CALL FOR PAPERS | Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America and International Economic Law

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    12 de Junho, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS | Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America and International Economic Law


O Evento: 


Expert Workshop at the Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro

28 – 29 August 2017, Rio de Janeiro


Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America and International Economic Law

Avoiding Conflict and Fostering Dialogue

The social impact of international economic law (IEL) in Latin America continues to be as controversial as it is relevant for policymaking. Many Latin American countries are subject to a plethora of bilateral and regional trade and investment agreements. Moreover, several global and regional financial institutions carry out activities in the region through a variety of legal and policy devices. A number of these and other acts of international economic governance have been criticised for having adverse effects on human rights as well as for their interferences with democratic processes. At the same time, it is clear that the guarantees enshrined in the constitutions of Latin American countries, in particular those relating to socioeconomic rights, can only be realised if a certain level of economic and social development is reached. This bears the question of how to ensure that IEL contributes to – rather than hampers – social progress in the Latin American region. This question is all the more topical in light of the current nationalist backlash that against international institutions is apparent in a number of regions, including in some Latin American countries.


This workshop, organised jointly by the Fundação Getulio Vargas and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law aims at examining how the respective IEL instruments affect the prospect of a transformative constitutionalism in Latin America. Ius Constitutionale Commune en América Latina (ICCAL) serves as the framework to engage with this problématique. Based on a multi-level perspective of Latin-American constitutional law, comprising common features of Latin-American constitutions as well as key aspects of the Inter-American Human Rights System, ICCAL is especially concerned with concepts such as social inclusion, institucionalidad, liberal democracy, and human rights. At the same time, ICCAL also encompasses concepts, such as dialogue and pluralism, which may help to structure the relationship between IEL and Latin-American constitutional law.


We are looking for innovative contributions to further analyse and develop specific elements of this research agenda. Submissions would be particularly welcome on – but not limited to – the following issues:

The impact of IEL instruments on aspects of transformative constitutionalism and constitutional law in Latin America, in particular with regard to human rights, the principles of democracy and the rule-of-law
The implications of Latin-American constitutional law for IEL, including the possibility of constitutional review of IEL acts
Contributions reflecting upon new avenues to conceive of the relation between Latin-American constitutional law and IEL so as to ensure coherence – and avoid conflicts – between the two areas
The potential of IEL for regulating the conduct of multinational companies with a view to avoiding human rights violations by these actors in the Latin American region

In this regard, we encourage submissions engaging with a broad range of areas pertaining to international economic law, such as:

international trade law
international investment law
international monetary law
international tax law
the international regulation of financial markets
the international protection of intellectual property
the international law of development finance

We ask interested junior and senior scholars to submit a proposal of 200 to 600 words no later than 12 June 2017. Abstracts should include a summary of the paper’s main thesis and the major arguments to be developed as well as a proposed title, and postal, email and telephone contacts of the author. Scholars whose proposals have been selected will be asked to prepare a draft paper of between 6000 and 8000 words for the workshop. While proposals and papers must be submitted in English, some knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish would be appreciated. The workshop is expected to feed into a volume to be published online. Limited funding is available for authors of selected proposals.


The following information must be provided with each abstract:

The author’s name and affiliation;
The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications;
The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number;
An abstract of no more than 600 words.

Key dates:

Deadline for submission of proposals: 12 June 2017

Notification of acceptance of proposals: 28 June 2017

Submission of draft papers: 15 August 2017

Conference dates: 28-29 August 2017


Contact: For any question regarding this call for papers please send an email to









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