Eighth Four Societies Conference: Beyond National Jurisdiction

  • 16 Jun 2020
  • 17 Jun 2020
  • University of Berkeley, California, School of Law

Beginning in 2006, the international law societies of Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the United States (the “Four Societies”) have collaborated on a biennial conference that brings together early career scholars who submit papers with senior scholars as moderators and discussants around a common theme, generally resulting in an edited conference volume. The goal is to foster scholarly cooperation and interchange among the four participating societies. The Steering Committee for the Eighth Four Societies Conference is pleased to invite paper proposals from members of the Four Societies. 

Theme: Beyond National Jurisdiction 

The oceans, polar regions, cyberspace and outer space are no longer empty places; they are places where activities abound, such that international law is evolving and innovating to regulate in these areas beyond national jurisdiction. Evolving technological capabilities and the needs of burgeoning human populations are increasingly pushing the reach of human activities beyond land and near-coastal areas to areas, both real and virtual, that have little to no national regulation and often inadequate international regulation. The impact is felt even beyond the farthest reaches of our planet and requires innovations in many legal fields, including environmental, national security, communications, maritime, economic, intellectual property, criminal and trade law. 

Areas “beyond national jurisdiction” present unique challenges and opportunities for international law. National law and institutions are necessary but not sufficient to govern these common spaces. International law and organizations have a vital role to play in developing approaches and solutions to the unique legal issues raised by activities in these spaces, including exploring the need to reform existing multilateral treaties on such issues, issues of unilateral regulation through extra-territorial jurisdiction, and other related topics. 

The theme is intentionally designed to engender a wide variety of paper proposals that raise legal questions and propose answers to the challenges facing the global community. We encourage proposals from both theoretical and practical perspectives, and from all areas of international law relating to these spaces. We equally welcome proposals that seek to integrate public and private international law, international relations, the social sciences, and other relevant disciplines.

Call for Papers

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