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Call for Papers for the Kraków event

On 15 May 2020, the first part of the ESIL Kraków-Leiden Symposium on the Frontiers of International Law in Cyberspace will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. The ESIL Symposium is a scholarly event that promotes an intensive and targeted discussion of a selected topic of international law. Approximately 8-12 papers will be selected from among the submissions for each of the one-day events. The Kraków event will focus on issues relating to responsible State behaviour in cyberspace and State measures to ensure resilience of national networks.

For this event, we invite submissions of papers discussing any dimension of the topic of how international law regulates responsible State behaviour in cyberspace, taking both a theoretical or more policy-oriented approach.
The organizers particularly welcome papers addressing one of the following set of issues:

  • Rules and norms of responsible State behaviour in cyberspace, in particular in context of the new OEWG and GGE proceedings
  • Western and non-Western approaches to international law in cyberspace
  • The application of International Humanitarian Law to cyber armed conflicts
  • Sovereignty in cyberspace; aspects of “digital sovereignty”
  • State responsibility in cyberspace
  • Individual and collective reactions to cyberattacks, cyber restrictive measures, countermeasures etc.
  • Supply chain security and international trade law (vide 5G, Huawei etc.)

Abstracts (of not more than 800 words) should be submitted to by 15 December 2019. Please include your name, email address and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract.

Both ESIL members and non-ESIL members may submit abstracts. However, ESIL membership will be encouraged if the abstract is selected.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 5 January 2020. Complete drafts of papers (of not more than 8.000 words) will be required by 25 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. However, ESIL travel grants will be made available to offer partial financial support to selected participants who are ESIL members. Speakers and participants in the symposium will be informed of hotels that offer preferential rates. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.

N.B. The Call for Papers for the Leiden event will be issued in May 2020.

Important dates and deadlines

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 15 December 2020

Notification of acceptance: 5 January 2020

Deadline for submission of papers: 25 April 2020

Date of Kraków event: 15 May 2020

Call for Papers for the Leiden event: May 2020

Guidance for accepted contributors

Contributors submitting a paper are kindly asked to adhere to the following formatting instructions:


  • Main text: Times New Roman 12 Points
  • Footnotes: Times New Roman 10 Points


  • Main text: 1,5-spaced
  • Footnotes: single-spaced

Referencing style

  • Please use the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) referencing style.

Length of paper

  • The paper should not exceed 8000 words (spacing and references not included)


  • Apart from the paper, please also submit an abstract of up to 500 words.
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Kraków Event Call for Papers