Researchers are kindly invited to send in proposals for papers that can be included in one of the panels of the conference. Generic panel topics that are of special interests for the conference in 2015 are:

Governance of Politics, Conflicts and Interventions: Through globalization an impressive multilateral legal and political-institutional framework has emerged to regulate global norms and values: e.g. security, conflict management, intervention ('hard politics') and human rights, climate change, sustainable livelihoods, sustainability of natural resource management ('soft politics'). The unprecedented number of man-made and natural disasters, with which the international community seems unable to deal, however, put serious question marks to the quality of this regulation. This panel welcomes contributions addressing the challenges to regulate the necessary policy and reform process of today's multilateral system; conflict management and the responsibility to protect; geopolitics of energy and smart grids; and combatting land degradation and depletion of natural resources as a result of rapid urbanization and climate change.

Governance of International Trade and its Multilateral Agreements: Multidisciplinary perspectives. World trade relations are increasingly organized via bilateral and regional agreements. An example is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), The European Union's envisaged trade agreement with the United States. This form of trade governance has the potential to dramatically change the existing world trade system, raising a whole set of economic, political and legal issues for the EU and third countries. More generally, can these agreements be seen as stepping stones or stumbling blocks for the further development of the world trading system and its major multilateral entity, the World Trade Organization?

Governance of Human Behavior and Morality in Innovative Markets and Firms: The advance of behavioral insights in economics, law, sociology and psychology has profound implications how we govern human interaction and stimulate responsible innovation, be it in firms or on markets. Ethical issues have become very much intertwined with this, transforming research boundaries and questioning "standard" methods and methodologies. The call for papers focuses on these issues and how to set up behavioral proof governance structures or systems.

Governance of E-Democracy and Internet Architecture: With the unprecedented development and growth in information communication technologies, no sphere of human life is unaffected, i.e. social, economic, religious, political, etc. The call for papers in the panel(s) covers subjects as e-democracy, e-government, representation, but also data protection, security and privacy issues with private and public actors, the big data challenge, representation issues, journalism challenges, public protests including e.g. the Arab Spring consequences. Read more. A subtheme within this panel is:

Governance of Internet Challenges in East Asia: Within the U4 universities, research centers pay specific attention to East Asia. The panel(s) seeks to bring the researchers together to discuss specific challenges related to among others privacy, data protection, human rights, (political) representation and foster research cooperation among the centers. Read more.

Governance and Equity, Inclusion, Diversity: The world today can be characterized by a growing diversity of form, style and mode with regard to living and working arrangements. Issues of pluralism, diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly relevant at all levels of society. This panel calls for contributions exploring and analyzing 'governance and equity, inclusion, diversity' in its various facets as well as at different levels (individual, organization, society). Two sub-themes within this panel are:

Governance, Identity and Social Exclusion: The sub-theme calls for papers discussing the role of social categories and identities, the significance of recognition and equal treatment, as well as social processes and legal mechanisms that enable for positive interaction.

Governance, Equity and Diversity: This sub-theme calls for papers discussing governance, equity and diversity issues at different organizational levels and in different types of organizations (i.e. (entrepreneurial) ventures, non-governmental organizations etc.) and social processes and (legal) mechanisms that help deal or benefit from that diversity. Read more.

Panel coordinators from the participating universities will organize the specific panels. Panel coordinators may offer participants the possibility to publish full papers in an edited volume of a journal or a book.


Panels | Timeline | Organizers | Costs and venue | Conference registration

Researchers and PhD students are kindly invited to join the conference and the different panels. A draft programme is available (SSEL_Programme_2018_draft.pdf). Generic panel topics that are of special interests for the conference in 2018 are:

1. Good Institutions for Sustainability Policies: How can institutions make a difference for reaching sustainable policies?: Sustainability as a concept entails, that long-term interests are considered and given due weight in policy decisions. Be it in an ecological, economic or social dimension, in order to be called "sustainable" a policy needs to aspire to solutions that transcend scenarios centered on the present. Pessimistically, one might argue, that this is rather unlikely to happen, as electoral politics always forces politicians to predominantly consider the short-term impact of their policies. Still, attempts at sustainability policies are witnessed all over the world with differing intensity and success. Read more.

2. Gender Equality and Development: The objective of this panel is to present and discuss new research findings on gender equality and economic development. In particular, we are interested in papers that deal with issues of gender equality in employment, education and well-being within and across countries. Gendered studies from the fields of development economics, labor economics, growth and development, trade and foreign direct investments will be included in the panel. Read more.

