Call for papers: “Exiting institutions”

At the start of the upcoming ESIL Annual Conference in Naples in September we will once more organise a special seminar for and with our IG members (6 September 2017, 15:00 – 18:00); this time together with the new IG on International Organizations.

The theme will be ‘Exiting Institutions’, and both international and EU law aspects will be addressed. Here is an excerpt of the call for papers:

Recent years have seen an extraordinary crisis of confidence in international institutions. From the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union to the mooted exodus of African States from the International Criminal Court, states are reconsidering their membership in international institutions in ways that were unthinkable a short time ago. This gives rise to multiple challenges in international law, in terms of both the immediate legal issues which arise from the process of state withdrawal and the deeper questions about what international cooperation will look like in the coming years.

In order to explore these themes the ESIL Interest Groups on International Organizations and on the European Union as a Global Actor are jointly hosting a workshop prior to the ESIL Conference in Naples (September 2017). The connections between the two focal areas of the Interest Groups are visible in a number of ways. For instance, the exit of states from international organizations may impact the cooperation between the EU and these organizations. At the same time, exits from the EU will have an influence on the relation between the EU and other international organizations and between the ex-EU members and these organizations.

We wish to invite submissions on three sets of issues raised by the process of states or organisations exiting international institutions, namely: the rights and duties of exiting members, the legal position of individuals and the future of multilateralism.

Papers may be in both English and French. Please email a short abstract (not more than 300 words) and your CV to The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 May.

Click here to read the full call for papers.

CLEER Presidency Lecture Series: The experience of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council in the field of external relations

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of the EU External Relations (CLEER) in cooperation with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands cordially invite you to this presentation by:

His Excellency Mr Roman Bužek

Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in the Netherlands

Time: 16:00 hrs, followed by a reception courtesy of the Embassy

Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, The Hague

Registration: Registration for this event is mandatory, as a limited number of seats are available. Please register online.

The CLEER Presidency Lecture series, initiated in 2011, complements the events organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of EU External relations (CLEER). It focuses on a specific segment of EU external actions: the role of the incumbent presidencies in coordination and leadership in regional and global issues.

Call for papers: “The EU as a global actor in …” (Geneva, 6-7 July)

ceje-geneveThe Centre d’études juridiques européennes of the University of Geneva, Jean Monnet Centre of excellence, is organizing a doctoral workshop, under the direction of professor Christine Kaddous, entitled “The EU as a global actor in …”. The goal of the workshop is to evaluate the role of the EU as a global actor in various areas – 13 in total – including international trade, migration, security and defense, the environment, and consumer protection.

The Centre d’études juridiques européennes of the University of Geneva is pleased to welcome PhD students and young scholars to the workshop which will be attended by Professors and practitioners active in the relevant fields.

Paper proposals of 3000 characters (approximately one page) are to be submitted in English or French. The paper proposals along with a CV and a motivation letter should be submitted no later than 27 March 2017 to the following email address:

Click here to download the full call for papers.

New book: “The European Union’s External Action in Times of Crisis”

Piet Eeckhout (University College London) and Manuel Lopex-Escudero (University of Granada) have just published a new book entitled “The European Union’s External Action in Times of Crisis“.

Here is the abstract:

eeckhout_lopez-escuderoThe Lisbon Treaty modified the legal framework of EU external action and these innovations must be applied in a period of deep economic and financial crisis interacting with other more specific crises affecting the EU’s external activities. This volume investigates the recent institutional and substantive developments in EU external relations law and practice in this context of multiple crises for the EU. The economic and financial crisis has a major impact on EU external action, but other crises too affect this sensitive area of the EU’s activity and the book takes them into account. For instance, there is a crisis in the relationship between EU law and international law after the ECJ judgement in the Kadi case. In addition to exploring these questions, the volume also examines questions of legitimacy in fields such as foreign investment protection and arbitration. Representing the output of a powerful research team composed of leading scholars in the field this comprehensive collection will appeal to both an expert and non-expert readership.

You can read more about the book and see the table of contents on the publisher’s website. A flyer with a 20% discount code is available here.

