Call for Papers: Cambridge Conference on Interpretation in International Law

Thursday, 21 March 2013

*Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 8 May 2013*

Abstract submissions are sought for a conference on Interpretation and International Law, to be held at the University of Cambridge on 27 August 2013, with the support of the Faculty of Law and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

The relevance of interpretation to the academic study and professional practice of international law is inescapable. Yet interpretation in international law has not traditionally been examined as a distinct field. Given that international law is constituted, in practical terms, by acts of interpretation, there is a need for greater methodological awareness of interpretive theory and practice in international law.

Proposed panels include: interpretation and legal doctrine; interpretation and the sources of international law; interpretation and the interpreters; interpretation and the international legal order; interpretation and cultural contingency; and interpretation and indeterminacy.

Keynote presentations include: Judge Sir David Baragwanath (President, Special Tribunal for Lebanon »); Professor Andrea Bianchi (The Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Ingo Venzke (University of Amsterdam).

Detailed information on the call for papers can be found in the pdf below. Abstract submissions must be between 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short resume. Please submit applications to by 8 May 2013. Queries should be directed to the conference conveners, Daniel Peat ( and Matthew Windsor (

Successful applicants will be notified by late May 2013, with final papers due early August.

Call for Papers - Interpretation in International Law