Instructions for Submission

Submission of Paper Proposals The Selection Committee will review the abstracts submitted for each agora. Joint submissions are possible but, if selected, only one person will be eligible for a reduced registration fee at the conference. Only one abstract per author will be considered. Each abstract must be submitted to only one agora. The selection criteria are: originality and innovativeness of the work; relevance to the agora theme; geographical and gender balance. Abstracts (in Word and PDF format, not exceeding 800 words) must be submitted by e-mail to: by 31 January 2019. (Important: indicate in the subject line the agora for which the abstract is to be considered e.g. Athens 2019: submission for agora VII). Please include the following information with each abstract:

  • The agora for which the paper should be considered (Note: one agora only).
  • The author’s name and affiliation o The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications.
  • A small biography (100 words) should be included in the abstract itself.
  • The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number.
  • Whether the author is a current ESIL member
  • Whether the abstract should be considered for the ESIL Young Scholar Prize (see below); if so, give the relevant information (about eligibility and ESIL membership).

Submission of Panel Proposals by ESIL Interest Groups As in previous annual conferences, two agorae will be reserved for ESIL Interest Groups, which are invited to submit panel proposals. Panel proposals are thus only eligible if they originate from an ESIL Interest Group. Agora proposals from ESIL Interest Groups must include all the required information about individual papers that are to be part of the panel, as detailed in the Call for Papers. In addition, the following information is required:

  • The name of the ESIL Interest Group submitting the proposal.
  • The contact details of the person(s) submitting the proposal, including email address and phone number.
  • The title of the proposed panel, and a description of the overall theme of the panel and the insights expected from the discussion.
  • The format of the agora: panel, roundtable, or other format (please note: all agorae are scheduled for 1.5 hours and there can be a maximum of 4 participants – e.g. one chair and 3 speakers).
  • A full set of abstracts of the individual papers that are to be part of the panel Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to:

Full papers Selected authors should submit a first draft of their paper (min. 3,000 words) prior to the conference. The paper will be shared with other agora speakers with a view to creating interactions during the conference. The quality of the drafts will be screened by the Programme Committee, which may request amendments. Timeline

31 January 2019

Deadline for abstract submission & Interest Group panel proposals

31 March 2019

Successful applicants will be informed no later then 31 March 2019

1 July 2019

Deadline for Full Paper Submission

Thursday 12 September 2019

The Conference begins

Saturday 14 September 2019

The Conference ends

1 November 2019

Deadline for submission of final papers (to be included in the ESIL SSRN series and/or a future conference publication).

All selected agora speakers must register for the conference and, if ESIL members, will be eligible for a reduced conference registration fee. ESIL does not cover expenses for travel and accommodation. ESIL awards travel grants to ESIL members to encourage and facilitate attendance at ESIL events. These grants are awarded under two different schemes: the Early Career Scheme and the Developing/ Emerging Economies Scheme. Whilst travel grants are normally awarded to applicants presenting a paper, limited support may also be available to non-presenting participants. Application details will be available in early 2019.

After the conference, ESIL provides the opportunity to publish papers in the ESIL SSRN Series and also plans to publish selected high-quality papers in a volume of the ESIL Book Series (published by OUP). Further details about how to submit papers for publication will be provided to all speakers immediately after the conference.

ESIL Young Scholar Prize
ESIL will award the Young Scholar Prize (YSP) again in Athens. Further details about the Prize can be found on the ESIL website. The YSP will be awarded for the best paper submitted to the conference or to a pre-conference Interest Group event by a scholar at an early stage in their career. Early-career scholars are (i) candidates for a postgraduate degree in law; (ii) PhD candidates or those who have had their oral defence no longer than 3 years prior to the submission of an abstract; or (iii) those who are within the first 5 years of their career following the award of their last academic degree and who can provide evidence of their contribution to legal scholarship through academic publication. Candidates for the Prize have to be ESIL members at the time of submitting their abstract. Co-authored articles will only be considered for the prize if all authors fulfil the eligibility criteria. To be considered, please provide the following information when submitting the abstract:

    • An expression of interest in competing for the ESIL Young Scholar Prize
    • Details of academic background, which indicate how the eligibility criteria are met e.g. date of PhD defence, etc.
    • Date of joining ESIL

Upon acceptance of the abstract for presentation at the conference and notification that they are eligible for the YSP, authors must submit a paper of between 8,000 and 12,000 words (including footnotes) to the ESIL Secretariat ( by 1 July 2019 for consideration by the YSP jury.