Call for Papers

2020 CIBEL Global Network Virtual Conference and Young Scholars Workshop


The COVID-19 pandemic brings enormous challenges and uncertainties to world economy and global trade. In response, the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre will be hosting the CIBEL Global Network Conference and Young Scholars Workshop as a series of virtual panel sessions from June 2020. The conference is dedicated to research on the urging issues in the international business and economic law field with the theme of “COVID-19 and international economic law: China and a changing world”.

The virtual conference will be live-streamed and open to registered audiences. Every fortnight from June to September 2020, there will be one 1-1.5 hour panel session focusing on a specific CIBEL area and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Successful applicants will be invited to make contributions to a publication based on their papers presented at the conference and/or workshop.


Panel Topics

The topics of the panels include but are not limited to the following:

The future of international economic law after COVID-19: China and (de)globalization

COVID-19: will competition law and policy revert to the status quo?

COVID-19 and digitalisation of dispute resolution

How can corporate law help technology under the pandemic?

Intellectual property and COVID-19

The global pandemic and investment law

The Conference welcomes papers presented by scholars, practitioners in private and public sectors and other speakers in the CIBEL field across the globe that discuss urging issues derived from the pandemic from legal and cross-disciplinary perspectives, and from theoretical and empirical studies.

Young scholars, including those who are pursuing their PhD degrees are strongly encouraged to submit their papers to the Young Scholars Workshop, where they will have opportunities to present their work and get constructive feedback from senior researchers. Submissions to Young Scholars Workshop are open to any topic within the CIBEL research areas and are not limited to the COVID-19 related issues.


Key Dates

Monday, 22 June 2020 – Abstract (no more than 500 words) submission due

Monday, 29 June 2020 – Notification of abstract acceptance

Monday, 17 August 2020 – Full paper (7,000-12,000 words) submission due (optional)

Despite full paper submission is not mandatory, we encourage accepted applicants to submit a full paper between 7,000-12,000 words (include footnotes) before 17 August 2020. We envisage to publish a book and welcome submissions of paper.


Other Information

Awards and session schedules are available on the CIBEL Website. Interested applicants are encouraged to read the full Call for Papers before making a submission.


How to Apply

Interested applicants shall submit their abstracts online via the “Apply Now” button below by 22 June 2020 for peer review.