Call for Abstracts

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The theme of the III Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium (TIEC) is ‘Ecological Justice and Environmental Law in the Anthropocene. A new paradigm for earth community’.

According to contemporary scholarship, the ecological crisis cannot be understood as something temporary, but, rather, as a matter of definitive and irremediable change, with a devastating impact on the environment. These already identified changes in the earth system are longstanding, and include: the loss of biodiversity, alterations in the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, the high level of CO2 in the atmosphere, or the acidification of oceans. All of these produce changes in almost all ecosystems and species of the planet.

The notion of the Anthropocene connotes a shift in the conceptual framework of natural and social sciences in order to approach this new planetary situation. Since geologist Paul J. Crutzen first outlined the concept in 2000, it has spread throughout the scientific community, not only in within natural sciences, but also within social sciences and humanities. Meanwhile, efforts have been made to understand the methodological and substantive challenges and opportunities that this new vision of humankind as a geological force could bring about.

Particularly in legal and political sciences, this notion is likely to pose important challenges to already well-established categories like justice, social contract, responsibility, legal personality, common goods, property, and democracy, among others. In addition, if we consider the global concern for environmental problems within these disciplines, adopting the Anthropocene as a new paradigm has even more possibilities of affecting the way in which environmental problems are addressed.

The organizing committee welcomes proposals for paper and poster presentations addressing the overall theme of the colloquium. Interdisciplinary approaches to the theme are also welcome.

Possible topics include:

  • Conceptual problems with the idea of the Anthropocene.
  • Anthropocene as a paradigm shift and its effects in social sciences methodology, particularly in Law.
  • The meaning and complexities of the Human-nature division in the Anthropocene.
  • A critique of the modern paradigm of the Anthropocene: Reflexivity, Actor-Network Theory, Risk and technology.
  • Justice in the Anthropocene: Ecological Justice, the Imperative of Responsibility, Earth Community, and Planetary Stewardship.
  • Philosophy of Law in the Anthropocene: the effects on the notions of property, rights, legal pluralism, etc.
  • Environmental constitutionalism, Earth Jurisprudence and the Global commons.
  • Geo-engineering, Technology and environmental problems.

The III TIEC aims to provide a forum for junior and early-career researchers with different backgrounds in which to present and discuss their research and works-in-progress. In addition, this event seeks to create a friendly environment for meeting fellow students and colleagues that share a common interest for environmental law.

Those interested in presenting their proposals should submit an a


bstract of no more than 300 words  here.

Deadline for abstract submission: 11 25 February 2018

As the official language of the TIEC is English, all

abstracts and posters must be presented in this language.

The authors of abstracts selected for oral or poster presentation will not be expected to submit completed papers. However, we do encourage interested authors to submit completed papers to the Catalan Environmental Law Journal (Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental). See author guidelines.

For further information, please contact:

TIEC Organizing Committtee (

Please, find posters template [Here]. Please print it in upright position.