CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS

MANCHESTER JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW

SPECIAL ISSUE 2022

BRAVE NEW WORLD - DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

WHAT MAY THE FUTURE HOLD FOR LAW?

Editors of the Special Issue

Professor Dr A F M Maniruzzaman, University of Portsmouth, U.K. and Professor Dr Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Cairo University, Egypt.

In recent years, the advent of enhanced artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and smart contracts has brought about a sea change to every facet of human life ushering the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Digital Revolution. This has disrupted the traditional ways of human interactions, and increasingly so during the COVID-19 pandemic situations around the globe. This will also accelerate the integration of technology into law and dispute resolution in a post-pandemic world. As a fallout, this digital revolution will inevitably have an unprecedented transformative effect on trade, commerce and various other economic activities nationally and internationally. This digital transformation has also revolutionized the mode of dispute resolution in most countries across the globe, accelerated and enhanced by the practical need created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional laws and regulations governing trade, commerce, dispute resolution and cross-border dealings are being revised, modernised and innovated to cater for the emerging techno-driven landscape on local, regional and global levels. 

The new special issue of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law entitled

“Brave New World - Digital Transformation of International Trade and Dispute Resolution: What May the Future Hold for Law?” calls for papers on any aspect of the subject as follows, though not exclusively:

  • International business transactions and digital disruptions
  • The transformative role of technology and artificial intelligence on law, with emphasis on new technological applications targeting legal practices.
  • The law and technology underlying smart contracts and the new generation of disputes arising thereunder.
  • Blockchain dealings: prospects and challenges. 
  • Cryptocurrencies: prospects and challenges.
  • Digital trade as an expanding horizon and challenges to the traditional laws
  • AI regulations & ethics in the context of international trade and dispute resolution
  • The digitalization of bills of lading & other transportation documents
  • The digitalization of trade financing including letters of credit and cryptocurrencies
  • The digital revolution and marine Insurance
  • Data and digitalization for optimization in trade logistics
  • How is Big Data and artificial intelligence revolutionising and streamlining international trade?
  • Tackling the challenges of interoperability and data harmonisation – How can we achieve seamless digitisation of global trade?
  • Developing strategic collaborations between trade facilitation stakeholders to create an efficient trade environment 
  • The digital revolution and environmental and human rights issues in international trade
  • The digitalization of dispute resolution process (national and international courts, international arbitration, mediation, Adjudication, expert determination, etc.)
  • The future of online dispute resolution
  • Artificial intelligence, robotics and the future of international trade and trade-related disputes.

All submissions must be original, unpublished works, and not under consideration elsewhere. All publications are subject to transfer of copyright to the publisher. We are happy to discuss permissions to authors on justifiable grounds.

Submissions: 

Editorial correspondence, including submissions to the journal should be made electronically to Professor Dr A F M Maniruzzaman (munir.maniruzzaman@port.ac.uk) and Professor Dr Mohamed Abdel Wahab (MSW@zulficarpartners.com)

Timeline

  • The deadline for the submission of proposals with an abstract and short biodata is: 30 September 2021.
  • Successful applicants will be informed by: 31 October 2021
  • The deadline for the submission of the finalised papers for accepted proposals is: 30 June 2022.
  • Intended publication is in the last quarter of 2022.

Finalised papers will be between 7,000-10,000 words (including footnotes) and must comply with the: MJIEL Guidelines for Contributors

(https://www.electronicpublications.org/catalogue/137)