• 08 Feb 2018 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 25 Jan 2018 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 27 Nov 2017 6:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 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