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Call for Papers: International Law in Crisis

Call for Papers: International Law in Crisis

The chairs of the section “International Law in Crisis” at the 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations on “The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises” invite proposals for papers and panels. Here’s the call:


EISA 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017

As section chairs, we cordially invite you to submit your proposal for the section:

S21 – International Law in Crisis


International law thrives on crisis. It is involved in almost any crisis imaginable: it attempts to regulate crisis, to prevent crisis, to manage crisis, but it is also complicit through framing and enabling crisis and response. Moreover, international law itself seems to be in a perpetual state of crisis: its norms, its concepts, its institutions, its advocates, its relation to politics, and even its foundations. Political and legal categories that used to form the basis of modern international order are disrupted by challenges to the primacy of states, by the growing prominence of other actors, a changing focus on cosmopolitan values, developments in global politics, the increasing heterogeneity of juridical practices, and novel forms of socio-legal organization. These transformations can be slow and steady, yet more often cause international consternation and crisis talk.

This section aims to explore international law and its crises on multiple levels. Examples can range from tangible current crises such as the International Criminal Court facing an exodus of African states, to international law’s complicity in the refugee crisis, and further to more theoretical discussions of the identity crisis of international law as an academic discipline especially in relation to IR. The panels will address the intertwinement of disruption and development and discuss how international law shapes and is shaped in (response to) crisis.

We welcome individual paper proposals as well as full panel proposals. The section is particularly interested in papers that discuss one of the following panel themes:

(1) Concepts in Crisis
(2) (Inter)disciplinarity in Crisis
(3) Institutions in Crisis
(4) The Right to Crisis
(5) Complicity in Crisis

To submit your proposal (200 words max), please follow this link.

The closing date for paper and panel proposals is midnight (CET) on Friday 10 February 2017.

Section Chairs:

Renske Vos (University of Edinburgh/CePTL/VU Amsterdam) – [email protected]
Sofia Stolk (VU Amsterdam/CePTL) – [email protected]

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