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17-10-2018 Call for Papers: Latin America and International Law

From February 8 to 9, 2018, the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (University of Hamburg) in conjunction with Professor José Manuel Barreto Soler (Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Externado) organizes a conference on the history of international law in Latin American. The conference title is roughly borrowed from Alejandro Álvarez' very influential (but also controversially discussed) article "Latin America and International Law" from 1909. Inspired by his work, we aim at exploring the complex relationship between Latin America and international law in the past centuries.

Applications (in pdf) are due by 3 December, 2017 and  must include:

  • your proposal of around 300 - 500 words and
  • a brief CV (indicating also your institutional affiliation)

Application should be sent to

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02-10-2017 Public Forum: The History and Future of the Crime of Aggression

Chaired by Anne Orford, with Amanda Alexander, Martti Koskenniemi and Pål Wrange

In December 2017, States parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will decide whether to activate the crime of aggression. This public forum will bring together leading international law scholars to explore how histories of international criminal law can inform our understanding of current developments, and to ask what the criminalization of aggression might mean for the future of international law and order.

Chaired by Professor Anne Orford, with Dr Amanda Alexander, Professor Martti Koskenniemi, and Professor Pål Wrange

6:30 October 17, G08

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22-09-2017 - Call for Papers: ‘Speeches Punctuated with Resounding Slaps’ Law, Expansion, Hierarchy, Resistance

Paper proposals for this, the ‘Fascism and the International’ Project’s second workshop, are warmly invited from scholars, artists and activists working in and across the fields of international law, history, history of art, international relations, postcolonial studies, sociology, anthropology, political theory, geography, sound studies, feminist studies, queer theory, critical race theory and beyond.

This event is co-sponsored by the Laureate Program in International Law and Kent Law School, and forms part of a wider project, International Law and the Legacies of Fascist Internationalism, supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Melbourne Law School. If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send your proposal to the project’s C.I., Rose Sydney Parfitt (ARC Research Fellow, Melbourne Law School; Lecturer in Law, Kent Law School), at no later than 23 October 2017. An abstract or – in the case of performances and/or non-verbal interventions – a short description of c. 300 words should be included.

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11-09-2017 – Conference itinerary now available: The Legal and Political Thought of Francisco Suárez

This conference is organized by the Department of Roman Law and Legal History, University of Leuven in the context of the FWO Research Project “Suárez and Customary Law” (conveners: Randall Lesaffer and Dominique Bauer). It will be held from November 24-25 in Hof Bladelin, Naaldenstraat 17, 8000 Brugge (Belgium).

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29-08-2017 - Call for Papers: The Amsterdam Centre for International Law’s Conference–Contingency in the Course of International Law: How International Law Could have been

The workshop will ask a question that is deceptive in its simplicity: How might international
law have been otherwise? The overarching aim will be to expose the contingencies of international law’s development by inquiring into international law’s past. Such inquiries may be of systematic purport – asking, for example, how a different conception of the sources of international law could have emerged. Or they may focus on specific areas of the law, asking questions like whether the idea of state crimes could have taken hold or whether the NIEO could have achieved greater success (Anghie, 2015; Özsu, 2017; Venzke, 2017). International law’s past is almost certainly ripe with possibilities that we have forgotten. The workshop will seek to reveal and remember them.

The workshop will focus on trying to tell compelling stories about international law’s contingency. To be sure, those attempts may fail and claims to contingency may well turn out to be false (Beckett, 2017; Marks, 2009; Orford, 2015). Either way, though, we will question the present state of international law by challenging its pretence to necessity and by better understanding the forces that have shaped it (Horkheimer, 2002; Menke, 2014; Boucheron, 2016). Put simply with Robert Musil: ‘If there is a sense of reality, there must also be a sense for possibility’ (1995: 13).

Abstract Submissions and Timeline:

  • Submit abstracts of ca. 500 words and CV by 1 December 2017 by writing to
  •; selection by 15 December 2017.
  • Extended outlines of ca. 3.000 words to be circulated by 31 May 2018.
  • Revised contributions (8-10.000 words, including footnotes) to be submitted by
  • 1 October 2018.
  • Limited funding is available to support travel expenses on a needs basis.

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21-06-2017 - Melbourne Law School Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The MLS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to support talented, recent doctoral graduates in law to establish and consolidate their research careers and contribute to the intellectually vibrant and research-intensive culture of Melbourne Law School. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for dedicated research time within a supportive and collegial research environment. In addition, a small teaching component is an essential part of this program, thereby enabling the development of teaching skills and a teaching portfolio. The program provides research, teaching and academic career mentoring, and is designed to nurture the most promising early career researchers in any area of law. This two-year Fellowship commences at Level A6 in the University Salary Band (approximately $87,000 per annum). For the current round (commencing in 2018), applicants must have graduated or met all the requirements to graduate with a PhD in Law from any university, including The University of Melbourne, during the period 1 January 2015 to 16 July 2017.

Deadline: Sunday 16 July 2017

Contact: Ms Mas Generis (

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12-6-2017 - Full-Time Post-Doc Fellow Dublin City University Brexit Research & Policy Institute

The Brexit Research & Policy Institute is a newly established research and policy center, acting at trans-Faculty, inter-School level. The Institute is designed to operate as a hub and magnet to explore the implications that Brexit – the United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union – produces on law, politics, business and society. The Institute is lead by Federico Fabbrini (Full Professor of Law) and brings together staff from across the University working on Brexit-related issues. It organizes academic events and policy workshops, producing scientific knowledge and engaging with the public at large on a topic of great societal relevance.

