Call for Papers
We invite scholars from all disciplines to present papers on the theoretical and methodological challenges of interdisciplinary research in the context of law with a focus on the following areas:
- Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges humanity faces today: rising temperatures, melting polar caps and increasing CO2 emissions are threatening life on earth as we know it. The effects of climate change are also unequally distributed, with lower-emission countries being hit hardest. Managing the climate crisis therefore requires a global joint effort and fundamental changes: How can the “1.5 degree centigrade” target still be met and how can we ensure a timely, just and fair transition to a low carbon society?
- Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Driving: AI holds the promise to make our journeys not only more relaxing, but also, and more importantly, safer. Hundreds of different sensors scanning the streets and feeding data into a car, are expected to respond more quickly and reliably to what’s happening on the streets and therefore reduce human fault. But do we run the risk of entrusting AI all too many aspects of our lives and are we prepared to face the ethical issues associated to its use?
- Digitalisation and Cybersecurity: The era of digitalisation simplifies people’s lives and creates many other advantages for individuals and companies. Every day, however, an ever-increasing amount of information about our choices, habits and our personal characteristics is collected by a multitude of actors. Digitalisation has thus created new threats to privacy and the use of digital identities. How can we reconcile the benefits of digitaliisation with the requirements of data protection and security?
Interested participants should submit the following information to rewi.kontakt(at)uni-graz.at
- title of the paper,
- thematic area the paper belongs to,
- an abstract of no more than 500 words,
- author name, affiliation and biographical details,
- contact details.
Deadline for submission is 30th October 2020. All abstracts will be reviewed by the organisational committee and selections announced by 15th December 2020. Working language will be English.
Speakers have the opportunity to publish their paper in the Austrian Law Journal (presupposing a positive outcome of the peer review process). Further details about how to submit papers for publication will be provided to all speakers after the conference.