16 10 2011

14 – 15 June 2012

University of Innsbruck, Austria

The relationship between Islam and international law has been subject to controversial discussion during the last decades. Since the beginning of the millennium, it has attracted the interest of an increasing number of scholars and will certainly rise in significance in the years to come.

While there are those who acknowledge Islam’s contributions to the development of international law, others emphasize tensions between certain precepts of Islam as a religious order with a distinct body of norms (Shari’a) and paramount principles and guarantees of modern international law. Unfortunately, the pertinent discourse often suffers from prejudice, biases and parochialism. Hence, a diligent scientific exploration of the relevant issues is essential.

The international conference hosted by the University of Innsbruck in spring 2012 seeks to address the multifaceted relations between Islam and international law in an interdisciplinary manner and from a variety of perspectives, not least due to Islam’s variety itself.

We therefore invite researchers and scholars (both senior and junior) in particular from the fields of international law, Islamic sciences, history, philosophy, political science and international relations to contribute to this conference. Apart from the „usual suspects“ we specifically encourage to raise issues going beyond mainstream analysis. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

1.        Islam and the history of international law

2.        Islam and the future of the international community/world order

3.        Islam, sovereignty and the cooperation of States

4.        Islam and the use of force in international law

5.        Islam, self-determination and democracy

6.        Islam, the individual, human rights and humanitarian law

7.        Islam and minority rights

8.        Islam, sources and subjects of international law

9.        Islam and the universalism of international law

Keynote address delivered by H.E. Judge Awn S. Al-Khasawneh, International Court of Justice, The Hague

Please send your abstract (200 words) and short CV to: or

The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2012.

Accommodation will be covered for accepted contributors. In addition, travel subsidies may be granted.

Quelle: DGPhil




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