Legal Research Network Conference 2015

Faculty of Turku organizes the 8th annual Legal Research Network Conference 10.-11.9.2015. The  conference is part of cooperation between the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Lille-Nord de France, Turku and Uppsala.

This year, the conference centers around the distraught symbiosis of law and the economy. Law keeps the economy going, economy conditions law, law contradicts economy. The interrelationship has, of course, been discussed for ages. However, in recent years new developments have emerged. New constitutionalists have e.g. argued that law codifies and entrenches a particular understanding of the economy and form of economic power. Other critics argue that the economy illicitly trumps legal rights, while some argue the exact opposite: that law as a normative project should be subjected to economic efficiency.

Keynote speakers:

Andrew Lang, London School of Economics

David Whyte, University of Liverpool


Call for papers

The organisers invite previously unpublished papers that chart the relationship between law and the economy. The papers may discuss how the economy constitutes the law's basic structures and normative agenda or vice versa, engage in criticism of the economic constitution, or seek to advance the theoretical understanding of the interrelationship between the two. In particular, the organisers encourage papers that seek to disrupt and question the intellectual foundations upon which the call is based.

The call for papers is open to all researchers regardless of their academic affiliation. Please submit a paper proposal (max. 500 words) to at the latest on 11th of May 2015. Please include “Conference paper proposal” on the subject line of your email. Also kindly attach a brief description of yourself (up to 200 words), which will be included in the conference materials. Confirmation of the acceptance of the abstract and participation in the conference will be sent out on 1st of June 2015.

The deadline for the working paper (max. 10 000 words) is the 17th of August 2015 to accommodate distribution to participants prior to the conference.


Conference committee

Prof. Paula Giliker (Bristol) 
Prof. Miklós Király, Prof. Pál Sonnevend and Ms. Andrea Robotka (Budapest[ELTE])
Prof. Reinhard Steennot and Prof. Hans de Wulf (Ghent)
Prof. Werner Heun and Prof. Peter-Tobias Stoll (Göttingen) 
Prof. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi and Dr Joop Houtman (Groningen)
Prof. Serge Dauchy and Dr Sophie Ranchy (Lille)
Prof. Anne Kumpula and Ms. Mirkka Ruotsalainen (Turku)