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Call for papers on Change in International Law and Human Rights

The International Law and Human Rights Unit, part of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, invites postgraduate research students to its 2nd Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights. The conference will take place on 26th and 27th March 2018.


The theme of the conference is: The Notion of Change in International Law and Human Rights’. The theme is to be conceived in the broadest possible sense. Issues may range from the role that international law and/or human rights plays in facilitating change, whether international law in fact provides a barrier to change, particular fields that are facing or likely to face changes (e.g. migration, secession) or worldwide phenomena (e.g. climate change). Papers outside these areas that still fall under the broad theme are also welcomed. Papers may deal with, but again are not limited to:

  • Public International Law

  • Conflict and Security Law

  • International Court and Tribunals

  • International Organisations and Global Governance

  • International Criminal Law

  • Migration and Refugee Law

  • Minority Rights, Self-Determination and Secession Processes

  • Cultural Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

  • Rights of Children, Women and Persons with Disabilities

  • International Law and the Global Economy

  • Climate Change and Environmental Law

We encourage paper and poster proposals from postgraduate students who specialise in international law, human rights or related subjects and welcome contributions from doctrinal, normative, historical, conceptual and comparative perspectives. The conference offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment, among peers with similarly oriented research interests.


Soap Box Session

Alternatively, we also welcome proposals for our ‘soap box session’. Here, speakers have just 5 minutes to air a controversial legal argument against the clock. They then have 10 minutes to defend this view against a critical audience! This is a dynamic forum for short presentations on bold ideas or controversial legal views.


How to Apply

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short biography (no more than 100 words) to ilhrucon@liverpool.ac.uk. Please indicate whether you are applying to present a paper, poster or ‘soapbox’. Applicants are welcome to submit proposals for more than one format. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th January 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by Friday 19th January 2018.

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