- Polonca Kovač, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Polonca.Kovac@fu.uni-lj.si
- Anamarija Musa, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Background, objectives and the main topics of the WG
The "rule of law” is a traditional principle, aimed at limiting the power of the state, administrative institutions and officials towards citizens and other subjects and at ensuring that authoritative decisions are legally based and generally sound. It frames public policies’ design and the rule-making (regulatory level), individual administrative proceedings and implementation of authoritative decisions and legislation, as well as any other administrative actions (implementation level). Known in various legacies, from Aristotle’s recitals and Middle Ages theory (Dicey) to the 19th century German Rechtsstaat or French Etat de droit, the principle evolved over time. Nowadays it represents a set of complementary (sub)principles and guarantees, such as proprietor rights, access to information, right to be heard and participate in public matters, judicial review, anticorruption, etc. The rule of law is a "supra” principle of good administration and sound public governance. The RoL in administrative relations is also one of the salient elements of the on-going transitional development in CEEs. Moreover, it reflects a significant Europeanisation effect. However, the RoL is to be addressed in legal, as well as political, economic and managerial, and other aspects.
This WG group at the NISPAcee 2022 Conference welcomes papers exploring specific sub-elements of the RoL in the NISPAcee region, based on national case studies or in the comparative dimension of CEE and other countries in Europe/globally. In particular, research papers addressing whether and how the COVID pandemic contributed to the strengthening or deterioration of the rule of law will be appreciated.
The key topics to be addressed in 2022 – but are not restricted to – are the following:
1. Crises resilience in public governance, especially in law-making and administrative procedures.
2. Separation of powers (legislative, executive, judicial) in the contemporary environment (e.g. trends regarding the COVID pandemic circumstances).
3. Relationship between the EU and national law and institutions in public affairs and related reforms.
The requirements for contributions
Both theoretical and empirical papers focusing on national case studies or comparative work are welcome. The papers can be grounded in various disciplines, from law, public policy/political science, economics, to interdisciplinary manuscripts. Abstracts/applications should include (i) the selected topic (1–3 or other), (ii) indication of the research problem, (iii) methodology, (iv) expected findings, as well as (v) academic and/or practical contribution of the paper, i.e. its originality and significance for the RoL in public administration/governance in the NISPAcee region. Note: the authors of accepted applications should submit their full papers by 20 May 2022 at the latest to be included in the final programme. The high-quality full papers will be considered for publishing in the NISPAcee journal.
From participants of this working group full paper is required before the conference.
Deadline of full paper submission is 20th of May 2022.
You can find manuscript guidelines on THIS LINK.