The workshop on ‘Behavioural Approaches in International Law’ is the first event of the newly launched ESIL IG on Social Sciences and International Law. The workshop will be held online on 22-23 April 2021.

Until recently, international legal scholarship has largely been premised on the assumption of rational action on the part of key actors in international law, whether those actors be states, international organizations, judges, arbitrators, or government officials. However, recent literature in cognate disciplines, such as international relations and political science, integrates insights from behavioural economics and cognitive psychology in order to construct more descriptively accurate models of decision-making, including those decisions that pertain to international law.

The first workshop, which was held online on 17 November 2020, acted as a platform at which scholars could outline the conceptual framework for their project, their methodology, and their preliminary findings. The second workshop on 22-23 April 2021 gives speakers an opportunity to gain feedback on a more developed piece of research, which will form the basis of an article

The workshops act as a forum in which international legal scholars whose research adopts a behavioural approach can present their works-in-progress and gain feedback from a broad range of peers, including scholar in economics and psychology as well as those conducting empirical and experimental research.