Call for papers – “Business and Human Rights: International Law and …” – Deadline 31 May 2014

The European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Business and Human Rights is calling for papers in view of its 3rd Research Workshop at the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference, to be held in Vienna, Austria, on 3 September 2014.

Following the overarching theme of the Research Forum, “International Law and …: Boundaries of International Law and Bridges to Other Fields and Disciplines”, we invite papers addressing the interplay between international law and other fields of law or other disciplines from the perspective of business and human rights.


Papers may consider (but are not limited to) the following perspectives:

  • Public law (including constitutional and administrative law)
  • Private law (including company, labour and competition law)
  • Research methodologies
  • Religion
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Arts (including literature, aesthetics and film)
  • Feminism
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Sports
  • Linguistics

Please submit a 500 words abstract proposal via email to Damiano de Felice ( by 31 May 2014.

Successful applicants will be informed by 15 June 2014.

The deadline for the submission of final papers is 15 August 2014.

In addition to the abstract, the following information must be provided on the submission:

  • The author’s name and affiliation
  • The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications
  • The author’s contact details
  • Whether the author is an ESIL member

For the sake of blind peer-reviewing, candidates are requested to include their name and affiliation in the email, but NOT in the abstract itself.

Papers will be selected by the co-chairs of the Interest Group (Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega, Mr. Damiano de Felice and Dr. Freya Baetens) on the basis of abstracts submitted. Selection criteria are: originality of the work, links to the panel theme, and geographical representation of the speakers. Only one abstract per author will be considered.

The  purpose  of  the  panel  is  to  share  cutting-edge  research  in  specific  areas  of international law, to stimulate debate, and to foster contacts between participants. At the moment of presentation, papers should be unpublished and in an advanced stage of completion. Publication in a book or a special issue of a journal will be considered.

In order to participate in the Interest Group panel, speakers must be members of ESIL. The membership can be formalised once abstracts have been accepted.

Unfortunately, the ESIL Interest Group on Business and Human Rights is not in a position to cover expenses for travelling and accommodation, or to waiver the ESIL conference fee.

Information on the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference is available here:

A PDF version of the call for papers can be downloaded here.


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