This conference, organized by the Globalization and Law Network (TEGL) of Maastricht University, is aimed at scholars, practitioners, and experts wanting to contribute to an engaging exploration of the intricate relationship between law and uncertainty. In an era marked by unprecedented global challenges –from social and humanitarian crises to climate emergencies – the conference seeks to transcend traditional views of law solely as a mitigator of uncertainty. Instead, it aims to explore the diverse conditions under which law can enable or create uncertainties.

The conference encourages submissions that scrutinize the nuanced interactions between law and uncertainty in the context of contemporary planetary crises. Embracing an interdisciplinary perspective, TEGL invites papers and panels from any legal area, embracing multiple approaches. Theoretical and methodological discussions are welcomed, challenging conventional liberal conceptualizations of law. Empirical work showcasing the impact of uncertainty and globalization on social orders is particularly encouraged. The conference focuses on the four TEGL research streams:

1) Constitutionalism and Subjects of Globalization;
2) Economic Law and Globalization’s Infrastructures;
3) Courts, Science and Legitimacy;
4) National and Regional Institutions as Global Actors.

It, therefore, welcomes submissions on a wide variety of topics. Abstracts of no more than 500 words are invited for paper and panel proposals. Please submit your proposals and a short bio (of max. 200 words) by the 15th of June 2024. 

In addition to the call for panels and papers, the Conference will also feature a PhD session. This PhD session intends to be a space for PhD candidates to share their work (in progress) and receive feedback from peers and senior academics.