Arbitration-Related Opportunities

On this page, the Fortier Chair shares calls for papers, and other opportunities which may be of interest to the international arbitration and international commercial law community.

Calls for applications and papers

Call for submissions from the University of New South Wales Law & Justice Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre

The CIBEL Centre has an upcoming conference on "New opportunities and challenges to international economic law". The deadline is March 15, 2021.

Details are here:

PluriCourts Annual Workshop Call for proposals

PluriCourts at the University of Oslo invites paper proposals for the PluriCourts Annual Workshop on the Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals 2021: "The Input and Output Legitimacy of International Courts" to be held via zoom from Oslo, Norway, on June 24-25, 2021.

PluriCourts at the University of Oslo is organising a workshop to bring together scholars of philosophy, political theory and legal theory who study regional and international courts and tribunals (ICs), and in particular issues concerning the input and output legitimacy of ICs.

States have established manifold regional and international ICs to resolve disputes, interpret treaties, and deter illegal behaviour. These ICs cover a range of issues, including human rights, trade, investment, border disputes, and international crimes. ICs' competences, level of authority, method of interpretation, and geographical reach vary widely. Their increase in number and influence naturally raises the question of whether and why they are legitimate.

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Potential Topics

We invite papers from any discipline that fall within the broad theme of the conference. The workshop welcomes, in particular, papers that contribute to our philosophical and/or normative understanding of ICs, whether this is developed in more abstract terms or in the context of a concrete case study. Potential topics for the workshop could be, but are by no means limited to, the following questions:

  • How should we conceptually approach the legitimacy of international courts?
  • What is the connection between ICs’ normative and descriptive legitimacy?
  • How can we assess the democratic, or more broadly, input-based, legitimacy of ICs?
  • What measures can ICs take to increase their input-based legitimacy?
  • What are the morally relevant outputs of ICs?
  • According to what normative standards can we sort and evaluate the morally relevant outputs of ICs?
  • To what extent can the morally relevant outputs of ICs be sorted as promoting individual or collective rights or, more specifically, individual and collective autonomy?
  • What comparative advantage do ICs have in producing beneficial outcomes?
  • Are the outputs of ICs enough to make them legitimate?
  • What are the tensions between the justice and effectiveness (or other values) of ICs’ decisions, and how should they be resolved?
  • How does deep disagreement over values affect output-based justifications of ICs?
  • How do alternate theories of adjudication affect output-based justifications of ICs?


  • January 4, 2021 Expression of interest with provisional paper title, abstract (max. 400 words)
  • February 8, 2021 Decisions on acceptance of proposals
  • May 30, 2021 Draft papers due
  • June 21-22, 2021 Workshop on Zoom

PhD Researcher in Blockchain & Law

3 Nov. 2020 - Based in France, Coopérative Kleros develops a decentralized court system for dispute resolution in blockchain.

Coopérative Kleros is looking for a candidate to conduct a PhD in Law studies on decentralized justice and the legal aspects of the protocol at a French university. Coopérative Kleros will provide funding for the candidate for a duration of 3 years (the other part of funding could also be secured by a CIFRE contract).

The successful candidate will have a degree in law and a demonstrable interest in consumer law, internet law, alternative dispute resolution, online dispute resolution and/or international arbitration, knowledge of blockchain (either from previous work/research or only as hobbyist) and is actively seeking enrollment in a PhD program at a French University.

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ICSID Internships

ICSID offers unpaid internship opportunities to students enrolled in a graduate degree program who are eligible and qualified for an internship (sometimes referred to as an externship) under their University rules and Bank Group requirements (see below). The main objective of the internships is to allow students with an interest in international investment dispute settlement and international investment law to gain a better understanding of ICSID’s work, enhance their academic and career goals and contribute to ICSID’s mission.  To this end, the Centre is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates who can work effectively in a team-based environment.

Up to four internships are offered every four months, for a minimum period of 12 weeks and a minimum of 10 hours of work per week.  The internship periods are September-December, January-April and May-August. The internships take place at the seat of the Centre in Washington, D.C. 

The deadlines for applications are:

  • June 15 for the September-December Internship period (fall semester)
  • November 15 for the January-April Internship period (spring semester); and
  • January 15 for the May-August Internship period (summer semester). 

Any questions about the internship should be addressed to icsidinternship [at]

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