Call for Abstracts: 2018 Asia Pacific Colloquium on Private International Law (Doshisha University Law Faculty and the Journal of Private International Law)


The 2018 Asia Pacific Colloquium of the Journal of Private International Law (JPIL) will be held on Monday 10 December 2018 at the Law Faculty of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Scholars, researchers, legal practitioners and other interested persons are now invited to submit abstracts in English of paper proposals for presentation at the Colloquium.  While proposals for papers to be presented at the Colloquium may be on any topic, they must have as their primary focus the private international law aspects of the chosen topic.  Recent PhD graduates in the Asia Pacific region are especially invited to submit proposals.

The Colloquium will be in the form of an all-day roundtable discussion conducted in English.  Persons whose papers have been chosen will deliver their presentations in turn.  Each presentation will run for 20 minutes and be followed by a discussion of 20 minutes in which all participants in the Colloquium (including members of the JPIL’s Editorial Board and specially-invited private international law academics from the Asia-Pacific region) will comment on the presentation. The objective of the Colloquium will be to assist presenters to improve their papers with a view to eventual publication, possibly in the JPIL subject to acceptance by its Editorial Board.

Abstracts are to be submitted by email to no later than 5 pm (Japan time) on 1 July 2018.  Abstracts should be accompanied by cvs and contact details of the person making the submission.  Persons whose abstracts have been accepted will be informed accordingly by 15 July 2018.  Such persons will be expected to submit their full papers in PDF format by email to no later than 5 pm (Japan time) on 1 October 2018.  Papers should be in English and between 4,000 and 10,000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes).  Accepted papers will be circulated in advance among those taking part in the Colloquium.  Persons who have not heard from the Colloquium organisers by 15 July 2018 should assume that their submissions have not been accepted.

Persons selected to make presentations should note that they will be wholly responsible for their travel to and from, and their accommodation in, Kyoto for the Colloquium.  Neither the JPIL nor the Faculty of Law Doshisha University are in a position to provide any funding in respect of a selected person’s expenses.  Further inquiries may be addressed to Professor Naoshi Takasugi at