CFP: Special workshop on Individual and Group Vulnerability (IVR 2019)

Submission deadline: March 15, 2019

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The XXIX IVR World Congress will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from 7-13 July 2019. The organisation is a joint undertaking between lucernaiuris, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies at the University of Lucerne, and the Swiss Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

The overarching theme of the 2019 congress is "Dignity, Democracy, Diversity". For details on registration, accommodation, programme and social activities, please consult the relevant pages here:

The special workshops are a main pillar of the IVR World Congress, and provide a unique forum for intensive exchange on a particular subject of interest. The workshops are organised by individuals or groups of individuals who are responsible for the overall coordination of the session.

The purpose of the workshop on Individual and group vulnerability (further information here: is to analyse the meaning and the legal/institutional value of this concept, also with reference to the condition of ethno-cultural and religious minorities. Possible questions include:

A clarification of the concept, its heuristic capacity and political and practical relevancy.

The interplay between individual and group vulnerability.

The relationship between vulnerability and other dimensions, such as victimization, insecurity, and risk.

The role institutions can play in dealing with individual and group vulnerability, by providing goods, economic resources, and other material assets.

The role of the broader society, in particular the networks of relationships people live in, and from which they receive support: families, associations, trade unions, religious groups, and so on.

Contact: [email protected]

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