The Law Department of the European University Institute (EUI) is delighted to share this call for papers for a two-day Doctoral Forum on International Law which will be held at the Department of Law, Villa Salviati, Florence, on 23 – 24 November 2020 with the support of the European Society of International Law.

International lawyers entering the field of international law today are met with a competitive field and challenges such as the rise of populism, growing economic inequality, climate change, and unraveling global cooperation. In addressing these challenges, the situation of international lawyers—e.g. their position in the field, race, or gender—and its influence on what they do or think is seldom considered overtly. Building on this reflexive attitude, long productively discussed in the social sciences, this Forum invites contributors to practise reflexivity in their own work and in the field of international law.

The practice of reflexivity takes the international lawyer as an object of research, examining their situation and how it influences what they do or think, and it can also extend to an examination of the field itself and the scholarly endeavour. This Forum seeks to investigate how the practice of reflexivity could uncover disciplinary routines and create possibilities for new or alternative interventions in response to the field’s most pressing challenges.

Abstracts of around 500 words should be sent together with a CV to on 13 September 2020. Selected presenters will be notified via email by the end of September. 

The authors of selected papers will be required to submit an extended abstract/paper of at least 2,500 words by 15 November 2020. An eventual volume on the theme of the Forum may be considered.