Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL): Capitalism and the Common Good

Date(s) of Conference:

 October 20-22, 2011


University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon


The conference will provide the space to deepen conversations and continue debates that constitute TWAIL, focusing on Capitalism and the Common Good.

Call for Papers:

We invite submission of papers for consideration for the TWAIL conference. The purpose of the conference will be to interrogate as systematically as possible the Wayne Morse Center’s theme of inquiry “Capitalism and the Common Good.”

Papers will be selected according to how closely they relate to themes raised in the call. Scholars are also encouraged to propose a slate of papers as a panel with a specifically related topic. Authors should consider addressing one or more of the following questions and ideas:

1. Capitalism
What do we mean by capitalism? Is it a legal concept? What other words and ideas should we investigate as legal concepts: imperialism, globalization, world systems, the economy?

2. Common Good
How should we understand the “commons?” How (if at all) does the notion of common good question capitalism? What do other normative concepts—such as social ecology, development, human rights, or justice—elucidate or obscure our understanding of capitalism? How do different normative notions reproduce or resist capitalism?

3. Forms of Power
Based on the premise that ideas and understandings of capitalism and the common goods are constituted by power structures, how may we identify and delineate these forms of power? Are we to focus on law, transnational networks, forums, institutions, social movements, or the state? Are we to critique, appropriate, re-invent or create power structures? What are or should be the sites of contestation and negotiation? What ideologies are obscuring and/or defining capitalism and the common good? What role do law schools, legal pedagogy, or legal writing (including TWAIL literature) play in creating and recreating forms and notions of capitalism? What role do theories of resistance play in understanding and transforming capitalism and the common good?

Applications should include:

  • An abstract of your proposed paper (400 words maximum);
  • your name, institutional affiliation,  and contact information, including email address;
  • whether you want the Oregon Review of International Law to consider your paper for publication in its special TWAIL issue.

Applications should be submitted via email to not later than May 30, 2011.

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