Category Archives: Call for papers

Call for papers: EU External Relations after Brexit

Professor Juan Santos Vara (Universidad de Salamanca) and Professor Ramses A. Wessel (University of Twente) are organizing a workshop entitled “EU External Relations after Brexit: Implications under EU and International Law” on 7-9 March 2019 at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

This workshop will analyse and discuss the applicable rules of both EU and international law in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It will focus on the impact of the withdrawal agreement and the arrangement for the future EU-UK relations on the existing external relations regime of the European Union.

Ever since the notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union, legal scholarship has pointed to a variety of complex legal problems. While the focus has clearly been on the ways in which the UK could remain connected to the EU, the consequences for the EU’s (and the UK’s) external relations regime are equally complex. Both EU external relations law and international law have something to say about the problems that still need to be solved and the ones that can be expected on the basis of the new arrangements.

Submission and selection of potential contributions
Interested researchers (in every stage of their careers) should submit an English abstract of around 500 words (approximately one page) addressing the conference theme at no later than 30 November 2018. Please include your name, email and affiliation along with your abstract. As we aim for the publication of a book, paper proposals will be subject to a strict selection. The selection of the papers will be communicated to the speakers by the end of December 2018. Confirmed participants are expected to provide complete drafts of their papers of around 8000 words no later than 1 March 2019.

Travel costs and accommodation
The Jean Monnet Chair at USAL in EU External Action will cover travel costs as well local expenses for the selected participants, including accommodation in Salamanca for two nights.

Please see the full call for papers for further details.


Call for papers: Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy Conference, 10-11 December 2018 in Brussels

The EUTIP research network invites paper proposals for the Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy Conference, 10-11 December 2018 in Brussels.

EU trade policy moves in a changing global environment. Multilateral institutions are in danger, and at the same time trade disputes are increasing. Current events show the close connection between trade and security policy. Protectionist trade sanctions are allegedly motivated by security policy reasons; conversely, security policy measures affect international trade. The subject of this conference therefore is the exploration of the relations between Global Policies and EU Trade Policy along three themes:

  • Theme 1: Relation of EU FTAs to Multilateral Trade Rules
  • Theme 2: EU Trade Policy in Global Policy Context
  • Theme 3: EU Trade Defence Instruments in a Protectionist Environment – Fit for Purpose?

For further details, see the website of the conference. The full text of the call for papers is also available for download directly from the blog .

The deadline is 6 October 2018. Please submit proposals to and

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Symposium: Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in Europe and the World in Times of Contestation

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Symposium: Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in Europe and the World in Times of Contestation, 20-21 September 2018, Leuven

Call for Papers

The European Union’s (EU) commitment to the pursuit of a ‘principled’ foreign policy is well-grounded in the provisions of the EU Treaties. The implementation of this commitment, however, has been found wanting in numerous instances, making scholars frequently question the way and the extent to which values and ideals, such as the promotion of the rule of law and human rights, clash with material interests in EU external relations. Faced with a hardening international environment and domestic crises, the EU appears to be adjusting some of its rhetoric and action: the 2016 Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy, for example, speaks of the ‘principled pragmatism’ which should guide the EU’s external action in the years ahead. The Symposium will address, in addition to the EU’s acts and omissions abroad concerning the trinity of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, problems and challenges regarding the EU’s internal capacity on safeguarding democracy, human rights and the rule of law within its own Member States, and relating to its promotion of these values and principles on the international stage. It will also examine how current contestation of the European project and of a rules-based and cooperative international order may affect the EU’s ability to promote and uphold its core values, both within and beyond its borders. The nature and impact of this multifaceted legitimacy crisis will thus be taken into account, looking into the constraints and opportunities this may hold for the EU as a global actor and the challenges the EU faces in regaining the trust of European citizens.

Click here to read the full call.

Interested PhD students and young scholars should submit proposal summaries, in English only, of 3000 characters (approximately one page). The proposals should address the themes of the Workshop mentioned above. The said proposals, accompanied by detailed CVs and motivation letters should be submitted to no later than Monday 2 July 2018.

Call for papers: The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability

Photo: EU NAVFOR Atalanta

We are pleased to announce that our IG cooperates with three other IGs (Migration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, and Law of the Sea) as well as Leiden Law School to organise a conference on ‘The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability‘.

The conference takes place on 25 and 26 October 2018 in Leiden. The aim is to explore what competences the EU has to act in the maritime domain, what obligations it is bound by when doing so, and how judicial oversight can be ensured. Studying the EU’s competences, obligations, and accountability will inform the broader discussion on the current and future role of the EU as a global actor in the maritime domain.

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers that engage with these topics. Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words and submitted no later than 30 June 2018 via email to Travel and accommodation costs of speakers will be reimbursed.

Click here for more information and a detailed Call for Papers.

10th Anniversary CLEER Conference – EU external relations: Tackling global challenges?

On occasion of its 10th anniversary, CLEER will organise a two-day academic conference. It will consist of several thematic panel sessions with presentations and discussions with senior and junior scholars as well practitioners, and keynote presentations from outstanding EU academics.

Academic coordination of this Conference is provided by CLEER Executive Board.

Theme of the Conference

Unprecedented challenges to globalisation, trade, multilateralism and the global order have come from various internal and external sources over the past few years. From Trump to Brexit, from an assertive Russia to the continuing migrant crises, and from the public outcry towards multilateral trade to the rise of populism, hardly any policy area has been recently operating ‘business as usual’. Indeed, the European Union and its Member States have no option but accept these unprecedented challenges and find the best ways forward in attaining the external objectives laid down in the EU Treaties. This Conference takes stock of the actions (and reactions) of the European Union through external action instruments in a number of substantive areas such as migration, trade, neighbouring policies, and security and defence. It aims to reflect on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the institutional structures underpinning EU external action in addressing these challenges and suggest possible ways forward. This Conference therefore welcomes contributions from different areas of EU external relations, potentially combining a legal with a theoretical or policy perspective.

Possible topics include:

  • An evaluation 10 years after the constitutional and policy innovations introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in the area of EU external relations
  • Legal and policy aspects of Brexit, the future settlement, and recent developments in light of the deadline of March 2019
  • Migration and asylum policies within the framework of the external dimension of the area of freedom security and justice
  • Legal aspects of trade and investment policies such as trade and sustainable development, ISDS, and EU compliance with international legal obligations in the context of economic agreements
  • Recent developments in neighbouring policies especially with Russia, the Balkans and the Southern Mediterranean countries
  • Permanent and Structured Cooperation in the area of security and defence
  • Legal aspects of external aid in view of the future merger of different instruments under the next multi annual financial framework

Submission and selection of potential contributions

Interested researchers (in every stage of their careers) should submit an English abstract of around 500 words (approximately one page) addressing the conference theme as well as brief CVs at no later than 30 May 2018.

The Organisers will review all submitted proposals and will be responsible for the composition of panels. A final selection will be made by the Organisers and the speakers will be notified by the end of June 2018.

Confirmed participants are expected to provide final drafts of their papers, of between 8000-10.000 words, in electronic form, no later than 15 November 2018.

Selected papers, duly revised, may be considered for publication in CLEER Papers.

Travel costs and accommodation

CLEER will be able cover part of travel costs on a needs-basis as well as lunch for the selected participants, including accommodation in The Hague for one night.


Deadline for abstract submission: 30 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: end June 2018
Final papers due: 15 November 2018
Conference: 6-7 December 2018


TMC Asser Instituut – R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN Den Haag

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.

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.

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.


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