The Seventh Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) will take place at Bocconi University in Milan / Italy on 9-11 July 2020.


July 9-11th 2020,
Milan / Italy

Reshaping Global Economic Governance for the 21st Century

Call for Papers and Panels

I. Conference Content

The conference theme reflects the inflection point at which international economic law and governance finds itself two decades into the 21st century. The rules, principles and institutions that have governed international economic law (IEL) since the end of World War II are increasingly questioned at the national, regional and global level. The future, or even survival, of core institutions is seriously questioned and multiple proposals for reform of international trade and investment law and governance have been tabled. The 2020 SIEL Conference invites participants not only to take stock of the developments that have led to where international economic law and governance stand today, but also what changes must be made to create the rules and institutions that adequately respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

The 2020 SIEL conference is open to all academics, practitioners, and government officials to present research or papers addressing any of the issues challenging the international economic law community today. While the conference theme is used to provide an overarching conceptual framework for the 2020 SIEL conference, the Conference Committee nonetheless wishes to encourage the submission of proposals for papers and panels on all IEL subjects falling within the three traditional pillars of IEL: trade, investment, and monetary / financial matters. Without excluding proposals on other topics, the Committee would welcome in particular proposals for papers and panels on:

●  the future of international economic governance, including reform options for international economic institutions and/or issues concerning international adjudication of trade, investment and commercial disputes;
●  Policies to achieve sustainable development goals and address climate change;
●  trade wars and their impact on the rules-based multilateral trading system;
●  the relationship between multilateral and (mega)regional arrangements and / or different approaches in regional arrangements;
●  the challenges encountered and opportunities created by regional arrangements, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, the European Union after Brexit, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement;
●  transnational business and the challenge of market fragmentation;
●  cooperation against corruption and money laundering;
●  comparing treaty interpretation in trade and investment disputes;
●  future pathways for the knowledge economy;
●  methods and trends in researching, teaching and learning of IEL, including doctrinal and empirical methodologies; and
●  interactions between scholars, practitioners, government officials and civil society groups active in IEL.

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches such as law and economics, political economy, development theory, risk management, global health and environmental studies, comparative economic law, focusing on how IEL interacts with laws, institutions and actors at the domestic level; and other disciplines relating to IEL.

To that end, we invite proposals that fall within the following categories:

1. Individual paper and poster proposals on any IEL topic, including the conference theme described above. No preference will be given to paper or poster proposals based on whether or not they relate to the theme. Paper proposals must not exceed 400 words. Only one submission per person is allowed.

2. Panel proposals on any IEL topic may be submitted, although preference will be given to panel proposals whose subject falls within the scope of the conference theme. Suggested panelists must have agreed to attend the 2020 Conference. Should one or more panelists be unable to attend the meeting, the Conference Committee reserves the right to substitute for these panelists, or to merge panels, should a significant number of panelists not be able to attend. Panel proposals, including short bios of the panelists, must not exceed 800 words.

With respect to both theme and non-theme proposals, we are particularly interested in bringing together new voices and more established figures in the field. We welcome works in progress from emerging scholars and practitioners, as well as work from parts of the world not typically well- represented at such conferences, such as from developing countries and countries with emerging economies. There will be plenary and concurrent panels. Each panel will be moderated. Commentators may be invited to react to papers.

The Conference Committee may add further panels to ensure coverage of all main issues and areas of international economic law. Notable personalities from academia, government, international economic organizations, the legal profession, business and non-profit entities will be invited as keynote speakers, panels’ moderators and to mentoring events.

II. Submission Procedure and Instructions

Paper, poster and panel proposals must be submitted by 24 January 2020 (originally 10 January 2020) by Midnight GMT via the dedicated web-form, available here.

The organizers reserve the right to accept panel proposals subject to conditions regarding the size and composition of the panel and the variety of topics covered during a single panel discussion. Similarly, if your panel proposal is accepted and it later turns out that one or more of your speakers cannot attend, SIEL will determine who, if anyone, should fill the open slot. We will make this determination in consultation with the panel organizer, but the remaining panelists should not take it upon themselves to fill any vacancies.

In evaluating proposals, please note that priority will be given to unpublished papers/posters and works in progress. We generally do not permit individuals to serve on multiple panels. If you submit a paper proposal and are also listed in a panel proposal, we will consider both proposals, but reserve the right to choose which proposal is the better fit for the overall composition of the conference programme. Every proposal will be reviewed by at least two members of the SIEL conference committee on a double-blind and confidential basis. The SIEL conference committee anticipates announcing the results of this call for papers and panel proposals by February 2020.

Conference papers will be made available to conference participants prior to the conference. Accepted papers (from paper and panel proposals) must be submitted by 7 June 2020, in order to ensure the dissemination of papers among conference attendees. Papers from the previous conferences were published online as part of a working paper series on SSRN’s Legal Scholarship Network.

III. Conference Fees, Costs and Financial Support

Conference fees and associated attendance costs will be kept as low as possible. All conference participants, including speakers, must be able to cover their own travel, accommodation and attendance costs.

SIEL offers a limited number of need-based scholarships for scholars from developing countries for its 2020 conference. Preference will be given to scholars from least-developed countries. Applicants for a scholarship are required to fill out the relevant sections of the online form. Should the form not be accessible from your location or should you encounter technical problems, please follow the instructions on the SIEL website.

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