Call for Papers

Upcoming specials in preparation (see page below for contact details of the lead editor(s)):

You can find an overview of previous topics we covered on our special features page here.


Force Majeure etc.

March 2020: As we are all painfully aware, the impact of the spread of COVID19 is leading to numerous cancellations, suspensions and performance challenges in international transactions, in addition to the crucial health concerns. Legal doctrines such as force majeure, changes in circumstances, hardship, impracticality, impossibility, frustration and the like are implicated.

Those doctrines vary in their necessary elements and in the factual circumstances that potentially trigger their application. Moreover, differing jurisdictions have adopted differing doctrines, both between common law and civil law systems and within those systems as well. Those differences can create outcome-determinative controversies, particularly in international disputes.

We therefore invite proposals for articles on the subject matter for publication on TDM. For this subject, we expect to receive proposals from authors who can demonstrate experience with the topic, whether scholarly or practical.

Send your proposals to info@transnational-dispute-management.com or ask for more information.

Deadline: at your earliest convenience, accepted papers (subject to peer review), will be published via our Advance publication channel and promoted to readers.


Overlap between Bankruptcy/Insolvency Proceedings and Arbitrations

March 2020: The Great Recession in 2007-2009 produced considerable learning about how arbitration fares when one of the disputing parties is in bankruptcy/insolvency proceedings. Since that time, developments have continued by jurisprudence, legislation and regulation. The economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will likely trigger an unfortunately large number of corporate insolvencies as well as Government rescue efforts. We hereby solicit proposals for articles on the overlap between national bankruptcy/insolvency laws and arbitrations affecting the debtor company.

Bankruptcy/insolvency law is of course national in character - there is nothing like an international bankruptcy law although some free trade agreements refer to th4e subject. So, we at TDM seek proposals considering different countries as well as an article on arbitrations and insolvency proceedings for a group of companies occurring simultaneously in a number of countries.

For this subject, we expect to receive proposals from authors who can demonstrate experience with the topic, whether scholarly or practical.

Send your proposals to info@transnational-dispute-management.com or ask for more information.

Deadline: at your earliest convenience, accepted papers (subject to peer review), will be published via our Advance publication channel.


African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming TDM Special Issue on "African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)". Building on previous issues of TDM which have focused on investment treaty arbitration and policy in the African context and FDI operations and investment disputes in the African extractive sector, the co-editors invite contributions to this special edition which critically examine the legal and normative implications of the AfCFTA. In line with the focus of TDM, this edition will focus broadly on Africanisation of international investment law and the role of the AfCFTA on global, national and sub-regional investment law making and dispute resolution. The topics outlined in the call for papers raise interesting points for discussion. The editors welcome submissions which address these and other relevant topics.

Co-editors

Prof. Julien Chaisse

Prof. Julien Chaisse
City University of Hong Kong
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Dr. Jedrzej Gorski

Dr. Jędrzej Górski
City University of Hong Kong
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Prof. Emmanuel Laryea

Prof. Emmanuel Laryea
Monash University
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Prof. Makane Mo´se Mbengue

Prof. Makane Moïse Mbengue
University of Geneva
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Kehinde Olaoye

Kehinde Olaoye
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Proposals, along with authors' profiles (150-200 words) should be submitted before 30 June 2020 to and . Please cc info@transnational-dispute-management.com when submitting your materials. Full papers should be submitted until 30 November 2020.

See Call for papers: TDM Special Issue on the "African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)" for more details.


The Interaction Between International Investment Law and Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming TDM Special Issue on "The Interaction Between International Investment Law and Special Economic Zones (SEZs)". The number of special economic zones (SEZs) is growing, and so is the attention of policy makers, lawyers, and academics in both the developed and the developing world. This special issue endeavours to analyse the many types of legal and policy issues resulting from the increasingly complex relationship between investment law, dispute resolution, and SEZs. The editors are interested in papers discussing:

  • General issues of interaction between investment law and SEZs
  • Specific case studies focusing on a geographical region/country or on an interesting case involving SEZs
  • Critical articles on relevant ISDS disputes involving SEZs related measures (Middle East Cement Shipping v. Egypt; Yury Bogdanov v. Republic of Moldova; Gold Reserve v. Venezuela; Lee John Beck v. Kyrgyz Republic; Ampal-American and Others v. Egypt; Union Fenosa Gas v. Egypt)

