2015 Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy Conference (20 and 21 November 2015, Ljubljana) – Call for Papers

20150514_142821Topic: “In Search of Basic European Values”

The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms has arguably been the most efficient and effective system for protecting human rights in the world. The European Court of Human Rights monitors compliance with the Convention in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Paragraph 5 of the European Convention refers to “a common heritage of political traditions, ideals, freedom and the rule of law”. However, dilemmas remain open concerning what European Values actually are and how they can be identified. In particular, the question of whether certain minimum common denominators exist among Council of Europe member states regarding the values of the European Court of Human Rights has not been answered. It appears that there is strong disagreement between some European societies at least about certain basic values. Therefore, the conference will, among others, try to answer the following fundamental questions:

  • What are European values?
  • Is it possible to identify minimum common denominators of European values? Are basic European values similar in Glasgow, Khabarovsk, Rovaniemi and Ceuta?
  • What is the approach of the European Court of Human Rights to the dilemmas posed by European values?
  • What is the role of legal theory and legal philosophy in the search for European values?
  • Which dilemmas and challenges are posed by the search for European values?

Venue and format

The two-day workshop will be held at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies and the European Faculty of Law in the beautiful surroundings of Ljubljana Old Town on 20 and 21 November 2015. The conference will be structured into four panels dedicated to legal theory and legal philosophy, constitutional law and human rights law, legal argumentation, and ethics. The event aims to bring senior and junior researchers from the above fields together. A special panel will be devoted to presentations by PhD researchers. You can find more info here.

Call for papers “25 Years After Transformation”

Masaryk University has published a call for papers for conference on “25 Years after the Transformation: Law and Legal Culture in Central and Eastern Europe Between Continuity and Discontinuity” to take place 16-17 April in Brno, Czech Republic. The abstract deadline is 31 December 2014.

Call for papers on “Whistleblowing and human rights”

The Research Center on Fundamental Rights (CREDOF), and the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) have, in collaboration with Transparency international France (TIF), published call for papers for conference on “Whistleblowing and human rights”, that will take place in Paris (Sorbonne) on 10 April 2015. Deadline for submissions is set for 30 November 2014.

Call for Papers – 6th Annual Conference on Legal Theory, Philosophy and Argumentation

6th Annual Conference on Legal Theory, Philosophy and Argumentation on »Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Transnational Law«, Bled, Slovenia, 21. – 22. November 2014

The conference is organized by the Graduate School of Government and European Studies in co-operation with the European Faculty of Law and with the generous support of the Slovenian Research Agency.The overall theme of this year’s conference is “Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Transnational Law«, which is to be analyzed through a variety of substantive andmethodological lenses, including: legal theory, legal argumentation, legal philosophy and political philosophy, international law, human rights and ethics.

The conference will thus consist of four panels, dedicated to legal theory and legal philosophy; legal argumentation; international law and ethics. A special panel will be reserved for PhD researchers and researchers at an early stage of their career.The organizers would like to invite interested contributors to send short abstracts (up to 250 words) falling within the above theme, addressing in particular, but not exclusively, the following questions:

– What is transnational law?

– Who are its actors and how is their legal accountability ensured?

– How does transnational law relate to traditional state law?

– How does transnational law impact on the canonical standards of legal argumentation?

– What are the specific ethical challenges of transnational law and how should they beaddressed?

The abstracts should be sent to matej.avbelj@fds.si by August 31, 2014. The selected contributors will be notified by September 15, 2014. The organizers will cover up to two nights of accommodation in the Hotel Jelovica, Bled, where the conference is going to take place.

Organizing Committee:

Matej Avbelj, Graduate School of Government and European Studies

Jernej Letnar Černič, Graduate School of Government and European Studies

Vojko Strahovnik, European Faculty of Law

Marko Novak, School of Advanced Social Studies

ESIL IHRL Interest Group Call for Papers

European Society of International Law’s Interest Group on International Human Rights Law has posted call for papers for “a roundtable on the relationship of international human rights law to other bodies of international and domestic law” at the ESIL Vienna Conference in September 2014.