Call for papers – Young Researchers Symposium on “The Future of Europe”

University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law

The project “The Foundations of the European Union as a Polity”, which is part of the research carried out by Academy of Finland Research Fellow Massimo Fichera, is delighted to invite submissions for a Young Researchers Symposium on the Future of Europe, to be held either on 12-13 April, 2018 or on 8-9 May, 2018 (dates tbc).

The keynote speech will be delivered by prof. Joseph Weiler, European Union Jean Monnet Chair at the New York University Law School and one of the most internationally acclaimed scholars in the field. The symposium is intended for both PhD candidates and early-career Post-doctoral researchers in law and cognate disciplines, as well as law practitioners and civil servants. Prof. Weiler has kindly agreed to provide feedback on the papers.

The workshop, organised at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, brings together promising junior researchers to encourage them to present their work and receive feedback from their peers and senior academics.


Abstracts are welcome within the broad topic of the “Future of Europe”. The proposed abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and will be chosen based on the quality of the abstract, as well as its capacity to engage with other proposals towards a collaborative academic and intellectual dialogue. A selection of the papers will be considered for publication. Abstracts should be submitted, along with a short CV (1-2 pages) to the following e-mail:

Please format the abstract file name as abstract title_first name_last name. Please also submit your CV as a separate file, named with the format of first name_last name_CV. All files should be submitted as PDF documents. Submissions must be received by 10 December 2017. Selected papers (max. 8000-10000 words incl. footnotes) will be announced by 15 January 2018 , while final papers should be submitted by  25 March 2018 (date tbc).

The purpose of this symposium is to contribute to the global debate from a young scholars’ perspective. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • the crisis of the EU liberal project of integration
  • the compatibility of the vocabulary of constitutionalism with EU integration
  • the consequences of Brexit for the EU system of protection of fundamental freedoms
  • the future trade and investment relationship between the EU and third countries
  • the role of the EU in common foreign and security policy
  • the area of freedom, security and justice
  • the reform of the economic and financial system
  • the rule of law crisis in Central and Eastern Europe
  • the Catalan case

For further information, please e-mail

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