Call for Papers: ‘The Trajectories of International Legal Histories’

Posted on behalf of the Board of Editors of the Leiden Journal of International Law.

Call for Papers

Leiden Journal of International Law Symposium


‘The Trajectories of International Legal Histories’

20 October 2017, The Hague

The Leiden Journal of International Law (LJIL) is launching a call for papers for its anniversary symposium on ‘The Trajectories of International Legal Histories’.

Thirty years ago, the LJIL was born, at a time when the writing of histories was hardly a popular endeavor for international legal scholars. In his 1987 article ‘Probleme der Völkerrechtsgeschichte’ (‘The Problems of International Legal History’), Heinhard Steiger argued that only very few, ‘mostly authors of the older generation’, were interested in international legal history. Much has changed since that time. The aim of this symposium is to pay tribute to the remarkable developments within the field, to engage in critical reflection on the directions that it has taken, and to discuss the potential avenues for future research. The symposium will engage with questions of methodology and perspective. We hope that it will encourage further historical work on international law and reveal the new possible ways of its application.

The Keynote will be delivered by Professor Gerry Simpson.

Submission of Proposals and Timeline

  • Paper proposals should include a description of ca. 500 words and the applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  • Email to:
  • The deadline is 15 March 2017. Selected participants will be notified by 1 April 2017.
  • Participants must submit draft papers by 1 October.
  • We plan to publish a selection of the contributions in the LJIL.
  • Please note that we can contribute to travelling and accommodation expenses, but of a select number of participants only.

Please find further details in the call for papers (pdf).