Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL)


SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) is, among other things, interested in fostering collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals in International Economic Law (IEL). PEPA/SIEL fulfils these goals through various activities such as organising conferences at which emerging IEL academics and professionals can present and discuss their research in a supportive and welcoming environment.


11th PEPA/SIEL Annual Conference 2022 – University of Birmingham, 8-10 June 2022.

Detailed information about the conference can be found at the dedicated page. The conference programme can be downloaded here.


The 10th PEPA/SIEL Annual Conference 

10th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law; PEPA/SIEL 2021 Scotland


The 9th PEPA/SIEL Annual Conference – Program:

The Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics (PEPA) Network of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law are thrilled to announce the PEPA/SIEL Online International Economic Law Research Marathon 2020. The Virtual Conference, which for the time being replaces the postponed conference in Jerusalem, will host 23 emerging International Economic Law academics and practitioners from all over the world. Each author will present his/her paper in a Zoom session of one hour, including comments from experts in their field and open discussion. We invite you to join us to attend the talks and to engage in enriching academic discussions on pressing issues in International Economic Law.

To attend any of the talks, please sign up through the Guests’ Registration Form (which includes the program):

Registrants will receive Zoom invitations for the paper sessions they signed up for, and papers will be sent upon request by the authors. Please note that the times listed in the schedule are in ‘real’ GMT (eg, London is now GMT+1).

The program is available below.

The Conference Co-Chairs
Freya Baetens, Tomer Broude, José Caiado.

  Sunday May 17
1. 10:00-11:00 (GMT) Shani Friedman, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

International Economic Law and the construction of the Marine Resources Utilization Law

Commentator: Tomer Broude.

2. 11:00-12:00 (GMT) Rachel R. Du, the World Trade Institute, University of Bern

Dispute Settlement under Regional Trade Agreements:

A Saboteur or Helpmate for the Multilateral Trade System?

Commentators: Sivan Shlomo Agon, Rachel Frid de Vries and Holger Hestermeyer.

3. 12:00-13:00 (GMT) Sunanda Tewari, the Centre for Trade and Investment Law, New Delhi

The Case of “Draft Reference Paper on Services Domestic Regulations” at the WTO: End of WPDR?

Commentator: Federico Ortino.

4. 14:00-15:00 (GMT) Dr. Regis Y. Simo, Mandela Institute, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The External Dimension of the African Continental Free Trade Area: Challenging the Relevance of the WTO Enabling Clause

Commentator: TBA.

5. 15:00-16:00 (GMT) Carrie Shu, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Transnational Law in a Time of Crisis

Commentator: Marcia Harpaz.

6. 16:00-17:00 (GMT) Svetlana Yakovleva, the Institute for Information Law, the University of Amsterdam

The Power of Discourse in International Trade Law: Privacy and Personal Data as Exemplars

Commentator: Joel Trachtman.


  Monday May 18
7. 09:00-10:00 (GMT) Charalampos Giannakopoulos, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Coherence, Reflective Thinking, and Investment Arbitration

Commentator: Suresh Nanwani.

8. 10:00-11:00 (GMT) Carlo de Stefano, Roma Tre University

From Arbitrators to Judges? Reflections on the Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Commentators: Venetia Argyropoulou, Holger Hestermeyer and Stefan Mayr.

9.a. 11:00-12:00 (GMT) Sparsha Janardhan, the Centre for Trade and Investment Law, New Delhi

‘Exporting’ Domestic Support in Agricultural Products: Can FTAs Offer a Way Out?

Commentator: Jose Caiado.

9.b. Ludovica Mulas, University of Bologna

Prudential Regulation and International Trade in Financial Services: Between Rules and Regulatory Discretion

Commentator: Michael Waibel.

10. 12:00-13:00 (GMT) Johannes Tropper, the University of Vienna

Promises by States to Foreign Investors:  A Role for Unilateral Acts and Estoppel?

Commentators: Federico Ortino, Freya Baetens, and Tony VanDuzer.

