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Asian Society of International Law
International Law and a Dynamic Asia
Ha Noi, 14-15 June 2016
Call for Papers
The 2016 Regional Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will take
place in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.
The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and a number of agorae. In
addition, the Conference will feature two special agorae on the Trans-Pacific
Partnership Agreement and the establishment of the ASEAN Community - two
remarkable developments in 2015.
The Conference provides an excellent forum for speakers to share innovative an
doriginal ideas in wide-ranging areas of international law with a view to
stimulating debate and promoting further research; this is also an opportunity
to foster contacts between participants. Papers presented in agorae should focus
on the field of international law connected with the overarching conference theme
and the description of the agora as described below.
Papers should be unpublished at the moment of presentation and be at an
advanced stage of completion. The working language of the conference is English.
Theme of the Conference
The 21st century is frequently called the “Asian century” with most countries in
the region recording remarkable economic growth. Economic links within the
region and beyond are constantly increasing, examples being, among others, the
conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the ongoing
negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Further
development in terms of regional integration has also been achieved especially
with the establishment of the ASEAN Community.
Yet Asia, dynamic and diverse as it is, comprises high-income industrialised
countries and emerging economies but is also home to two thirds of the world's
poor. The region remains fraught with numerous political crises, intractable
territorial and maritime disputes and unresolved ethnic and social conflicts.
Against this background, it is high time that legal scholars and practitioners
discussed the role of international law in creating an environment conducive to
the safe and efficient movement of goods, services and people across borders,
maintaining peace and stability in the region and addressing non-traditional
security challenges. The 2016 Regional Conference of the Asian Society of
International Law will offer a great opportunity to share Asian perspective on
and approach to the legal issues that arise from the recent developments in or rel
ated to the region.
Topics of Papers
Proposals for papers are now being invited on the following topics:
1. International economic law: trade and investment;
2. Intellectual property rights;
3. International commercial arbitration, including investor-state arbitration;
4. Private International Law, especially choice of law and jurisdiction for
international contracts in Asia;
5. National implementation of international law;
6. Human Rights, including Asian perspective on the protection of human
rights, international and regional monitoring and enforcing human rights,
business and human rights;
7. The protection of refugee and other forced migrants;
8. International environmental law, including transboundary air pollution,
climate change and freshwater resources;
9. Law of the sea, including territorial and maritime disputes, safety and
security of navigation, the protection of the marine environment and
10. Peaceful settlement of international disputes: diplomatic and judicial
11. TPP and other (Mega-)Regional Trade Agreements;
12. The establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.
All persons interested in international law, be they academic or practitioners,
government officials or NGO officers, are encouraged to participate in and apply
for positions as agora speakers. Papers are expected to provide an Asian
perspective on or adopt an international/comparative approach to the listed topics.
Submission of Paper Proposals
Paper proposals, for which joint submission is possible, will be reviewed by a
selection committee who will make decision based on the following criteria:
? Originality and innovativeness of the work
? Links to the conference theme
? Only one abstract per author will be considered
?Abstracts (in word or PDF format) in no more than 500 words must be submitte
dvia e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
? Author’s affiliation details and one-page biography
? Author’s contact details, including email address and phone number
? Author’s affiliation to the Asian Society of International Law.
Preference will be given to existing members of the Asian Society of International
Law in the selection process. To sign up for membership, please click here.
Any enquiries about the paper selection process and the Ha Noi Conference may
be addressed to email address above.
? The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 April 2016
? Successful applicants will be informed by no later than 01 May 2016
? The deadline for submission of fully developed papers, which should be no
more than 10 000 words, or more detailed abstracts, is 05 June 2016.
? The conference begins on Tuesday 14 June and ends on Wednesday 15 June
All selected agora speakers must register for the conference and, if AsianSIL
members, will be eligible for a reduced conference registration fee and an
invitation to the conference reception. Neither the Diplomatic Academy nor Asi
an Society of International Law will cover expenses for travel and accommodation.
Paper presenters are encouraged to submit finalized papers to the Society’s
Asian Journal of International Law. Publication is subject to a double-blind peer-re
view and editorial discretion. Details may be found on the Journal’s Website
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