ESIL Research Forum - Jerusalem 2018

International Law in Times of Disorder and Contestation

2018 European Society of International Law Research Forum - 28 February - 1 March 2018
Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Jerusalem, Israel
Call for Papers: International Law in Times of Disorder and Contestation

The ESIL Research Forum is a scholarly conference that promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. It has a small and intensive format. The Forum targets in particular scholars at an early stage of their careers, especially advanced PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Approximately 15 - 20 papers will be selected from among the submissions and, during the Forum, paper presenters will receive comments on their papers from members of the ESIL Board and invited experts.

The 2018 Research Forum addresses challenges to the international legal order emanating from dynamics of disengagement from multilateral governance, a perceived erosion of support by states and other stakeholders in existing international institutions, contestation of universal values, shifts in hegemonic power at the global and regional level, and the rise in populist, antiliberal, anti-institutional and isolationist political sentiments in various regions of the world. Such processes occur in tandem with growing concerns about the suitability of the existing international legal structures and approaches to address global phenomena such as migration, cyber-security threats and climate change, and to influence the conduct of non-state actors such as corporations. It is the combination of the ‘re-emergence of the state’ from out of the shadows of multilateralism and international governance, a growing discontent and backlash from multiple sectors of society directed against existing international norms and institutions and the limited ability of the latter to address serious contemporary problems, which generate a sense of crisis and a possible plunge towards world disorder (Although, it may also be claimed that the current state of affairs creates new opportunities for introducing much needed reforms in international law).

The deadline for submission of abstracts has passed. The organizing committee is currently considering the applications it received. The decisions of the organizing committee will be published as soon as possible.


Organizing Committee:

Prof. Christina Binder, Prof.Tomer Broude, Prof. Pierre d’Argent, Prof. Guy Harpaz, Prof. Moshe Hirsch, Prof. Yuval Shany, Prof. Yael Ronen.