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Call for papers: 1st Critico-Juridical Symposium (13-14 April 2018, Opole)

City of Opole. Photo: Karolina Lubryczyńska – under Creative Commons (Flickr)

The Central and Eastern European Netework of Legal Scholars is organizing, in collaboration with the University of Opole, the 1st Critico-Juridical Symposium on the topic “What kind of legal critique for Central and Eastern Europe?”

Click here for the full call for papers.

The symposium is intended as a small event (maximum 25 participants) intended for scholars working in critical theory (especially critical legal studies, critical political theory, critical sociology) and wishing to present a methodological paper on legal critique in Central and Eastern Europe.

The formula is of an intensive methodological seminar and is open, in principle, to  

Opole City Hall. Photo: Cameron Lucida – under Creative Commons license (Flickr)

scholars with a PhD or advanced PhD students who have an established track-record of publications. Due to the limited number of places, we will accept only papers which are exactly focused on the topic (critical research methodology, with a focus on law, politics and ideology) and offer new insights.

Please send your abstract (300-500 words), specifying your name and affiliation to no later than on 15 March 2018. We will communicate acceptance by 20 March 2018 at the latest. PhD candidates wishing to submit an abstract should also attach a full list of publications and a sample of a recent peer-reviewed publication on critical theory. If you need a letter of acceptance earlier in order to apply for a visa or for funding – please let us know!

In order to cover the conference costs, there will be par

Opole Old Town. Photo by Kuba Bożanowski – under Creative Commons license (Flickr)

ticipation fee of 60 EUR. Details will follow. 

Organizing committee: Prof. Adam Sulikowski (University of Wrocław); Dr. Cosmin Sebastian Cercel (University of Nottingham); Dr. Rafał Mańko (University of Amsterdam); Dr. Jacek Srokosz (University of Opole); Dr. Paulina Bieś-Srokosz (Jan Długosz Academy in Częstochowa).


Call for papers: “Language. Law. Society” (22-26 May 2018, Penza)

Penza State University jointly with the University of National and World Economy (Sofia, Bulgaria) and the Ural State Pedagogical University (Yekaterinburg, Russia) are organizing an international conference on “Language, Law, Society” on 22-26 May 2018 in Penza.

The call for papers is open until 1 March 2018.

To download the call for papers click here.

Topics of the conference include inter alia  the following:

  • The language of law as a language for specific purposes.
  • Linguistic aspects of legal techniques and interpretation of legal acts.
  • Legal terminology
  • Linguistic expertise of texts of various functional types
  • Advertising text as an object of linguistic research and legal regulation, Problems of state control in advertising
  • Language and law in the context of language policy. Official language and its legal and linguistic aspects.
  • Speech manipulation in the media: linguistic and legal aspects.
  • Problems of intercultural communication and translation of legal texts.
  • Language and legal communication. Legal discourse as a cultural phenomenon.
  • The role of literature in the formation of the legal culture of society.
  • Formation of linguistic competence of future legal experts.

There will also be a roundtable on “Legal term outside legal discourse: status, problems of functioning” 

  • Conference languages: Russian, English.
  • There is no participation fee.
  • The conference organizers can provide a scheduled videoconferencing function for the participants who are miles away from the venue.



Call for papers: 13th annual conference of the Central and Eastern European Network of Jurisprudence (CEENJ) in Zagreb (13-14 Sep. 2018)

The University of Zagreb will host the 13th annual conference of CEENJ – the Central and Eastern European Network of Jurisprudence. CEENJ was founded in 2005. Previous conferences of CEENJ were held in Pécs (Hungary), Osijek (Croatia), Graz (Austria), Rijeka (Croatia), Maribor (Slovenia), Belgrade (Serbia), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Skopje and Ohrid (Macedonia), Łódź(Poland), Brno (Czech Republic), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia). The last one was organized by Doc. Janis Pleps with the official support of CEENELS.

The topic of the the 13th CEENJ conference – as in previous editions – is very broad:  “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2018”. 

The deadline for submitting papers is 1 June 2018.

See the conference website:

Conference applications should submitted by e-mail to both convenors, i.e., Luka Burazin, ( and Mario Krešić (

The abstract, containing not only the title of the proposed paper, but also the applicant’s name, affiliation and email address, must not exceed 3,600 characters. 

