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2019 Annual International Conference

TRANSITIONS OF LEGAL SYSTEMS: 30 YEARS AFTER THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

Save the date: November 8 -9, 2019; Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia

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The Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University- Skopje, is announcing a Call for Papers for its Annual International Conference. The 2019 conference topic is “Transitions of Legal Systems: 30 Years after the fall of the Berlin Wall”.

The 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The Wall stood for 28 years, from 1961-1989, causing a political, ideological and physical divide between the Communist East and Democratic West Berlin. For 28 years the Berlin Wall divided families, friends and peoples. The fall of the Berlin Wall foreshadowed the demise of the communist governments of Central and Eastern Europe and formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, thus serving as a symbolic end of the Cold War. The process of transition of the legal systems in post-communist countries was immediately initiated and their path towards changes was uneasy.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, Europe has significantly changed. The ideas of protection of human rights, democracy and legal security are the cornerstones of any modern legal system in Central and Eastern European countries. The fall of the wall also changed the face of the European Communities and initiated new processes of integration and transition. While some countries in Europe represent the best practice of transitioning from one into another legal, political and economic reality, others are still struggling with their past and have not yet managed to accommodate to the new legal standards, economic system and political democracy.

Our conference seeks to explore the different paths of transition selected and implemented across the continent. To facilitate a multi-disciplinary dialogue between scholars from social sciences, we encourage papers that also concentrate on best practices and lessons learned during the transition.

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.

The language of the conference is English. The presentation will be organized in panels and the program of the conference will be published no later than 15.10.2019.

Topics to be covered include, amongst others:

  • Access to Justice in Democratic Societies
  • Critical Overview of Comparative Legal Systems
  • Legal regulation of economies in Transition
  • Trends in investor-state dispute settlement
  • Legal Education, Science and Research in Transition – The Role of Legal Education and Research in a Modern Society?
  • Law and Media
  • Perspectives on Crime and Criminal Justice
  • New Concepts of Administrative Law and Public Administration
  • Constitutions in Transition
  • The Fundamental Freedoms (free movement of goods, services, capital and persons) and their implementation
  • Protection of Human Rights in Democratic Societies
  • Industrial democracy, trade union pluralism and protection of human rights in the workplace
  • The International Relations in Transition
  • Property, its Transfer and Protection in Democratic Societies