Welcome to this February update of the Law and Courts standing group.
There are two main things you should be aware of this month.
1) Hamburg (General Conference): call for papers, deadline 15th February
2) Mons (Joint Sessions): workshop proposal submitted
Hamburg General Conference
The ECPR general conference will be held in Hamburg between the 22nd and 25th August of this year.
The call for papers ends on 15th February, so now’s the time to think what papers you’ll be ready to present in September.
When we (as standing group convenors) made our section proposal, we created seven panels:
1) Courts and inter-branch relations
2) The policy-making role of courts
3) Compliance and effectiveness of courts
4) Judicialization of politics and politicization of courts
5) Courts in non-democratic and transitional systems
6) The courts, public opinion and the media
7) Politics and Courts in Central Europe
(See https://ecpr.eu/Events/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=782&EventID=115 for full description).
We hope that these panels are broad enough to capture any paper you might reasonably wish to present. When you submit your paper proposals, it would help us (as convenors) if you were to strongly hint(!) in your abstract which panel your paper would best fit.
Once the deadline closes, we’ll know whether we’ve been able to maintain our full allocation of panels, and will be able to confirm acceptance shortly after that.
Mons Joint Sessions
In our email of December, we told you that two steering group members (Daniel Naurin and David Kosar) had been working on a proposal for the Joint Sessions in Mons in 2019.
Their proposal — on judicial independence under pressure: International and domestic judicial politics in the age of populism — has now been submitted. We’ve taken the liberty of attaching it to this email.
We hope very much that the proposal will be accepted. In the past, the Standing Group has not had the best luck in getting such proposals accepted — but I am sure that this excellent proposal should stand a very good chance indeed.
As ever, if you have new papers which you wish to promote, please do let your co-convenors (Chris: email@example.com and Juan: firstname.lastname@example.org) know.