November 2-3, 2023

Annual Conference | Congrès annuel

Inside the Venn: International Law at its Intersections

Practitioners and academics working in International Law are more than ever existing at the intersections of laws, resolving problems with new rules, new institutions, and recalibrating them as global and regional circumstances change. Where international law converges, competes, or co-exists with domestic and regional legal orders, practitioners of (international) law increasingly require subject matter experts to deepen otherwise traditional spheres.

In 2023, the CCIL Annual Conference will examine cross-jurisdictional, and interdisciplinary dimensions of International Law. The creation of international law occurs at intersections in a Venn diagram: domestic and international, or cross border regulation; international law and the social sciences; resource management, environment, climate change, indigenous protections, and economic development; international financial regulation, criminal law, and law of the sea; international trade and investment; dispute resolution; humanitarian law and international human rights. International governance of financial institutions and resource management have growing intersections with multiple sub-fields of international law, traditionally seen as independent. We invite you to submit proposals and explore these intersections, particularly as they pertain to resources and capital.


  • Complete the application by April 23, 2023, 11:30pm ET.
  • Successful applicants will be notified in May.

The selection process is competitive and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Consistency with theme: Priority will be given to those proposals that are consistent with and directly address the conference theme.
  • Originality of topic or approach: Does the proposal consider the theme from a novel perspective?
  • Extra consideration will be given to proposals which aim to engage the live audience in original ways.
  • Speaker notability, diversity and confirmation status: Are the session speakers identified? Are they noted or original voices in their field? Do they represent a suitable cross-section of international legal professionals or academics? Are they confirmed and committed to participating, subject to precise scheduling?
  • Overall diversity of session topics: With the intent of ensuring that the Conference addresses the professional and academic interests and needs of as broad a range of international lawyers as possible, attention will be paid to ensuring overall diversity of topics discussed at the Conference.

NOTE: all presentations must be given in person.

For additional information regarding panel or session topics, please contact the conference co-chairs (Olabisi Akinkugbe and Maria Panezi) at

For technical assistance with submitting your proposal, please contact the CCIL Annual Conference Coordinator, Leeanne Akehurst

If your proposal is selected, the following will be required in due course:

  • A short biography for each presenter (200-300 words)
  • Registration of each presenter as one of the following:
    • Delegate: Includes access to all conference programming as well as CCIL membership for 2023-2024
    • Student Delegate: Same as Delegate category, but offered to individuals registered for full-time study at an educational institution

If you are selected to present in a room which has simultaneous English/French interpretation will be provided, you will be required to submit your materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, speaking notes, drafts) ten days in advance in order to allow the interpreters time to prepare.


Ottawa, Canada

111 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON Canada, K1N 1J1

Submission period

February 17, 2023 - 11:49 AM until May 3, 2023 - 12:00 PM

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