Four Societies Conference

7th International Four Societies Conference:
“Changing Actors in International Law”

Tokyo, Japan, 2-3 June, 2018

The international law societies of Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the United States of America (the “Four Societies”) have held six conferences bringing together early career scholars around a common theme, generally leading to an edited conference volume. The goal of this initiative is to foster a scholarly network between members of the four sponsoring societies. The Steering Committee for the Seventh Conference now invites paper proposals from members of the Four Societies.

The 2018 Conference will examine changing roles of actors in international law and their impact on relevant theories. We encourage proposals from both theoretical and practical perspectives, and from all areas of international law. Further information is available here.

Submission of Proposals and the Process of Selection Applications to take part in the conference should include a paper description not exceeding 300 words and the applicant’s curriculum vitae. Papers should cover work that has not been published. The Four Societies intend to publish the papers in an edited collection with a leading international publisher, as has been past practice.

American Society of International Law members may submit proposals by e-mail to and the subject line of the email should read as follows: “2018 Four Societies Conference Paper Proposal: [Your Name]”. Applicants who are members of more than one participating society should make a submission to only one society. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 December 2017.

Each sponsoring society will select four papers, subject to the review and approval of the Steering Committee comprised of members from the Four Societies. Preference will be given to papers by those who are in the early stages of their careers. The selected participants will be notified in late December 2017. Each participant will submit a full paper to the organizers by 1 May 2018 for distribution to the other participants. The American Society of International Law will provide each selected ASIL participant with $750 in travel support funds. Travel expenses above and beyond that amount must be covered by the participant. Lodging and meals at the venue during the conference will be provided by the organizers. The working language of the Conference will be English.