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International Economic Law: Governing Markets in Context

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

International economic law – defined broadly to encompass areas such as international investment law, international trade law (including WTO law), international financial law and regulation, international development law, international environmental and energy law and global intellectually property law – represents a rapidly developing field of study with an emerging diversity of theoretical, methodological and substantive perspectives and specialisms. In an evolving global economic and geopolitical environment, the rules and institutions of international economic law and global economic governance have been facing a multiplicity of global challenges, including financial crises, structural imbalances, cross-border trade disputes, energy security, natural resource and environmental conflicts, as well as new health and social threats. The complexity and scope of these challenges has led to questioning of the efficacy of the contemporary framework of international economic law as a governing mechanism for international economic, social and political affairs.

In recent years, the governance of the global economy through law and policy interventions in a diversity of economic and non-economic markets has been a central concern for researchers and policymakers. Governments around the world have sought to balance drives for liberalisation and integration with the demands for greater control over market autonomy for a variety of national, foreign policy and public interest rationales. New challenges and the social cost of externalities generated by market processes transcend national borders as well as the perimeters of specific disciplines. New theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches and substantive contributions are required to consider economic governance in a broader intellectual and societal context.
The convenors of this theme welcome proposals addressing these and other key challenges from a socio-legal, contextual, or governance perspective. Proposals may include topics from the following non-exhaustive list:
- What are the theoretical and methodological assumptions defining the role of markets in a globalized economy? How are these assumptions reflected in identified policies or governance approaches?
- How are cross-border markets structured? And what are the implications of these structures for international economic law and governance?
- Are policies, regulation and supervision, and legal interventions in markets effective in dealing with the new global challenges?
- What are alternatives to and the possible developments for the framework of international economic law and governance in the face of contemporary challenges?

We hope to stimulate discussion and further collaboration on these and other questions among participants of the theme.


Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Tuesday: Session 2: Social Sciences Room S0.17

Session Title: International Financial Law and Regulation

Papers: Sharing, Ranking, Matching, and Pricing: A Socio-Psychological Perspective on EU Financial Regulators, - Genevieve Helleringer and Giuliano Castellano,

Certainty in Uncertain Times: Conflicting Visions of the European Project, - Dania Thomas and Maren Heidemann,

Law and Finance in Emerging Economies: The Case of Germany 1800-1913, - Carsten Gerner-Buerle

Wednesday: Session 3: Social Sciences Room S0.17

Session Title: Finance and Corporate Governance

Papers: When Overseeing Becomes Overlooking: The Post-GFC Reconfigurations of International Finance, - Stephen Connelly

Drawing a Synergy between Theory and Practice: A Move towards a More Stakeholder-Oriented Regulatory Framework for Modern Islamic Finance Institutions, - Sheharyar Hamid

Between the State and Market: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Transnational Regulation in South-East Asia, - Celine Tan

Wednesday: Session 4: Social Sciences Room S0.17

Session Title: Structures of International Economic Law

Papers: International Economic Institutions: Developing the Concept of Substantive Accountability, - Abayomi Al-Ameen

Exploring ‘the Empirical’ in International Economic Law Linkage Debates, - James Harrison,

The Institutional Fragmentation of International Law and Democratic Governance in a World Society: A Crisis or An Opportunity?, - Anlei Zuo

Politics and Technocracy in International Corporate Taxation, - Sol Picciotto

Wednesday: Session 5: Social Sciences Room S0.17

Session Title: International Investment Law I

Papers: Reforming International Investment Law: Is it Time for a New International Social Contract to Rebalance the Investor-State Regulatory Dichotomy? - Dessilav Dobrev

Re-thinking International Investment Law’s ‘Utopia’, - Edward Guntrip,

The Impact of Investment Treaty Law on Government Behaviour: A Socio-legal Perspective on State Compliance with Good Governance Standards, - Mavluda Sattarova and Mustafa Erkan,

Wednesday: Session 6: Social Sciences Room S0.17

Session Title: International Investment Law II

Papers: Power and Contract in International Investment Law: The Dynamics of Investor-State Arbitration, - Edward Cohen

TTIP-ing Nanotechnologies? (Unwanted) Implications of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Chapter and Chemical Chapter - Daria Davitti

Investment in Human Rights: Defragment or Reboot? - Aurora Voiculescu

Thursday: Session 7: Ramphal Room 3.41

Session Title: Panel 6: International Trade

Papers: World Trade Organization and Subsidies in the Renewable Energy Sector, - Paola Davide Farah TBC

Assumptions in WTO Law: WTO Accession of Non-Market Economies, - Dylan Geraets

Rethinking Assumptions: Interrogating the Scope of ‘Food Security’ in International Economic Law - Fiona Smith

Thursday: Session 8: Ramphal Room 3.41

Session Title: Challenging International Economic Law

Papers: Does the Invisible Hand have Green Fingers, or Would International Economic Law be viable International Environmental Law? - Paul Anderson

The Rights Resurgence, Social Movements and Post-War Capitalism - Radha D’Souza

What the World Needs Now is….Corruption, - George Meszaros