International Law Weekend 2007: Call for Proposals
The American Branch of the International Law Association has sent out a call for panel proposals for International Law Weekend, which takes place October 25-27 in New York City. This year’s theme is “Toward a New Vision of International Law,” and as co-chair of the conference, I encourage proposals from the broad academic community but also from private practitioners and those working in NGOs, IOs, and in government. ILW is a great tradition, and a wonderful excuse to be in New York in the autumn. The deadline for proposals in June 1. The full program of panels and topics will be published during the summer. Feel free to contact me or any of the co-chairs directly with questions and proposals.
International Law Weekend 2007
Towards a New Vision of International Law
Call for Panel Proposals
The post-9/11 era has been one of great contestation for international law. Scholars and practitioners debate basic questions about the content and nature of public international law and how the political and judicial branches of the U.S. government should interact with it. At the same time, quite removed from these controversies, international law continues to develop and expand. Trade agreements and arbitral conventions, for example, play a critical role in facilitating the ever-growing business transactions across borders, and regional human rights institutions have expanded the protection of individual rights.
This simultaneity of conflict and routine occur against a complex legal, socio-political, economic, and cultural backdrop. Literature across different disciplines has attempted to grapple with the effects of globalization and the legacy of colonialism. Traditional accounts of international governance through sovereign equality have been supplemented by divergent accounts of the role of nonstate and substate actors.
Amid these uncertainties, International Law Weekend 2007 asks what it means to move towards a new vision of international law. How should scholars and practitioners engage the multiple conceptual and normative perspectives on international law? Are these contestations within international law new? How should academics, practitioners, and policymakers interact? How are generational shifts influencing this discourse? What is the role of interdisciplinary interchange? And, perhaps most important, what would progress in international law look like?
The 2007 International Law Weekend will be held October 25 to 27, 2007, at the House of the Association. We invite proposals for panels to discuss issues related to this theme. Panel proposals should be submitted to the conference co-chairs— Peggy McGuinness (mcguinnessm [at] missouri [dot] edu), Hari Osofsky (hosofsky [at] uoregon [dot] edu), Patrick Reed (pcr [at] customs [dot] com), Nancy Thevenin (nthevenin [at] uscib [dot] org)—by June 1, 2007. Proposals should include a title, one paragraph description of the panel’s focus, and a list of speakers. We also welcome alternative formats such as roundtables, audio-visual materials, etc.