The convenors have officially indicated that only 32 papers can be accepted due to organizational reasons. There is no conference fee. 

View of Zagreb city. Photo by Mario Fajt (under Creative Commons). Source: See also Mario’s website:



Prof. Jiří Přibáň will be keynote speaker in Timișoara (3-4 May 2018)

The most famous Czech legal theorist – Professor Jiří Přibáň (based in Cardiff) – has kindly agreed to deliver a keynote lecture at the international conference on “Constitutional Identity and Collective Memories in Central and Eastern Europe”, held under the patronage of CEENELS at the Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara (convenors: Dr. Alexandra Mercescu and Dr. Lucian Bojin) on 3-4 May 2018. The conference takes place as the 10th Central and Eastern European Forum for Young Legal, Social and Political Theorists – a series of conferences addressed to junior scholars. 

CEENELS is proud to support this event and we cordially invite you to submit your abstracts to join Professor Jiří Přibáň  at this conference in Timișoara. The official call for papers is available here



Call for papers: Constitutional Identity and Social Memories in Central and Eastern Europe (10th CEE Forum, Timișoara, 3-4 May 2018)

Dr. Alexandra Mercescu and Dr. Lucian Bojin from the Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara – well known to the participants of CEENELS Annual Conferences – are organizing a conference at their university on Constitutional Identity and Social Memories in Central and Eastern Europe on 3-4 May 2018. The conference is organized as the 10th Central and Eastern European Forum of Young Social, Legal and Political Scientists (CEE Forum).  

The call for papers runs until 31 January 2018.

Click here for the Call for Papers and here for the registration module.

If you are experiencing trouble using the registration module, please submit your abstract directly to Dr Alexandra Mercescu:

Photo by: Piotr Krawiec (Creative Commons License). See his fantastic pictures at:


3rd Annual CEENELS Conference – University of Latvia, Riga

The 3rd Annual CEENELS conference took place in Riga, Latvia on 11-13 January 2018. The topic was “Legal Traditions and Legal Identities in Central and Eastern Europe”. 

The conference was attended by almost 70 scholars from 12 countries: Belarus, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia,  Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The final programme can be found here: 

Official opening of the conference

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

1st Plenary Session (11 January 2018)

Plenary lecture by Prof.  Adam Sulikowski (University of Wrocław)

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

Plenary lecture by Doc. Martin Škop (Masaryk University at Brno)

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

Plenary lecture by Doc. Tomas Berkmanas (Vytautas Magnas University at Kaunas)

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

Plenary lecture by Dr. Cosmin Sebastian Cercel (University of Nottingham)

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

2nd Plenary Session

Official address by the Dean of the Law Faculty of University of Latvia, Prof.  Anita Rodiņa

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

Plenary lecture by Prof. Sanita Osipova

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

Plenary lecture by Prof. Manuel Guţan

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

Plenary lecture by Dr. habil. Piotr Fiedorczyk (University of Białystok)

Photo by R. Mańko

Plenary lecture by Doc. Zdenek Kuhn

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

3rd Plenary session

Plenary lecture by Doc. Vladislav Starzhenetskiy (Владислав Старженецкий) (Higher School of Economics at Moscow)

Photo by R. Mańko

Plenary lecture by Dr. habil. Tomasz Bekrycht (University of Łódź)

4th Plenary Session

Plenary lecture by Prof. Piotr Niczyporuk (University of Białystok)

Photo R. Mańko

Plenary lecture by Doc. Marko Novak

Photo R. Mańko

Parallel sessions 


Social events

Pre-conference drinks. (Photo R. Mańko)

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Photo J. Pleps

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Prof. Adam Sulikowski and Mgr. Dominik Góra (photo R. Mańko)

Dr. Lucian Bojin (photo R. Mańko)



Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2017

We would like to invite you to the annual conference of our partner organisation specialized in the therory of law:  The Central and Eastern European Network of Jurisprudence (CEENJ) This year’s conference is entitled “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2017” is organized by the University of Latvia Faculty of Law with the support of the leading law firms in Latvia – COBALT, Eversheds Bitāns, FORT Legal – and Professor Kārlis Dišlers’ Foundation.

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