Erasmus Early-Career Scholars Conference 2018

The PhD in Law Association Rotterdam (PILAR) invites submissions for the ErasmusEarly-Career Scholars Conference to be held on 11, 12 and 13 April 2018. The Conference is supported by the Erasmus School of Law (ESL), Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and Faculty of Philosophy (FW) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam under the Erasmus Initiative ‘Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity’. The purpose of this conference is to create an innovative and interdisciplinary discussion forum and open a new dialogue among junior scholars from different disciplines. The theme of the conference is:

“New business models and globalized markets: Rethinking public and private responsibilities”


In recent years, globalized markets and new business models have raised questions on whether governments, regulators and entrepreneurs should reshape their approaches towards public and private governance. Technologies are changing rapidly, digital economies have emerged, and markets have become more integrated. These developments have been accompanied by increases in social inequality and financial turbulence. This framework calls for a reflection on innovative legal and non-legal approaches, and on the balance between public and private responsibilities.

This topic refers to the legal, economic and societal responses to challenges posed by globalized markets and their effect on social inclusion and sustainable growth. Yet, the concept “public and private responsibilities” should be considered broadly. It can relate to different kinds of doctrines, regulations and policies. The conference aims to bring together junior scholars to discuss strategies and international trends in public and private governance from an interdisciplinary perspective. The wide scope of the conference’s topic will trigger discussions in the fields of social science. The subsequent discussions will enable early-career academics to: (i) contribute with theoretical and/or empirical references; (ii) gather relevant case studies; and (iii) identify recent debates in academia, new trends and drawbacks in social science studies that have arisen with globalization.

Main topics:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Business and Human Rights
  • Conflicts between Public and Private Governance
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy and Environment Regulation
  • Institutional and Social Challenges
  • Law, Information, and Technology
  • Social and Legal Implications of Globalization


Participation in the Erasmus Early-Career Scholars Conference is open to all Ph.D. candidates, Post-Doc researchers and Assistant Professors. Prospective contributors are invited to submit their abstract (750 words maximum) with 5 keywords, including topic, research question, methodology, expected findings and a short CV by January 7, 2018.

For more information abstract submission and congress registration, see PILAR’s website.

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