Call for Papers: Workshop on "Lobbying and Domestic Lawmaking Processes", 29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Lucerne, Switzerland

Deadline: 

03/1/19

Event Date: 

07/7/19 to 07/13/19

Location name: 

Lucerne, Switzerland

Organization: 

Odile Ammann (University of Zurich), lucernaiuris (Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, University of Lucerne), and Swiss Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

CfP: Workshop on "Lobbying and Domestic Lawmaking Processes", 29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Lucerne, Switzerland

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2019

Event Date: 7-13 July 2019

Location name: University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Organization: Odile Ammann (University of Zurich), lucernaiuris (Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, University of Lucerne), and Swiss Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

Call for Submissions - Special Workshop on "Lobbying and Domestic Lawmaking Processes"

In a democracy, lawmaking typically occurs in parliament. Members of parliament (MPs) are tasked with representing the interests of their electorate. The executive and the judiciary do have some lawmaking powers in their respective areas of competences as well, although they are not usually considered the primary lawmakers in the domestic context.

Legal theorists interested in domestic lawmaking processes mostly focus on the three branches of government. They typically study their respective lawmaking powers and the relationship between the branches. However, much less attention has been devoted to lobbying, which can be defined as “any attempt by individuals or private interest groups to influence the decisions of government”.

Said gap is surprising, as lobbies exercise significant influence on whether legislation is passed on a specific topic, on the content of legislation, and on its implementation. To gain traction, some lobbies hire special advocates to defend their positions, mostly in the parliamentary context. MPs may themselves be affiliated to lobbies and act as their representatives. Moreover, it is not rare for lobbies to pay MPs, be it to remunerate them for their activity within the interest group, or simply to attend meetings in which lobbies inform MPs about their positions.

While legal scholars tend to consider that lobbying is not a legal topic, lobbying raises myriad issues of interest to legal doctrine, legal philosophy, and legal theory, such as: what qualifies as lobbying, and how do laws currently regulate these activities? When is lobbying (il)legitimate? How are lobbies formally included in domestic lawmaking processes? Should other (informal) activities of lobbies be regulated, or is lobbying a necessary and inevitable part of lawmaking? Finally, does lobbying strengthen or undermine dignity, democracy, and diversity? 

In addressing these and other questions, this special workshop proposes to explore a topic that has been undertheorized in legal theory and philosophy, both in Switzerland and internationally.

The special workshop will be convened by Odile Ammann (Senior researcher and lecturer in public law, University of Zurich). It will take place in the framework of the 29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland (7-13 July 2019; exact date of the special workshop tbc). The overarching topic of the 2019 World Congress is "Dignity, Democracy, Diversity".

Please note that participants in the special workshop are required to register for the main conference and to pay the applicable registration fee. More information about the 29th World Congress and about the registration process can be found here: https://www.ivr2019.org/

Submission of Paper Proposals

Researchers interested in participating in this workshop are requested to send a short abstract (300-500 words), CV, and statement of interest to odile.ammann (at) rwi.uzh.ch by March 1, 2019.

Questions and abstracts should be sent to: odile.ammann (at) rwi.uzh.ch

 

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