On May 3, 2017, the Society of Legal Scholars and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law will hold the 26th Annual SLS-BIICL Conference on Theory and International Law, at the BIICL. The theme is: “Inside the Mind of International Decision-Makers.” Here’s the idea:
The 2017 Conference on Theory and International Law seeks to understand better the behaviour of those who shape international law – international and domestic judges, arbitrators, and state officials. Inspired by ground-breaking research that opens the “black box” of international decision-making, this Conference invites participants to theorise, experiment and speculate.
Some of the questions we will explore are: Do decision-makers behave rationally? Do they behave predictably?What factors may influence their decision-making? What are the roles of cognitive skills, intuition, and background, including education and political persuasion? What are the implications of these insights for choosing a method of dispute settlement for a particular case or designing a dispute settlement mechanism for future disputes? What are the implications for the conduct and procedures of international negotiations?