EXTENDED DEADLINE for ABSTRACTS:
February 15, 2019
7th AsianSIL Biennial Conference
22 to 23 August 2019 (Quezon City, Philippines)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Theme of the Conference: Rethinking International Law: Finding Common Solutions to Contemporary Civilizational Issues from an Asian Perspective
Undeniably, the Asian region now plays a bigger role in the shaping of international law, as it continues to grow in economic, cultural and political importance. With more than half of the world’s population living in the region – not to mention that it plays host to ten of the largest nations on earth – Asian economies push the demands of development into unchartered territory in the so-called Asian century with a dynamism all their own.
And yet the past is always relevant to our common future/s. While international law may have had a murky beginning in Asia – closely intertwined as it has been with the colonial project – there is no question that Asian societies have embraced it, even for purposes distinct and separate from its original impulses. As a platform for cooperation in many areas, it has proven its usefulness, the contentious aspects notwithstanding.
Contemporary developments in international relations, shifts in global, regional and national politics, as well as large-scale environmental and economic issues, now compel a reexamination of the foundational roots of international law, especially as these raise civilizational issues.
For example, the horrific spectre raised by a new breed of radical terrorists has raised a common issue to humanity and challenges exceptionalist notions of culture-based norms and rights on what it means to be human and to be a rights-bearer.
East and West, North and South, the question of human dignity has become front and center in the raging debate on the meaning and continuing relevance of human rights; this in fact, should take us back to the discussions on the ontological or civilizational sources from which the drafters of the UN Charter drew in their difficult and gargantuan work. To be sure, Asia has its own smoldering human rights and humanitarian hotspots, which further complicate the direction of development its varied societies want to harness for their future.
And what of the UN in relation to Asia, the most diverse of regions in the world? As a leading, if dominant feature of the international legal order, the UN and the different corollary international legal institutions it has spawned have demonstrated both vertical and horizontal features that have a bearing on an Asian embrace of international law.
In the global issue of environmental degradation – on many levels a real civilizational threat – Asia has moved forward, with China choosing to work with the European Union in implementing the Paris Protocol in the face of American retreat. And environmental problems are no abstract problem in many Asian societies.
The hegemony of Western-style business and investments also now finds stiff competition in Chinese-led international banking and investments, and the new Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proposed by China continues to make inroads in areas traditionally occupied by state sovereignty and extant regional economic arrangements.
Uncertainties in the contemporary times may mean disabling perplexities. But it may also be embraced as a necessary search for common solutions to the common problems faced by diverse cultures and societies, by way of rethinking what international law had stood for from the beginning and how it may be made relevant to contemporary challenges.
New Voices in International Law: The Junior Scholars’ Conference
There will also be a Junior Scholars’ Conference that will convene one day before the Biennial Conference, on 21 August 2019. This one-day conference encourages junior academics (untenured or within the first three years of a tenure track appointment), academic fellows (in pre-tenure track fellowships), post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, to submit papers on the topics listed, or are related to what are listed, in the CFP for the main conference.
For further details, please click here.
The 7th Biennial Conference is co-hosted by the Philippine Society of International Law, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the University of the Philippines College of Law/UP Law Center.
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay:
1. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports;
2. Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports;
3. Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macao;
4. Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports.
Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of twenty-one (21) days or less, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay:
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
- Holders of Brazil passports; and
- Holders of Israel passports.
Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The currency of the Philippines is the Philippine Peso.
The US$ Dollar to Peso exchange rate is at Php 53.41 to US$ 1. Exchange rates will be subject to change depending on the conversion rate on date of check-out. Currency exchange is available at bank branches at the Manila Airport Terminal Lobby and in malls around Metro Manila. Currency conversion at hotels is available but generally at a lower currency exchange rate.
The registration period for the Philippine Society of International Law Inaugural National Conference is from August 15-September 1, 2018. The conference is expected to draw paper presenters from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and different parts of the Philippines. As the slots for non-paper presenters are limited, the PSIL Secretariat will accept applications for admission to the National Conference on a first-to-register basis.
Please email psil.secretariat (at) gmail.com with the subject hearing “National Conference Registration.” Also indicate if you are attending the Cocktail and Dinner Reception on the 6th of September.
The registration fee of Php 1,500.00 may be paid at the registration tables during the Cocktail and Dinner Reception or the conference proper. Details of the conference program will be posted soon.
Hotel and other relevant information for foreign and out-of-town participants
There is a hotel on campus, called the University Hotel. The accommodations are basic but as it is only about five minutes on foot from the Malcolm Hall, the venue of the PSIL National Conference, it is very convenient. A yet cheaper option than the University Hotel is the UP National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (NISMED) hostel, which is on another part of the campus, and is a 15-minute walk to the venue, with more sights to see.
More information on the UP Diliman Campus.
If you have culinary/eating restrictions, do let us know!
For visa requirement information, click here.
We’re happy to announce that upon receiving several queries for abstract submissions after the 15 July deadline, the PSIL Academic Committee has decided to extend the application for paper presentation to 27 July 2018!
For more information, click here.