International Human Rights and Corporate Accountability: Current and Future Challenges

February 26, 2021 - February 27, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


The UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA) is excited to host a virtual conference at the UCLA School of Law on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2021. Friday, February 26 will focus on current legal challenges in human trafficking and labor, corruption and money-laundering within corporations and across borders, and sanctions and human rights enforcement, and will be co-sponsored by the Promise Institute for Human Rights and Corporate Accountability Lab. Saturday, February 27 will focus on future legal challenges in digital privacy and data collection, the creation of space law and policy, and accountability for multinational corporations in international human rights law, and will be co-sponsored by the UCLA International and Comparative Law Program.

JILFA will be publishing a special edition in connection with the Symposium. Articles and Comments selected for presentation at a paper workshop may also be published in the symposium edition JILFA Volume 26.1. The symposium edition will contain Articles and Comments from both days of the symposium.

We invite interdisciplinary paper submissions on international human rights and corporate accountability. We are accepting Article submissions from scholars and practitioners and Comment submissions from current students. We will give special consideration to papers on the following clusters of topics:

Day 1: Current Challenges

Co-sponsored by the Promise Institute for Human Rights and Corporate Accountability Lab

  1. Forced Labor and Human Trafficking in International Food Supply Chains
  2. Aiding and Abetting: Corruption, Money-Laundering, and Terrorist Financing
  3. Sanctions and Human Rights Enforcement

Day 2: Future Challenges

Co-sponsored by the UCLA International and Comparative Law Program

  1. AI, Surveillance, and Digital Privacy
  2. Space: Humankind’s Last, Best Hope for Peace?
  3. Corporations as a Global Superpower: Corporate Capture, Corporate Influence, and International Human Rights Law

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration to be included in one of the paper workshops or for consideration for publication by the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, please include the following.

Submission Information for Abstracts

1. Abstract of no more than 400 words describing the paper you wish to present and/or publish

2. Cover letter with:

     a. Your name, institutional affiliation (if any), and email address

     b. Five key words associated with the paper

     c. Indication of which conference theme the paper addresses

3. C.V. (no longer than 2 pages)

The deadline for abstracts is October 31, 2020 by 5pm Pacific Time. Please submit materials to with the subject line: 2021 Symposium Abstract. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Successful applicants will be notified via email by late November 2020.

If your abstract is accepted, the deadline for full articles will be January 15, 2021 by 5pm Pacific Time. The guidelines for full papers are available on our website at Please reach out to with any questions.

For more information about the topics, please see Call For Papers.