Wednesday 29 January 2020

Call for Papers 70 Years ECHR Conference at Ghent University

On 18-20 November 2020, the colleagues over at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University will be organising a conference to celebrate that the ECHR will turn 70 earlier that month. The conference 'The European Convention on Human Rights turns 70. Taking Stock Thinking Forward' will look both at the history, present and future of the Convention. A call for papers has just been issued. This is the organisers conference info - a great opportunity to listen to and debate with some of the great ECHR experts:

'The Conference’s format is devised to facilitate reflections that celebrate achievements without ignoring challenges. The aim is to create a panorama of the most important features of the ECHR system, in a critical perspective that is socially, historically and politically aware. 

The Conference wants to be a meeting place for the scholarly community researching the ECHR, in addition to reaching out to practitioners and civil society. 

Confirmed plenary speakers include Professors Başak Çali, Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, and Marco Duranti. The closing plenary session will feature European Court of Human Rights' President Sicilianos and Vice-President Spano in conversation with Professor Eva Brems. 

An innovation of the Conference will be a Strasbourg Observers Live format. In a variation on our Strasbourg Observers blog, we encourage scholars in this conference stream to briefly yet critically discuss a single ECtHR judgment. In addition, the Conference will feature more classical academic papers. Papers will be selected for the reflective value they provide on the ECHR system, and with an eye to composing coherent panels. 

We welcome submissions by junior as well as senior scholars on any ECHR-related topic, including, but not restricted to, the following research interests currently being pursued within the HRC:

- Non-legal approaches to the ECHR
- Historical analysis of legal reasoning by the ECtHR
- The ECHR in comparative perspective
- The ECHR in interaction with domestic law
- National perspectives on ECHR history
- The impact of ECtHR judgments in detention cases
- Evidence in the ECHR system
- The ECHR and (digital) technologies

Submissions should be made in Easychair by Wednesday 15 April 2020 and include:

- Title of the submission
- Abstract of up to 300 words
- If intended for the ‘Strasbourg Observers Live’ stream, please specify
- Contact details and brief biography (up to 50 words) for each author

We will respond to all submissions by 17 June 2020.'