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On the occasion of the ESIL 12th Annual Conference
8-10 September 2016, titled “How International Law Works in Times of
Crisis”) the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law (http://esilhil.blogspot.com
/) hereby invites submissions, in English or in French, for its annual Workshop.
Call for Papers
idea of crisis is a permanent feature of international law debates,
increasing in popularity over the past few decades. There are many
possible explanations for this phenomenon. One is that the discipline of
international law is constantly experiencing a state of crisis, crisis
being an analytical tool measuring stable content. Another explanation
is that crisis is no more than an epithet,
deployed to single out
an event or situation as exceptional or dramatic, thus paving the road
for transformation and renewal. Other examples also exist. The
intersection between crisis and international law, however, inevitably
infers questions of time and history.
It raises questions
the normal and the exceptional; about continuity and rupture; about the
direction of history, and its periodization. It prompts questions about
whether the history of international law can be written as a history of crises
and questions about what is at stake each time ‘crisis’ is used to characterize a situation as exceptional.
this context, the IGHIL invites submissions by scholars working within
the fields of international law, history, and politics on the following
a) To (re)tell the stories of events
phenomenal, linkages) that have captured the imagination of
international legal historiography as paradigmatic instances of crisis;
b) To examine questions of method and epistemology
involved in the history writing of crises (e.g. questions of teleology, narrative, tropology) in international law;
c) To reflect on the relationship between crisis, exceptionalism, and projects of legal reform,
and what is to be learned by studying past crises for the present and future of international law.
Each submission should include
a) An abstract of no more than 400 words;
b) The intended language of presentation;
c) A short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information and e-mail address.
Abstracts must be submitted no later than 15 February 2016
to both Thomas Skouteris (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and Inge Van Hulle (Inge.VanHulle@law.kuleuven.be
on behalf of the Steering Committee of the Interest Group, which shall
collectively supervise the peer-review process of the abstracts.
Applicants will be notified on the outcome of the selection process by 15 March 2016.
Selection will be based on scholarly merit and with regard to producing an engaging workshop, without prejudice to gender, seniority, language or geographical location.
note that the ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law
is unable to provide funds to cover the conference registration fee or
related transport and accommodation costs.
The IG currently investigates publication possibilities for selected abstracts.