TWAILR Academy 2023 – Call for Applications

TWAIL 2023: Democratizing International Law

TWAILR Academy – Call for Applications

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 17-21 July 2023

Applications are invited for the inaugural TWAILR Academy taking place from 17 to 21 July 2023 at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) is a movement encompassing scholars and practitioners of international law and policy who are concerned with issues related to the Global South. The scholarly agendas associated with TWAIL are diverse, but the general theme of its interventions is to unpack the colonial legacies of international law and engage in decolonizing efforts.

The Academy will unite international law scholars and practitioners from across the globe in Bogotá to address some of the most pressing global challenges of our time: conflict, mass displacement, economic inequality, and environmental injustice, all of which have disproportionate impact across the global South and particular significance for Colombia. This Academy is part of a growing number of TWAIL initiatives working together to democratize international law. The Academy will consist of lectures, discussions and writing workshops where emerging scholars, graduate students, and legal practitioners have the opportunity to learn about the TWAIL movement, share their unique perspectives, and receive feedback on scholarly projects through writing workshops. It provides an opportunity for productive collaborative exchange amongst participants from across the Global South and North and leading TWAIL scholars from around the world.

The Academy is organized under the auspices of the TWAIL Review (TWAILR) and hosted by the Universidad de los Andes Faculty of Law in partnership with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and Maynooth University School of Law & Criminology, with the support of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Afronomicslaw. The objectives of the Academy are three-fold:

1. To provide participants the opportunity to share Third Worldist perspectives rooted in histories of colonialism and imperialism, and the uses of TWAIL for more effective knowledge production, policymaking, and teaching across the Global South and beyond.

2. To build solidarity and connection among junior and senior scholars across the Global South and North, with particular attention to the Latin American scholarly community, especially those left out of knowledge mobilization activities due to financial resources.

3. To create opportunity for scholars from the Global South to produce innovative knowledge freely accessible around the world.

With these goals in mind, all applicants must submit an abstract for a paper that will be considered for publication in the TWAIL Review or Afronomicslaw. The Academy’s writing workshops will be a space to test out your ideas and receive feedback. All Summer Academy activities will be conducted in English, but we have some capacity in Spanish. We welcome applicants from all over the world and priority will be given to applicants from the Global South. If you are an applicant from the Global South that requires funding support for your travel and accommodation, please let us know. We ask those seeking funding to be reflexive and set out their location and subject position.

Applicants must submit:

– An abstract (maximum 250 words) in English that is relevant to the Academy’s themes.
A letter of interest (maximum one page) in English or Spanish setting out any funding needs and how the Academy will enhance your scholarship, practice, and praxis.
Short current CV.
The names and email addresses of 2 referees.

Please submit applications to by 29 January 2023.