Call for Paper: Opportunity to publish and/or speak still open!

Posted by Sally Alghazali, community karma 31
The George Mason University International Law Journal and the Center for the Middle East and International Law are still seeking submissions of papers (and/or speakers) for our upcoming virtual symposium on state recognition, titled, “The New U.S. Recognition Policy – What the Golan and Western Sahara Mean for the Law.” The papers are meant to be short and may cover one of the following topics: 
 - What model or legal basis for recognition of territorial sovereignty do the new U.S. recognitions suggest?
- What must be true about U.S. understandings of the permanence of territorial sovereignty in the face of prolonged de fact control?
- What understanding of the bindingness of U.N. resolutions do the U.S. recognitions imply?
 - What does this state practice say about the robustness of the soft law nonrecognition norm?
- What implications does this have for the U.S. approach to other disputed territorial situations, such as Crimea, various post-Soviet “frozen conflicts,” the West Bank, Puntland Somaliland, etc.?

Authors of accepted/published papers will also receive a modest honorarium from the Center

Please send abstracts/proposals and a C.V. to Sally Alghazali, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, at Accepted proposals will be notified promptly. 

For more information about the symposium topic, read below:

In the past couple of years, the United States took two major actions to recognize states’ de jure sovereignty over contested territories. In March 2019, the United States recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981. Then in Dec. 2020, the U.S. recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, which was first occupied in 1975. These recognitions involved somewhat different legal and factual circumstances, but all of them resolved territorial disputes in favor of a longstanding de facto governing power.

While adopted under the Trump Administration, these recognitions remain unchanged one year into the Biden Administration and appear unlikely to be repudiated in the near future. They now constitute part of the official policy of the United States. The aim of this symposium is to explore what this means, for U.S. foreign affairs law and for public international law.

Does this demonstrate the importance of de facto and realist concerns over formal ones in U.S. sovereignty determinations? Recognition is a political act with international legal consequences. In the current context, some argue that a general duty of non-recognition exists. However, the state practice of the U.S. casts a particularly large shadow, and several recognitions in a few years is a great deal of state practice. Any discussion of duties of non-recognition must take these developments into account.

This Symposium – conducted by Zoom on Dec. 16, 2021– is organized jointly by the George Mason University International Law Journal and the new Center for the Middle East and International Law. Panelists’ papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal. One or more papers will be selected from the Call of Papers. We are seeking proposals for papers, especially but not exclusively from young scholars, graduate students, etc. The methodological approach of the symposium will be primarily positivist – understanding the legal effect of new state practice

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