Saturday, November 6, 2010

Call for Papers - Tallinn Workshop 2011

European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Legal Theory Workshop on International Legal Theory - Call for Papers

Held on the occasion of the Fourth ESIL Research Forum in Tallinn, 26-28 May 2011


In the tautness of the polemics between orthodox and critical accounts of international law, it is easy to lose the plurality of the engagements of theory. Although often understood as polar opposites which constitute the field, neither 'critical' nor 'orthodox' approaches capture the full scope and range of theorisations of international law and the international.

We invite theorisations of international law(s) from any family of legal theory, positivist, orthodox, critical, sociological or otherwise. The symposium aims to be a presentation of the most exciting current thinking in international law theory.

The goal of this approach is to promote and facilitate discussion of works in progress relating to any area and issue of International Legal Theory. We particularly invite papers that take a step aside from taxonomy and critiques of the critique, in order to investigate the boundaries of how we think about international law. We also invite papers related to the teaching of international law theory.


Along with your abstract of no more than 400 words, please include the following in your email:

  * name, institutional affiliation, whether you are a graduate student or not, contact
information and e-mail address;

  * the intended language of presentation.

All applications should be submitted to by SATURDAY, 15 JANUARY 2011. The outcome of the selection process results will be notified to all applicants as soon as possible thereafter. Selection is made by the members of the IGLIT Coordinating Committee on a blind basis.

We are pleased to note that the conference organisers intend to charge only a reduced conference registration fee for speakers at the Interest Group Workshops. Transport and accommodation costs, however, will have to be borne by the selected participants.

One abstract per person please. Selection will be based on scholarly merit, with regard to producing an engaging workshop and without prejudice to gender, seniority, language or geographical location. Speakers at the main conference will usually not be selected for the special workshop.

Further information about the ESIL Interest Group on International Law Theory can be accessed at: