Call For Papers - Conference on Law in Transition



Event Date: 

09/28/17 to 09/29/17

Location name: 

Aarhus, Denmark


NTRAlaw (INternational and TRAnsnational tendencies in LAW) Research Centre

It is my pleasure to send you this invitation and call for papers for a conference titled ‘Law in transition - Interacting legal orders and changing actors' arranged by the INTRAlaw (INternational and TRAnsnational tendencies in LAW) Research Centre - read more about the Centre here:

The conference will take place in Aarhus, Denmark on September 28 and 29, 2017.

OVERVIEW: The underlying idea of the conference is the fact that sovereign states are no longer the only actors in charge of establishing, implementing and enforcing legal norms. To an increasing extent, legal norms are established as a result of activities in international and supranational organizations, transnational corporations and through collaboration between public law and private law entities at national, supranational and international levels. The aim of the conference is to shed light on the impact of these new tendencies on legal regulatory mechanisms, on the role of the traditional legal actors, and on the subsequent challenges for legal research.

SESSIONS: The three different conference sessions will focus on:

Session 1: Different legal orders and their interaction
Multiple normative orders coexist in the world today at national, EU and international levels, resulting in a complex legal situation in which systems overlap, and norms can contradict. The session focuses on the interaction between the various legal orders, and in particular on the role of transnationalisation, to first provide a descriptive account of the system (procedural mechanisms, institutions and practices), and second to assess the impact and consequences of hybridity and analyze the extent to which legal pluralism creates confusion and inefficiency, or creates opportunities for accommodating social differences in the globalized world.

Session 2: The changing role and nature of legal actors
In the current national, regional and international governance systems, an increasing range of actors is now sharing the same regulatory space and is taking part in the establishing and application of norms: traditional legal actors have now to consider the influence from non-state and transnational actors, such as NGOs, companies and international organizations, in the establishment, application and enforcement of norms. In addition, states as well as non-state entities are challenging the normative foundations of the international legal system. Consequently, various questions arise, encompassing the notions of hierarchy of norms, legitimacy and democracy.

Session 3: Emerging approaches in legal research
This session discusses how developments in international and transnational law impact on legal research methods. How does the recognition of hybridity impact on the understanding and shaping of legal concepts and legal methods? How to associate traditional legal methods such as legal dogmatics with new approaches taking into account the political or sociological dimensions in the development, interpretation and application of law, or the paradigm shift of information technologies? What kind of new knowledge is provided by the renewed interest in interdisciplinary approaches with for instance the disciplines of international relations or economics?

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Proposals should be submitted by June, 1, 2017 to: Tinna Meyer ( and include an abstract (500 words, approx.) with a title, three keywords, name(s) and affiliation(s), a biographical note and contact information. Please also indicate which of the three sessions your contribution matches the best.

Authors will be informed of the final decision in the middle of June, 2017. The choice of proposals will seek to ensure a balanced representation of the various aspects of the conference subthemes.