Call for Papers: ESIL IGILTP Roundtable – Theories and Methodologies in the Contemporary Study of International Lawmaking (9 September 2020)

The way scholars study international lawmaking has changed significantly over time. The scholarship witnesses a flourishing variety of theoretical approaches and empirical investigations aimed at uncovering new facets of international lawmaking. The IGILTP invites applications for a roundtable to discuss various theories and methodological approaches utilized today to study international lawmaking understood broadly. If recently you investigated any aspect of international lawmaking and would like to share your experience with regard to theoretical and methodological challenges, we would be delighted to receive your proposal. The roundtable will be dedicated not to substantive issues related to lawmaking but on theories and methodologies utilized by scholars in the study of various facets of international lawmaking focusing on the following questions:

  • What is the particular theory or methodology you used?
  • How this theory or methodology was utilized?
  • What particular utility it had for the study of international lawmaking?
  • In what circumstances would you recommend this theory or methodology for the study of other aspects of international lawmaking?
  • What is this theory or methodology unable to achieve?
  • Why is this theory or methodology better than others?

Submission procedure

Please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words together with a short author(s) bio (no longer than 100 words) to the panel organizer Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko ( Please provide the following information with each abstract:

  • Author’s name, affiliation, email and phone contact details;
  • Whether the author is a current ESIL member;

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 25 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be informed no later than 30 April 2020.

The Interest Group is unable to provide funding for travel and accommodation. Selected speakers will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Some ESIL travel grants and ESIL carers grants will be available to offer partial financial support to speakers who have exhausted other potential sources of funding. Please see the ESIL website for all relevant information about the conference.

All participants at ESIL Interest Group workshops are required to register for the Annual Conference. There will be an option to register just for one day to attend the workshop; however, all participants are warmly invited to attend the entire event.

Speakers selected for this workshop can indicate their interest in being considered for the ESIL Young Scholar Prize, if they meet the eligibility conditions as stated on the ESIL website. The ESIL Secretariat must be informed of all selected speakers who wish to be considered for the Prize before 15 May.

Call for Papers: Second ECTPIL & iCourts Conference – The Reality of International Legal Theory – Reality in International Legal Theory (22-23 October 2020)

Second ECTPIL and iCourts Conference, to be held  22–23 October 2020 at the University of Copenhagen

Reality and realism are two important topics in 21st century theoretical thought about international  law. Theory must, one argument goes, remain connected to the reality of the law – the real law – in order to be relevant to the practices and arguments of lawyers. Various shades of (international) legal realist argument vie with approaches foregrounding empirical aspects and methods to find out about the law and how it is ‘lived’. Both acceptance by peers as well as research funding is dependent on  fulfilling the requirement of ‘interdisciplinarity’, which often focuses heavily on the socio‐empirical over normative aspects of law. The philosophy of legal science or theory of legal scholarship (Rechtswissenschaftstheorie) has a lot to say about such arguments and requirements, both in its de‐constructive and in its constructive modes. Another way of thinking about ‘reality’ is the way in which international legal theoretical arguments, approaches, schools or theorems are actually used – both by scholars and practitioners. How is theory used and abused, how is it practised?
Both sets of issues concern the way in which ‘theory’ deals with ‘reality’ in one way or another. This conference is an open forum to analyse this relationship, to expose fault‐lines and to explore trajectories. The Second ECTPIL and iCourts Conference will draw on these and other under‐researched questions.
The Conference is organised by iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen in conjunction with the European Society of International Law’s Interest Group on International Legal Theory and Philosophy and hosted by iCourts. It is convened by Jakob v.H. Holtermann (iCourts),, and Jörg Kammerhofer (University of Freiburg, IGILTP), joerg.kammerhofer@jura.uni‐

The full call for papers for this conference can be viewed here

The deadline for the submission of abstracts to is Sunday, 17 May 2020.