Call for Papers: Lawtomation Day 2022. Madrid, September 30th, 2022.

For the launch of the Lawtomation: Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, we would like to invite scholars, postdoc and Ph.D. researchers to present their papers.

IE University Law School, with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is happy to announce that, on September 30th, 2022, we are officially launching the “Lawtomation” Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

This day, we will host at the IE Tower in Madrid, a multidisciplinary conference aimed at exploring the relationship between law and automation, as well as the impact of algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) on constitutional values, human rights, workplace practices and legal remedies.

For this purpose, we would like to invite scholars, postdoc, and Ph.D. researchers from different disciplines to present working papers, academic publications, and research projects in line with the objectives and interests of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCoE).

We welcome abstracts that fit broadly within the concept of the conference, and particularly one of the themes of:

  1. Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
  2. Legaltech and E-Justice.
  3. Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Management at the Workplace.

We encourage submissions from lawyers and legal professionals, social scientists, and computer scientists. Researchers with a multidisciplinary orientation and/or with focus on empirical methods will be particularly appreciated.


We expect submissions related to, but not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law
    • Democracy and political governance in the automated state.
    • Possibilities and challenges raised by the automation of the administration and the emergence of the algorithmic state.
    • Constitutional adjudication and administrative justice in the algorithmic era.
    • The enforcing of laws, and enabling of rights through algorithmic means.
    • New forms of potentially overarching state power and their impact on human rights.


  2. Legal Tech and E-justice: the future of the legal profession
    • The transformations taking place in the legal sector, looking at either/both private and public bodies (law firms/ courts, etc.)
    • The promises and perils of algorithmic decision-making in the judiciary or as ADR
    • Digitization of justice systems within and beyond the EU.
    • E-justice and civil procedure: need for new rules?
    • Modernization of the ‘old’ institutions (courts) or creation/further development of new (ODR etc.)?


  3. AI and Algorithmic Management at the Workplace
    • AI, algorithmic management, and their impacts on labor and social institutions.
    • Data protection and the rise of data-driven technologies at work.
    • Challenges to non-discrimination and health and safety frameworks.
    • The future of work in the EU: the Social Pillar in search of (digital) sustainability.
    • Social dialogue, collective agreements, and co-determination of workplace technologies.

Submission Process

Interested participants are encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words via the dedicated online form.

Abstracts must be written in English.

The deadline for submission is June 20th, 2022.

You can submit your proposal here.

Selection Criteria and Review Process

Submissions will be considered by the conference’s convenors and the members of the Centre, based on an assessment of their quality, their relevance to the Centre’s interests, and the need to cover a diverse range of topics representing a variety of perspectives and backgrounds.

Final decisions on acceptance will be notified by July 25th, 2022.

If selected, authors will be asked to submit a complete draft by September 15th, 2022 for circulation among the speakers.

Publication plans will be discussed at the end of the conference. However, we welcome proposals and papers intended for publication elsewhere.

Event Format

The conference will take place on September 30th, 2022, in a face-to-face format at the IE Tower in Madrid, Spain.

Thematic sessions will be organized (public law, private law, law and tech, labor law, law and policy, data science, among others). Presentations will be organized into chaired panels and the presentation time for each participant will be 15/20 minutes.

There are no registration fees.

The costs for lunches and coffee breaks will be covered by the organization.

Early-stage researchers who cannot afford travel expenses can apply for a travel grant, indicating the envisaged costs.

Side activities will be organized, including city tours of Madrid and Segovia.

Relevant dates:

  • Submission deadline: June 20th, 2022
  • Notification: July 25th, 2022
  • Confirmation by participants: August 30th, 2022
  • Submission of materials: September 15th, 2022
  • Conference: September 30th, 2022

Contact details

Convenors: Francisco de Elizalde, Antonio Aloisi, Antonios Kouroutakis, Argyri Panezi, Fernando Pastor-Merchante; IE University Law School and IE University.

If you have any question, please contact us:

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