Conference on Anti-Corruption Law @ ASIL, Paris [December 6-7]: Submit by July 23

Conference is being organised on “The Transnationalization of Anti-Corruption Law” on December 6-7, 2018. The conference will take place at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, France.

The organisers are Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Sciences Po Law School, and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the conference will be to look back at the evolution of anti-corruption law as it affects cross-border business, trade, and regulation, but without taking the standpoint of a particular jurisdiction.

This retrospective review will seek to explore the mechanisms that have led to the development of modern “transnational” anti-corruption law and standards.

The conference will also discuss current challenges and possible ways forward. It will undertake to achieve these goals through an interdisciplinary approach considering public international law and private international law methods, as well as comparative law, among other fields, while looking at the role and influence of a variety of actors.

The conference will also explore the contribution of other disciplines such as economics, political science, psychology and anthropology to understand their impact on the development of anticorruption standards and their implementation in the transnational context.

With this in mind, the conference will consider whether and how anti-corruption laws and standards should synergistically lean towards transnational harmonization, unification, or remain a multitude of overlapping and possibly at times conflicting regulatory and procedural regimes.

Discussing possible adjustments in transnational anti-corruption norms would imply looking at the following issues, among others:

  • What prompted the process of transnationalization in the area of anti-corruption?
  • What does transnationalization mean in the anti-corruption context?
  • Is there a normative hierarchy in anti-corruption standards?
  • How are anti-corruption law, concepts, and practices transplanted?
  • What is the role of international organizations, regulators, national courts, NGOs, civil society, private actors, and international tribunals in defining anti-corruption norms and standards?
  • How should anti-corruption regulators cooperate?
  • What is the effectiveness and legitimacy of transnational anti-corruption law? Can transnational anti-corruption law find a coercive authority?
  • Should there be a world anti-corruption court?
  • Has the transnationalization of anti-corruption law gone too far?
  • What can be learnt from other disciplines when it comes to devising or implementing anti-corruption laws and policies?

Symposium Topics:

The symposium will consider a broad range of topics, including the following non-exhaustive list.

    1. The Role of International Law in the Anti-Corruption
    2. Jurisdictional Issues
    3. Domestication and Acculturation of Enforcement Instruments and Compliance Methods
    4. Standardization, Certification and Corporate Benchmarking
    1. Transnational Enforcement & Global Litigation
    2. Multidisciplinary Approaches (economics, politics, psychology, anthropology, and more broadly behavioral sciences, etc.)

Call for Papers:

The organizers are soliciting abstracts from academics, practitioners, NGO representatives, policy makers and regulators, private sector representatives, as well as others who are engaged in activities related to the study or control of corruption.

Abstracts should indicate which of the above-suggested topics they fall within, or if not within the above topics, how the proposed presentation relates to the overall theme of the conference. Presentation Proposals Guidelines Abstracts are due by Monday July 23, 2018.

Please submit your abstract in PDF format (400-500 words at most), along with a short biography (no longer than 250 words containing name, affiliation, email and phone contact details and an overview of relevant activities/publications).

Please send your proposal and biography to the conference email: [email protected].

Important dates:

  • Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: July 23, 2018
  • Successful Applicants will be Informed: September 3, 2018
  • Deadline for Submission of Full Papers: November 16, 2018
  • Conference Date: December 6-7, 2018

Contact email: 

Email: [email protected]

For the Brochure and Official Website, click here.

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