Recent Calls: TL&D, SIEL, Int’l. Law & the Periphery

A couple of calls that might interest readers:

1.  Trade, Law and Development (a National Law Univ. – Jodhpur journal) has   issued a call for submissions for its next special issue. The theme is “Dispute Settlement at the World Trade Organization.” The Journal especially welcomes contributions from Indian law students and young scholars in the field. Here’s the text of the call:

Trade, Law and Development

Call for Submissions

Special Issue on Dispute Settlement at the World Trade Organization

Founded in 2009, the philosophy of Trade, Law and Development has been to generate and sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in International Economic Law and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas. In keeping with these ideals, the Board of Editors is pleased to announce Dispute Settlement at the World Trade Organization as the theme for its next Special Issue (Vol. 4, No. 1).

Having evolved from the erstwhile dispute resolution system under the aegis of the GATT, the present Dispute Settlement Mechanism (DSM) has come to be recognized as a means of effective and efficient resolution of differences between trading members in the multi-billion dollar trading system. As a fundamental pillar of international trade, the WTO DSM has come under great scrutiny for its wide implications and ramifications on the world trading system, as well as its Member States. It has been both praised for its effectiveness in tackling disputes while also facing criticism for its shortcomings. In this context, many scholars and experts view the WTO DSM as an entity whose parameters could extend beyond those of trade disputes to other areas of international law.

Inspired by the pivotal position of the DSM in the world trading system, the Board of Editors thus invites original, unpublished submissions for the Special Issue on Dispute Settlement at the WTO for publication as a ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and/or ‘Book Reviews’. Submissions from students, which particularly espouse developing country perspectives in the realm of WTO Dispute Settlement are specifically encouraged.

Manuscripts may be submitted via email, ExpressO, or LexOpus. For further information, please visit the journal website.

In case of any further queries, please feel free to contact the editors at:


Last Date for Submissions: 31st October, 2011

2. The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) has issued a call for papers for its 3rd Biennial Global Conference to be held in Singapore from 12 to 14 July 2012. Here’s the call:


3rd Biennial Global Conference

SIEL 2012 – Singapore

12-14 July 2012


The Third Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) will be held in Singapore and hosted by the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law (CIL) and Faculty of Law on 12-14 July 2012. The CIL website for the conference may be found here.

The conference committee seeks proposals for paper presentations and conference panels under the following terms:

Conference Themes

Over the course of the last two decades, the communities of scholars, practitioners and others active in the area of international economic law have grown and diversified in ways that few could have predicted. The field of international economic law now includes a diverse array of participants and covers many new substantive issues. Inevitably, the term international economic law defies easy definition: it is at once both a fully integrated part of public international law and an identifiable field in its own right.

This conference provides an opportunity for exploring many different facets of international economic law. Given that the aim of the Society includes fostering research in the area of IEL and promoting cooperation among all parts within the field, the SIEL Global Conference offers a forum for those inside and outside academia to exchange pedagogical and research methods, as well as to explore greater cooperation among the many different constituencies of the field.

We welcome proposals for papers and panels on any topic related to international economic law, including:

  • the three traditional pillars of IEL: international trade, investment, and monetary/financial policies;
  • the relationship between these pillars, and between these pillars and other branches of law, such as intellectual property;
  • the influence of disciplines such as those concerned with economics, the environment, political economy, development theory and other disciplines on international economic law;
  • comparative economic law, focussing on how international economic law interacts with laws, institutions and actors at the domestic level;
  • the function of international economic law in different parts of the world;
  • the roles of law and legal practices in international economic governance, particularly in the monetary and financial international institutions;
  • methods and trends in the research, teaching and learning of international economic law, including empirical methodologies; and
  • interactions between scholars, practitioners, government officials and civil society groups active in international economic law.

We are particularly interested in integrating new voices with more established figures in the field, and therefore welcome works in progress from young or new scholars, as well as work from parts of the world not typically represented at such conferences, such as from developing and emerging economies.

There will be plenary and concurrent panels. Each panel will be moderated and may also have commentators on the papers presented. We anticipate that many of the eminent members of the SIEL Founding Executive Council and members of the present SIEL Executive Council will attend the conference – as presenters, commentators, and as Key Note Speakers ( for a full listing as information becomes available).

Submission Procedure

Paper and Panel Proposals must be submitted by 15 October 2011 via email to, in accordance with the following instructions.

Please, write “SIEL 2012 Conference Call for Papers/Panels” in the subject of the email.

Every paper and panel proposal will be reviewed by at least two members of the conference committee, on a double blind and confidential basis.

The organizers anticipate announcing between December 2011 and January 2012 the results of this call for papers and panel proposals.

Paper proposals should include a cover e-mail with full institutional affiliation and contact details of the proposer, and a WORD attachment with a paper abstract of no longer than 300 words. The abstract must not include any details identifying the proposer.

In evaluating proposals, please note that priority will be given to unpublished papers and works in progress. In your cover e-mail, please note whether the paper has already been published, or has been accepted for publication. No individual can participate on multiple panels.

Accordingly, if you submit a paper proposal and are listed also in a panel proposal, we will consider both proposals, but cannot accept both your paper proposal and the proposal that you speak as part of a panel.

