Call for Papers


I. Humanitarian organizations and humanitarian work

The change and uncertainty that characterise present days bear unavoidable consequences on humanitarian organizations and the profile of the humanitarian worker. Crises with new features and increasing humanitarian challenges happen daily, and the growth of the third sector is occurring together with those urgent demands. This panel calls for reflection on the importance, prevalence and necessity of new paradigms, which will enable the new challenges to be successfully tackled by humanitarian organizations and their professional staff.

II. Human rights and international humanitarian law

Humanitarian standards need to be better applied, and they need to evolve. This panel gathers all stakeholders, both jurists and non-jurists, in a reflection on what needs to be improved. It will also be an opportunity to clarify the essentials aspects of the standards – and in particular the customary norms and case-law practices. Another important point of the panel is the interconnection between humanitarian and human rights.

III. Crisis intervention, peace missions and reconstruction

Intervention in crisis situations, but also structural intervention, whether for reconstruction or prevention, implies, in the humanitarian debate, the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations, of military and civil participants, with a view to its definition, its structuring, its financing, its implementation and the evaluation of the missions. In this section, we will discuss this topic both through theoretical debates on the missions and by using case studies on current or past interventions.

IV. Health and Food Security

A policy that guarantees health primary goods, conceived as both capacities and competencies, is essential for raising world population health global levels and is also a path to poverty reduction. Health rights will hardly be guaranteed if food security and a right to food are not included within an approach which aims to be rights oriented, transparent and aiming at fostering peoples’ responsibility and empowerment. Such approach cannot rely upon vague and transitory political goals, often subject to political revision. On the contrary, the right to health and food must be an integral part of approaches based on developmental rights and on human rights, according to the international legislation to which states subscribed. This section aims to tackle the many related issues, from available means to resources allocation, to criteria and operationalization. New perspectives on health, namely from epidemiology, are also welcome.

V. Refugees and migrants

Migrations, and more specifically forced migrations, in particular internally displaced persons, but also refugees and asylum seekers, are a major cause of humanitarian crises today. Given their global implications, the link with humanitarian and human rights problems, and the relationship with substantive issues such as acceptance of differences, integration and social cohesion, this is a central issue in the context of this conference.

VI. Cooperation and sustainable development

Present-days cooperation for sustainable development takes the form of solidarity and of resources transference, both North-South and South-South, in an effort to involving governments, international organizations and civil society. In turn, the debate on sustainability underlines the ecological, socioeconomic, cultural and educational balances and imbalances, which imply all humans as part of a common ‘destiny'. This section thus welcomes paper presentations on all these issues.