In cooperation with Institute of International and European Law, University of Gottingen, and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) is pleased to announce the European Society of International Law (ESIL) 2019 Events eJournal. This eJournal is available to all subscribers at no charge and contains abstracts of the conference papers with links to the full text in the SSRN eLibrary.

The ESIL 2019 proceedings contain a selection of papers presented at the 2019 Research Forum and Annual Conference, respectively held at the University of Gottingen and at Kapodistrian University of Athens.

In April 2019, the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Gottingen hosted the Research Forum of the European Society of International Law. The theme of the Forum was "The Rule of Law in International and Domestic Contexts: Synergies and Challenges". It discussed the recent backlash against international law, as well as current domestic developments, which put the rule of law to the test at the international as well as the domestic level. The Forum revisited and reconsidered the concept of the rule of law at the international level, paying special attention to the close interlinkage and interaction between the international and national readings of this concept.

In September 2019, the Athens Public International Law Center of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens hosted the Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law. The theme of the Conference was "Sovereignty: A Concept in Flux?". State sovereignty, both one of the fundamental principles as well as an underpinning of public international law, faces numerous challenges that call into question its basic contours. Across six plenary sessions (Fora) and twelve specialised sessions (Agorae), the Conference addressed the normative, theoretical and practical aspects of sovereignty. In this vein, debates included the various aspects of contestation of statehood; an attempt to paint the picture of modern, diluted, yet effective sovereignty of States in financial matters; an examination of whether the judicialization of international dispute resolution is today threatened by new and/or traditional sovereignty conceptions; consideration of the conceptual problems posed by cyberspace; and discussion of current events and future challenges that relate to State sovereignty.

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