ICON-S Inaugural Conference in Italy, June 2014

ICON-S Inaugural Conference in Italy, June 2014—Call for Papers & Panels—Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers & Panels below for the Inaugural Conference of ICON-S: the International Society of Public Law.

ICON-S is a new international learned society. Its Pro Term Executive Committee includes many of the world’s leading scholars in the field of public law.

ICON-S will be launched officially at its Inaugural Conference in Florence, Italy, on June 26-28, 2014. The conference will feature plenary and concurrent panels. Scholars–both senior and junior, including graduate students–are invited to submit papers and/or fully-formed panels for the conference.

Please join us for what promises to be an important moment in the field of public law.

Further details follow below.


International Society of Public Law (ICON·S)

2014 Inaugural Conference

Florence, June 26-28, 2014



 We invite you to join the newly established International Society of Public Law (ICON·S) and to propose panels and papers for our Inaugural Conference on “Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space”.

The Conference will take place in Florence, Italy, on June 26-28, 2014, and will be jointly organized by the European University Institute and the New York University School of Law.

The Conference program will include a keynote address by Jeremy Waldron, as well as three plenary sessions (a provisional program can be found at www.icon-society.org). The heart of the Conference, however, will be the two half-days devoted to the panels selected through this Call.

We welcome panel suggestions for the Conference as well as submissions of individual papers. Panel suggestions should include at least 3 papers by scholars who have agreed in advance to participate. Concurring panel sessions will take place over two half-days during the Conference. Each panel session will last 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The topics of Plenary Sessions are not meant to limit proposals to those specific issues. Panels and papers may focus on any theoretical and practical topic related to public law, administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law, or international law in all their possible domestic, transnational, supranational, international and global variants.

We particularly welcome panels that offer a genuine “trans-boundary” perspective: transcending the boundaries between different jurisdictions and legal traditions or between disciplines and areas of public law. We invite potential participants to refer to the ICON·S Mission Statement (available at www.icon-society.org) when choosing a topic. Panels and papers challenging established theoretical schemes or adopting multi-disciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.

ICON·S is by no means restricted to public lawyers! We welcome proposals from various areas of law (including civil, commercial, tax, and labor law), as well as from scholars from the humanities and the social sciences with an interest in the study of public law and public space.

Submissions from both senior and junior scholars (including advanced Ph.D. students) as well as practitioners are welcome. All submissions must be made through our online forms (available at www.icon-society.org), by March 31, 2014. Panel suggestions should also name one or two discussants. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 30, 2014. All participants will be responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses.

For any further information please contact icons@icon-society.org

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