ASIL Mid-Year Research Forum – this year in Chicago

ASIL Mid-Year Research Forum – this year in Chicago

The ASIL Mid-Year Research Forum has fast become known as one of the best workshopping opportunities for new and established international law scholars alike.  It was launched by Kal Raustiala in 2011 at the Mid-Year meeting in LA, moved to Athens, Georgia in 2012, northwards to New York in 2013, and this year will take place in Chicago from November 6-8, 2014.

Tim Meyer and myself were the co-chairs of last year’s research forum in New York, and so I can personally attest to the high quality of papers presented, the wide range of topics discussed, and the frank and stimulating discussions that organically took place during the meeting.

This year, we passed the batons onto the very able Katerina Linos and Karen Alter, who are the 2014 co-chairs.  I highly encourage everyone to participate in this event; even if you are not submitting a proposal, individuals are invited to volunteer as discussants.   This event demonstrates the central role of new scholarship at ASIL. Here is the call:

The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held during the Society’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago November 6-8, 2014.

The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of works-in-progress.  All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not.

Papers can be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication).  Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome.

Proposals should be submitted online (use form below) by June 8, 2014. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 1000 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum.

Review of the abstracts will be blind. Notifications of acceptance will go out in mid-July.

Papers will be assembled into panels. The organizers welcome volunteers to serve as discussants who will comment on the papers. Please e-mail submissions [at] asil [dot] org if you are interested in serving as a discussant. All authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a draft paper four weeks before the Research Forum. Drafts will be posted on a web page accessible exclusively to Forum participants.


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