International Congress


17-18 October 2024
Palacio de Colomina- CEU Cardenal Herrera University, C/ de l’Almodí 1, Ciutat Vella, 46003 Valencia, Spain.

ATTENTION: The Congress will be held entirely in English, as well as the communications.

The Jean Monnet Chair of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University is happy to announce the call of our first international congress that is held within the research group “Crisis of the Rule of Law in the EU. Special reference to Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Estonia, Spain and Italy and the incidence of the pandemic”, where sixteen researchers and academics coming from up to six different European countries pool their knowledge and experience to investigate the main attacks on the rule of law in the EU and seek feasible solutions.

The rise of populisms, the attacks to journalists or the (lack of) independence of the judiciary are only some of the visible aspects of a complex process of dismantling the rule of law, a core value of the European Union as established in article 2 of its foundational Treaty.

While many are talking about the enormous problems that are affecting our rule of law not so many are trying to focus on solutions or proposing ways of overcoming the crisis of democratic values in the European Union.

The scientific community needs operators from different areas who are willing to raise their voices to speak out on how to achieve practical and conceivable solutions so as to tackle down the main challenges that are undermining democracies in the EU.


What are we looking for?: Individual paper proposals that relate to the broad topic of the crisis of democratic values in the European Union with preference on those focusing on solutions rather than identifying the problems. However, we welcome any type of works related to the values of European Union, rule of law, or democracy.

Deadline: Until May 31st, 2024.


  • Applicants can only submit one paper proposal as main author.
  • Paper proposals should include a 500-600 word abstract and the name, affiliation(s), and contact details of the author.
  • Papers must be thematically clustered into one of the four panels comprising the congress: 1) judiciary independence, 2) fight against corruption and transparency, 3) freedom of speech and media pluralism, and 4) democracy, human rights and institutional issues related to check and balances. (more information on the structure of the panels is available in the adjunct document)
  • All methodological approaches are welcome (case studies, comparative, empiriral, statistic, legal, theoretical…)
  • The Congress will be held fully in-person.
  • Send your proposal to [email protected]

(If you cannot correctly view the email above, please refer to the full program in PDF format below)

NOTE: The organizing body reserves the right to publish some papers with the author’s consent. Final decision to include the papers in the panels belongs exclusively to the scientific committee.


Standard fee (listener only): 100 EUR

CEU universities members fee (listener only): 30 EUR

Standard fee proposal/communication submitted and accepted: 130 EUR

CEU universities members fee proposal/communication submitted and accepted: 70 EUR

*For more information on who may be included in each of the categories and what each category includes please download the full program bellow. (PDF format)


If you are a member of any CEU universities, please register HERE.

For the rest of the attendees, please register HERE.

*Please, remember that once you have registered, you must meticulously follow the instructions and make the payment. Otherwise, your registration will not be finalized and you will not be able to present your paper at the Congress or obtain the certificate of participation. If you need assistance, please reach out to [email protected]

IMPORTANT! Registration will be open until September 30th for general attendees,

If you wish to present an individual paper you must submit your proposal no later than 31st May, then wait until the Scientific Committee’s resolution, once your communication is approved in June, you may proceed with the full registration process.


We look forward to seeing you in Valencia!


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