Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 ESIL Research Forum and IG pre-conference workshops will be held in remote mode only. All participants shall register here before 12 April 2021 and will receive the link via e-mail in due course.
Thursday, 15 April 2021
IG Pre-Conference Workshops 
9.00 - 13.00 CET
  • The EU as a Global Actor: The EU's global role with respect to the principle of solidarity under international law: a quest for normativity? (final programme)

  • International Economic Law: The Value of Solidarity in International Economic Law  (final programme)

  • Peace and Security: The Question of Solidarity in Peace and Security  (final programme)

  • International Environmental Law: Solidarity in the Context of Natural Resources Management (final programme will be available shortly)

  • Migration and Refugee Law: Understanding solidarity under international and EU refugee law: between a rock and a hard place? (final programme)

  • History of International Law: The Founding of Solidarity in the International Community (final programme)

  • International Law of Culture: Searching Solidarity for Fighting against Cultural Exclusion towards Migrants and Refugees in Europe in Times of Populism (final programme)


Lunch Break: 13.00 - 14.00 CET

ESIL Research Forum
Day 1
15 April 2021, 14.00 - 18.30 CET

Opening Session (14.00 - 15.30 CET)

  • Welcome Addresses: 
    • Francesco Priolo (Rector Magnificus, University of Catania)
    • Salvatore Zappalà (Director, Law Department, University of Catania)
    • Adriana Di Stefano (University of Catania, Law Department)
    • Rosario Sapienza (University of Catania, Law Department)
  • Welcome by the ESIL President: Photini Pazartzis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) 

Inaugural Lecture

  • Chair: Paolo Farah (West Virginia University)
  • Keynote Speaker: Frédéric Mégret (McGill University Faculty of Law), Solidarity: Between Universalism and Pluralism


Panel 1 | The Historical Boundaries of International Solidarity (15.30 - 17.00 CET) 

  • Chair: Photini Pazartzis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
    • Daniel Ricardo Quiroga-VillamarìnAll’s Fair in Love and War: Co-producing Global Solidarity at the Expositions Universelles (1851-1938)
    • Marilena PapadakiEuropean Solidarity as a constructive element of the European Union: the case of Nicolas Politis (1872-1942) and the French sociological school of international law during the interwar period
    • Agnese Vitale, The Origins of the Collective Security System and Solidarity as a Tool for the Preservation of the International Legal Order
    • Stephen SamuelSolidarity in International Legal Histories 
  • Discussant: Markus P. Beham (University of Passau)



Panel 2 | Transnational Solidarity and Burden Sharing: Migration and Refugee Law (17.00 - 18.15 CET)

  • Chair: Pierre D’Argent (University of Louvain UCL)
    • Julia JungfleischThe Right to International Solidarity as a Game Changer when it comes to "Crimes of Solidarity"?
    • Giorgia BevilacquaDemostrations of Humanity towards Migrants and Refugees: Setting borders between Solidarity and Criminality under International Law
    • Claudia Cinnirella, Interstate Solidarity as a General Principle of EU Law? A Test with Migration and Asylum Policy
  • Discussant: Daniel Erasmus Khan (Bundeswehr University Munich)


Aperitivo Session | Breakout Rooms (18.15 - 19.00 CET)



Friday, 16 April 2021

ESIL Research Forum
Day 2


​​Panel 3 | Patterns of Solidarity and Institutional Cooperation: Universal vs. Regional Approaches (9.00 - 10.15 CET)

  • Chair: Luis Miguel Hinojosa Martínez (University of Granada)
    • Arianna VettorelSolidarity at the WBG: replacing a utopia with a new utopia?
    • Maria Antonia PanascìEuropean financial solidarity: a concept in search of definition
    • Michael Ioannidis, "Conditional Solidarity": Reiventing Solidarity During the Eurozone crisis
  • Discussant: Evelyne Schmid (University of Lausanne) 


Panel 4 | Patterns of Solidarity: Sustainability and the Environment (10.15 - 11.30 CET)

  • Chair: Christina Binder (Bundeswehr University Munich; University of Vienna)
    • Kevin CrowSolidarity and "the Natural" in International Law
    • Stefanie SchachererSolidarity in International Environmental Law.The Quest for Intergenerational Equity
    • Marie-Catherine PetersmannStanding in Solidarity: Networks of Human Rights Experts in Environmental Cases
  • Discussant: Angelo Golia (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)


Panel 5 | Conceptualizing International Solidarity (11.30 - 13.00 CET)
  • Chair: Fulvio Maria Palombino (University of Naples, Federico II)
    • Kostiantyn GorobetsSolidarity as a Practical Reason: Grounding Authority of International Law
    • Yuxi FengThe Quest for Solidarity: Imagining an "International Community" with the Responsibility to Protect
    • Nataša NedeskiConcepts of solidarity in the international law of obligations: moving beyond a one-sided conceptualization of solidarity
  • Discussant: Maria Varaki (King's College London)


Break: 1.00 - 2.00pm CET

Panel 6 | A Human Rights-based Solidarity? (14.00 - 15.30 CET)

  • Chair: Ramses A. Wessel (University of Groningen)
    • Otto SpijkersValue-Based Norms as Foundation for the Pursuit of Health in Global Solidarity
    • Eduardo Arenas Catalàn,The Right of Access to Healthcare: Tracing Solidarity in the UnitedNations, Inter-American and European Human Rights Systems
    • Elisa RuozziCompensation for Serious Human Rights Violations Between Solidarity and Realism
  • Discussant: Ana Salinas (University of Málaga)


Panel 7 | Patterns of Solidarity: International Peace and Security (15.30 - 16.30 CET)

  • Chair: Veronika Bilkova (Charles University, Prague)
    • Carl JauslinIs there an Obligation to Do More than The Fair Share? Consequences of Partial Non-Compliance in Situations of Shared Responsibility
    • Tal MimranThe Military Campaign Against the Islamic State and its Implications on International Law, Policy and Solidarity Among State
  • Discussant: Neha Jain (European University Institute, Law Department)


ESIL Teaching Corner & Upcoming Events (16.30 - 17.00 CET) 

Closing Session (17.00 - 18.00 CET) 
  • Chair: Pål Wrange (Stockholm University)
  • Keynote Speaker: Nehal Bhuta (University of Edinburgh), Solidarity and International Order: Utopia or Dystopia?


Aperitivo Session | Breakout Rooms (18.00 - 19.00 CET)