Concept Paper: The Role of BRICS in Global Governance and International Law

Call for Papers

International Symposium: The Role of BRICS in Global Governance and International Law

Organized by

IEEI – São Paulo State University (UNESP)

Graduate Program “San Tiago Dantas” (UNESP, UNICAMP, PUC-SP)

The Foundation for Law and International Affairs

Brazil-China Economic Development Association


Date: October 4, 2019

Location: Unesp – Praça da Sé, 108, 3th floor. São Paulo-SP

The Theme

November 13 to 14, 2019, the 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil. Topics discussed at the Summit include further cooperation in science, technology, and innovation, the digital economy, combating transnational illegal activities, and the financing of production activities.

Over the past decade, the BRICS countries have become more proactive in their participation in world affairs and have formed a community in exploring their internal economic opportunities and promoting the reform of the current global governance system. Individually, BRICS countries are important actors in maintaining regional security and coping with economic challenges through regional mechanisms. As a whole, the BRICS are committed to promoting reform of the global governance system and see collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity among countries of both the global south and north.

The conference invites paper submissions relating to the subject of “The Role of BRICS in Global Governance and International Law.” We hope to bring ideas from across the globe considering historical and comparative contexts that foster interdisciplinary conversation. Papers from all disciplines and geographical areas are welcome.

The Panels and the Workshop

1. Panel: Trading with and Investing in the BRICS

The BRICS counties have emerged as important players in global trade and investment in the past ten decades. With the background of the current wave of anti-globalization, how the BRICS will continue to promote these two priority areas of cooperation could set an example for the world. This panel will address the challenges that the BRICS countries confront in creating a better internal and external environment for domestic development and foreign investment. It will discuss the legal risks of multinational enterprises’ activities overseas due to the lack of awareness of soft foreign law and the extraterritorial application of other countries’ domestic laws. It will also examine the development of the trade and investment dispute resolution mechanism among the BRICS.

2. Panel: Collaboration on Countering Transnational Crime among the BRICS

Combating transnational illegal activities has always been one of the BRICS’s greatest efforts and is listed as one of the main topics of the 11th annual BRICS Summit. This panel will discuss the countering of transnational crime measures, including corruption and other organized crime in BRICS countries and will lay the empirical foundations for the systematic and comparative study for further collaboration on countering transnational crime among BRICS, as well as the roles of government and enterprises in the process.

3. Workshop: Inclusive Negotiations and Decision Making within the BRICS

Inclusive negotiation is a negotiation process that facilitates dialogue among different stakeholders including governments, enterprises, local NGOs, and IGOs who seek to reach a common agreement regarding the tensions or disputes involved in transnational projects under a framework that can be mutually respected. As a geopolitical bloc, BRICS plays a significant role in global governance. This panel will stimulate debates about whether “inclusive negotiation” will shape an innovative decision-making process as a new model of global governance.

There are four ways to attend the conference.

1. Present at one of two panels:

To attend one of the above panels, please submit a 250-500 word abstract, along with a copy of your resume, by August 15, 2019. Submissions should be sent to with the subject title “FLIA Fall 2019 Conference + the topic of the panel.”

2. Attend the Workshop

To attend the workshop, please submit a copy of your resume, by August 15, 2019. Submissions should be sent to with the subject title “FLIA Fall 2019 Conference + the Workshop.”

3. Organize a Workshop

We accept proposals for organizing a workshop at the conference on issues that are highly relevant to the main topic of the conference. We will invite participants to attend the workshop during the breaks of the panels. Each workshop will last 30-40 minutes. To organize a workshop, please submit a 250-500 word concept paper, along with a copy of your resume, by August 15, 2019. Submissions of the proposals should be sent to with the subject title “FLIA Fall 2019 Conference Workshop Proposal.”

4. Attend without presenting

We also accept applications to attend the conference without presenting. Applicants should send a copy of their resume and reserve an audience seat.

5. Academic exchange

The conference invites attendants to visit UNESP, FAAP, and FACAMP for a brief academic exchange.


Final papers should be submitted by September 30, 2019. Selected papers may be published in an edited collection to be published in English.

To be considered for publication, completed papers should be about 8,000-10,000 words in length and in Western academic style offering analysis or production of knowledge with an eye to the existing literature. Alternatively, papers can focus on rigorous policy analysis considering perspectives from leaders or academics in the field. The papers will be peer-reviewed.


The organizers of the conference have waived the registration fee for all participants. Conference participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expense. For those who need invitation letters for visa purposes, please clearly indicate your need when applying for participation.

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