Announcements: ILA British Branch Conference; iCourts Visiting Programme; PluriCourts Workshop; CfP 60 Years of the NY Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; CfP Conference on Disarmament; International Administrative Law Centre of Excellence Conference

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1. ILA British Branch Conference. This year’s conference will take place on September 22 and 23 at the offices of Clifford Chance. With the theme New International Order in an Isolationist World the conference will address the pressing challenges faced by international law in the political and economic climate prevailing in many regions of the world. These include the challenges caused by rising populism in Europe and North America and reactions against free trade and economic interdependence, manifested most obviously in the Brexit referendum and policies advocated by President Trump, the changing foreign policies of many countries towards military and diplomatic intervention in politically unstable regions and the flows of refugees into Europe, the role of international criminal law in the modern world along with the challenges faced by the International Criminal Court, and the increased scrutiny of the legitimacy of investment treaty arbitration, whether as a standalone system or as an aspect of mixed trade and investment agreements. The conference will begin with a keynote address from Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights followed by six panels covering the following topics: peace and security; human rights and international humanitarian law; international trade law; international investment law; regionalism; and accountability and remedies under international law, and will include selected speakers drawn from private practice, the public sector and academia in order to incorporate diverse perspectives, both theoretical and practical, on the conference theme. To view the conference programme and to register see here.
2. iCourts Visiting Programme. iCourts strongly encourages researchers – from PhD-students to tenured Professors – to visit iCourts and share their knowledge. Contributions may consist of published articles that credit iCourts, data-sharing, contribution to analysis, co-authorship with permanent iCourts staff, printed interviews with relevant people and other relevant documentation. Researchers with a particular interest in a closer association to iCourts may apply for an iCourts visitors grant. iCourts handle grant applications on an ad hoc basis, and offer the possibility of applying for research visits of up to 1 year. All incoming applications will be evaluated after 1 April and 1 October each year. For more information about the Visiting programme and how to apply, please see here.
3. PluriCourts Workshop on the Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals. PluriCourts invites you to a workshop on The political and legal theory of international courts and tribunals, to take place in Oslo 18 – 19 June 2018. We welcome papers that address one or more such International Courts (ICs), on such themes as: the appropriate legitimacy standards for ICs from the perspectives of history of ideas and/or contemporary legal and political theory, such as human rights, transparency, or rule of law; their multilevel separation of authority, and its impact on adjudication; norm-indeterminacy and international adjudication; specialization and fragmentation in ICs; ICs and the international rule of law; and, independence and accountability of ICs. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest, with abstract, is 1 November. Some travel grants are available. 


4. Call for Papers – 60 Years of the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: Key Issues and Future Challenges. This Call for Papers has been launched by University Loyola Andalucia, University of Zaragoza and Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA), and with TDM and ITALaw as media partners. Academics, practitioners and policymakers are invited to submit extended abstracts or unpublished full papers on the referred topic to the conference directors (amlopez {at} uloyola(.)eskatiafachgomez {at} gmail(.)com) by 30 November 2017. An International Conference will be held at the University Loyola Andalucia, in Seville, Spain, on 5-6 April 2018. The Conference is expected to comprise various keynote lectures and round tables with approximately 40 speakers. Practitioners at all stages of their careers and senior and junior scholars (including Ph.D. students) are encouraged to participate. The Conference directors expect to publish an edited volume in English by a relevant legal publishing house containing the most relevant papers presented in the Conference. Further information about the submission and publication process can be found at the Conference’s website.

5. Call for Papers for a Conference on Disarmament: International Legal Perspectives. The Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland will be hosting a conference on Disarmament: International Leal Perspectives on 7-8 June 2018. The conference aims to bring international legal scholars together to explore a wide range of disarmament law issues. We are inviting paper proposals on any aspect of disarmament law. If you would like to submit a proposal please send a one-page abstract and a short bio to Dr Anna Hood (a.hood {at} by Friday 13 October. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Associate Professor Treasa Dunworth (t.dunworth {at} or Dr Anna Hood (a.hood {at}

6. International Administrative Law Centre of Excellence Annual Conference. On Thursday 26 October and Friday 27 October 2017, the International Administrative Law Centre of Excellence Annual Conference will once again bring together international civil servants, union representatives, lawyers, academics and others interested in International Administrative Law from around the world with a view to shaping and improving this area of the law. The conference will take place at Gray’s Inn which is located in the heart of London. To find out more about the conference and book your place, visit here

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