Courts as an Arena for Societal Change
- Start date:
- 8 July 2022
- 2 days
- Legal area:
CONFERENCE July 8 – 9, 2022
Leiden University is hosting the second Conference of the Research Group on Institutions for Conflict Resolution (Conflictoplossende Instituties).
COI is a joint collaboration between Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, and Leiden University, funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science under the Dutch Sector Plan for Law.
The theme of this year’s conference is Courts as an Arena for Societal Change. This conference presents an opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss the evolving role of the judiciary in addressing difficult and contentious social and political issues. With public confidence in some institutions waning, citizens and civil society organizations are increasingly turning to the courts for answers. This has challenged traditional notions of the proper role of the judiciary and raised a number of important questions. For example, what moves citizens to take socially charged issues to the judiciary, and how do administrative, civil or criminal institutional procedures affect the possibilities for addressing such issues in court? What roles do governments, parliaments, courts and civil society play in these processes? What leads courts to render substantive decisions on these issues, or why do they refrain from doing so? What kind of problems arise if judges rule in such politically charged contexts? How can concerns about judicial independence and impartiality be balanced with changing public expectations around the role of the courts? And what consequences does the evolving role of the courts have for the judiciary’s self-perception and its legitimacy?
The conference will allow for an exploration of these questions within the context of specific areas that are of critical public importance, such as the environment, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, or the rule of law. It also aims to bring together diverse perspectives based on geographical or cultural differences, as well as interdisciplinary approaches from various academic disciplines, such as criminology, history, law, philosophy, political science, or sociology. Important developments relating to diverse judicial organizations, for example the international courts, constitutional courts, administrative, civil or criminal courts, will also be considered.
The conference will take place in person at Leiden University, the Netherlands, in the English language (though there may be some sessions conducted in Dutch).
For more information on the research theme, Institutions for Conflict Resolution, at Leiden Law School, please click here.
For inquiries regarding the conference or abstracts submission, please email: COIconference@law.leidenuniv.nl
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Juridische Faculteit Universiteit Leiden, Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25, Leiden
€ 150,= (no VAT)
€ 50,= (no VAT) for Phd
€ 25,= (no VAT) for students
Call for abstracts
Researchers from all over the globe, whose work fits within this theme and who would like to present their research during the conference, are cordially invited to submit an abstract before 1 February 2022. Submissions from doctoral candidates and early career researchers are also welcome. Decision notifications will be communicated by 1 March 2022.
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