‘Law and Development Conference’
Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
March 16, 2018
Organizer: The American Law Program of the Catholic University of America at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Academic purpose: The research project’s aim is to look at the concept of
‘development’ from alternative perspectives and analyze how different approaches thereto influence law. ‘Sustainable development’ is about balancing economic progress, environmental protection, individual rights, and collective interests. It requires a holistic approach to human beings in their individual and social dimensions, which can be seen as a reference to ‘integral human development’ – a concept present in Catholic social teaching.
‘Development’ may be seen as a value or a goal. But it also has a normative dimension
influencing lawmaking and legal application. It is a rule of interpretation, which harmonizes the application of conflicting norms, and which is often based on the ethical and anthropological assumptions of the decision maker.
This research project is also about how different approaches to ‘development’ and their
impact on law may coexist in pluralistic and multicultural societies and how to evaluate their legitimacy. The problem may be analyzed from the overarching theoretical perspective as well as based on case studies stemming out from different legal branches.
Addressees: Academics from US, Poland and other countries; alumni of the American
Law Program, LLM Program, and International Business and Trade Summer Law Program organized by Catholic University of America at Jagiellonian University.
Arrangements: 300-word paper proposals should be submitted by October 10, 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful applicants will be notified by October 20, 2017. Accommodation for selected speakers at the university’s hotel will be provided by Jagiellonian University (two nights for speakers from Europe, 3 nights for speakers from outside Europe). Travel costs must be provided by participants.
Publication: The best conference papers will be published with Catholic University Law
Review. Final draft will be due by late January 2018 for those who would like to be
considered for publication.
Academic committee: George Garvey, Megan LaBelle, Richard Peltz-Steele, Leah Wortham, Piotr Szwedo.