CALL FOR PAPERS
Workshop on “Federalism and socio-economic inequalities”
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Melbourne Law School
In addition to being an extraordinary tool for dealing with various forms of diversity (ethnic, religious, linguistic, etc.), federalism is also considered one of the most promising constitutional mechanisms to help deal with the challenges posed by the process of globalization and increasing inequality.
To this end, the purpose of this workshop is to gather scholars from around the world and engage in a broad discussion about the new challenges and potentials of federalism in dealing with the most pressing issues of our contemporary time.
Therefore, applications are invited from scholars wishing to submit a paper exploring one of the following major themes:
a. The study of the role of local government and cities as new key players in the management of public services and natural resources and in the protection of rights. Today, cities are key players in current globalization processes, and often they are at the forefront of rights protection, experimenting with new ways of governance. Cities are also actors of constitutional relevance: in particular, the phenomenon of so called “big-cities” is worth studying from a constitutional and comparative perspective within federal theory.
b. How federalism-based mechanisms can provide answers to the socio-economic pressures that have emerged particularly in the Global South. In other words, how can federal constitutions balance their unifying role while fostering economic diversity? Likewise, can federalism be regarded as a proper institutional and constitutional mechanism to reconcile social cohesion and economic diversity in territories marked by a sharp divide between wealthier developed regions and poorer less advanced territories?
c. The role of federalism as a tool to deal with the growing complexity of a multilevel constitutional space and the new challenges posed by economic crisis, large-scale human migration and the globalization of constitutional systems. Here, the focus is not only on traditional federal systems, but also on regional and supra-national contexts.
Successful applications will be required to attend the workshop and to submit a paper of 8,000 – 10,000 words for discussion. Further, the paper must not have been published. Papers must be submitted by 20 April 2020. It is anticipated that there will be 15-25 workshop attendees.
To apply submit the following:
An abstract of no more than 750 words.
In the abstract head your paper with the theme you have chosen among the three provided above.
A current curriculum vitae.
In the subject line of the email submission write “Federalism and Socio - Economic Inequalities” and add your name.
Please note that accepted participants will be responsible to cover their own travelling and accommodation expenses.
This workshop is an initiative of the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law and co-convened by Dr. Erika Arban and Dr. Antonia Baraggia (Department of National and Supranational Public Law, University of Milan, Italy). The Laureate Program is funded by the Australian Research Council for 2017-2022 and based at Melbourne Law School, which is also home to a large group of comparative constitutional law scholars working at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Application submission due date: 15 December 2019
Notification of acceptance: 14 January 2020
Paper submission due date: 20 April 2020
Workshop date: 13 May 2020