The Role of International Organizations and Non-State Actors in the Formation of Customary International Law
Although customary international law has continuously been on the agenda of international legal scholars, it seems uncontested that debates on custom have been reinvigorated by the work of the International Law Commission on the topic. Under the rapporteurship of Sir Michael Wood, the work of the Commission has fueled much interest within and outside academic circles. It is noteworthy that Sir Michael has personally encouraged input from academics over the past few years.
As the work of the Commission reaches the stage of consultation with States and other actors in late 2016, the Commission will be open to receiving additional comments on its Draft Conclusions on the identification of customary international law. In this context, the Manchester International Law Centre, with the support of the ESIL Interest Group on International Organizations, will host a workshop with a view to generating new reflections on the role of international organizations and non-State actors in the formation of customary international law. Its objective is to bring scholars together and promote an exchange with the Commission with respect to these specific topics which are still under-researched and under-theorized.
Specific topics for discussion
The Manchester International Law Centre invites the submission of abstracts from scholars interested in the subject, with an emphasis on one of the following specific topics:
(i) The International Law Commission and Formation of CIL
(ii) The Theory of Formation of CIL
(iii) The Role of International Organizations in the Formation of CIL
(iv) The Role of Non-State Actors in the Formation of CIL.
In writing their contributions, authors are encouraged to engage directly with the positions of Sir Michael and those of the International Law Commission on the topic.
Guidance for the Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts must be between 750 and 1,000 words and be received by October 15, 2016. Authors must state their title and affiliation, and identify the appropriate topic and panel. Authors selected for the workshop must submit a draft paper that must be between 6,000 and 8,000 words prior to the workshop. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by October 25, 2016. Papers must be received by December 31, 2016. Abstracts and papers must be submitted to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions by early career researchers, that is those currently engaged in PhD research and those within five years of the award of their PhD, are especially welcome, but more senior colleagues are also encouraged to apply.
Venue and Expenses
The workshop will be held at the University of Manchester. The Manchester International Law Centre will provide one night accommodation to all speakers and reimburse travel expenses up to £150.00.
Participation and registration
Participation is open for non-speakers who must register through Eventbrite. Authors of selected abstracts are automatically registered as participants.
01 September 2016 Call for abstracts
15 October 2016 Deadline for the submission of abstracts
25 October 2016 Notification of authors
31 December 2016 Deadline for submission of papers
26, 27 January 2017 Workshop
It is envisaged that the selected papers will published either as an edited volume or as a special edition of a journal.
Thursday – January 26, 2017
12:00 Welcome and registration
13:00 – 13:30 Prof Iain Scobbie (MILC)
13:30 Panel: The International Law Commission and Formation of CIL
13:30 – 13:50 Sir Michael Wood
13:55 – 14:15 To be selected through the call for papers
14:20 – 14:40 To be selected through the call for papers
14:40 – 15:00 Debate
15:30 Panel: The Theory of Formation of Customary International Law
15:30 – 15:50 Prof Jean d’Aspremont (MILC)
15:55 – 16:15 Dr Sufyan Droubi (MILC)
16:20 – 16:40 To be selected through the call for papers
16:40 – 17:00 Debate
18:00 ESIL Interest Group on International Organizations
Friday – January 27, 2017
9:30 Panel: International Organizations and Formation of Customary International Law
9:30 – 9:50 Prof Niels Blokker (Leiden)
9:55 – 10:15 Prof Catherine Brölmann (Amsterdam/ESIL) [To be confirmed]
10:20 – 10:40 To be selected through the call for papers
10:40 – 11:00 Debate
11:30 Panel: Non-State Actors and Formation of Customary International Law
11:30 – 11:50 Dr Iris Müller (ICRC) [To be confirmed]
11:55 – 12:15 Dr Antal Berkes (MILC)
12:20 – 12:40 To be selected through the call for papers
12:40 – 13:00 Debate
13:00 Concluding Remarks and Reflections
13:00 – 14:00 Roundtable