ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

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donderdag 18 april 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: Law and Boundaries [5th Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars in Law] (Tel Aviv: Buchmann Faculty of Law/Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, 17-19 NOV 2019); DEADLINE 1 SEP 2019

Call for Papers

The 5th Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars in Law

Law and Boundaries

17-19 November 2019
Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law
Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies
Tel Aviv, Israel

Sponsored by

The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law
David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
The Institute for Law and Philanthropy (ILP)
TraffLab: Labor Perspective to Human Trafficking Research Project (ERC)
Minerva Center for Human Rights
S. Horowitz Institute for Intellectual Property
Taubenschlag Institute of Criminal Law
Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies

Academic Organizers
Noa Kwartaz-Avraham, Yifat Naftali Ben-Zion, Tsviya Shir
PhD Candidates, Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

The Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law is pleased to invite submissions to its 5th annual workshop for junior scholars in law. The workshop provides junior scholars with the opportunity to present and discuss their work, receive meaningful feedback from faculty members and peers and aims to invigorate the scholars’ active participation in the community of international junior scholars in law.

The interface between law and boundaries is subject to ongoing debate amongst legal scholars. On one hand, the law may be perceived as setting a legal boundary in social life, for instance between normative and criminal behavior; On the other hand, the law may be perceived as an instrument used by different power groups in order to change, preserve or re-affirm the social order. The workshop seeks to offer a scholarly debate on law and boundaries, from various perspectives.
Relevant papers may discuss a variety of legal fields such as private law, criminal law, corporate & finance law, environmental law, international & human rights law, family law, IP, law & technology, etc., as well as theoretical and jurisprudential issues.
For example, papers could discuss:
·     Doctrinal boundaries - How law creates, preserves or undermines boundaries between traditional categories such as private and public, state and market, individual and society, etc.; how law restructures boundaries between such categories in response to accelerated technological progress or economic crisis (e.g., revisiting contemporary IP law, Antitrust law, etc.).
·     Theoretical boundaries - How specific rules or legal concepts provide an ethical border between right or wrong, and what is their impact on society? how boundaries, real or imagined, serve as gatekeepers of social order; how interdisciplinary research methodologies contribute to legal scholarship.
·     Physical boundaries - How law shapes the role of borders, who and what can cross them, under what terms, and at what cost (e.g., regulation of immigration, human trafficking); how does law respond to the powers and vulnerabilities created by traversing physical borders, what protections does it offer, if at all, and to whom; The interaction between the nation state and boundaries.
·     Social boundaries - How law regulates boundaries between different groups of individuals as well as between individual rights and group rights, and how permeable the boundaries are in a multicultural nation state (e.g., championing group rights in order to preserve the group as such, and the possible advantages and/or disadvantages this might have for the individual); how law is affected by historical development, for example in the construction of a new legal order or institution or in changing functions of current ones.
·     Economic boundaries - How economic insights might (or should) affect the law; the relations between law and economic distribution and redistribution; how the law is affected by blurring boundaries between philanthropy, state and market (e.g., through the impact investing practices or the re-setting of legal boundaries for philanthropy within a liberal and just democracy; corporate social responsibility).
We welcome junior scholars (doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researches and recent graduates of doctoral programs) from universities and research institutions throughout the world to submit abstracts engaging with the leading theme of the workshop.

Limited travel grants and accommodation will be available for participants with no institutional funding.

Submissions: Abstracts of up to 400 words of the proposed presentation, CV and your current institutional affiliation(s), should be submitted by email to by May 10th, 2019. Applicants requesting travel grants and/or accommodation should indicate so in their submission, along with the city they expect to depart from and an estimate of the funds requested.

Applicants will be informed of acceptance or rejection by June 2019. Selected scholars must submit their papers of up to 10,000 words in length by September 1st, 2019.

For further inquiries contact us at

(source: ESCLH Blog)