AUC Law DepartmentIGLP Docent Dr. Usha Natarajan shares a call for papers and panel proposals for Third World Approaches to International Law Conference, “On Praxis and the Intellectual.”  Fellow IGLP alums Sujith Xavier of the University of Windsor and John Reynolds of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth are co-organizers.

According to the announcement, “The first TWAIL conference in the global South will be held in Cairo from 22 to 24 February 2015. In the context of the ongoing revolutionary processes across the Middle East and North Africa, the thematic focus of the conference is that of the intellectual as a political actor: the animation of praxis, broadly conceived as reflection, agitation, and transformative action.

“As with previous TWAIL conferences, this is an opportunity for us to take stock and look to the future. It provides a forum for the TWAIL community to reconnect – this time in the global South. At the same time, the conference seeks to deepen and re-imagine engagement with underexplored alliances such as with indigenous movements, environmental issues, and transnational intellectual and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa. To this end, the conference also seeks to pursue relationships with potential interdisciplinary allies, whether scholars or practitioners, in cognate fields.

“The conference will be hosted by the Department of Law at the American University in Cairo, with the support of the National University of Ireland Maynooth, the University of Windsor, and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Limited ground transportation and all conference catering, materials, and activities will be covered by the host organizations. A limited amount of funding for travel costs and accommodation will be available to assist presenters based in the global South on the basis of financial need. Please indicate at the time of submission if you will need such assistance.”

Submissions of proposed presentations or panels (composed of three speakers) relating to the above themes are welcomed. Applications should include:

  • An abstract of your proposed presentation (300 words maximum) or panel (900 words maximum).
  • Your name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] by 15 July 2014.

Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) is a movement encompassing scholars and practitioners of international law and policy who are concerned with issues related to the global South.

Dr. Usha Natarajan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law & Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies at The American University in Cairo.