Call for Papers: Sanctions and Africa: an International Law and Politics Conference



Event Date: 

12/9/21 to 12/10/21

Location name: 

Virtual and London, UK


Coventry University

Call for Papers

We welcome theoretical, empirical, historical and doctrinal analysis that investigate:

  • The positions of African actors (states, economic actors, civil society, and intergovernmental organizations) regarding the legality or functioning of contemporary sanctions
  • Successful and unsuccessful interventions of African states and non-state actors in the development of international law and shaping of political practice relating to sanctions
  • Comparative analysis of African sanctions practices with national and regional practices in other regions of the world
  • Sanctions policy and practice from outside of Africa (global, EU, US) bearing a distinctive impact on the continent
  • The role of sanctions in promoting peace and security in Africa
  • Cross-cutting sanctions issues affecting African states and non-state actors
  • Meta-reflections on the state of Africa-centred sanctions research
  • Unintended consequences of sanctions imposed against African targets

We encourage submissions from or in collaboration with African, Africa-based, and Africa-focused researchers. Submissions from around the world are accepted.


Submitting a paper

To present a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by 15 September 2021 to:

 In your email, please include:

  • Your full name
  • Your organisational affiliation and position
  • Whether you plan to present the paper in person (in London) or online.

 Notification of decision on acceptance of abstract will be communicated by email within a week after the deadline.



Papers selected for the conference will be considered for submission towards a special issue publication with Journal of Global Security Studies (Oxford University Press), subject to thematic fit and normal review processes both by conference organizers and the journal

To be considered for publication, draft papers or working papers must be submitted by 26 November 2021 to the conference organisers at:

Subsequent deadline will be set after the conference for resubmission of revised papers to be considered for special issue submission.