CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: YOUNG RESEARCHERS’ FORUM ON INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THEORY
There is a general disregard for legal theory in mainstream international law research and teaching. This has largely to do with legal positivism that has been internalised by those who engage with international law. In the name of autonomy of law, legal formalism fails to acknowledge that international law can be viewed as an object of study from the perspective of different disciplines. It is rightly articulated that international law, like any other branch of study, does not exist in an intellectual and contextual vacuum. Interdisciplinary approach helps in comprehending the nature of international law, and constructs different ways of thinking about the subject and deconstructing it. Educational institutions in the global South particularly face certain challenges in engaging with legal theory. Lack of resources and the dominant culture of formalism, inter alia, limit the exposure of researchers in the global South to the different theoretical dimensions of the subject. Absence of peer group and poor networking among researchers also impede the success of informal study or reading groups. Overall, this restricts their ability to contribute to the discourse, counter the dominant narrative and produce alternative accounts.
Against this backdrop, Campus Law Centre and Young Researchers’ Group on Legal Theory are delighted to organize a Forum on International Law and Theory. This Forum will bring together experts and early career researchers interested in legal theory. This Forum seeks to achieve the following aims:
- To introduce early career researchers to different theoretical approaches to international law.
- To acquaint the participants with the work of international legal theorists, specifically from the global South.
- To develop a peer group of researchers interested in international legal theory, and to provide a platform for future engagements and collective production of knowledge.
During the three-day Forum, speakers will discuss different theoretical approaches from the perspective of international law followed by intensive discussion based on the lecture and reading materials provided to the participants.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 WHO CAN APPLY?
- Early Career Academics
Note: Early career academics mean those who have teaching experience of not more than five years.
- Post-doctoral students; Research fellows.
- Researchers enrolled as MPhil/PhD candidate at any Indian or Foreign University.
Some seats are also available for those who have completed their LLM or are at the stage of writing their LLM dissertation in the field of international law.
MODE OF SELECTION
- Applicants will be selected on the basis of following submissions:
- A 500–word critical write up on any one of the following theoretical approaches to international law – Positivist approaches to international law, Third World approaches to international law, Marxist approaches to international law, Feminist approaches to international law, New approaches to international law or Policy Oriented approaches to international law.
- A 200–word statement of their motivation to take part in the Forum.
- Curriculum vitae in not more than 2 pages.
All applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 February 2019
COMMUNICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: 20 February 2019
PAYMENT: Rs 500 will be charged from each participant to cover the partial cost of the Forum