CFP: Conference on the Occupy Central Movement and Its Aftermaths: An Interdisciplinary Study(徵稿:佔中運動研討會)

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18-19 September 2015, Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong

Co-organizers:
Asia Pacific Law Review (APLR), School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong

CONFERENCE THEMES: Universal suffrage of the Chief Executive in 2017 is a significant milestone in the constitutional development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). However, the way to implement it has led to great controversies and an unprecedentedly serious political and social cleavage in the Hong Kong society. Worse still, the HKSAR Government’s first round of consultation and the “8.31 Decision” of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress even led to the emergence of the largest scale civil disobedience movement ever in the history of Hong Kong.

Commencing on 28 September 2014, the 79-days’ Occupy Central Movement, or the subsequently called “Umbrella Movement”, not only aroused great concerns from people in Hong Kong, but also people from mainland China, as well as the international society. It is not only a local civil disobedience movement for Hong Kong, but also forms part of the citizens’ movement and democratization movement that have been happening all over the world in recent years.

While demanding for genuine universal suffrage was its original cause of initiation and its ultimate goal, the actual implications of the Occupy Central Movement, especially events happed during the course, go far beyond this, and extended to the legal, political, social and international spheres.

The Occupy Central Movement definitely will pose significant long-term impacts on the development of democratization and citizens’ movement in Hong Kong, the HKSAR Government’s administration, Chinese government’s rule over the HKSAR, as well as the rule of law and democracy development in mainland China.

Through an interdisciplinary study of the implications of the Occupy Central Movement in various aspects, the conference aims at mapping the future development of democracy and citizens’ movements in Hong Kong, the relationship between Hong Kong and the Central Government, as well as the impact of Hong Kong’s citizens’ movement on the development of the rule of law and democracy in mainland China.

SUB-THEMES: The sub-themes of this conference are as follows:
1) Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law;
2) Implication of the Occupy Central Movement on Local Politics;
3) Implication of the Occupy Central Movement on Central-Local Relations;
4) Social Implication of the Occupy Central Movement;
5) Impact of the Occupy Central Movement on the Rule of Law Development and Democratization in mainland China; and
6) The Occupy Central Movement in International Context.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS AND FULL PAPERS: The captioned conference will be jointly held by the Asia Pacific Law Review (APLR) and the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL), both under the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong on 18-19 September 2015. We are inviting proposals for paper presentation on the aforementioned sub-themes.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (not more than 500 words), together with your biography in the form of email attachments to lwrccl@cityu.edu.hk by 1 May 2015.

You will be notified of the decision as to whether your proposed paper is accepted for conference presentation by 15 May 2015.

SUBMISSION OF FULL PAPERS: Subject to external review, conference papers presented at the captioned conference will be published as a symposium in the Asia Pacific Law Review (APLR). Thus, authors whose proposed papers are accepted for conference presentation are required to submit the full paper by 15 August 2015.

The word limit of the full paper is not more than 10,000 words. All the full paper submitted to this conference has to comply with the style guide of the APLR. For the details about APLR’s style guide and APLR in general, please visit the Journal’s website: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/aplr/index.html

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further details about this conference, please contact us via email at lwrccl@cityu.edu.hk



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