Call For Papers

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ECLIC International Scientific Conference
“EU at the Crossroads – Ways to Preserve Democracy and Rule of Law”

13-14 June 2024

Faculty of Law, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek


We are happy to announce the Call for the 8th EU and Comparative Law Issues and Challenges Series (ECLIC) International Scientific Conference “EU at the Crossroads – Ways to Preserve Democracy and Rule of Law”, Osijek, Croatia. As part of its commitment to the study of EU law, this year's conference of the Faculty of Law Osijek aims to highlight various legal, economic and social issues and challenges of the European Union.

Democracy and the rule of law are foundational principles that underpin the European Union's (EU) political and legal landscape. The EU, comprised of member states with different legal traditions, has actively sought to establish a framework that promotes democratic governance and upholds the rule of law. The Treaty on European Union explicitly states the commitment to the rule of law as a fundamental value. This commitment extends to establishing a legal order that governs the relationship between member states, EU institutions, and individuals. The Court of Justice of the European Union serves as the guardian of the rule of law, ensuring that EU law is interpreted and applied consistently across member states. However, the EU has faced challenges in recent years that have tested the resilience of these principles. Concerns about the erosion of the rule of law in some member states have prompted the EU to explore mechanisms to safeguard its foundational values. This year conference aims to explore the current state of democracy and the rule of law within the European Union, identifying key challenges and opportunities while focusing on the legal frameworks and institutional structures in place. Investigate the impact of emerging technologies on democracy and the rule of law, addressing issues such as AI, digital governance, cybersecurity, and the protection of fundamental rights. Analyze the EU's role in the global context, considering its influence on democracy and the rule of law beyond its borders and exploring potential collaborations with international partners. Finally, this year conference aims to explore the social and economic factors that contribute to the resilience or erosion of democratic values, and discuss strategies for fostering these challenges.

The overall objective of the ECLIC International Scientific Conference is to provide a platform and stimulate discussion on key interdisciplinary issues affecting law and economics in the EU and its Member States. We strongly encourage participants from candidate states for the EU accession to attend to conference and contribute to discussion.

We are looking forward to receiving manuscripts covering, primarily, but not exclusively topics mentioned above.

If interested in participation, please submit an abstract by 16th January 2024 electronically:

We emphasize that this year’s conference will be held fully in-person.


Abstracts of 300 - 500 words (maximum) should indicate the main arguments and structure of the paper and the methods used. If accepted, you will receive the Guidelines for Authors and will be expected to deliver a full paper of no more than 10000 words by: 5th April 2024


Selected papers will be published in the peer-reviewed “EU and Comparative Law Issues and Challenges Series – ECLIC“, which is indexed in Web of Science and HeinOnline.

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ECLIC conference book of abstracts will be distributed to the conference participants at the conference venue.


Submission Deadline for Abstracts16th January 2024

Notification on Acceptance of Abstract: 31st January 2024

Submission Deadline for Papers5th April 2024

Registration and Conference Fee payment22nd March 2024

Book of Proceedings (on-line format): June 2024


Publishing Full paper/Abstract + presentation: 250 EUR

Accompanying co-author: 125 EUR

Presentation without publishing: 100 EUR

Listener only: 50 EUR

Attending fee includes access to all sessions, Book of Abstracts, Book of Proceedings, conference dinner, conference lunch plus all coffee breaks, according to the conference program. Travel costs and accommodation are borne by participants. After the paper is submitted to double blind peer review, attending fees will not be refunded.

For any further questions please contact us:

On the behalf of the conference organisation committee,


Izv. prof. dr. sc. Tunjica Petrašević, v. r.