ICON.S 2022 Annual Conference “Global Problems and Prospects in Public Law” – Call for Panels and Papers

ICON·S | The International Society of Public Law is pleased to announce that its 2022 Annual Conference will be held in hybrid format at the University of Wrocław in Poland on July on July 4-6, 2022.

The hybrid format provides for a fully in-person program of panels and activities in Wrocław alongside a virtual program of fully online panels and activities. The plenary sessions will be held in person and broadcast live through ICON-S Live.

We are pleased to partner with our hosts in Wrocław to continue our tradition of holding a truly global academic event, involving scholars, practitioners, judges, and others from all over the world joining together across multiple time zones to discuss a range of ideas in multiple languages in all fields of public law.

The plenary program at the 2022 Annual Conference will focus on “Global Problems and Prospects in Public Law”.

The COVID-19 pandemic is only the latest in a succession of challenges facing the peoples of the world. The machinery of public law has been called on to help manage the public health crisis, and in some cases it has succeeded and in others it has not operated as hoped. The same is true of the global crisis of mass migration, the risks and opportunities in law and technology, and the current state of democracy in many corners of the world. The weight of these challenges can feel daunting. History tells us, however, that crises are also opportunities for re-thinking, and for renewal. And whether our purpose is to understand or to protest, or to unmake and re-build, public law will inevitably frame our response.

Plenary speakers will include:

  • Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Writer and the Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, in conversation with Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram, attorney at Clifford Chance and member of the Free Courts Initiative, and Adam Bodnar, former Ombudsman in Poland, University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Siri Gloppen, Professor, University of Bergen
  • Mayra Feddersen, Professor, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
  • Jorrit Rijpma, Professor, Leiden University
  • Judit Sándor, Professor, Central European University
  • Pedro Villarreal, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law and International LawFeatured panels will be held online and will include the following speakers:
  • Fleur Johns, Professor, University of New South Wales
  • Gerald Knaus, President of the European Stability Initiative
  • Shalini Randeria, Rector, Central European University
  • Sanford Levinson, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

In addition to the plenary and featured panels, the Annual Conference will be an occasion to continue our traditions of holding receptions such as the Women’s Reception.


As always, the Annual Conference will feature concurrent panel sessions, fora, and working groups which will take place during the three days of the Conference and will be comprised of submissions selected through this Call. As in prior years, we invite all interested persons to propose fully-formed panels, individual papers, fora, and working groups addressing any area of public law.

ICON•S is not restricted to public lawyers nor to established scholars. We welcome proposals that offer multi-disciplinary perspectives from various areas of law (including civil, criminal, tax, and labor law), as well as from scholars in the humanities and the social sciences (e.g. history, economics, political science, sociology) with an interest in the

Conference’s themes. We also welcome submissions from both senior and junior scholars (including doctoral students) as well as interested practitioners.

To propose a panel, paper, forum, or interest group, you must have an active ICON•S membership. You can update your membership here 

How and When to Submit?

All submissions must be made through the ICON•S website by

23h59 UTC on March 15, 2022

To access the submission page, please click here.

Interest groups and fora must be proposed exclusively by email to dsg@icon-society.org.

We look forward to receiving your submission – and to seeing you either in Wrocław or online!

Richard Albert & Marta Cartabia
Co-Presidents of ICON·S

Organizing Committee

Dariusz Adamski, Richard Albert, Eszter Bodnár, Gráinne De Búrca, Marta Cartabia, Lorenzo Casini, Sabino Cassese, Claudia Golden, Michaela Hailbronner, Ran Hirschl, David Kosař, Nico Krisch, Joana Mendes, Radoslaw Michalski, Anna Pirri Valentini, Sofia Ranchordas, Anna Śledzińska-Simon, Diletta Tega, Sergio Verdugo, Renáta Uitz, Joseph Weiler.