Call for Abstracts

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Recent reports demonstrate our continued failure to meet the goals set by the global environmental agenda and to address the risks associated with it. For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that current national commitments under Nationally Determined Contributions are far behind from what is required to halt global warming below 2ºC.

In the same vein, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) report expresses that none of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets have been met, and the assessment of the implementation of the first five years of the 2030 Agenda also warns about the inadequacy of the current measures to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, the World Economic Forum launched the Global Risk Report 2021, identifying, among others, climate action failure, biodiversity loss, and the spread of infectious diseases, as the top global risks by likelihood from the evolving risks  landscape deriving from social fracture. 

In 2020, the consequences of the process of the aggressive colonization of the planet began to be perceived in a threatening way due to  the pandemic outbreak. In this regard, it has been shown that human induced climate change and biodiversity loss are playing a relevant role in the spread of zoonotic diseases, like the SARS outbreak in 2003, the spill-over of the ebola virus, and the spread of COVID-19 in 2020.

In this vein, the COVID-19 pandemic not only emphasizes the delicate interdependence between human economy and wellbeing, and the ecosystems, but also puts the spotlight on the consequences that human actions are having on humans, non-human species, and also on the environment. Due to the human-environment interdependence, the COVID-19 crisis has had cascading effects on the economy and has exacerbated existing social and gender inequalities, violence, and injustices. 

All this seems to suggest a complete failure of the adaptation and mitigation system in the face of a planetary emergency. Therefore, this year, the VI TIEC seeks to promote transformative and recovery responses to the planetary emergency by approaching the following question: 

How should/could environmental law and policies promote and ease social-ecological transformative actions to respond to and recover from the current planetary emergency? 

The VI TIEC aims to reflect on the existing barriers for systemic approaches and the identification of practical and practicable solutions to transform and recover from current critical times. We encourage authors to submit abstracts that address one of the following topics:

  • The context and status of Environmental Law in raising the planetary emergency. How have the structure and state of Environmental Law contributed to the current situation? Which are the limitations of existing laws, mechanisms and instruments to cope with the planetary emergency? What are the failures of environmental law in order to avoid the present and future crisis?  For instance: existing barriers and obstacles of law, identified useful and not useful practices. 
  • Actions, measures and immediate responses to cope with the current critical times. Are the economic, social, health, environmental, etc, decisions and measures taken in the context of outbreak crisis response working in terms of environmental and social protection? For example: Identifying the current practices and its positive and negative consequences; key political, legal and regulatory interventions as a consequence of the current crisis; exploring linkages and identifying inconsistencies and tension between the different law and policy sectors.
  • Imagining alternative pathways and taking action. How should recovery and responses be designed/transformed and implemented in order to cope with the planetary emergency? How can we rethink existing channels for guaranteeing the protection of the environment and society after the Covid-19 impacts and in the context of the global crisis? For example: Identifying resilience, transformative and adaptation responses and processes; approaches from other fields of study, new measures to ensure an environmental rule of law; generating new imaginaries, discourses and paradigms; reforming the law; future challenges.

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

Those interested in presenting their proposals should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words here. Longer abstracts will not be accepted.

Deadline for abstract submission: 11 18 April (included). 

The official language is English. Therefore, all abstracts should be presented in this language.

Please, submit your abstract here.

For further information, please contact TIEC Organizing Committee (