Institut für Völkerrecht und Europarecht

2019 ESIL Research Forum


On Thursday, 4 and Friday, 5 April 2019, the Institute of International and European Law will host the European Society of International Law's annual Research Forum. The ESIL Research Forum is a scholarly conference that promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. It has a small and intensive format targeting scholars at an early stage of their careers. The selected speakers will receive comments on their paper presentations from members of the ESIL Board and invited experts during the Forum.

The 2019 ESIL Research Forum addresses the topic:

“The Rule of Law in International and Domestic Contexts: Synergies and Challenges”.

The recent backlash against international law, as well as current domestic developments, put the rule of law to the test at the international as well as the domestic level. This prompts us to revisit and perhaps reconsider its concept and relevance. Therefore, a central task will be to determine whether we can (still) speak of a rule of law at the international level, and if so, in which terms. Furthermore, the close interlinkage between the international and national readings of this concept inevitably leads to the question if and how these international developments influence the constitutional framework of states and vice versa.

Side Events: On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, seven ESIL Interest Groups will convene side events on the occasion of the Research Forum. Following side events will be hosted:


  • A Workshop on Migration and the Rule of Law, conducted by the Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law (Programme).


More information and calls for papers for these events can be found here.


Call for Papers (now closed): PDF


Registration: Registration for the Research Forum and the ESIL Interest Group Events is now open. Please register here until 31 January 2019. The registration fee is 20 € für participants (speakers, chairs, discussants and ESIL Board members excluded).


Date: The Research Forum will take place on 4-5 April 2019, the ESIL Interest Group events on 3 April 2019.


Venue: The Research Forum will take place at the Church of the Paulines (Paulinerkirche, Historisches Bibliotheksgebäude SUB Göttingen), Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen, Germany. The ESIL Interest Group events will take place in the University's Central Lecture Hall Building (Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude), Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, 37073 Göttingen.


ESIL Travel Grants: If you are a chair or speaker in the main Research Forum or in one of the Interest Group events, you may apply for a travel grant. Further information can be found here. Applications will be accepted until February 2019.