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Submission of papers

They welcome papers that fit broadly within the theme of the conference. In particular, they invite papers that relate to one or more of the following interrelated themes:

1) Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Surveillance: Challenges and Alternative Possibilities

This theme focuses on the impacts of surveillance technologies on the democratic norms and the rule of law. Topics could include: 

  • What are the legal, ethical, and moral boundaries to surveillance systems?
  • What type of oversight system exists for surveillance by public authorities and/or public sector?
  • How has the privatisation of surveillance challenged the checks and balances of the rule of law? How can states and the EU react to these challenges?
  • To what extent surveillance systems run counter to the principles of democratic governance?
  • How can civil society and human rights defenders use technology and digitalisation to strengthen democratic engagement?

Studies may also consider the impact that the proliferation of surveillance has on democracy and the rule of law with reference to specific case studies.

2) Automation, Surveillance, and Democracy: A Journey Through Time

This theme will involve papers exploring what impact, if any, the more sophisticated means of automated surveillance has had on the legitimacy of the exercise of power in different democratic contexts, including in new democracies or former repressive regimes. This could include: 

  • What is the public perception of surveillance in post-oppressive regimes?
  • How has the continuous automation of surveillance transformed and challenged democratic institutions and norms?
  • What has been the impact of whistleblowing and/or parliamentary inquiries in challenging the omnipresent surveillance practices?

This theme invites studies addressing rights and remedies of individuals applicable to the use of automated surveillance systems in different areas such as the workplace, social welfare, predictive policing and border and immigration controls.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the impacts of automated surveillance systems on fair trial and due process rights, access to justice, privacy and data protection rights, right to work, and right to freedom from discrimination.

Guidelines for contributors

Interested participants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to via email to Elif Mendos Kuşkonmaz at elif.kuskonmaz@port.ac.uk.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2022.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the conveners, and selections will be announced by 31 March 2022. If selected, authors will be asked to submit a full paper and an abstract by 15 May 2022 for circulation amongst the speakers.

Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation and travel expenses.


  • Gábor Halmai (EUI)
  • Elif Mendos Kuskonmaz (University of Portsmouth)

Source: https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/blogs/law/call-for-papers-on-surveillance-democracy-and-the-rule-of-law


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