3. Current Challenges in European Medical Law: At the panel, attention will be given to contemporary challenges that European societies, and their legal systems, face in the field of health care and health services. The rights of vulnerable groups (children, persons with disabilities), access to health care, issues relating to quality of care, patient safety, and reproductive rights are some examples of what may be explored at the workshop. Resource allocation, technological development and the impact of human rights are factors that add to the complexity, both at the global and European levels, as well as in the national context. Read more.

4. Current Challenges Related to Flight and Migration: The panel aims at looking at the current challenges related to flight and migration both in the countries of origin and the host countries. In particular, the panel wishes to analyze the main motives of individuals fleeing or leaving their home countries and their chances of cultural, social and economic integration and the here with associated challenges in the receiving countries. Not only will it be worthwhile to study how migration affects the wellbeing and development of the country of origin but also to investigate the factors that foster or impede the integration of refugees and migrants in the host countries. Consequences of migration and challenges for the judicial system, the social welfare system, the education system, and the labor market in the host countries shall be addressed in this context. Read more.

5. New Pathways to Sustainability? The Governance of Circular and Sharing Economies: In a world of global flows of goods, services, finance, and data, new economic models are on the rise. The sharing economy, the circular economy, the bio-­‐economy, the performance economy or the economy 4.0 cover just some of the terms used to describe this development. Although each describes a different economic model, they all share the idea to use the world's resources in a more efficient way and, thus, produce social, environmental, and economic benefits. Therefore, more and more policy makers, businesses and NGOs view them as pathways to meet several of the Sustainable Development Goals. As such, each of these models is connected to considerable expectations. At the same time, we know very little about (1) the social, environmental, and economic trade­offs these new models might produce and (2) how these could be met by regulatory processes. Read more.

6. Interaction between legal and socio-legal empirical perspectives on migration: This roundtable aims to discuss theoretical and methodological questions regarding the interaction between legal and socio-legal/empirical research on migration. Doing research on legal questions 'in the field' is becoming all the more relevant, as existing legal frameworks (like the Common European Asylum System in general, and the Dublin III Regulation in particular) are increasingly revealing their incapacity to address current migratory challenges in a human rights compliant manner. Read more.

7. Neo-Constitutionalism, Populism, and the Sustainability of Democracy: Neo-Constitutionalism can be understood as a form of liberal constitutionalism emphasizing the enshrinement of individual rights and their judicial protection, as well as a set of legal procedures and devices that constrain how political questions emerge, are framed, discussed and solved. The dissemination of this phenomenon leads to a judicialization of politics and a depoliticization of the public sphere. However, the global advent of neo-constitutionalism has faced a serious backlash: populist movements, adopting anti-liberal and anti-human rights discourses, have attacked the founding values of liberal constitutional democracies and threatened the sustainability of liberal democracy as a universal paradigm. Populists around the world call for an illiberal understanding of democracy, which implies the dismantlement or packing of constitutional courts and independent constitutional organs. Read more.

8. The economic effects of automation: The increase in adoption of automation technologies such as industrial robots, 3D printing, or artificial intelligence, has become a leading concern in developed and developing economies. They can affect the ways that firms produce, the type and amount of labor that they demand and can ultimately alter the comparative advantage of countries. This panel targets papers discussing the economic effects of automation, either from a theoretical and/or empirical perspective. Read more.

9. Towards Sustainable Credit Transactions: Responsible Lending as a Guiding Concept: The 2008 financial crisis has shown that irresponsible behaviour by market participants, including credit providers, can undermine the foundations of our financial system. Against this background, the concept of responsible lending gained considerable attention among academics and policymakers in the aftermath of the crisis. Read more.

10. Effects of private sustainability standards on different actors along the global food supply chain: Private Standards (PS) have become a global phenomenon. They have gained prominence in all stages of food supply chains across different world regions. In view of this rapid spread, there is the need for more research on their economic effects along the supply chain to identify winners and losers and design appropriate policies. One challenge holding back the growth of the PS literature, at least at the macro level, is the availability of data or – where available – its accessibility and/or quality. Read more.


Panel coordinators from the participating universities will organize the specific panels. Panel coordinators may offer participants the possibility to publish full papers in an edited volume of a journal or a book.


Home | Panels | Timeline | Organizers | Costs and venue | Conference registration