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CALL FOR PAPERS European Society for Comparative Legal History Fourth Biennial Conference Gdańsk (Poland) 28 June – 1 July 2016 scadenza 15 novembre
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European Society for Comparative Legal History

Fourth Biennial Conference

Gdańsk (Poland) 28 June – 1 July 2016


Culture, Identity and Legal Instrumentalism

The Organising Committee of the 4th Biennial Conference and the Executive Council of the European

Society for Comparative Legal History are pleased to call for papers for the upcoming conference to be held

on 28 June – 1 July 2016 at the University of Gdańsk (Poland) on: “Culture, Identity and Legal

Instrumentalism”. The main theme picks up threads of thought from the earlier ESCLH conferences in

Valencia (2010), Amsterdam (2012) and Macerata (2014). The conference will focus on the issue of law as

an instrument of transforming reality in the individual cultural circles and sub-circles of Europe and the

world. Papers addressing this theme are welcome, to be submitted before 15 November 2015 as explained


The conference seeks to understand the instrumentality of law through two broad themes. Law may

be considered as an instrument either (1) through the prism of analysis of techniques (functional approach)

or (2) of objectives (axiological approach).

 Within the first approach, particularly welcome are those papers which address how legal

problems are identified and their solutions developed, whether autonomously or by transplantation and

subsequent adaptation.

 Within the second approach, we welcome papers exploring how law can transform reality,

especially as a tool of modernisation and/or as a means to shape and strengthen national identity or other

goals defined through the prism of national interest.

 Papers should be novel, properly researched and referenced. They should address the conference

theme, exploring doctrinal, theoretical, cultural or methodological aspects of comparative legal history. The

organisers particularly welcome addressing multiple cultures. This includes where a similar legal system

functions in two different cultural circles as a result of en masse transplantation of foreign legal solutions

and where a given homogeneous cultural circle has been divided and various legal systems function in its

individual parts.

 The conference organisers intend to publish a volume, drawing on the best papers presented at the

conference as developed in line for publication.

Practical details:

1. To offer a paper, please send the title of their paper, a short abstract (of 200-400 (strict maximum)

words) and a short CV (no more than 4 pages) by 15 November 2015 to the organizing committee,

c/o Anna Klimaszewska, University of Gdańsk (anna.klimaszewska@prawo.ug.edu.pl) or Michał

Gałędek, University of Gdańsk (michal.galedek@prawo.ug.edu.pl).

2. The presentations should be in English.

3. It is also possible to submit a complete proposal for one or more panels (3-4 papers for every panel).

4. The list of accepted papers will be announced by 6 December 2015.

Shortly, a conference website will be launched with fuller details of the conference. For the moment, some

transport and accommodation information follows.

 Gdańsk is well-communicated city. Lech Walesa Airport, 10 km west of Gdańsk, is one of three

most important international airports in Poland, effectively operating as a spare airport for Okęcie Airport in

Warsaw. A new terminal opened ahead of the football competition, Euro 2012, offers frequent direct flights

to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin. The

major airlines flying into the airport include Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, AirBaltic, Air Berlin,

Norwegian Air Shuttle, Swiss, TAP Portugal, and Poland's national carrier LOT. Additional low cost

airlines operating to and from Gdańsk include Ryanair and Wizz Air.

 A new train line linking the Pomeranian Metropolitan Area has recently opened and there are

otherwise extensive road connections; it is about a 20 minute journey to Gdańsk, and Sopot and Gdynia are

easily accessible as well. Gdańsk is linked to the Polish highway network by the A1 motorway (E75). You

can also get to Gdańsk from Warsaw in around three hours on the Express InterCity Premium trains (or fly

in around 40 minutes).

 Gdańsk offers many accommodation possibilities ranging from five-star hotels, through elegant

pensions in historical houses and private rooms to beds in youth and student hostels. For postgraduates the

University of Gdansk offers cheaper accommodation in student dormitories.

Pubblicato il: 14/10/2015