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Preparing for ESIL 2013

By Katherine Marshall

In April 2013, OUP attended the American Society of International Law’s annual conference in Washington, DC. Now, it is the turn of the society’s European counterpart, the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

The 2013 ESIL Research Forum, to be held in Amsterdam on 23-25 May, will gather delegates from all corners of the globe to discuss the key issues and challenges that affect international lawyers today.

The European Society of International Law was formed in 2001 by the original editors of the European Journal of International Law, out of a need to develop a “general European network to bring together and to develop deeper understanding among all of those working in the field of international law, be they government officials, diplomats, legal advisers in international organizations, academics, or practising lawyers.” The society hosts a variety of events including its biennial conference, which takes place every other year. For those years inbetween it is the turn of the Research Forum, which is now in its fifth year.

The theme of this year’s Forum is law as a profession, which will be articulated through an exploration of the different roles carried out by international lawyers, ranging from the international lawyer as judge to the international lawyer as academic. What challenges do these lawyers face? And how will they be overcome? ESIL 2013 will attempt to answer these questions through a jam-packed few days of plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and keynote addresses. Three ESIL interest groups will also convene the day before the Forum opens. These are: the International Business and Human Rights Interest Group; International Economic Law Interest Group and the Law of the Sea Interest Group. Visit the conference website for further details.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • On arrival, make sure you attend the welcome addresses at the Opening Ceremony, all of which are being delivered by OUP authors: Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Elies van Sliedregt, and Andre Nollkaemper
  • Many of our authors will be moderating, participating, and presenting at this year’s event. Check out the programme for further details/
  • Some of the sessions will be streamed online, so you don’t have to be at the conference to enjoy all it has to offer.
  • On Friday, ESIL will host the Gala Dinner — a lovely way to round off a busy day at the Forum.


No doubt you will be busy most days attending sessions, catching up with colleagues, and browsing the exhibition stands. However, if you do have some down time, ensure you take the time to explore Amsterdam, the host city of this year’s event. Why not take a boat cruise along the canal or visit the newly re-opened Van Gogh Museum? Or if you are feeling particularly energetic, perhaps take a bike ride around the city to view the sights?

While at the Forum, don’t forget to visit us at the OUP stand to browse our latest books and perhaps pick up a journal or two. Be sure to follow the #ESIL2013 hashtag for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Katherine Marshall is Marketing Executive for Academic Law titles at Oxford University Press.

Oxford University Press is a leading publisher in Public International Law, including the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, latest titles from thought leaders in the field, and a wide range of law journals and online products. We publish original works across key areas of study, from humanitarian to international economic to environmental law, developing outstanding resources to support students, scholars, and practitioners worldwide.

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