How can we reshape international law in order to respond to and engage with our complex future? Recent developments have presented distinct challenges to the effectiveness and legitimacy of international law in the form of populism, polarisation and pandemics. More systemically, the architecture of international law – its processes, institutions and values – is being challenged by environmental change on a scale that has precipitated the beginning of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. Our future is increasingly complex, and that complexity is found in every area of international law. The response of institutions and processes to recent and current challenges has been characterised at times by inertia or innovation or, in the case of the WTO, for example, both. At the 28th ANZSIL Conference we encourage participants to reflect on whether, and if so, how, international law has been, is currently being and could be reshaped for our complex future.
The Organising Committee for the 28th Annual Conference has invited paper submissions and panel proposals on any area of public and private international law relevant to the conference theme, particularly welcoming proposals drawing on diverse areas of international law around a particular theme and for discussion-based panels.
The Conference will be fully online and will be held from 30 June - 6 July 2021.
The call for abstracts has now passed. We will endeavour to make a draft program available as soon as possible along with registration information.
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