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Since the 1970s, states have come together to shape rules, practices and aspirations regarding our natural environment. International cooperation, treaty making, partnerships, and goal setting in the area of natural resources, the environment, trade and development have shaped and affected the sovereignty of nation states.

The IG on International Environmental Law invites analyses from various viewpoints and perspectives on the reality and rhetoric of sovereignty in international environmental law. This ranges from the view that sovereignty is a waning phenomenon in a globalised, digitised and de-centralised world to the position that sovereignty privileges states over non- state actors and is the determining factor in the regulation of the environment, trade and development.

We invite you to explore, in the environmental context,the nature of com- promises made by states in their negotiation to retain legitimacy, be they with international institutions or non-governmental organisations, thereby helping us understand the reality of the overall nature of sovereignty in the 21st century. Attendant issues would be how state prerogatives and interests have been reshaped by global initiatives on the environment. In the area of the environment, technical sovereignty through science-based approaches and how this impacts on politically bargained sovereignty is bringing in new actors and methods into the sovereignty bargain.

Is sovereignty ‘organised hypocrisy’ or a sacred privilege tough to keep? Are states in full control of their sovereignty or do they really rely on bargaining with other states and non-state actors for propping up their sovereignty? This meeting focusing on innovative and fresh perspectives on approaching regulation, governance of natural resources and the environment in the light of competing interests in trade and development, within precept of sovereignty, encouraging multidisciplinary approach- es and cross sectoral analyses,adopting social sciences,legal, and other methodologies.



•    Environmental movements

•    Customary international law and the environment

•    Environment as sovereign

•    Impact of global ecopolitics on the concept of sovereignty

•    Natural law concepts of international law

•   New ways to make international environmental law

•    Permanent Sovereignty of state over natural resources

•    The Commons and Sovereignty

•   Environmental duties and state sovereignty

•    Good Neighbourliness and State responsibility for actions causing transboundary damage

•    Sustainable development and non-sovereign obligations

•    Regional integration agreements that lead to voluntary limitation of sovereignty and it’s environmental benefits

•    UNEP and soft law guidelines and codes of conduct on resources shared by two or more states

•    International organisations such as OECD, OAU, IUCN and measures to guide natural resource use, prevention of environmental degradation

•    Internal sovereignty and environmental standards

•    International aid, external autonomy and environmental projects




All Members of the ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law, the members of other ESIL IGs and also the non-ESIL members (ESIL membership will be required if the abstract is selected) are invited to submit abstracts.




The ESIL IG on International Environmental Law Event will take place at the premises of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece on 12 September 2019.



The following must be submitted to by 14/05/2019:

•The author’s name and affiliation;

•A 500-700-word abstract [Word file and PDF];

•The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications;

•The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number;

•Whether the author is an ESIL member


Multiple abstracts from the same authors will be considered, but only one can be selected. Co-authored multidisciplinary papers are also welcomed. The Organizers are unable to provide funding for any cost related to the participation to the conference. Please see the ESIL’s website for information about travel grants and carers’ grants offered to ESIL members, and other relevant information about the conference. Selected speakers can indicate their interest in being considered for the ESIL Young Scholar Prize, if they meet the eligibility conditions as stated on the ESIL website. The ESIL Secretariat must be informed of all speakers who wish to be considered for the Prize by 15 May at the very latest. For further information on the ESIL Annual Conference please visit ESIL’s website.



Chamu Kuppuswamy (University of Hertfordshire, UK), Paolo Davide Farah (West Virginia University, USA and gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, UK), Josephinevan Zeben (Oxford University, UK), Daria S.Boklan (Higher School of Economics, Russia), MartinSvec (Masaryk University, Czech Republic and gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, UK).



The organizers have publication plans for the presented papers.The precise format of publication will be discussed during the ESIL IG Event. The Organizers envisage to publish a Special Issue on Peer-reviewed or US Law Journal or in the Routledge Publishing (New-York/London) multidisciplinary gLAWcal book series on “Transnational Law and Governance”.