Events and Announcements: 17 November 2019

Events and Announcements: 17 November 2019


On Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 4 p.m., international law scholar Prof. Anne Orford will deliver the Fifth T.M.C. Asser Annual Lecture in the Peace Palace in The Hague. The theme of the lecture is “International Law and the Social Question.”

Prof. Anne Orford will argue that human welfare, social unrest, labour relations, and migration receive too little attention from international lawyers. Though international law has played a central role in creating the conditions for market liberalisation on a global scale, international lawyers left the social question to be addressed by economists, criminologists, sociologists, or demographers. 

However, ‘global business as usual’ can no longer continue. The exhaustion of the world’s resources and the situation of people who are dispossessed or impoverished by economic liberalisation, are rapidly becoming inescapable barriers. In her lecture, Prof. Orford puts the social question back on the international law table. How can international economic law making and adjudication be re-embedded within political processes? And how can foundational political questions about property, security, survival, and freedom be returned to democratic control? 

We are very honoured that Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in The Netherlands, will join us as a special guest speaker to celebrate the fifth year anniversary of the Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture.

The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required: please sign up here.


The American Society of International Law is pleased to announce that it is now soliciting contributions for the 2020 Francis Lieber Prize. The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict awards the Francis Lieber Prize to the authors of publications that the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of law and armed conflict. Both monographs and articles (including chapters in books of essays) are eligible for consideration — the prize is awarded to the best submission in each of these two categories.

  • Criteria: Any work in the English language published during 2019 or whose publication is in final proof at the time of submission may be nominated for this prize. Works that have already been considered for this prize may not be re-submitted. Entries may address topics such as the use of force in international law, the conduct of hostilities during international and non‑international armed conflicts, protected persons and objects under the law of armed conflict, the law of weapons, operational law, rules of engagement, occupation law, peace operations, counter‑terrorist operations, and humanitarian assistance. Other topics bearing on the application of international law during armed conflict or other military operations are also appropriate.
  • Eligibility: Anyone may apply for the article or book prize. For those in academia or research institutions, the prize is open to those who are up to 8 years post-PhD or JD or those with up to 8 years in an academic teaching or research position. Membership in the American Society of International Law is not required. Multi-authored works may be submitted if all the authors are eligible to enter the competition. Submissions from outside the United States are welcomed.
  • Submission: Submissions, including a letter or message of nomination, must be received by 10 January 2020. Three copies of books must be submitted. Electronic submission of articles is encouraged. Authors may submit their own work. All submissions must include contact information (e‑mail, fax, phone, address) and relevant information demonstrating compliance with eligibility criteria. The Prize Committee will acknowledge receipt of the submission by e‑mail. Printed submissions must be sent to: Professor Laurie Blank, Emory University School of Law, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia  30322, USA. Electronic submissions must be sent to: Lblank[at]emory[dot]edu. Please indicate clearly in the subject line that the email concerns a submission for the Lieber Prize.
  • Prize: The Selection Committee will select one submission for the award of the Francis Lieber Prize in the book category and one in the article category. The Prize consists of a certificate of recognition and a year’s membership in the American Society of International Law. The winner of the Lieber Prize in both categories will be announced at the American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting in April 2019. 

Call for Papers

The Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL), in collaboration with the International Law Forum and other sponsors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Conference on International Economic Law for for emerging academics and professionals. The 9th PEPA/SIEL conference will take place on 17-19 May 2020 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, in Jerusalem. The scope of the conference is broad, and the organizers invite submissions on virtually any topic on IEL. Submissions should include the following: (1) a CV (no more than 2 pages); and (2) an anonymized research abstract (no more than 400 words), to be sent no later than 31 January 2020 as attachments to pepasiel2020[at]gmail[dot]com, in a single email, including the submitter’s surname in the message title. Papers will be selected based on a double-blind review conducted by members of the Conference Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 March 2020, after which they are expected to submit a conference paper (no more than 4000 words) and an updated abstract by 15 April 2020, to the same e-mail. Abstracts will be made available online, and papers will be made available to conference speakers and discussants. Should you have any questions regarding application or participation, please feel free to contact pepasiel2020[at]gmail[dot]com. For more information, go here.

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