11. 13:00-14:00 (GMT) Dr. iur. Mariela Eletti de Amstalden, University of Edinburgh Law School

Regulating Cultured Meat: Implications of Biotechnologies for Trademark Rights under Art. 20 TRIPS

Commentators: TBA.

12. 14:00-15:00 (GMT) Pedro Schilling de Carvalho, University of Cambridge

In Search of a Map: Reframing Processes in the Fragmented Waters of International Financial Regulation

Commentator: Joel Trachtman.

13.a. 16:00-17:00 (GMT) Omar Yousef Shehabi, Yale Law School

Wage Labour and Foreign Capital: Industrial Relations in International Investment Law

Commentators: Kathleen Claussen and Velimir Zivkovic.

13.b. Can Eken, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Stanford University, California

A Detailed Comparison of Third-Party Funding Regulations in Hong Kong and Singapore

Commentator: Tomer Broude.



  Tuesday May 19
14. 09:00-10:00 (GMT) Martin Luther Munu, Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation, Maastricht University

Constructing a Development Oriented Analytical Framework for E-Commerce Trade Negotiations

Commentator: Jose Caiado.

15. 10:00-11:00 (GMT) Rimdolmsom Jonathan Kabre, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa

The Establishment of an Advisory Centre in Investment Law and its Significance for African Countries

Commentator: Tomer Broude.

16. 11:00-12:00 (GMT) Christian Perrone and Amy Ertan, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro and Royal Holloway, University of London

International Data Transfers and Data Protection Legislation: Challenges and Opportunities for Brazilian Trade

Commentator: Victor do Prado.

17. 12:00-13:00 (GMT) Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarin, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Normalizing Global Commerce: The Materiality of Containerization as Transitional Lawmaking (1956-1968)

Commentator: Jose Caiado.

18. 13:00-14:00 (GMT) Mmiselo Freedom Qumba, the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa

The backlash against international investment arbitration: Does Africa need ISDS?

Commentator: Freya Baetens and Tony Vanduzer.

19. 14:00-15:00 (GMT) Hsien Wu, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

The Role of the WTO Judicial Body as Independent Advisor to the DSB – An Alternative Narrative Regarding the Design of the WTO Dispute Settlement System

Commentator: Sivan Shlomo Agon and Freya Baetens.

20. 15:00-16:00 (GMT) Charles Ho Wang Mak, University of Glasgow

Sovereign Debt Regulation: Towards a Unified International Legal Regime? – The Rise of Arbitration in Sovereign Debt Restructuring

Commentator: Venetia Argyropoulou.

21. 16:00-17:00 (GMT) Pablo D. Colmegna, University of Buenos Aires

Human Rights Standards for the Protection of Indigenous Peoples Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources

Commentators: Yuval Shany and Tal Mimran.


More information and about the original the call for papers can be found here



SIEL/PEPA Edward Elgar Prize:

Inaugurated in 2017, the SIEL PEPA Edward Elgar Prize is bestowed upon the best paper presented at the annual SIEL PEPA conference. It is generously sponsored by the publisher Edward Elgar and consists of GBP 500 in book vouchers. More information here


SIEL/PEPA Special Publications:


SIEL/PEPA Previous Conferences and Call for Papers:

  • 8th SIEL/PEPA Conference, 30-31 May 2019, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom. Call for Papers
  • 7th SIEL/PEPA Conference, 13-14 April 2018, European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. Call for Papers
  • 6th SIEL/PEPA Conference, 20-21 April 2017, Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) of Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands. Call for Papers
  • 5th SIEL/PEPA Conference, 14-15 April 2016, Research Unit in Law of the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Call for Papers
  • 4th SIEL/PEPA Conference, 16-17 April 2015, Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies of the University of Milan, Italy. Call for Papers
  • 3rd SIEL/PEPA Conference, 24-25 April 2014, DIREITO GV – São Paulo Law School, Brazil. Call for Papers
  • 2nd SIEL/PEPA Conference, 25-26 January 2013, Institute of International and European Law of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany. Call for Papers
  • 1st SIEL/PEPA Conference, 27-28 January 2012, Institute of Law and Economics of the University of Hamburg and Leiden University, Germany and the Netherlands. Call for Papers