I International Congress

Civil Procedural Law

The Challenges of Global and Digital Sustainable Development

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 exposed the world to the positive and negative aspects of globalization; it also made evident the need for States to prepare for the challenges of global development; and, well, it showed us that the application and use of new technologies are fundamental. All these phenomena, of a transversal nature, are the motto of this Congress and motivate the study of procedural matters in the global and digital era, with a view to a result process.

In this context and also in the light of the United Nations 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, in particular those for promoting the rule of law at national and international level and ensuring equal access to justice for all, it is current and it is of practical and academic interest in critical analysis and the presentation of innovative proposals for procedural solutions that are part of this orientation. Above all, pay attention to the importance of consumer relations in sustainable development and in disputes with consumers.

This Congress aims to bring together researchers and professionals who, through their scientific studies and practical experiences, can contribute to the analysis of the impact of global and digital sustainable development in matters of procedural law, especially in civil proceedings, without excluding the application of the process to various branches of law.

20 e 21 May 2021

Universidade Portucalense

Organization: Instituto Jurídico Portucalense, IJP IPLeiria, Universidade de Vigo, Universidade de Málaga, Universidade de Salamanca, Universidade de Granada e Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Research Project: The Future of European and Transnational Civil Procedure

Contacts: ci-dpc@upt.pt

Call for Papers

Universidade Portucalense and its Research Center – Instituto Jurídico Portucalense and IJP IPLeiria, in collaboration with the University of Vigo, the University of Malaga, the University of Salamanca, the University of Granada and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, invite academic community to participate in the I International Congress on Civil Procedural Law – The Challenges of Sustainable Global and Digital Development, to be held on 20 and 21 May 2021, in virtual format, through the platform Colibri / Zoom.


Thematic Lines

1. Transnational and European Civil Procedure. Global development process and challenges

  • Process and fundamental rights – access to justice and due process of law
  • Administration of justice and effective judicial institutions – the challenges of organization and sustainability
  • Future of the civil process – instruments and movements for harmonizing the process
  • Civil judicial cooperation (European and international space)
  • Process and international relations
  • European processes and procedures in cross-border disputes
  • Problems around the injunctive debt collection models (national, European and comparative)
  • B2B and B2C process and relationships
  • Process and industrial relations
  • Family process and relationships
  • Process and succession relations
  • Process and corporate relations
  • Insolvency – problems and procedural solutions
  • Solutions to support over-indebtedness and articulation with the process
  • Out-of-court dispute resolution – sustainability and new areas of action

2. Civil Procedure in the Digital Age – Challenges of technological development

  • E-Justice in the European Union – state of the art and future perspective
  • Security and interoperability in justice systems
  • Electronic process and digital justice
  • Process and artificial intelligence
  • Process and electronic communications
  • Justice support platforms and new solutions
  • Proof in the digital age
  • Dispute resolution on-line
  • Social implications of digital justice
  • Economic impact of digital justice
  • Challenges of forensic professions in the digital age

3. Sustainable Consumption and Process

  • Challenges in resolving cross-border consumer conflicts
  • Extrajudicial means of resolving consumer disputes – paradigm changes
  • ODR – Online Dispute Resolution – experiences
  • B2C process and relationships – challenges of e-commerce
  • Consumer relations and appropriate procedural solutions – systems analysis
  • Collective Actions – new trends
  • Small Claims – state of play and future perspectives
  • General Contract Clauses Regime – procedural issues associated with the injunction
  • New Consumer Agenda – reinforcing consumer resilience and procedural protection and sustainable development
  • The process as a driver of sustainability in consumption
  • Smart Contracts and procedural problems

