CITIL's First International Conference On “Gender Dimensions Of Trade” Under The WTO Chairs Programme [24-25 August] [Call For Abstracts]


13 May 2024 5:41 AM GMT

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    CITIL, DNLU is organizing the 1st International Conference under the aegis of WTO Chairs Programme (World Trade Organisation), in collaboration with Centre for Trade and Investment Laws, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India and Centre for International Trade Law, National Law University, Odisha between 24-25 August, 2024.

    Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (M.P.) was established in the year 2018, by Madhya Pradesh Dharmashastra National Law University Act 24 of 2018, with the object of advancing the cause of legal education and achieving excellence as a university for imparting value-based legal education to undergraduate as well as postgraduate students.

    The WTO Chairs Programme, initiated by the World Trade Organization (WTO), is an academic initiative designed to advance research, education, and outreach related to international trade and the functions of the WTO.

    The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India was established to serve as a center of excellence in the field of international trade and investment law. It was officially inaugurated on 2016. CTIL's establishment was a significant milestone in India's efforts to strengthen its engagement with the global trading system and enhance its understanding of international trade and investment laws.

    The Centre for 'Studies in International Trade and Investment Laws' is research and learning centre at DNLU, Jabalpur. The centre aims to bring together the legal academics, professionals, students, researchers etc., with an objective of the dissemination of knowledge and encouraging research in the various realms of International Trade Law and International Investment Laws.

    The Centre for International Trade Law is a research centre of National Law University Odisha established in 2015. The Centre is geared primarily towards research. The Centre strives to produce high quality and innovative research in the field of International Trade Law and International Investment Law.

    This Conference offers a crucial platform for dissecting the intricate relationship between international trade law and women's empowerment. In an era where globalization significantly shapes economic landscapes, it is imperative to unravel the complexities surrounding women's participation in trade and its implications for gender equality.


    · Professionals from Legal and non-legal disciplines (Arts & Humanities Discipline), Lawyers, Policy Makers and Advocates.

    · Academicians, Students, Research Scholars from all disciplines and industry professionals.


    · The inclusion of gender dispositions in bilateral or plurilateral trade agreements and their impact on gender equality in trade.

    · Gender Equality as a Driver for Sustainable Development Goals.

    · Digitization as a boost to Women Participation in Trade.

    · Indigenous Women as Stewards of Sustainable Economies.

    · Gender Dimensions of Trade tariffs and Non- Tariff Barriers.

    · Women's Access to Trade Finance and Credit.

    · Mainstreaming gender in WTO Members trade policies, practices and negotiations.

    · Gender-sensitive Trade Policy Evaluation Women's entrepreneurship in Global Value Chains: Advantages and Challenges of Integrating Gender Equality Disciplines in Global Value Chains.

    · Feminist Economic Exploration of Unpaid Care Work.

    · Gendered Impacts of Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights.

    · Women's Trajectories in International Trade Law Firms.

    · Women in Cross-Border Services Trade.

    · Women Representation as Negotiators in Trade Agreements.

    Submission Details

    · All papers must be written in English.

    · Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) and PDF format.

    · Font: Times New Roman, 12-point size, 1.5-spacing.

    · Margins: 1 inch (2.54 cm) on all sides.

    · Maximum 2 Authors are allowed.

    · No personal information should be included in the paper.

    · Abstract, not exceeding 250-300 words, should precede the main text. It submitted as a single paragraph.

    · Include a list of 3-5 keywords below the abstract to facilitate indexing and searchability.

    · Full papers should typically range between 3,000 to 5,000 words, excluding abstract, references, and appendices.

    · Authors should follow a consistent citation style throughout the paper.

    · Authors must ensure that their papers are original and have not been previously published or submitted elsewhere.

    · Plagiarism above 15% would lead to immediate disqualification.

    · Authors are required to submit their abstracts and papers electronically through the designated online submission portal.

    · Authors must adhere to the deadlines mentioned.

    · Submitted abstracts will first undergo a peer-review process to evaluate their quality, relevance, and contribution to the conference theme.

    · Authors will be notified of the review outcome and acceptance status in a timely manner.

    Registration Details:

    · For undergraduate and post-graduate students (from legal and non-legal discipline): Rs. 5000/- (with accommodation) and Rs. 3000 (without accommodation).

    · For Academics, professionals, lawyers, advocates, research scholars from legal and non-legal discipline: Rs. 7000/- (with accommodation) and Rs. 5000 (without accommodation).

    · For DNLU and NLUO Students: Rs. 1500/- (without accommodation)

    · Fees to be paid only after the Abstract Selection. The selected abstracts will be notified through email.

    · Registration/Abstract Submission: Click on this Link.

    · Payment Information (Bank Transfer):

    Bank Name: Punjab National Bank

    Account Holder: Dharmashastra National Law University

    Account Number: 6291000100013591

    IFSC CODE: PUNB0629100

    Branch Name: Jabalpur, AHQ Madhya Bharat Area

    · Payment UPI ID: 8123011980m@pn

    · In case of facing any difficulty in registration, please feel free to contact us at

    Important Dates

    · Abstract Submission Last Date: June 1, 2024

    · Abstract selection intimation: June 5, 2024

    · Payment of Registration fee last date: June 15, 2024

    · Full paper submission last date: July 1, 2024

    · Date of Conference: August 24-25, 2024

    Contact Information

    Mail:, or Poorva Sharma (Convenor, CITIL) at 9752537685, Viraj Lahane (Co – Convenor, CITIL) at 8225825333, and Harshit Pathak (Registration Head, CITIL) at 8305961477.

    For More details, refer to the brochure

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