Panel proposals should include two separate documents: (a) a panel title, a short description of the topics covered during the panel, and (b) a list of suggested panelists (no more than 5, which includes moderators, commentators and discussants), including concise information about the panelists and their specific contribution to the panel, as a presenter of a paper or in a different role. Suggested panelists must have been consulted by the organizer of the panel about the proposal. They must have confirmed their interest in serving on such a panel if it were to be selected. Please take into account the diversity of speakers and opinions reflected in your panel proposal. In assessing and selecting panel proposals, the organizers may take into account the diversity of speakers and the originality & topicality of the panel’s topic and presentations. Only one panel proposal per person (panel organizer and speakers included) will be considered.

Based on past experience and the high number of panel proposals typically submitted, and taking into account the need to design a balanced conference program, 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.

Conference papers will be made available to conference participants prior to the conference. Accepted papers (from paper and panel proposals) must be submitted by 10 June 2012, 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 (see here & here).

Conference Fees, Costs and Financial Support

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

Depending on financial support being available, before 15 October 2011, the Society will publish a funding application form on the SIEL 2012 conference website. To qualify for any available funding, the application form must be completed in full and submitted to the Society. Depending on financial support available, the Society hopes to provide a subsidy of the conference fee and/or travel costs for select speakers on the basis of need, particularly from developing countries. Any such support would be handled as reimbursements following a speaker’s participation in Singapore rather than as SIEL purchasing or assisting in the purchase of an airline ticket in the first instance. The Society cannot guarantee that any particular individual will be awarded funding, nor how much overall funding will be available.


Please submit enquiries to either of the SIEL Co-Executive Vice Presidents, Colin Picker ( or Meredith Kolsky Lewis (

About the SIEL

The Society of International Economic Law is an organization for academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in the field of International Economic Law. The Society is global and inclusive in terms of the expertise and interests of participants, and the many disciplines encompassed by IEL. Among other objectives, the Society also seeks to bring together its members in areas of common interest, as well as supporting academic activities in the field.

The SIEL’s previous conferences included in each case the presentation of almost 100 papers by IEL scholars, new and established, from around the world, covering the many different facets of the field. For more information on the SIEL Inaugural Global Conference (held in Geneva) see here and on the 2nd SIEL Biennial Global Conference (held in Barcelona) see here.

SIEL 2012 Singapore Conference Committee

Chairs: Douglas Arner; Michael Ewing-Chow; Meredith Kolsky Lewis; & Colin Picker.

Committee Members: Ichiro Araki; Freya Baetens; Laurence Boulle; Tomer Broude; Chris Brummer; Won-Mog Choi; Bradly Condon; Abhijit Das; Susan Franck; Henry Gao; Norah Gallagher; Tomohiko Kobayashi; Jurgen Kurtz; Doris Lopez; Shin-yi Peng; Julia Qin; Michelle Ratton Sanchez; Ed Sim; Vera Thorstensen; Tania Voon; Heng Wang; Rolf H. Weber; & Galina Zukova.

With the administrative support of Gerry Ng of NUS.


3. International Law and the Periphery: The American University in Cairo and Sydney Law School have issued a call for a conference on “International Law and the Periphery,” to be held in Cairo from Feb.16 to 18, 2012. Here’s the call:

One year on from the “Arab Spring”, join us in Cairo to explore contemporary geographies of international law. You are invited to reflect anew upon the “cores” and “peripheries” of international legal knowledge and practice in the face of recent structural shifts. Where (if anywhere) are they located today? Does international law project a disciplinary periphery, or several? Who or what occupies international legal peripheries today and what does peripheral status imply? What may be at stake in the mapping of cores and peripheries? Are there cores in the peripheral and vice versa? To what extent, if at all, do core-periphery dynamics in international law channel development and reform? Long associated with dependency theory, world systems theory and geographical analyses of trade, core-periphery schematics have nonetheless informed international legal thought, argument and policy-making in a wide range of ways. This conference will enable scholars of law and related disciplines to revisit core-periphery dynamics in global governance, in both their symbolic and their material dimensions, and contribute to their re-imagining for the current age.

Co-hosted by the American University in Cairo Law Department and Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney, this conference will afford both established and emergent scholars working in or around the international legal field an invigorating opportunity to explore the foregoing theme.

Keynote addresses will be made by:

  • Professor Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University (confirmed); and
  • Professor David Kennedy, Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (TBC).

Submissions of proposed conference presentations and/or panel proposals are warmly invited. Those wishing to present papers at the conference should submit abstracts in English of no more than 200 words, together with a brief statement outlining their institutional affiliation(s) (if any) and contact details, to by 30 September 2011. Those who would like to propose a panel (comprised of three speakers) should do so at the same time.

Limited ground transportation and all conference catering, materials and activities will be covered by the host organisations. In addition, a limited number of modest stipends may be available to conference speakers on the basis of financial need; please indicate at the time of submission if you would like to seek this assistance. Unfortunately, however, no funding is available to support conference participants’ travel to Cairo. Any questions may be directed to Fleur Johns or Thomas Skouteris at and, respectively.

We look forward to seeing you in Cairo in February 2012.



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