Call for Papers Rules and Procedures

1. Conditions and modalities of participation

  • Each speaker will be allowed to present at most one individual and one co-authored communication.
  • Only unpublished works are accepted, which are considered scientifically relevant in the thematic lines.
  • The proposed works may consist of the result of theoretical and / or theoretical-practical research or empirical studies, concluded or under development.
  • They can also be works developed within the scope of master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral courses.
  • Abstracts co-authored by a maximum of two authors will be admitted.
  • For eventual publication of the co-authored abstract in the minutes of the congress and issue of the respective certificate of approval, both authors must register (the first author will pay 100% of the registration fee and the second author, 50% of that fee) .
  • In the case of co-authorship, the oral presentation can be made only by one of the authors.
  • The following forms of participation are allowed:
    • Option 1 – Virtual oral communication (synchronous or by sending video in .mp4 format);
    • Option 2 – Virtual oral communication and submission of scientific article (synchronous or by sending video with a maximum duration of 10 minutes, in .mp4 format)
  • Proposals (abstracts) will be evaluated by the scientific committee, taking into account the adequacy of the topic and the scientific quality.
  • The virtual oral communication will last 20 minutes (if synchronous) or 10 minutes (if on video).
  • All participants (author and co-author, if applicable) whose abstracts are approved and who proceed with their regular registration are guaranteed the respective certificate.
  • Participants who register in modality 2 will have the right to publish the article in the Proceedings of the Congress ( E-book proceedings ) under the terms referred below, in point 4.

2. Rules for the presentation of scientific paper

General Rules

Communications must include the following elements:
  1. Identification of the thematic line in which the communication proposal is inserted (number);
  2. Title of the communication;
  3. Name and surname of the author (s);
  4. Affiliation and email address (in footnote next to the name);
  5. Communication summary, minimum 3 and maximum 5 pages;
  6. The summary must follow the following structure: Introduction; Goals; Methodology; Results and discussion; Conclusions; Recommendations (if applicable); Bibliographic References.
  7. The proposal must be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae (maximum 150 words) It would be better if such short biographical notes were inserted in the registration form;
  8. The supported languages are Portuguese, Spanish and English;

Submission of abstracts

Communication proposals must be submitted in the form of summaries, complying with the following rules:
  1. Title should be centered, capital letters, font 14, highlighted in bold.
  2. Below the title, the name of the author (or authors) should be mentioned in upper and lower case letters, highlighted in bold, right aligned, size 12, with an asterisk call for the title footer, of the name of the institution to which (s) linked and the contact email.
  3. Word document (doc / docx); font Arial ; body: letter 12; alignment: justified; line spacing: 1,5; upper and left margin of 3 cm; bottom and right margin of 2 cm; 3 to 5 keywords separated by semicolons.

Submission of complete articles

      1. Full articles must be submitted here by May 3rd, 2021.
      2. The scientific papers presented must be submitted in the form of articles ( See the Model here) .
      3. The maximum length of the article is 10/12 pages, excluding the abstract and bibliographic references.
      4. The articles are analyzed by the Scientific Committee, which will evaluate and select the papers for publication according to the double blind peer review method;
      5. The evaluation criteria will be as follows: link to the chosen thematic line; respect for standardization rules; scientific rigor, clarity of exposure; ability to analyze and deepen the theme; consistency of conclusions in relation to development; current and representative bibliography.
      6. Copyright: when submitting the scientific article to the scientific committee, the author expressly declares that the article is his / her own and exclusive responsibility. If approved, the author authorizes its publication, definitively, through a national or international publisher, assigning the respective rights.
    1. Note: Abstracts sent without observing the rules established above will be disqualified.
3. Rates and payment method

  • Reduced (Registration and Payment until March 31, 2021): 75 euros
  • Regular (Registration and Payment until May 3, 2021): 95 euros
  • Students from UPT, IPLeiria and partner universities: 25 euros

4. Publication

  1. Articles selected and approved according to the double blind peer review method will be published in the Proceedings of the Congress, in electronic format (E-book Proceeding –ISBN);
  2. The best articles will be selected for publication in a Web of Science / Scopus indexed magazine. In this case, the formatting and citation rules will be those adopted by the magazine in question, and it may be necessary for the authors to adapt the respective text, being informed of it in time.





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