Call for Papers: Special Jurisdictions and Non-Territorial Governance


The Institute for Competitive Governance invites scholars to submit papers for the first issue of its new Journal of Special Jurisdictions. This first issue, titled “Special Jurisdictions and Non-Territorial Governance,” will explore the relationship between geographic areas subject to special legal regimes and legal regimes that escape geography altogether. 



  • Intent to Submit by Sending Abstract: September 15th, 2019 
  • Full Version: November 18th, 2019 
  • Author notification: December 18th, 2019 
  • Final Version: January 10th, 2020
  • Publication Date: February 15th, 2020

Special Jurisdictions, such as Special Economic Zones, Charter Cities, and indigenous tribes have grown in the last century, prompting many to reconsider the status of the Westphalian system. Concurrently, non-territorial governance, such Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems, e-Residency programs, sovereign non-territorial entities, and Distributed Ledger Technologies also push the limits of governance. 


These have developed in parallel, apparently without much mutual interaction.  That looks likely to change. Commentators have yet to explore the similarities between these congruent developments, and what they might do if combined.  We might see a lot more of special jurisdictions and non-territorial governments in the future. ICG wants to make sure we have some idea about what to expect.


The first issue of the Journal of Special Jurisdictions aims to fill this lacuna with this call for papers exploring the relationship between territorial special jurisdictions and non-territorial forms governance. Papers should address the question:  How do special jurisdictions and non-territorial forms of governance relate to each other?


Areas of interest for this issue include, but are not limited to, the following topics: 


  • Ulex and Open Source legal systems
  • Special Jurisdictions as pilot areas for non-territorial governance 
  • International, private dispute resolution
  • Blockchain technologies for governing Special Jurisdictions
  • The jurisdictional status of non-territorial governance systems 
  • The role of territory in future governance systems
  • E-residency and eGovernance programs in Special Jurisdictions
  • Non-territorial sovereign entities (Knights St. John, etc)

Send an email to stating your intention to submit a full paper by August the 1st. The email should contain the title of the paper, authors, and abstract.


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