1 September 2023

 

CALL FOR VENUES

VENUE FOR THE NINTH BIENNIAL SIEL GLOBAL CONFERENCE, 2025

The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is seeking a suitable venue and institutional host for the Ninth Biennial SIEL Conference, to be held in July 2025. This Call for Venues (CfV) is open to all institutions active in the field of international economic law (IEL). Proposals from interested institutions should be submitted by 22 December 2023 to sielconference2025@gmail.com with copies to Yuka Fukunaga at yuka-fukunaga@waseda.jp; Fabio Morosini at fabio.morosini@ufrgs.br; and Pasha Hsieh at pashahsieh@smu.edu.sg. Early expressions of interest or any queries are welcome and should be sent to the same email addresses. The Venue Search Committee will review all proposals received before the deadline and will likely have additional queries before selecting the venue from among the proposals, with the goal of announcing the 2025 conference host in early 2024.

SIEL was established in 2008 as a global organisation aimed at IEL academics, practitioners and officials in all parts of the world. More information can be found at www.sielnet.org. SIEL’s first six conferences were hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland (2008); the University of Barcelona, Spain (2010); the Centre for International Law of the National University of Singapore (2012); the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland (2014); the Oliver Schreiner School of Law and its Mandela Institute, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); and the American University Washington College of Law, in Washington D.C., United States of America (2018). The seventh conference, due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, was hosted online in association with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy in July 2021. The eighth conference was co-hosted by Universidad Externado de Colombia and Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá in 2023. The programs of the past conferences are available on our website and should give you a first idea of the intended scope of the 2025 SIEL conference (http://sielnet.org/conferences/). 

SIEL strives to achieve regional diversity in holding its biennial conferences.  We encourage proposals from institutions located in the Global South as well as joint proposals from institutions in the Global South and Global North.

We expect that, at the Ninth Biennial SIEL Global Conference (and similar to what was the case at the Eighth conference in Bogotá in 2023), speakers and moderators will be requested to attend in person, but limited remote participation will be available to the audience. 

SIEL and the host institution will closely collaborate to ensure that the conference will be successful. We will likely need the administrative support of the host in the planning and organisation stages of the conference.

Proposals should address the issues listed below (please organise your proposal in direct reference to these items). Should you have any questions while preparing your proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

1. Physical and Technological Infrastructure

Please detail the availability of:

(a) a large lecture facility able to accommodate up to 250 people for plenary sessions;

(b) medium and large size lecture and seminar rooms that are suitable for panel sessions (up to four concurrent sessions in rooms seating 30-40 participants);

(c) public areas for networking during breaks, poster sessions as well as for exhibits by publishers and other sponsors;

(d) IT equipment for live streaming and recording in all facilities indicated in (a) and (b) ;

(e) wireless internet access available to conference participants in all conference rooms and public areas.

(f) Access and accommodation for persons with disabilities.

Please include photographs and/or floor plans or weblinks with this information, if possible, to your proposal.

Please also confirm that all rooms have full audio-visual facilities (screens, projectors with PC hook-up) and internet access.

 

2. Organisation

Please provide details regarding:

(a) the key people who would be involved in organising the conference, including one academic coordinator and one senior administrator;

(b) technological support to facilitate live streaming and remote participation; and

(c) other administrative assistants on-site, such as students, ushers etc.

 

3. Financial contribution

Please provide details regarding:

(a) the financial contribution your institution would be able to make (in addition to the venue itself and organisational support);

(b) additional funds and sponsorships you would be able to raise (e.g., national government, local government, local law firms, grants, etc.); and

(c) if a proposal represents a consortium or a collaboration of multiple institutions, the organisational structure of the consortium or the collaboration (and how costs will be allocated according to the arrangements of the consortium or the collaboration).

SIEL expects the host to provide the venue and organisational support at no cost to SIEL. This is to ensure that conference fees can be kept to a minimum in order to facilitate our goal of achieving a maximum participation of early career scholars and scholars from the Global South. Proposals will be evaluated with reference to the host’s proposed financial contribution and ability to raise additional funds, relating to the costs of running the conference, including coverage of catering costs, extracurricular activities, and possibly participation in providing travel and accommodation funding for keynote speakers and/or speakers in need of support. The ability to raise funds is especially critical for those proposals from institutions that anticipate difficulties for their own ability to provide financial support to the conference.

We realise that institutions from the Global South may find it difficult to obtain the financing necessary to organise an event of this scale. In these circumstances, SIEL encourages the cooperation of several institutions to overcome such difficulties. Thus, proposals that represent a consortium or a collaboration of multiple institutions would also be welcome, but the proposal should explain the governance or processes that would be in place between or among the institutions to ensure an efficient development and operation of the conference.

 

4. Accommodation

Please indicate:

(a) details (addresses, availability of public transportation, safety etc.) of accommodation options that would be available for conference participants (at their own expense), ranging from student dorms or youth hostels to high-end hotels, either on-site or in the nearby vicinity; and

(b) possibility of discounts for conference attendees.

 

5. Catering

Please provide a detailed overview of the catering you would expect to provide during the duration of the conference (approximately 3 days), including:

(a) number of meals and coffee breaks;

(b) costs covered by the host as part of its direct financial contribution; and

(c) costs per participant in British Pounds.

 

6. Timing:

Please suggest the dates in July 2025 on which your institution would be able to host the conference, taking into account global academic calendars and competing events (both academic and cultural/sporting). Based on experience of our global membership, there is a preference for the latter half of the week (Wednesday to Friday for the eighth conference in 2023) during the first two weeks in July, but we are open to other suggestions in this regard.

 

7. Experience

Please briefly describe the prior experience of both your institution and staff in hosting academic conferences of this type and scale.

 

8. Visa/Entry Requirements: 

Please briefly describe the costs and general requirements for entering the host country as well as the process for obtaining letters of support for those individuals who might need to obtain a visa. 

 

9. Miscellaneous:  

Please briefly describe other issues that may be relevant, including, e.g., COVID-related health restrictions as of today; security and safety issues; and extracurricular activities that could be offered to participants.