Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Write On! Risk, science, international law

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers.) The International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law seeks anbstract proposals for papers on "the emerging complexities and interconnectedness of risk, science, and law as they relate to international governance."
Papers will be presented at the interest group's Research Forum on December 5, 2009, at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Here's a forum description:
International law in the 21st century has increasingly responded to and been challenged by domestic measures which aim to address various health risks. A number of different international organizations and instruments engage the intersection of science, risk and law. These include the World Health Organization, the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization with its Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). It also includes the jurisprudence that the WTO has spurred, such as the EC-Hormones and ECBiotech cases. Recent investment cases such as Canadian Cattlemen for Fair Trade v. United States, under NAFTA’s investment chapter, suggest that these issues extend to international investment and perhaps other areas.
Details and a full list of suggested topic areas is available here. Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent by the September 15, 2009, deadline to Professor Sungjoon Cho, scho1@kentlaw.edu.

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