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 The post-docs tasks will involve research into published and the collection of unpublished decisions and awards of arbitral tribunals in public-private arbitration.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
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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.
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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.
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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.
· SUBMISSION PROCESS
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.
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.
· MANUSCRIPT STRUCTURE
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.
- GENERAL GUIDELINES
· 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
· 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
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:
· Abstract of up to 200 words
· 5-7 keywords
· Main text
· References (at the end of the article)
· Acknowledgements (if appropriate)
· Table(s) and Figure(s) with caption(s) (on individual files) (if
· FURTHER INFORMATION
For questions regarding the content of this special issue, please contact:
Professor Dr. Nitish Monebhurrun — Editor of the Brazilian Journal of
Professor Dr. Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin - Guest Editor
Professor Dr. Fabio Morosini - Guest Editor
Professor Dr. Arthur Giannattasio – Guest Editor
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