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2021 Annual International Conference
Save the date: November 5, 2021; Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia (online)

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In November 2021, the Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje marks its 70th anniversary.

To celebrate this jubilee, the Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University- Skopje, is announcing a Call for Papers for its Annual International Conference. The 2021 conference topic is “Law, socio-economics and politics in troubled times”.

Crisis seems to be the main operative term in academia in the last decade and a half. Starting from 2007 with the financial crisis, continuing with the migrant crisis of 2014 and the latest Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the global legal, political, and socio-economic order seems to have been thrown completely out of balance, if such a balance ever existed at all. In an atmosphere of permanent stress and global discord on important political issues, national and international systems, be it legal, economic, or political, undergo necessary change and transformation in order not just to adapt but also to evolve under precarious conditions. Troubled times brought many unexpected events, but they also gave birth to vibrant and layered academic debates on how legal, political, and economic systems should give reasonable and consistent answers to the challenges stemming from political uncertainty, legal and economic ambiguity and precedents happening in almost all fields of society.

In this challenging context, the Republic of North Macedonia celebrates three decades of independence. This jubilee presents a possibility to make a full retrospective of all the trials that the country has undergone in the last 30 years, but also an effort is to be made to predict its future legal, political and socio-economic development. As a country placed in the very turbulent region of Southeast Europe, regional developments and challenges will be taken in consideration both in retrospective and future scenario building in all three relevant aspects: law, politics and socio-economy.

The language of the conference is English. The presentation will be organized in panels and plenary session with keynote speakers and the program of the conference will be published no later than 15.10.2021.

Ø Keynote speakers:

Dr. Florian Bieber, Professor of Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria, Nationalism in a post-Covid Era. The Impact of the Global Pandemic on Nationalism in a Comparative Perspective.

Dr. Adam Lazowski, Professor of EU Law at the School of Law at the University of Westminster (London), Luxemburg Effect: the Role of the Court of Justice in Shaping of the EU Legal Order.

The conference aims at opening and seeking answers in the main academic debates concerning the legal, political and socio-economic challenges that derive from the latest crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic but are also deeply rooted in the context of the permanent crisis that North Macedonia, the region of SEE as well as Europe are experiencing in continuity in the last decade and a half. Papers that touch upon interdisciplinary issues or cover more than one filed of expertise are strongly encouraged, as long as they present a coherent topic of analysis. Therefore, the topics of the conference are and are not limited to:

1. State building and the sovereignty paradigm: North Macedonia and the region after 30 years of independence;

2. Human rights in troubled times;

3. Criminal Justice in troubled times;

4. Economic recovery in post-Covid times;

5. Health policies in pandemics;

6. Jurisprudence during pandemic;

7. Renegotiation and adaptation of contracts;

8. Obstructed Europeanization: Southeast Europe on the verge of democratic backsliding;

9. Enlightened authoritarianism vs. democratic governance – clash of two concepts or distinction without a difference;

10. Legal responses to health emergences;

11. Managing financial health in challenging times;

12. Force Majeure and Contractual Performance;

13. (Dis) integration of legal systems;

14. National (government) and international policy responses to pandemics;

15. Coronavirus politics and international relations;

16. State of emergency and state of crisis due to the Coronavirus;

17. Freedom of expression, hate speech and fake news during pandemics;

18. Higher education in troubled times: Universities and their response during Covid-19 pandemics;

19. Access to Courts, Civil Justice and a Fair Trial during Pandemics;

20. Private and Family Life during Pandemics;

21. Bioethics, Public Health and Human Rights in Times of Covid-19;

22. Troubled times and state borders: remapping the Western Balkans.

Authors are invited to submit papers on any subject related to and within the scope of the Conference topic. Submissions from academics, researchers and practitioners at any stage of their career, including PhD students, will be accepted.