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International Law and the SAARC Region in Times of Crisis

International Conference on International Law and the SAARC Region in Times of Crisis

New Delhi, 01 March 2023

The conference is announced in the midst of international law issues and challenges thrown up by the developments in the SAARC region and beyond. It aims to provide a platform for international lawyers and academics to exchange views on these developments and offer fresh perspectives. We encourage submissions from early-career academics. Abstracts are invited that engage with the conference theme, including but not limited to the following sub-themes/areas/topics:

  • Access to justice: independence and impartiality, fair trial, particular challenges to the rule of law in the SAARC region
  • Artificial intelligence, forms, linkages and impact
  • Boundaries, territorial disputes, cross-border ethnicities, border management
  • Conflict resolution, challenges to SAARC regionalism
  • Civil society and SAARC perspectives
  • Constitutionalism, including balance between the judiciary and other organs of the government
  • Dispute settlement, provisional measures and interventions before international courts, lessons/implications for South Asian countries
  • Family and children, inter-SAARC region matters
  • Food security in the SAARC region, the role of SAARC governments and international institutions
  • Green energy, energy security and governmental regulations
  • Intellectual property law, traditional knowledge in the SAARC region, IPR protection and its developmental linkages
  • Interface between international law and municipal law
  • International commercial law, international sale contracts, cross-border transport, exchange controls, development and integration of capital markets
  • International criminal law, genocide, aggression, “ecocide”; investigation, trials and safeguards; responsibility of multinational enterprises
  • International economic law, economic crisis, right to food, normative fragmentation of mitigation strategies
  • International environmental law, climate change, poverty and mitigation strategies, including technology transfer and financial assistance, the mandate of multilateral development banks
  • International human rights law, implementation of economic, social and cultural rights, tribal rights, the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples, right to information, cyberbullying against children, accountability, role of constitutional courts, establishment of a SAARC human rights mechanism
  • International humanitarian law, armed conflicts, non-state actors, civil liability
  • International investment law, bilateral investment treaties, host states’ right to regulate, human rights linkages, investor-state dispute settlement
  • International organizations law, representation in international organizations, interaction between the laws of international organizations and host countries, the impact of COVID-19 on international institutional governance, responsibility and accountability, multinational corporations, including corporate social responsibility, UN Security Council reforms
  • International refugee law, economic migrants, climate refugees, non-refoulement and security of the state of refuge or residence
  • International trade law, countervailing, safeguard and tariff measures on products originating from the SAARC region, trade preferences, accession to the WTO, least-developed SAARC countries
  • Jurisdictional immunities, including those of international organizations, alternative remedies, the role of domestic courts
  • Law of the sea, sea resource management, disputes concerning limits of the continental shelf in the SAARC region, piracy, responsibility of maritime militia activities, jurisdiction of ITLOS
  • Natural disasters in the SAARC region, including draught and flood
  • Recognition of governments in the SAARC region, doctrine and practice
  • Self-determination, the role of international judiciary
  • Terrorism, linkages with new and emerging technologies, terror financing; counter-terrorism: international framework, international judicial cooperation
  • Use of force, perspectives of the future world order and legal discourse
  • Water sharing and water resource management in the SAARC region


Abstract Submission

Interested scholars are invited to submit one abstract of 400–500 words. Full name, email address and affiliation of the applicant must be written at the top of the document containing the abstract. Co-authorship is allowed up to a maximum of two authors for one paper.

The applicant must also send a one-page curriculum vitae, including a list of most relevant publications.

The subject column of the submission e-mail must be composed as “ILSR2023 Submission – Name”.

The abstract and the curriculum vitae must be emailed at


Selection criteria

Relevance to the conference theme

Originality of the paper

Geographical and gender balance of the participants


Important Dates

Submission of abstracts: 12 December 2022

Acceptance of abstracts: 26 December 2022

Submission of full papers/extended abstracts: 15 February 2023

Last date of registration: 24 February 2023

Conference date: 01 March 2023



Non-SAU PhD scholars: INR500/$10/EUR10

Non-SAU teachers and others: INR1000/$20/EUR20

Registration fee is waived for all SAU faculty and students, paper presenters, virtual participants and SAARC government officials.


Travel and accommodation

Onsite attendees will be responsible for any required travel and accommodation.



 The conference will be held at the South Asian University, New Delhi (hybrid).



Dr Ravindra Pratap, Senior Associate Professor, Faculty of Legal Studies.



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South Asian University (SAU) is a University of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, established by the 2007 SAU Agreement by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SAU is located in New Delhi and has a 2008 Headquarters Agreement with the Government of the Republic of India which has effectuated the SAU Agreement by its South Asian University Act, 2008.


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Organisation: South Asian University
Deadline: 12/12/2022
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