The Private International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law is seeking papers to be presented at a conference October 5 and 6, 2012, at Duke Law School (below right) in Durham, North Carolina. (photo credit)
The overall theme is "What is Private International Law?" Organizers explain:
'Globalization increases the importance of private actors and private arrangements. And yet, while other disciplines are responding to these challenges, private international law seems mired in its past, unable to reform sufficiently. This suggests that it is time to ask foundational questions about our field. What is private international law today? Does it promote any polices or values, and if so, which are those? Is it just rules designating the applicable law? Does it include conflicts rules for public law? Should it include substantive private law? Privately made law beyond the state? What is its place in international law more generally, especially vis-à-vis public international law? What is its role in global governance? And is private international law relevant today, or can its former functions be fulfilled by other areas of the law?'Proposals for papers "that answer some or all of these foundational questions," in the form of abstracts of 500 or fewer words (also welcome are drafts and finished papers) must be submitted by May 15, 2012. Publication in "a special edition of an international law journal or a volume of collected papers" is contemplated, and a prize will be awarded to the best finished paper by an author under age 35.