The Seventh Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) on “Reshaping Global Economic Governance for the 21st Century” will take place at Bocconi University in Milan on 9-11 July 2020.
The conference theme reflects the inflection point at which international economic law and governance finds itself two decades into the 21st century. The rules, principles and institutions that have governed international economic law (IEL) since the end of World War II are increasingly questioned at the national, regional and global level. The future, or even survival, of core institutions is seriously questioned and multiple proposals for reform of international trade and investment law and governance have been tabled. The 2020 SIEL Conference invites participants not only to take stock of the developments that have led to where international economic law and governance stand today, but also what changes must be made to create the rules and institutions that adequately respond to the challenges of the 21st century.
The 2020 SIEL conference is open to all academics, practitioners, and government officials to present research or papers addressing any of the issues challenging the international economic law community today. While the conference theme is used to provide an overarching conceptual framework for the 2020 SIEL conference, the Conference Committee nonetheless wishes to encourage the submission of proposals for papers and panels on all IEL subjects falling within the three traditional pillars of IEL: trade, investment, and monetary / financial matters. Without excluding proposals on other topics, the Committee would welcome in particular proposals for papers and panels on:
●  the future of international economic governance, including reform options for international economic institutions and/or issues concerning international adjudication of trade, investment and commercial disputes;
●  Policies to achieve sustainable development goals and address climate change;
●  trade wars and their impact on the rules-based multilateral trading system;
●  the relationship between multilateral and (mega)regional arrangements and / or different approaches in regional arrangements;
●  the challenges encountered and opportunities created by regional arrangements, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, the European Union after Brexit, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement;
●  transnational business and the challenge of market fragmentation;
●  cooperation against corruption and money laundering;
●  comparing treaty interpretation in trade and investment disputes;
●  future pathways for the knowledge economy;
●  methods and trends in researching, teaching and learning of IEL, including doctrinal and empirical methodologies; and
●  interactions between scholars, practitioners, government officials and civil society groups active in IEL.
Paper, poster and panel proposals must be submitted by 24 January 2020 (originally 10 January 2020) by Midnight GMT via the dedicated web-form, available here.
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