Biennial Conference on International Law and the Social Sciences

Conference presented by —

The American Society of International Law
     — International Law and Social Sciences Interest Group

Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2024

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL

Call for Paper Proposals

The conference will include:

  • Academic paper presentations drawn from an open call for papers
  • Invited papers and keynote speakers
  • Possible poster session organized around drinks and appetizers
  • Social events including an off-site Chicago-based activity 

Overall Concept and Theme

Building New Interdisciplinary Networks 

Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, located in downtown Chicago, will host the inaugural International Law and Social Sciences (ILASS) biennial work-in-progress workshop on September 27-28, 2024. Our goal for this inaugural workshop is to begin building new networks that bridge social science and the study of international law. Researchers from a range of disciplines will present work-in-progress on international law topics. 

The network we seek to build will include faculty and visiting researchers from law and social science departments, doctoral (Phd) students, post-doctoral researchers, full-time researchers, scholars who are working in practice, and institute or think-tank fellows. Scholars from the disciplines of law, history, political science, economics, anthropology and sociology who study international law topics are encouraged to apply and to attend our events. The ILASS interest group is also hosting an on-line speaker series, and we will host off-site social events at the ASIL annual and midyear meetings. ASIL membership is not necessary to join ILASS events, including this workshop. 

We would like to be as inclusive as possible, accommodating as many applications as we can. With this goal in mind, we have an option of a poster session that will be organized around a late-afternoon/evening event of drinks and appetizers. Papers of no more than 25 pages will be circulated in advance on a password protected website. The workshop will feature panels organized by topic, ideally with papers that bridge disciplines. There will be discussants for each panel. The workshop will also include social events and mixers. 

The fee to participate will be nominal, designed to support working group social events and to cover workshop staff and lunches. The host will provide space, breakfasts, coffee breaks, and an evening reception. Participants are responsible for transportation and hotel costs. 

Unpublished Paper and Panel Proposal Submission 

We welcome proposals for both unpublished papers and panels, with a deadline of April 15, 2024. Submissions will be peer reviewed with applicants notified in May.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and confirm that the paper will not be published before the conference. Please also provide a resume or biography, your current affiliation, and indicate whether you are a member of the ASIL International Economic Law IG. Non-members are welcome to apply. 

All papers will be due on September 1, 2024 and should be sent to the conference email account for dissemination to other panelists, moderators and conference participants in advance of the event. The conference email account will be posted in February.


Please submit a proposal, in no more than 1500 words, on the anticipated content and format of the panel, paper topics, and proposed speakers with their affiliation and their field(s) of expertise. Please note that panel proposals may be combined or amended by the conference organizers to take into account the range of submissions.

Conference Details

The conference will take place at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in downtown Chicago on September 27–28, 2024.

There will be a registration fee which will cover some meals. Please understand that budget constraints prevent us from providing any travel or other financial assistance to conference participants.

We hope to see you in Chicago!

Conference Organizers

Neha Jain and Karen J. Alter, Co-conveners, Northwestern University
Mark Pollack and Karen J. Alter, ASIL International Law and Social Science Co-Chairs
Katerina Linos and Anne van Aaken, Co-Vice Chairs, ASIL International Law and Social Science