The proposal period has ended. Thank you to all who submitted. Notifications of acceptance will go out by the end of July.
The American Society of International Law calls for submission of scholarly paper proposals for the 2023 ASIL Research Forum. Introduced in 2011 as part of ASIL’s Midyear Meeting, the Research Forum provides a setting for presentation and focused discussion of scholarly papers related to international law. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the Forum, whether or not presenting a paper. Graduate students and early career scholars and professionals are especially encouraged to submit proposals for the Forum and the David D. Caron Prize (details below).
The 2023 Research Forum will take place at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Given the intent to create active engagement around the presented papers, accepted authors should plan to present their scholarship in person. All authors, discussants, and attendees will be required to be vaccinated with booster, if eligible, to attend.
Papers may be on any topic related to international or transnational law and must be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication). Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly-authored papers are welcome and encouraged. To be selected for the Research Forum, interested presenters should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words summarizing the scholarly paper by 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Abstracts should be submitted using the form below. They will be anonymized and considered via a blind review process. Abstracts that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Notifications of acceptance will go out in late June.
Abstracts of papers accepted for presentation will be assembled into thematic panels. The organizers welcome volunteers to serve as discussants who will comment on the papers. All authors of accepted papers will be required to submit their completed paper by no later than Monday, October 9. Accepted authors must commit to being available on both Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2023. Papers will be posted in advance on the Midyear Meeting App, accessible only by registered participants.
David D. Caron Prize
The David D. Caron Prize is awarded for the best paper presented at the Research Forum by (a) a student currently enrolled in a graduate program; or (b) a person who received a graduate degree not more than five years prior to the date of the Research Forum at which the paper is presented. Co-authored papers are eligible for consideration provided all the co-authors meet the requirements stated above.
Individuals whose papers are accepted for the Research Forum and who wish to be considered for the prize must submit their papers by Monday, October 9. The prize committee will review submitted papers, provide authors with feedback, and make recommendations in advance of a second-round submission. Papers not received by Monday, October 9 will not be considered for the Prize. Please note that to be eligible for the Prize, authors must present their papers in person at the Research Forum, where the Prize will be announced. Authors who anticipate that they may need financial assistance to attend the Forum are welcome to apply for a David D. Caron Fellowship, described below. The Prize will be announced at the Research Forum, and the recipient will receive a travel stipend to attend the formal presentation at the Society’s 2024 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
David D. Caron Fellowships
Student or early career authors of accepted abstracts may apply for a limited number of David D. Caron Fellowships, designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend and present their work. Preference will be given to applicants whose participation would enhance the diversity of perspectives and experience at the Research Forum. More information about these fellowships will be circulated to individuals whose papers are accepted.