LaW Network Doctoral Conference “Coercion and Well-being in Europe”

06/05/2024 to 07/05/2024

EUniWell Nantes Université EUniWell-Event

Join us for the inaugural LaW Network Doctoral Conference!

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Delve into the multidisciplinary exploration of “Coercion and Well-being in Europe”, critically examining the interplay between coercive laws and measures in the pursuit of well-being. Born out of the EUniWell Seed Funding Programme, this conference, which is planned as a biennial event, will take place for the first time on 6 - 7 May 2024 at Nantes Université.

Conference Highlights:

  • Interactive Paper Discussions: Participants will discuss their papers in groups led by scholars during the conference, fostering dynamic interactions and enriching feedback.
  • Key Focus Areas: The conference will focus on critically examining the adoption of coercive laws and measures in the name of well-being, that is, on the understanding that they aim to protect people’s rights and well-being. Explore this complex relationship approach through lenses such as philosophy, political sciences, sociology, computer science, and more.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Engage with scholars and peers in discussions that span various legal realms, including criminal law, public law, civil law, environmental law, medical law, artificial intelligence, and algorithmic coercion. This multifaceted exploration aligns with the shared research interests of member universities.
  • Networking Opportunity: Connect with fellow PhD students and researchers from EUniWell universities, broadening your perspective with diverse opinions and forging valuable connections.

Eligibility and how to apply

Who Can Apply: Open to PhD students and young doctors from all EUniWell universities.

Abstract Submission: We invite all interested PhD students and young doctors to submit their abstracts (a maximum of 700 words, footnotes not included) related to the topics mentioned or to the theme of the conference by 8 January 2024 via the following website: 

Results of the abstract evaluation will be communicated to candidates in January 2023. Successful authors will then receive invitations to join the conference at Nantes on 6-7 May 2024. By the end of March 2024, participants are requested to submit their initial paper drafts. The finalised papers will be published post-conference.

Abstract Elements: Include title, introduction to the thematic and problematic, purpose, existing work, proposed analysis, and study method. Refer to the detailed formatting instructions in the Call for Abstracts document.

Selection criteria

  • Relevance: Alignment with the conference theme.
  • Clarity: Clear articulation of the problematic or interest.
  • Reasoning: Logical and insightful understanding of the topic.
  • Quality: Robust research and references.
  • Interdisciplinarity: Ability to connect across disciplines.
  • Originality: Individual submissions, not previously published or submitted for publication.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: 8 January 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: January 2024
  • Selection and Organisation of Speakers: March 2024
  • First Draft Due: End of March 2024
  • Conference: 6-7 May 2024
  • Final Papers Due: Early June 2024


For enquiries, reach out to the organising committee at law-network[at]

Downloadable documents

Download the Call for Abstracts here.