Call for Papers: “The Role of the European Parliament in the Conclusion and Implementation of Agreements on International Economic Law issues”

European Parliament in Brussels, HemicycleOn 9 December 2016, the ESIL IG on International Economic Law in cooperation with the European Parliament will organize an International Conference with the following title: “The Role of the European Parliament in the Conclusion and Implementation of Agreements on International Economic Law issues“.

The Conference will be held at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. The Scientific Committee has launched an international call for papers:

Abstracts must not exceed 800 words and must be submitted to the following email addresses: ; ;

Deadline Call for Paper: 7 November 2016

In addition to the abstract, each submission should contain a separate file with information on:

• The section of the call for papers for which the abstract is submitted

• The author’s name and affiliation

• A short (one page) author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications

• The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number.

For further information, see the full call for papers.

Upcoming ESIL events on Non-UN Sanctions and Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine

ESIL is (co-)hosting two events in May 2017; a symposium entitled “Non-UN Sanctions and International Law” and a conference entitled “Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine“. Both events are calling for papers. Here are excerpts of the calls, with links to further information:

Non-UN Sanctions and International Law

prague-squareIn 2017, an ESIL symposium will take place, co-organized by the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. The symposium will consist of two one-day events, one organized on 5 May 2017 in Prague, the other on 10 November 2017 in Nottingham. The overall topic of the symposium is Non-UN Sanctions and International Law. The idea is to consider various aspects of sanctions adopted outside the UN context, by individual States, groups of States, regional organizations or other actors.

Call for Papers for the Prague event: Legality and Legitimacy of Non-UN Sanctions: Abstracts (of not more than 750 words) should be submitted to by 25 October 2016. Please include your name, email address and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract.

Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine

kievquayThe European Society of International Law, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, and the Ukrainian Association of International Law will hold a joint Conference on the theme of ‘Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine‘.

The general topic of the conference is post-conflict justice and the relevant strategies for securing justice in the context of the Ukrainian conflict.

Date: 26-27 May 2017
Venue: Kyiv

Call for Papers: Abstracts of proposed papers (between 1,000 and 1,500 words) should be submitted to by 15 December 2016. Please include your name, email address and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract.


2nd Annual CMLRev Conference: “Crossing Europe’s Borders – New approaches to migration in European law”

The conference venue: "Gamle Festsal" at the University of Oslo.

The conference venue: “Gamle Festsal” at the University of Oslo.

The Common Market Law Review is, together with the University of Oslo’s Centre for European Law, hosting its 2nd annual conference on 20 October 2016. The theme this year is “Crossing Europe’s Borders – New approaches to migration in European law“.

One of the sessions at the conference is concerned with “Migration and external relations“, and should thus be of interest to the EUglobal crowd. The speakers and topics for that session are:

Chair: Marise Cremona (European University Institute – Florence, CMLRev)

Paula Garcia Andrade (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid): EU external competence in the field of migration

Daniel Thym (University of Konstanz): New Partnership Framework with third countries

Steven Blockmans (CEPS, Brussels, and University of Amsterdam): New thrust for the CSDP from the refugee and migrant crisis

Registration is open until October 17th. The complete (draft) program is available here.

For further information, see the Conference’s webpage at the University of Oslo.

Call for Contributors – Oxford Reports on International Law in EU Courts (ILEC)

Oxford University Press in collaboration with the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies has launched Oxford Reports on International Law in EU Courts. The module analyzes the case law of the Courts of the European Union, focusing on issues relating to public international law. The editors are looking for additional case note authors. Here is the call:

Oxford Reports on International Law in EU Courts (ILEC) compiles and analyses key judgments of EU courts on questions of international law. Each report includes the full text of the judgment, an overview of the facts and the Court’s conclusion, and detailed analysis.

Written by a team of experts in international and European law, the headnotes highlight how EU cases contribute to our understanding and the progressive development of international law. Taken together, they show how the Court of Justice uses international law to underpin its legal reasoning and how its case law helps to shape international practice.

Through the Oxford Law Citator, case reports are seamlessly linked to reports from other jurisdictions, primary materials, and doctrine. Updated regularly with new cases, the module will be invaluable to scholars, students, and practitioners working at the interface of international and EU law. The module is led by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven, under the supervision of Prof. Jan Wouters and Prof. Geert De Baere.

