis of international law and teaching methods: challenges
    for the traditional curriculum.
    10)     Practicing critical international legal thinking: experiences and
    11)     Beyond criticism: how can the current international law system benefit
    from new Southern critical studies?

    ·       THE JOURNAL

    The Brazilian Journal of International Law is a double-blind peer-reviewed
    journal which publishes academic papers related to issues addressed by
    public and private international law. Ranked by the Brazilian National
    Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development as Qualis A1 in Law, RDI
    is becoming an important academic asset in the quest for development and
    construction of critical views about international law.

    Manuscripts may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish.
    Articles in English are strongly recommended. Manuscript revisions will be
    in the language of submission. Non-native speakers are strongly encouraged
    to have their paper read by a native speaker. The Journal will reject
    articles if the level of chosen language is insufficient.
    It adopts a double-blind peer-review policy. The response from the first
    review will normally be provided within 30 days from the submission. Authors
    are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within 10
    Authors should preferably hold a PhD and/or have a strong
    professional/academic background in International Law and History of
    International Law at the time of submission. The editors will reject
    manuscripts before review if they are not suitable for the journal, e.g.
    because of inadequate or imprecise analytical development, inconsistent
    formatting or non-compliance with our submission guidelines, and poor
    writing style (this list is not exhaustive).
    The deadline for submission is 31st October 2017.
    ·       COPYRIGHT

    All content published by the Journal, except where identified, is licensed
    under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC. This will ensure the widest
    dissemination and protection against copyright infringement of articles. The
    “article” is defined as comprising the final, definitive, and citable
    Version of Scholarly Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in
    its final and revised form, including the text, abstract, and all
    accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material.

    As an author, you are required to secure permission to reproduce any
    proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data,
    audio, video, film stills, and screenshots, and any supplemental material
    you propose to submit. This applies to direct reproduction as well as
    “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table
    that derives substantially from a copyrighted source). The reproduction of
    short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes
    of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the
    quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.
    Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this
    journal are provided below.
    The Journal considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have
    not been submitted elsewhere, that they have not been published already, nor
    are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere.
    Contributions must report original research and will be subjected to review
    by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.
    ·       Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, space between
    lines 1.5 throughout the manuscript (including all quotations, endnotes and
    ·       Pages should be numbered consecutively.
    ·       Notes should be listed consecutively at the end of the article
    (endnotes), and clearly marked in the text at the point of punctuation by
    superior numbers. Endnotes should be used for clarification purposes only.
    ·       Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format (.doc). PDF files will not
    be accepted.
    ·       All the authors of a paper must attach their short curriculum vitae (CV),
    which must consist of a single one paragraph-text of 100-120 words in
    length, each. This is to be done online during the submission process.
    ·       The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where
    the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation
    during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a
    footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the
    article is accepted.
    ·       All manuscripts submitted should be free from jargon and be written as
    clearly and concisely as possible. Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
    Sexist or racist terms must not be used.
    ·       All submissions should be made online via
    -       FORMAT
    Articles should be based on original research and develop an original
    argument falling within the scope of the journal. The articles are subjected
    to a blind-peer review and must include:
    ·       Title
    ·       Abstract of up to 200 words
    ·       5-7 keywords
    ·       Main text
    ·       References (at the end of the article)
    ·       Footnotes
    ·       Acknowledgements (if appropriate)
    ·       Table(s) and Figure(s) with caption(s) (on individual files) (if


    For questions regarding the content of this special issue, please contact:

    Professor Dr. Nitish Monebhurrun — Editor of the Brazilian Journal of
    International law

    Professor Dr. Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin - Guest Editor

    Professor Dr. Fabio Morosini - Guest Editor

    Professor Dr. Arthur Giannattasio – Guest Editor

  • 29 Jun 2017 3:01 AM | Shin-yi Peng (Administrator)

    Victoria University of Wellington's School of Law is looking to hire a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in International Trade Law.  The job posting can be found here under Reference No. 1643:  http://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/careers/current-vacancies