Call for Papers: ESIL IG History of International Law Research Forum Workshop



Event Date: 

03/31/22 to 04/1/22

Location name: 

Glasgow, Scotland


ESIL IG History of International Law

ESIL IG History of International Law Research Forum Workshop

Regulating Global Security: History of an Illusion

Throughout history, with words and with deeds, international lawyers and activists have striven to eliminate war and conflict. Yet international law, the institutions it has built, and even the normative considerations it has engendered, have failed to guarantee global security and prevent interstate conflicts. Why has this happened? Why have so many past attempts to achieve a right and just world order failed?

We invite the submission of papers on aspects of the history of international law and global security, including proposals on the following indicative themes:

- The role and relevance of international law in global security discourse;

- The concept of security in international law from a historical perspective;

- The role of states and non-state actors in shaping the regulation of global security;

- The impact of territorial and resource disputes on global security;

- Law-making in the history of global security;

- Development of environmental security in international law;

- Development of economic and financial security in international law;

- The role of international (judicial) institutions as guardians of global security;

- Development of hybrid means of warfare and their regulation;

- (Mis)understanding the power of regulation in the history of global security.

The workshop is expected to take place in advance of the ESIL Research Forum in Glasgow, 31 March – 1 April 2022, in a hybrid format, and we invite submissions for both physical and distant participation.

Please submit your abstract of no more than 500 words together with a short CV by 31 January 2022 to

The Interest Group is unable to provide funding for travel and accommodation. Selected speakers will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Some ESIL travel grants and ESIL carers grants will be available to offer partial financial support to speakers who have exhausted other potential sources of funding. Please see the ESIL website for all relevant information about the Research Forum. The Interest Group workshop is open to ESIL members and all participants are required to register for the Research Forum. Steering Committee Members Markus Beham – Jaanika Erne – John Morss – Florenz Volkaert