Call for Papers: Theory & International Law @ BIICL/SLS [May 16]: Submit by April 4

27th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory & International Law is organised for which abstract is to be submitted by April 4. The event will be held on May 16 and topic of the call for papers is The Return of the “S” Word: Sovereignty in Contemporary International Law.

The 2018 Workshop on Theory and International Law aims to re-engage the concept of sovereignty in contemporary international law.

It is inviting contributions which relate to the (contested) nature or evolving meaning of state sovereignty, as well as how the concept manifests in relation to specific areas of international law and institutional practice, including e.g. statehood and self-determination struggles, membership and withdrawal of international organisations, etc.


The workshop will include keynote presentations from the following:

  • Sovereignty after Sovereignty
    Professor Gerry Simpson, London School of Economics
  • The International Criminal Court: A Threat to, or Supporter of Sovereignty?
    Professor Robert Cryer, Birmingham University
  • Sovereignty of Cyberspace or Sovereignty in Cyberspace?
    Professor Nicholas Tsagourias, University of Sheffield

Call for Papers:

Please see the call for papers detail here.

Application Process:

Submission of abstracts is open to academics, including graduate students, and to legal

Please submit an abstract in Word or PDF of no more than one page to Dr Aisling O’Sullivan and Dr Richard Collins. The following information should also be provided with each abstract:

  • The author’s name and affiliation
  • The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications
  • The author’s contact details, including email address

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday 4th April 2018. Applicants will be informed by Monday 9th April 2018.

Regrettably, we are unable to provide funding for travel to and attendance at the conference, but there will be a reception at the end of the conference.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for Submission of abstracts: April 4, 2018
  • Workshop Date: May 16, 2018

Pricing and Registration:

BIICL Members:

  • Individual – £60
  • Concession* – £40
  • Student – £20


  • Individual – £100
  • Concession* – £65
  • Student – £35

Concessions include academic staff, retired, unwaged and staff of not for profit agencies and government.

SLS members are entitled to BIICL member price for this event. To apply for an SLS member place please contact the events team,

This event is available for booking but you must be logged in before you can place a booking.

To book event, click here.


If you have any queries, please contact the events team,

For the Brochure, click here and for the Official Website here.

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