Goettingen Journal of International Law International Conference — Resources of Conflict – Conflicts over Resources

Date(s) of Conference:

October 7-9 2010


Göttingen, Germany


Conflicts over resources have long sparked international disputes between states and have even become a cause of war. Armed conflicts pertain to an increasing number of different actors whose legal status is in question in current international legal debates. The protection of natural and cultural resources in times of armed conflict is also a topical issue. Resources inform the underlying agenda in international conflicts, power struggles and post-conflict situations. The question is whether the scarcity of resources leads to international cooperation or to further conflict. A balance of access and benefit sharing of resources may be central to prevent future conflicts. In addition to the issues surrounding tangible resources the conference addresses the discourse concerning the intangible resource of knowledge, which has prompted international debate. Knowledge as a resource plays an important role in fact finding missions, truth and reconciliation commissions and as evidence in international tribunals. In the modern battlefield of cyberspace knowledge is a weapon and should also be considered as a resource of conflict.

Call for Submissions:

The conference will consist of four panels and two keynote speeches, one of which will be given by Judge Bruno Simma of the International Court of Justice. Submissions with interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged in the fields of international law, international politics and from adjacent disciplines. Papers with a
theoretical (analytical/normative), as well as an empirical focus are welcomed. Papers will be published in a special issue of the Goettingen Journal of International Law from the papers presented at the conference. Please note that panels can still be subject to change.

The following panel descriptions offer an overview of possible topics of discussion, but are not indented to limit the scope of the conference. We welcome all submissions that address Resources of Conflict – Conflicts over Resources. We also welcome papers with interdisciplinary approaches as well as papers, which include empirical works and case studies.

Panel 1: Actors of Armed Conflicts and International Law
Panel 2: Resources Before, During and After Conflicts
Panel 3: Resources and Conflict Prevention: Access, Sharing and Regulation
Panel 4: Knowledge as a Resource: Access, Assessment and Legal Consequences

Emerging scholars and junior faculty should submit English abstracts of no more than 500 words by June 1, 2010. Please send your abstracts to Anne Dienelt (Anne.Dienelt@gojil.eu), who will be taking care of the submission process. Please provide a one page CV with your abstract listing affiliation/position/enrolled course, (selected) publications or conference presentations. Selected participants will be notified by July 1, 2010 and are expected to submit their papers by September 20, 2010 for circulation to the chairs and panelists. The length of the final papers should not exceed 7,000 words. For more information, including detailed penal descriptions, visit our website at http://conference.gojil.eu.

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