Call for Papers: New Opportunities and Challenges to International Economic Law



Event Date: 

07/9/21 to 09/17/21

Location name: 



The China International Business and Economic Law Centre at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law

The world economy is entering a new and complex landscape. This landscape will include new approaches by different states), new trade agreements, and new digital currency. The changes will affect all aspects of international economic relationships, ranging from trade and investment to competition, finance and dispute settlement. To explore the impact of such changes on the international economic law, UNSW Law & Justice’s Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre will be hosting the 2021 CIBEL Global Network Conference and Young Scholars Workshop with virtual events as a series of individual 90-minute sessions running fortnightly from 9 July to 17 September 2021.

The CIBEL Global Network Conference and Young Scholars Workshop runs annually. Global Network events last year involved 50 speakers from top-notch institutions around the world and attracted almost 800 registrants. The 2021 CIBEL Global Network Conference and Young Scholars Workshop will raise the following issues:

What will new opportunities and challenges to international economic law be? How should governments, businesses, the public and other stakeholders understand and respond to the changing world? What is the future of international economic law in the post-COVID era?

From 9 July to 17 September 2021 each fortnightly 90-minute Conference panel session will focus on a specific CIBEL area, with the full-day Young Scholars Workshop featuring four 90-minute sessions on 6 August. 

The Conference welcomes papers from scholars at all levels, practitioners in the private and public sectors, and others in CIBEL fields across the globe to discuss issues of international economic law from legal and cross-disciplinary perspectives, and from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Successful applicants may be invited to contribute to a publication based on papers presented at the conference and/or workshop.

Young scholars, including those currently pursuing PhDs, are strongly encouraged to submit papers to the Young Scholars Workshop, where they will present and get constructive feedback from senior researchers. Submissions to the Young Scholars Workshop are open to any topic within the CIBEL research areas and are not limited to theme-related topics.

Panel Topics: 

The Conference and Young Scholars Workshop will consider abstracts in all areas of law which have a significant focus on issues relating to China and international business and economic law in its broad sense. The topics of the Panels may include the following: • Commercial law • Competition law • Dispute settlement • Finance and currency • Intellectual property law • Investment law • Trade law • Other issues of international economic law 

Submission Requirements: 

Interested applicants shall submit their abstracts via the online application form by 15 March 2021 for peer review. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Full papers (7,000-12,000 words include footnotes) are recommended but not essential and should be submitted before 2 May 2021. Applicants shall indicate if the submission is for the Conference or the Young Scholars Workshop and indicate the panel topic* that relates to the submission if applicable. The number and nature of panels will depend upon submissions received, however CIBEL will try to accommodate a full range of topics. 

For more, please see the full call for papers below