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.

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