2012 Network Conference, Budapest

Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen,
Lille – Nord de France, Turku, Uppsala

“The Impact of International Instruments on National and European Law”

Call for Papers

The Faculties of Law of the Universities of Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Lille – Nord de France, Turku and Uppsala cordially invite graduate students and faculty to participate in the 5th annual Legal Research Network Conference 17-19 September 2012. The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Law of the ELTE University Budapest.

Aim of the Conference
The conference aims for a friendly and stimulating research environment and a common space for graduate students and faculty to present and discuss international oriented legal research. The conference provides the opportunity for graduate students and faculty to present their research and discuss their ideas with colleagues in plenum and in a number of panels. The conference language is English.

Conference Topic
The impact of the law of the European Union has been the centre of many scientific exercises. Less frequent but nonetheless relevant is the growing role of international instruments in shaping traditionally national branches of law. Arguably, there is not an important area of law which would not be exposed to this phenomenon. The best example is probably the development of international criminal law, but recent examples of international treaties effecting banking activities are also well known. Nor are private law and even administrative law exempt from this sort of globalization. What is more, the interaction of European Union law with international instruments governing human rights and also international trade is of great academic interest.
The summer school aims at providing a comprehensive overview as well as in depth discussions on these issues. At the same time, it aims to offer opportunity for PhD students to contribute with presentations of their own.

Submission and deadlines
We invite graduate students and faculty members wishing to participate to submit an abstract with at most 500 words indicating the title of the paper, name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) to Gábor Kajtár (gaborkajtar@gmail.com). We kindly ask you to attach a brief description of yourself (upto 200 words), which will be included in the conference materials. The deadline for abstracts is 15 May 2012. Confirmation of acceptance of the abstract and participation in the conference will be sent out on or around 1 June 2012.

The deadline for the working paper itself is the 3 September 2012. No limits on length or subject are imposed upon papers. Working papers are to be considered not yet definitive articles, but having an academic line of reasoning that is already structured and developed in such a way that the author feels comfortable defending it for a small audience of interested peers. Authors presenting working papers actively seek to acquire general and specific comments in order to improve their work.

As this conference is intended for graduate students and faculty members of the faculties involved and aimed at stimulating international oriented legal research, the organizers anticipate to accept all working papers from members of the associated faculties. Further details, including the working papers, the program of the conference, venue and travel details will be made available to participants on the website.

For questions and queries either contact your local faculty representative in the organizing committee or contact Gábor Kajtár (gaborkajtar@gmail.com).

Venue and Hotel Accommodation
The venue of the conference as well as information about accommodation will be made available in due course on the conference website.

Conference Costs
The Annual Legal Research Network Conference 2012 is free of charge for participating authors and discussants from the associated faculties. As the Conference is part of the strategic cooperation of our faculties, each faculty will subsidize costs of travel and accommodation of its graduate students and faculty members. The Faculty of Law, ELTE University Budapest will cover the costs of organizing the Conference, including conference materials, coffee, lunches and the conference dinner.

Conference Committee
Prof.dr. Paula Giliker (Bristol)
Dr. Pat Capps (Bristol)
Prof. Miklós Király (Budapest[ELTE])
Prof. Pál Sonnevend (Budapest[ELTE])
Ms. Andrea Robotka (Budapest[ELTE])
Prof. Reinhard Steennot (Ghent)
Prof. Hans de Wulf (Ghent)
Prof. Werner Heun (Göttingen)
Prof. Peter-Tobias Stoll (Göttingen)
Prof. Oscar Couwenberg (Groningen)
Dr. Joop Houtman (Groningen)
Chris Bartelds, MA, LL.M (Groningen)
Prof. Serge Dauchy (Lille)
Dr. Sophie Ranchy (Lille)
Dr. Juliette Sénéchal (Lille)
Prof. Anne Kumpula (Turku)
Ms. Mirkka Ruotsalainen (Turku)
Prof.dr. Thomas Bull (Uppsala)

Conference Programme