The University of Copenhagen is inviting submissions for its project, “Forests at the Crossroads of International Law.”

About the Project

This workshop aims at understanding how the different areas of international law (including transnational and regional law) engage with forests and what these different layers of protection mean for the protection of forests.

This line of enquiry will enable us to make sense of the links, tensions and opportunities that the many initiatives from regional, transnational and international entities entail, and provide for an assessment of the impacts of those various areas of law, not individually, but as a whole.

Papers that touch upon the impacts of different legal frameworks on the protection of forests are welcome, from human rights to biodiversity, climate justice, sustainability, and beyond.

About the Call for Papers

The University of Copenhagen is inviting submissions for its project, “Forests at the Crossroads of International Law.”


Submissions from scholars from all areas of international law, as well as from early career and established scholars are welcome.

Submissions from various methodological backgrounds are welcome (doctrinal, empirical, and interdisciplinary) and touch on issues, such as:

  • Forests and human rights
  • Forests and biodiversity
  • Forests and climate change
  • Forests and sustainable development
  • Forests and climate justice
  • Forests and regime interactions and/or fragmentation of legal regimes
  • Current developments in international forest regimes

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts of no more than 600 words are to be submitted. Together with their abstracts, applicants should provide the following information: first name/surname, affiliation, the title of the proposed paper and an email address.
  • Abstracts should address the research question, theory, methods, and practical or scholarly significance of the study.
  • The paper should not exceed 11.000 words.
  • The expected outcome of this project is to publish a special issue with a selection of the best

How to Submit?

Abstracts and Papers are to be submitted to

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: March 31, 2023
  • Paper submission: August 21, 2023
  • Workshop Dates – September 4-5, 2023


The 2-day workshop will be held in Copenhagen, at the Faculty of Law. It will be possible to join online for those who cannot travel, as the event will be held in a hybrid manner.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, contact the organiser, Dr Justine Bendel, Marie Curie Fellow, University of Copenhagen. Email address:

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