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International Economic Law in a Diverse World

The 2016 Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) Conference will take place in partnership with the School of Law's Mandela Institute from 7 - 9 July 2016.

Wits Great Hall
EVENT SIEL bi-annual conference: International Economic Law in a Diverse World
When 7 - 9 July 2016
Where Wits Science Stadium
Registration Early-bird registration: 23 May 2016
Cost Various. Click here for more information. 


The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is a membership organization aimed at academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in the field of International Economic Law (IEL). The SIEL Conference is the organisation's main event and will be held at the School of Law Building from 7 - 9 July 2017.

Particular highlights will be the Opening Keynote Lecture on "Africa and the Disciplines of International Economic Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward" by James T. Gathii (Loyola Chicago), the Robert Hudec Lecture, which will be delivered by Donald McRae (Ottawa) on "International Trade Law and International Investment Law: Sub-sets of International Law or Self-contained Regime?" and Saturday's Plenary Keynote by Laurence Boisson de Chazourne (Geneva) on "Dispute Settlement in a Diverse World". 


Registration is open at 


SIEL welcomes sponsors and donors to help bring the SIEL Conference to life and to assist with greater participation of students and participants from developing countries.    Donations can be made here and the details of our sponsorship packages are in our sponsorship brochure.

Visa issues

If you need an invitation letter to obtain a visa please contact including your datails.

About the Host

The Oliver Schreiner School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand together with the Mandela Institute, are pleased to host the 5th BIENNIAL SIEL CONFERENCE, 2016. The Oliver Schreiner School of Law was established in 1922 and is recognised as one of the top two law schools in the country, with a reputation for leading edge research, active public engagement, excellent teaching and rigorous training.

The Mandela Institute at the Wits School of Law was established in 2000 to honour the contribution of Mr Nelson Mandela to the transformation of South Africa. The Institute is focused on capacity building in global economic law and conducts research, organizes conferences, workshops and seminars, and offers postgraduate certificate courses to that end. These courses and events focus on among others on international trade law and policy, intellectual property law, banking and finance law, international business transactions law, law and sustainability (environment), energy regulation, international law on foreign investment and competition law.

Johannesburg in South Africa is the second largest city in Africa, with more than 3 million people calling this bustling metropolis home. Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days, the city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!



We have negotiated preferential rates at the following accommodations, and the conference will provide shuttle transportation to and from these 3 locales. In addition, many B&Bs are located close by in Melville; most of these can provide shuttle service to and from the venue at a cost of R160 per one-way. Please note that although there is public transport in the areas where the mentioned hotels are situated, it is not as frequent or reliable as the public transport facilities in Europe.

Holiday Inn Garden Court Milpark Hotel

Rate: R1195, 00 per night (single standard room) including breakfast

Bookings: Tel +27 10 219 1000


Contact Person: Lannice Bosman

Booking Code: Block code 492451


Sunnyside Park Hotel

Rate: R1120, 00 per night (single) including breakfast

R1320, 00 per night (sharing) including breakfast


Contact Person: Mary Moloana


B&B @ The Wedgewood
Rate: R790 B&B (single)

Reference: Law July 2016

Contact person: Jakes




Location of airport

OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) has daily direct international flights from Europe, Australia, South East Asia, South America and the North America. Moreover, there are daily flights from continental Africa.


Airport Link is the local service provider that is used by the University to transport people to and from OR Tambo International Airport. Airport Link provides a very reliable and safe service. The cost for a one-way trip from OR Tambo International Airport to Wits School of Law for an individual is R450, for flights arriving between 6am and 9pm. Alternatively, the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is a bullet train service running between the OR Tambo Airport Sandston and Park Station (which is less than 2 km from the University). A one-way train trip from the airport takes 30-45 minutes and costs R125. There are local taxis to connect from Park Station to the hotels and the University. (timetable; Tickets available at the station located on the 3rd floor OR TAMBO. Hotel shuttles are available from the Sandton Station and most within walking distance.)

If participants and keynote speakers are accommodated in Melville, the guest houses provides this transport service for their guests and a fee of approximately R450 for a one-way trip per person is charged for this service.

Uber is also available in Johannesburg. 

General Information

The University of the Witwatersrand is situated in the economic hub of Johannesburg, South Africa (Virtual tour: If participants and key note speakers have time it would be a wonderful opportunity to visit the Constitutional Court including the Fort, and the Apartheid Museum, both of which are situated close to the University or/and on campus the Origin Centre and the Wits Arts Museum. Close to Johannesburg are destinations such as Soweto, including the Mandela House, Tutu House, Orlando Towers, Freedom Towers, Hector Pieterson Museum and more. Day trips include a visit to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, the Rhino and Lion Park and much more.