The Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) is organizing a workshop dedicated to the question of democratic governance with a view to revisiting the state of the practice in international law, to be held on November 3, 2017 at the University of Manchester, UK.


The workshop aims to foster the debate about current problems surrounding the theory of democratic governance. The workshop will take a critical look at international legal discourses and practice pertaining to democratic governance, including the practice of the European Union. The workshop simultaneously aims at promoting interdisciplinary discussions. Confirmed keynote speakers include Catherine Dupré (University of Exeter), Steven Wheatley (University of Lancaster), Russell Buchan (University of Sheffield), and the Workshop will conclude with a presentation by Brad Roth (Wayne State University). Contributions may explore discourses and narratives of democratic governance in international legal scholarship, interrelations between the principle of effectiveness and the principle of democratic legitimacy, sanctions imposed on states due to undemocratic practices, the approach of human rights courts to the right to free and fair elections, etc.


Early career researchers (i.e. engaged in PhD research or within five years after the award of their PhD) are encouraged to apply.


Abstracts of no more than 1000 words can be submitted through email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 15, 2017. The subject line of the email must read “MILC Workshop – Democratic Governance” followed by the surname of the author and a short title of their paper. In the text of the email, authors must identify themselves and provide their affiliation as well as provide a small biography of 200 words in a narrative form. Successful applicants will be notified by September 15, 2017. The deadline for submission of full papers of no more than 8,000 words is October 20, 2017.

For more information, please see the official announcement.

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