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IACL World Congress: Workshop 12

2017CongressLogoOver the coming days, we are featuring each of the 20 workshops in the 10th IACL World Congress 2018 on “VIOLENT CONFLICTS, PEACE-BUILDING AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW”,  being held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 18-22 June 2018. Full details are on the congress website, in English and French, along with information on how to submit a paper. Papers may be in either French or English. Please circulate to colleagues interested in the subject.



  • Eva Brems (Belgium/ Belgique) (
  • Helle Krunke (Denmark/ Danemark) (

Armed conflicts often challenge human rights and democracy in the affected areas. Vulnerable groups become even more vulnerable. Starvation, poverty, homelessness and crime can be consequences of such crisis. Support is often needed both in the crisis areas and in the countries which the refugees flee to.

All over the world we find such violent crisis and witness their impact on human rights and democracy. Furthermore, we increasingly see countries close their borders for refugees.

This situation raises several questions which might be addressed at this workshop:

  •  what are the legal and moral perspectives and consequences in light of transnational solidarity and justice?
  •  Do other countries have obligations to support the victims of armed conflicts?
  •  Can solidarity be thought beyond nation states?
  •  Can human rights and democracy be seen as part of ‘universal’ solidarity and justice?
  •  are there, on the other hand, limits to how far transnational solidarity can go for instance as regards intervention in countries which violate democracy and human rights?
  •  and, finally, shall or can solidarity be understood as the form of burden-sharing between the countries which the refugees flee to becomes an important question.

At the core of all these questions we find the concept of solidarity and its legal implications. We also find the role of states, international organisations and individuals including the rise of new active actors beyond these categories for instance internet groups in some cases across borders. This leads to the question how solidarity can be institutionalised?

 The topic has global interest and an inter-disciplinary character since it can be approached from among others a legal, philosophical, political and sociological perspective. As regards the legal approach the topic is situated in the cross-field between constitutional law, international law and legal philosophy.

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