The crisis of multilateral international order, causes, dynamics and consequences

The European Society of International Law (ESIL), the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), and the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS) are organising a joint conference on the topic,The crisis of multilateral international order: causes, dynamics and consequences’. 
The main objective of the conference is to discuss various aspects of the current crisis of multilateralism from the perspective of public international law, both at the general level and in the form of case studies relating to specific areas of international law.

Main questions of the conference
The conference is jointly organized by the European Society of International Law (ESIL), the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), and the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS). Its main objective is to discuss various aspects of the current crisis of multilateralism from the perspective of public international law, both at the general level and in the form of case studies relating to specific areas of international law. The organizers are particularly interested in presentations that address one or more of the following questions (although any paper proposal relevant to the subject of the conference will be considered):

• To what extent do specific areas of public international law experience the crisis of multilateralism? How is it manifested in these areas?
• If no crisis is visible in a particular area, how can this fact be explained? Is it connected with some unique features of a specific regime that make it crisis-resistant? Or maybe some other factors play a role in that field?
• What are the specific reasons behind the crisis in particular areas of international law? Are they of a general nature (e.g. geopolitical reconfigurations or social changes) or do they relate to internal contradictions and failures of a specific regime? What role is played in this context by technological developments (and with what related consequences)?
• What are the dynamics of the crisis in specific subject areas? How serious is such a crisis? Are any actions being undertaken to address it? If so, what is their character and who are the actors involved?
• What are the consequences of the crisis for a specific area of public international law? To what extent does it create opportunities for reforming a particular legal regime?

Submission procedure
Paper proposals, no longer than 250 words, should be sent to Lukasz Gruszczynski (lukasz.gruszczynski@gmail.com), Marcin Menkes (marcin.menkes@sgh.waw.pl) and Paolo D. Farah (paolo.farah@glawcal.org.uk), not later than 12.00 CET on 5 July 2019. All submissions need to be accompanied by a short CV (no longer than 2 pages). Selected speakers are expected to submit extended outlines (8-10 pages) of their papers before the conference.

Venue and travel arrangements
The conference will be held on 22-23 November 2019 on the campus of the Warsaw School of Economics.
Speakers will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Some ESIL travel grants will be available to offer partial financial support to ESIL members who are selected as speakers and who have exhausted all other potential sources of funding. Further information on financial support will be distributed to speakers in due course.

Publication
The organizers are planning the publication of selected articles in a special section of the Polish Yearbook of International Law (June/July 2020). The deadline for submitting the final version of the papers is 28 February 2020. Technical requirements regarding the submission of the papers will be provided later.
Further information available here.
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