We are currently looking for contributors in the fields of EU law and international law to participate in the project. Contributors will draft short case notes (around 1000 words) on judgments of the EU courts. Contributors may use case notes for the basis of a subsequent publication provided that it is not identical (in which consent from OUP would be needed) and due reference is made to the earlier OUP case note. Authors are compensated 45 EUR per note from Oxford University Press. In our experience, a case note takes around 2 day’s work.

If you are interested in becoming a contributor, please send us a short description of your background and experience, insofar relevant. Contributors may choose from a list of cases complied by the editors, or may suggest additional cases that fit within the theme of the project.

Thank you in advance and we are at your disposal should you have additional queries. Please email

Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters and Prof. Dr. Geert De Baere, Editors

Dr. Jed Odermatt and Thomas Ramopoulos, Managing Editors

ESIL 2016 Workshop: Final Programme


The 2016 ESIL annual conference in Riga is fast approaching. So is the workshop hosted by the interest group on “The EU as a Global Actor” (EUGlobal), which forms part of the annual conference. During the last couple of weeks all the papers for the workshop have been announced here on the blog. Most of them are even available in fulltext.

Today we bring you the final programme for the EUglobal Workshop, entitled “The Contribution of the European Union to the International Legal Order“. You can either download it as a PDF or view it directly here on the web page. The titles of each presentation/paper links to its announcement, which for most papers also includes access to fulltext PDFs.

Final Programme – EUglobal Workshop @ ESIL 2016


Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop on behalf of the IG coordinators
Ramses A. Wessel, University of Twente, The Netherlands

SESSION I: Chair Prof. Ramses A. Wessel (University of Twente, NL)

Flipping the Question: The Reception of EU Law in the International Legal Order
Ramses A. Wessel, University of Twente, The Netherlands

The Contribution of the Court of Justice of the European Union to the Development of International Law
Jed Odermatt, European University Institute

The EU and the Challenge of Informal International Law-Making: The CJEU’s Contribution to the Doctrine of International Law-Making
Eva Kassotti, The Hague University

From the Constitutional Convention to the Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Realizing Europe’s Global “Tennis Court Oath”
Joris Larik, Leiden University and The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The Obligation of EU Member States to Respect EU Law in the Exercise of Their Treaty-Making Power
Stefano Saluzzo, University of Palermo


Coffee/tea break

SESSION II: Chair Prof. Christine Kaddous (University of Geneva)

EU Migration Law Shaping International Law in the Field of Expulsion of Aliens: the Empire Strikes Back?
Tamás Molnar, Corvinus University of Budapest/Institute of International Studies, Budapest

The EU- Turkey Agreement about Refugees and its Impact on the Implementation of International Law: Turning a Blind- Eye to International Legal Norms in the Name of Securitization?
Themistoklis Tzimas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Promoting Threat: The Effect of European Union Restrictive Measures on the Development of International Law’s Enforcement, a Sociological Approach
Alexandra Hofer, Ghent University – Department of Public International Law, Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI)

EU Legal Identity, Procedural Rights and International Sanctions: Transforming The Individual Into A Subject Of Collective Security Law?
Charlotte Beaucillon, Sorbonne Law School, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University

The European Union’s Human Rights Obligations towards Distant Strangers
Aravind Ganesh, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
for Procedural Law



SESSION III: Chair Prof. Ramses A. Wessel (University of Twente, NL)

The Europeanisation of Investment Arbitration
Blerina Xheraj, University of Geneva

The Contribution of Private Legal Initiatives in the European Union to International Law in the Area of Commercial Law
Johanna Hoekstra, University of Essex / Anglia Ruskin University

The Contribution of the EU Accession to the ECHR to Shared Responsibility in International Law
Przemyslaw Tacik, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Between European and International Law – The Constitutional Implications of the European Union’s Contribution to the International Legal Order
Franciszek Strzyczkowski, University of Łodz


End of the workshop

Business meeting to discuss future events of the IG:

Thursday, September 8 from 18.00 until 19.00, at the Latvian National Library ‘Diena’ Hall.

Click here to download a PDF version of the final programme.