The Brexit Research & Policy Institute intends to appoint a full-time post-doc fellow. The appointment will commence on 1 September 2017. The initial contract will be 1 year. Candidates need to submit their CV with a letter of motivation, outlining their plans for the development of the Brexit Research & Policy Institute, to Prof. Federico Fabbrini at by the closing date. Please clearly state in the subject line that you are applying for “Post-Doc Position at Brexit Institute”.

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16-05-2017 - Call for Papers: Conference on the Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication (26-27 October 2017, The Hague)

This conference is co-organized by the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence (Oslo University) and the Europa Instituut (Leiden University) and deals with the topic of ‘unseen actors.’‘Unseen actors’ are central to the ‘institutional makeup’ of international courts and tribunals as registries and secretariats, law clerks and legal officers may exert varying levels of influence on the judicial process.  At this conference, legal and political science scholars and members of adjudicatory institutions will consider and discuss the legitimacy of assigning ‘unseen actors’ certain roles in the judicial process as well as the implications thereof for the legitimacy of the dispute settlement mechanism as such.

The Organizing Committee (chaired by Prof. dr. Freya Baetens) welcomes abstracts from academics as well as practitioners, including staff of adjudicatory institutions and international organizations. Papers should present innovative ideas, be unpublished at the moment of presentation, and be at an advanced stage of completion.

The submission deadline is 31 May 2017. Proposals should be submitted via email to and consist of:

1. A cover letter, indicating whether the author (if selected) will be applying for financial support (this will not affect the selection process);

2. An anonymized abstract (in Word or Pdf-format, not exceeding 400 words);

3. A one-page CV, including the author’s contact details and her/his most important/relevant publications.

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13-04-2017 - Call for Papers: ‘Rethinking and Renewing the Study of International Law in/from/about Latin America’ (September 26-28, 2017, Externado, Rosario, and Los Andes Universities in Bogotá, Colombia)

On the occasion of the new book “Imperialismo y Derecho Internacional: Historia y Legado” and the visit of its authors Antony Anghie, Martti Koskenniemi and Anne Orford, the universities Externado, Rosario and Los Andes as well as the History Section of the Latin American Society of International Law, the Network on Rethinking International Law Teaching in Latin América (REDIAL) and the Red de Aproximaciones Postcoloniales al Derecho Internacional have joined in a collaborative effort to convene a three day symposium on “Rethinking and Renewing the Study of International Law in/from/about/ Latin America”. The event looks to address three main topics of concern: 1) the colonial/postcolonial heritage and structures of international law in the region 2) the revised or untold histories and historiography of Latin America´s international law 3) the past, present and future of teaching international law in the region and its relation to both its colonial/post-or neo colonial dimensions as well as its history and historiography.

Paper proposals may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese, French or English and presented in either language. Proposals should include the day in which the applicant wants to present, a 500 word (max) abstract description and a biographical paragraph of the applicant´s education, current institutional location, and relevant publications. Should be sent to no later than 17 April 2017. Selected participants will be notified by 3 May 2017. Participants must submit draft papers by 1 August.

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06-04-2017 - Call for Papers: 1917: Revolution, Intervention and International Law (Melbourne Law School)

1917 was nothing if not eventful. The October Revolution and the revolutionary Mexican Constitution shook the foundation of the international order and international law in profound, unprecedented and lasting ways. This conference will draw together a range of scholars and disciplines in order to explore the place of revolution in the international order.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Ntina Tzouvala by 1 May 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-May.

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05-04-2017 - Call for Applications: Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School (2018)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified doctoral and early career scholars in international law, history, political theory, and related fields to participate in the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School during 2018.

The Laureate Program in International Law is funded by the Australian Research Council from 2015 to 2020, and led by Professor Anne Orford. It establishes a new interdisciplinary research team, working on a major project entitled Civil War, Intervention, and International Law.

The Program combines historical research, legal analysis, and critical theorizing to make sense of the changing patterns and practices of intervention, and to enhance the capacity of international law to respond to major social, political, and economic transformations.

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships are offered annually, and enable outstanding female doctoral and early career researchers to visit Melbourne Law School and work with the Laureate Program for up to two months. Funding of up to $3000 is available for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows towards the costs of travel to, and accommodation in, Melbourne.

Further details about the Laureate Program in International Law and the application process for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowships are available at

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2017.

Call for Papers: The Legal and Political Thought of Francisco Suárez

This conference is organized by the Department of Roman Law and Legal History, Faculty of Law, University of Leuven (Flanders, Belgium) and shall take place from November 24-25, 2017 at the Hof Bladelin, Naaldenstraat 17, in Bruges (Brugge). The conference is organized in the context of the FWO-research project ‘Suarez and Customary Law’ and its chief organizers are Dominique Bauer and Randall Lesaffer. Francisco Suárez (1548-1617) is today regarded as a very prominent figure in the intellectual landscape of the later sixteenth century and the beginnings of the seventeenth century. Thanks to the renewed attention to his work throughout the twentieth century, it has become increasingly clear that the magister Eximius holds an original, sometimes even revolutionary position in between many of the dualisms that seem to mark this complex era, between natural rights and the legislator for example, or between ethical objectivism and voluntarism.

This conference aims to bring together contributions from different backgrounds in Suárez Studies that focus on the various aspects and subfields of Suárez’ multifaceted legal and political thought. Within this framework, papers are invited on any subject of Suarez’ political and legal thought, including his relation to contemporary scholars, his intellectual sources as well as his own later influence and reception.

Title and abstracts (250-500 words) are to be submitted by July 1, 2017. Final papers will be included in an edited volume in Brill’s Legal History Library, Studies in the History of International Law. Their length should be between 8.000-12.000 words and should be submitted by September 1, 2018. Accommodation for two nights and transportation are paid for by the organization. Please send all materials and forward your inquiries to:


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