Call for papers

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law: Annual Conference 2014

 

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Call for papers for the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (‘CJICL’) Annual Conference, which will be held in the St. John’s College Divinity School, Cambridge, United Kingdom, on 10-11 May 2014.

This year, the conference theme is STEPPING AWAY FROM THE STATE: UNIVERSALITY AND COSMOPOLITANISM IN INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW

This conference will explore approaches that question the traditional state-centric view of international and comparative law. The idea of universality suggests that international law applies equally and indiscriminately across domestic legal systems, and within sub-systems of international law itself. Cosmopolitanism conceives of the world as a single entity, with resonances between people irrespective of their location, nationality and culture, and asks how legal actors can access legal regimes beyond their state’s domestic framework.

This year, the Conference’s keynote address will be given by Judge Kenneth Keith of the International Court of Justice.

The CJICL welcomes a wide variety of proposals in the fields of comparative and international law (both public and private) that encompass empirical approaches, theoretical discussions and perspectives from practice. Two of the research topics which the CJICL hopes to develop – and which will be of particular interest to OGEMID participants – are the growth of international law as an instrument of international cosmopolitanism, and dialogues between courts in different jurisdictions as expressions of universality and/or cosmopolitanism.

Abstract submissions must be no longer than 300 words in length and should be accompanied by a brief biography or CV. The closing date for submissions is 26 JANUARY 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by 10 FEBRUARY 2014 and must submit their papers by 27 APRIL 2014. Applications should be submitted using the form below.

Conference papers should be no longer than 10,000 words, including footnotes. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the CJICL (volume 3 issue 4) and abstracts should be submitted on the basis that the subsequent paper will be available for publication.

General registration for the conference will open in early February 2013 at http://cjicl.org.uk/conference-registration/. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended. Further information on the conference can also be found at this address, or by emailing me directly at cm625@cam.ac.uk.