Symposium: Human Rights Reactions to Economic Laws

Date: Time: 09:00 Location: Black Box Theater/hybrid

June 19, 2024
Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Call for submissions

We are pleased to announce the call for submissions for the symposium Human Rights Reactions to Economic Laws, which will be held on June 19, 2024 at Tilburg University as part of the academic agenda of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research

The interplay between human rights and economic laws is not new and has long captured the attention of both academics and practitioners. The ongoing debates surrounding the eroding boundaries between dichotomies like the public and private legal spheres, national and international law, the corporation and the state, etc. underscore a dynamic terrain that has started to be scrutinised within scholarship. This evolution is notably manifested in the rapid expansion of the field of business and human rights, extending beyond legal academia to encompass the realms of economics, social and political sciences.

Markedly, the challenge to the protection of human rights in a globalised world with significant corporate power, whether constructed by or through law or otherwise, has been in discussion for over half a century. How far have we come? We encourage submissions to offer reflections on the pushback against economic laws. A prominent example is that of the backlash against investor-state dispute settlement in international investment law, or the fast-paced development of tort law to cover supply chain harms and third-party effects of contracting. These reactions are visible on many fronts at once: in public and private international law, in corporate law, in private law, in legal theory and much more. How are human rights shaping economic laws and vice versa?

We are interested in submissions from all angles. Participants are encouraged to contribute with insights that not only apply the discourse based on international/regional human rights law but also engage with the broader interdisciplinary dialogue shaping both our understanding of human rights and economic laws, both broadly conceived. This encompasses but is not limited to, the domains of international investment and trade law, corporate, private and commercial law, financial and banking law, as well as critical and non-hegemonic approaches like Third World Approaches, decolonial approaches, (Third World) Feminism, Intersectionality or Law and Political Economy approaches.

Submission guidelines

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • Abstract Length: 300 words
  • Submissions should be sent in .pdf format.
  • Submissions from multiple authors are possible.

Contact information

For inquiries and submissions, please contact Debadatta Bose and Gustavo Becker at d.bose@tilburguniversity.edu and g.becker@uva.nl. For submissions, please mention the subject as ‘HRR symposium submission - <name of first author>’. For inquiries, please mention the subject as ‘HRR symposium inquiry - <name of first author>’.

We look forward to your contributions and participation in making the symposium a successful and enriching academic event.


Tilburg University & the Business and Human Rights Working Group of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research


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