The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the 2021 ASIL Research Forum. The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011 which takes place during the Midyear Meeting, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of scholarly papers related to international law. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not. Students and new professionals are especially encouraged to submit proposals for the Forum and the David D. Caron Prize (details below).
If feasible, the 2021 Research Forum will take place, as previously announced, at the University of Miami School of Law. The Society will endeavor to enable presenters to participate remotely if they are unable to attend in person due to the public health situation. If it is not feasible to convene in person, the Research Forum will take place virtually. A decision will be announced this spring.
Papers may be on any topic related to international and transnational law and must be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication).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. 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 Monday, May 24, 2021. Abstracts should be submitted using the form below and will be 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 Thursday, October 14. Accepted authors must commit to being available on both Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, 2021. 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 Thursday, September 16. 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 this date will not be considered for the Prize. Please note that authors must actually present their papers at the Research Forum to be eligible for the Prize., 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 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
David D. Caron Fellowships
Should the 2021 Midyear Meeting be held in person, 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. More information about these fellowships will be circulated to individuals whose papers are accepted.