Guest editors

Dr. Yulia Levashova

Dr. Yulia Levashova
Utrecht University, Nyenrode University
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Professor Julien Chaisse

Professor Julien Chaisse
City University of Hong Kong, School of Law
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Dr. Ilia Rachkov

Dr. Ilia Rachkov
MGIMO, Moscow
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Proposals, along with authors' profiles (150-200 words) should be submitted to all three editors. Please cc info@transnational-dispute-management.com when submitting your materials. See Call for papers: TDM Special Issue on "The Interaction Between International Investment Law and Special Economic Zones (SEZs)" for more details.


International Investment and Competition Law in AND with the Global South

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming TDM Special Issue on "International Investment and Competition Law in AND with the Global South". It will explore past and recent legislative and regulatory reforms as well as international investment and competition-related litigation with a special focus on the Global South.

Guest editors

Prof. Leila Choukroune

Prof. Leila Choukroune
University of Portsmouth (UK)
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Anu Monga

Anu Monga
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
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Proposals for papers can be submitted to the editors above. Please CC info@transnational-dispute-management.com when submitting your materials. Proposals for papers should be submitted to the editors. See Call for papers: TDM Special Issue on "International Investment and Competition Law in AND with the Global South" for more details.


Maritime Law Arbitration: Procedural and Substantive Issues

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming TDM Special Issue on "Maritime Law Arbitration: Procedural and Substantive Issues". A substantive percentage of trade in goods is carried out through maritime routes. The players of international seaborne trades often refer their future or existing disputes to arbitration and this special issue will explore the various legal aspects and current developments in maritime arbitration.

Guest editors

Dr. Mohsen Mohebi

Dr. Mohsen Mohebi
Azad University, Science and Researches Center (Tehran)
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Dr. Mojtaba Asgharian

Dr. Mojtaba Asgharian
University of Science and Culture (Tehran)
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Proposals for papers can be submitted to the editors above. Please CC info@transnational-dispute-management.com when submitting your materials. Proposals for papers should be submitted to the editors. See Call for papers: TDM Special Issue on "Maritime Law Arbitration: Procedural and Substantive Issues" for more details.


The Changing Paradigm of State-controlled Entities Regulation: Laws, Contracts and Disputes

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming TDM Special Issue on the "The Changing Paradigm of State-controlled Entities Regulation: Laws, Contracts and Disputes". In recent years, the operations of state-controlled enterprises (SCEs) have increasingly been interwoven with the problem of foreign direct investment (FDI). On the one hand, SCEs headquartered in post-communist, and operating under state-capitalism paradigm, have increasingly gone global investing in a wide range of economic sectors (investment by SCEs). On the other hand, in domestic operations, SCEs have been increasingly co-operating with foreign investors (including both foreign private enterprises and SCEs) as minority stakeholder, or partners in various forms of public-private-partnership (PPP) (investment in SCEs). SCEs broadly raise issues in regulatory fields as diverse as company law, trade law, investment law, competition law and international taxation. This leads to many normative (whether legislative or contractual) conflicts and complex transnational disputes which will be the focus on this TDM Special Issue. Christophe Bondy, Prof. Julien Chaisse, Dr. Helena Chen, Dr. Jędrzej Górski, Dini Sejko, and Romesh Weeramantry hereby invite you to contribute to the special edition with unpublished articles, conference papers, research papers and case studies dealing with this topic.

Guest editors

Christophe Bondy

Christophe Bondy
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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Prof. Julien Chaisse

Prof. Julien Chaisse
CUHK
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Dr. Helena Chen

Dr. Helena Chen
Pinsent Masons LLP
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Dr. Jędrzej Górski

Dr. Jędrzej Górski
City-U HK
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Dini Sejko

Dini Sejko
HKUST
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Romesh Weeramantry

Romesh Weeramantry
Clifford Chance
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Proposals for papers can be submitted to Jędrzej Górski and Dini Sejko at and Please CC info@transnational-dispute-management.com when submitting your materials. See Call for papers: TDM Special Issue on "The Changing Paradigm of State-controlled Entities Regulation: Laws, Contracts and Disputes" for more details.