11th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL)

Birmingham Law School, Hybrid Event
Wednesday 8 June (10:00) - Friday 10 June 2022 (16:00)

Birmingham Law School is pleased to be hosting the 2022 Conference of the Society of International Law (SIEL) Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) on June 8-10, 2022.

This long-established conference aims at fostering collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals in International Economic Law. SIEL fulfils these goals through various activities, including organising conferences at which emerging academics and professionals in the field of international economic law can present and discuss their research in a supportive and welcoming environment.

This conference offers graduate students (students enrolled in Masters’ or PhD programmes) and Early Career professionals and academics, studying or working in the field of IEL, an opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research. It also provides a welcoming platform where participants can critically discuss and test ideas about broader issues relating to IEL. Every panel will include on average three papers. One or more senior practitioners and academics will comment on each paper, which will then be followed by a general discussion.

This hybrid conference will take place both online and in-person at the University of Birmingham over three days. Papers to be presented during the conference will be made available to panellists and discussants one week prior to the conference to facilitate maximum engagement with presentations. The attending audience will also be provided with access to the abstracts in due course.

1st edition of the Baetens-Caiado Prize

We are also pleased to announce that this year’s conference will launch the 1st  edition of the Baetens-Caiado Prize. This essay prize, sponsored by Dr. Suresh Nanwani, Professor of Practice at Durham University (UK), will be awarded to the best essay submitted at the 2022 PEPA/SIEL conference on any topic in the field of international economic law. The winning essay will be submitted to the African Journal of International Economic Law (AfJIEL) for publication, subject to its standard peer-review and decision procedures. The Prize also entails a £100 for the best essay (distributed accordingly in the event of more than one author), and it will be awarded by SIEL on the recommendation of a prize committee drawn from the host organizer of the 2022 PEPA/SIEL and two members from the SIEL Executive Council Committee. The prize award will be announced in the SIEL Newsletter.

Interested accepted presenters are encouraged to submit an essay to Dr Mariela de Amstalden and Dr Henok Asmelash (co-chairs from Birmingham Law School, UK) by July 10, 2022 (5pm UK time) to pepesiel2022@contacts.bham.ac.uk. Please note the following guidelines:

  • Length of essay: between 8,000 and 9,000 words (excluding footnotes)
  • Citations: Citations in the manuscript must conform to the Twenty-First Edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. For example, see the Inaugural Issue of the AfJIEL.
  • Abstract: Please include a short abstract with your submission (150 words maximum).

Conference Co-Chairs


Registration will open online on 5 May 2022. Details will follow momentarily.

Registration costs £60 for non-SIEL Members, and £40 for SIEL Members. The registration fee for non-SIEL Members includes a one-year SIEL Membership fee. SIEL Membership details may be found at the SIEL website. The registration fee covers conference materials, coffee breaks and lunch on both days.

Registration of participants not presenting a paper are also welcome. The regular fee will be applied. 

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