Friday, November 30, 2012

Write On! "International Law Components of Peace"

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)

I am happy to report that we have commenced planning the second meeting of the Creation of International Law Network in 2014. The network is intended to:
► Link women scholars from different subfields of international law, who meet and design future research and other collaborative engagements;
► Promote the participation of women in international law forums and institutions; and ► Disseminate the scholarship of women within international law.
Our first conference, in 2010, was held at my only law faculty, at the University of Oslo in Norway. Many IntLawGrrls participated. As I posted earlier this year, that conference produced a book, Non-State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes: From the Margins, which is available from Cambridge.
The theme of the second conference will be Exploring the International Law Components of Peace.
Dr. Sumudu Atapattu (right), Global Legal Studies Associate Director at the University of Wisconsin Law School, has graciously offered to explore the possibility of hosting it in Madison in 2014. We plan to publish the papers in one of the university's journal thereafter.
We seek to expand the participation of scholars from the developing world. To that end, we welcome any suggestions for a keynote speaker from Asia, Africa, or the Americas.
Our concept note for this second conference is reproduced below.. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this conference, by sending abstracts for paper proposals to me at
Look forward to your participation!

Creation of International Law: 
Exploring the International Law Components of Peace
Concept Note

We invite internationally acclaimed women scholars and PhD candidates to the second conference on the Creation of International Law, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin in 2014. The intention is to continue and expand the network of women scholars and practitioners that was launched in 2009 in Norway to support their engagement in public international law. The theme of the second conference is: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace.
The pursuit of peace remains a global challenge and there is a need for reflection as to how the current international public law institutional and normative structure functions and what are the gaps?
Scholars from across the globe are invited to present papers addressing challenges in relation to the creation of international law from theoretical, normative, or empirical perspectives. We seek to bring together academic women to promote new research collaboration and strengthen their ability to influence the creation and elaboration of international law. The conference seeks to profile women as subjects of international public law development, both for students and researchers seeking recruitment to the law schools. We will seek publication of the papers in an academic journal of the University of Wisconsin.
The following are some suggested areas for papers, addressing issues relating to peace at the international level (state-state/international community) and at the domestic level (state-society/individual).

Papers can address the tension between the notion of negative peace (absence of violence, physical or structural) and positive peace (elimination of violence and respect for human rights). However, the list is not exhaustive and we welcome other areas of international law related to international peace.
Public International Law: We welcome papers discussing the current divide on responsibility to protect, juxtaposing the principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty against initiatives advocating intervention in response to massive violations of human rights, and the right to democracy.
International Human Rights: Peace: Is it a Human Right? Is it an individual or collective right? Who are the beneficiaries of this right and who are the duty-bearers? How should we move forward in terms of defining the scope of the right to peace and ensuring compliance? Freedom of Expression- what is the scope of this right and its relation to peace? The Rights to Non-Discrimination, Equality, Freedom of Expression, Food, Water, Housing, and Education – how do we measure progress?
International Humanitarian Law: We welcome papers on prohibition of nuclear weapons and weapons composed with nuclear byproducts, incendiary weapons, and autonomous weapons systems. We also welcome papers addressing initiatives to regulate disarmament.
International Environmental Law: We welcome papers on peace, sustainable development, and the interface between climate change and human rights/migration law
International Trade Law/Economic Law: We welcome papers addressing institutional and normative roots of structural violence, poverty, and global inequality/inequity. We also seek papers addressing the marginalization of women and efforts to empower them.
Dispute Resolution: We welcome papers on mediation, conciliation, commissions of inquiry, peace commissions, tribunals, and other non-violent mechanisms. We also welcome papers addressing the participation of women in these forums.
Education: We welcome papers discussing the teaching of International Law – is there a bias towards topics addressing violence and use of force? How can we improve the teaching of peace within the law school?

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