24 May 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Law – Its Heritage as a Response to Modern Problems - Łódź, 16 and 17 May 2024 (DEADLINE: 30.09.2023)


The Chair of International Law and International Relations and the Centre for Anglo-American Legal Tradition of the University of Lodz invites you to participate in the conference "International Law – Its Heritage as a Response to Modern Problems" that will take place 16-17 (Thursday-Friday) May 2024.

Conference’s mission

International law is constantly under attack for its unsuitability in the context of modern international relations and its challenges, the war in Ukraine being one of the most recent and tragic examples. From theoretical negators to cynical politicians, it is said that it is tiger without fangs and claws. Simultaneously, different bodies are constantly searching for new instruments to ensure the stability of today’s world embodied in the rule of law.

We believe, however, that the international legal community already has the answers to this problem, and that there is no need for a revolution. That response is international law’s greatest strength, i.e. its heritage, deeply rooted in legal tradition and consciousness of humans. Whether embodied either in treaties, customary law, or general rules recognised by the civilised nations it bears its values stemmed from the historical experience of nations.

The subject itself is broad but we would like to suggest some key issues that can be discussed during the conference. Among them are: (1) rule of law, (2) constitutional values of states, (3) human rights, (4) war crimes, (5) international justice, (6) influence of national or local laws, (7) protection of national interests v. global governance. However, we are not limiting the scope of proposed papers to the above-mentioned themes.

Because the theme of the conference is so wide and interdisciplinary, we are looking forward to welcoming in Lodz the broadest possible range of scholars, including international lawyers, both scholars and practitioners, legal historians, sociologists of law, specialists in political studies and international relations and more. Especially warmly, we invite young and early career scholars.

Professor Fernanda Pirie (University of Oxford), Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University of London), and Professor Joseph H.H. Weiler (New York University School of Law) have already generously agreed to participate as key speakers at the conference.


Applications can be submitted until 30 September 2023. It should contain:

• Name and surname

• Affiliation

• Short abstract (max 500 words)

• Author’s decision regarding paper / poster form of presentation (posters are predominantly recommended for Young and Early Career Scholars)

The Scientific Committee reserves its right to decide about the final programme until 31 October 2023. Authors of the accepted applications will be asked then to prepare longer abstracts (up to 1500 words) which will be collected in the Book of Abstracts (published by the end of January 2024).

Contact email:

Call for papers: here.

Center for Anglo-American Legal Tradition website.

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