Call for Papers

Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law – Global Perspectives

Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law – Global Perspectives

Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad de Chile (Santiago de Chile). 5-6 December 2024

This interdisciplinary conference is part of the Jean Monnet Network EU-VALUES (EU Research and Education Network on Foreign Policy Issues: Values and Democracy) and seeks to explore strategies to promote democracy and the rule of law within various institutional frameworks and policy environments from a comparative perspective.

In response to the evolving global landscape, the EU has critically reassessed its longstanding approach to safeguarding and advancing its core values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and human rights, both domestically and internationally. This commitment was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 and is enshrined in the EU's legal framework through the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Faced with recent challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and growing geopolitical tensions, notably Russia's attack on Ukraine, the EU is compelled to adapt its foreign policy and strategic outlook to the new environment. This adaptation includes revising existing strategies and developing new, agile approaches to address sudden threats and uphold democratic principles.

Against this backdrop, the Instituto de Estudios Internacionales (International Studies Institute) at the University of Chile, in association with EU-VALUES, opens a call for papers for the conference themed “Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law – Global Perspectives”. The conference aims to explore how values related to democracy and the rule of law are promoted worldwide by national states and international organizations and to discuss the impact of related strategies and instruments. More specifically, the conference will examine how EU strategies to promote democracy and the rule of law are implemented globally and how principles advanced by the EU are evaluated in different parts of the world. A special section will be dedicated to EU – Latin America cooperation in the promotion of democracy and the rule of law.

Paper proposals can fit within, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • Promotion of the Rule of Law and Democracy beyond Europe 
  • EU/Europe-Latin America Relations and Democratic Principles
  • The Multilateral Investment Court System and Promotion of the Rule of Law
  • New Security Challenges Facing Democratic Values in Europe and Beyond
  • Promoting Democracy and Gender Politics from a Global Perspective
  • Democracy, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data 
  • The Role of the Rule of Law in Trade and Investment Agreements
  • Policy Communities, Social Organizations, and Democratic Values

The conference will feature keynote speeches, special events, panel discussions, and paper presentations.

The conference will be held in English and Spanish. Papers can be submitted in Spanish, English, or Portuguese.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your application consisting of your abstract and short biographical note to:

The abstract (400 words) should clearly state the research question, methodology, and main arguments of the proposed paper. In addition, please include a short biographical note (no more than 150 words) with your submission.

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 of June 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 of July 2024

If you have any questions regarding the conference or need more information, email us at:

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