Call for Papers: XXIII Convegno annuale della SIDI



Event Date: 

06/7/18 to 06/8/18

Location name: 

Ferrara, Italy



ITALIAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND EUROPEAN UNION LAW (SIDI-ISIL) Codification in International and EU Law XXIII Annual Conference University of Ferrara 7-8 June 2018

Call for papers

The XXIII Annual Conference of the Italian Society of International and EU Law (SIDI-ISIL) will take place at the University of Ferrara on 7/8 June 2018. The Conference theme: In International Law, codification takes forms and functions that are different from those developing in domestic legal orders, notably in the civil law model. Domestic codification was originally driven by the Enlightenment-inspired ambition to draw a complete and systematic legal framework including all the rules regulating broad areas of law – with civil law as a starting point. The legislature thus expressed its intention to govern social intercourse, assuming that it would exercise its regulatory function in a complete and exhaustive way.

The specificities of the international legal order prevent it from expressing any such aspiration: international law has used codification rather as an instrument for ensuring legal certainty in specifically defined areas. EU law has featured similar developments. Various governmental and non-governmental actors manage codification processes in these contexts, with the aim of setting forth coherent regulatory models applying to the relevant addressees.

This variety of actors and the peculiarities of the affected legal regimes have given rise to a heterogeneous picture at both the international and European levels: the Conference intends to draw a comparison between these different levels and to identify any homogeneous trends. Indeed, there is growing awareness about the unitary character of international and – even more prominently – EU law: in this perspective, codification expresses a “system”, where detailed rules interact with general or “constitutional” principles.

Thus, international organisations play an enhanced role in contemporary codification processes, as they are in the best position to appreciate and safeguard the general interest at stake in the given legal order. It is also crucial to ensure an ENG - ITA appropriate coordination between different codification instruments, including as regards their material scope and the succession of norms over time; such problems arise, for instance, with reference to the partial convergence between instruments of uniform private international law adopted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the European Union. Moreover, codification instruments should be consistent with the overall development of the legal system at stake, in a context where the “law in action” is mainly identified through case law.

Call for papers:

One session of the Conference will deal with Coordination between different codification instruments (8 June 2018, 9 am – 1 pm). Speakers will be selected on the basis of this call for papers. Presentations can be in either Italian or English. Scholars of any affiliation and at any stage of their career are invited to submit proposals relevant to the session topic, including (but not limited to) the following:  Relationship between codification instruments covering the same topics and promoted by different organizations or entities (e.g., the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; uniform private international law instruments promoted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law and by the European Union; international environmental law and transnational criminal law instruments promoted at UN and regional levels);  Relationship between codification instruments covering different fields (eg, human rights and other areas of international or EU law; law of international responsibility and other areas of international law);  Succession of codification instruments in the same field.

Timeline Submission of proposals:

by 10 January 2018 Information to selected speakers: by 31 January 2018 Submission of proposals Proposals should be in either Italian or English and include an abstract between 1,000 and 2,000 words long.

They should also include:  The author’s name and affiliation  The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications  The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number  An indication as to whether the author is a current SIDI-ISIL member (in the event of equally qualified proposals, preference will be given to proposals submitted by members) ENG - ITA

Proposals and any communications relating to this call should be sent via email to the following address: Please note: a maximum of five proposals will be selected. Expenses of selected speakers during the conference The organizers will cover the costs of food and two nights’ accommodation. Travel expenses to and from Ferrara will be covered up to a maximum of 300 euros per speaker. Publication Selected papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. The deadline for submitting the final version of the papers is 2 January 2019. 

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