Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe, April 20-21, 2012
Call for Papers



Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy 

NUI Galway School of Law

International Conference


'Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe'

20th  21st April 2012


Call for Papers


Conference Theme:

The legal aspects of housing, land and planning are of central importance in the development of contemporary Europe.  Regulatory weaknesses in many European States have had enormous consequences for European and global financial systems. Limited access to adequate and affordable housing has impacted especially on older people, homeless people, people with disabilities, immigrants and those living in poverty.  Restricted bank lending, unaffordable housing and large mortgages will affect the lives of many Europeans for years to come.

At the same time the spectrum of housing rights is being broadened across Europe.  The Charter of Fundamental Rights has been incorporated into EU Treaty law, and several international instruments have been accepted by the EU, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified in 2011.  The integration and implementation of housing rights into housing access and services, as well as regulatory and meta-regulatory systems, are significant issues for researchers today.

This conference will have a broad appeal and be of particular interest to:
 Lawyers, advocates, law makers and policy makers
 academics, researchers and students
 housing rights activists and those interested in housing for homeless people, people with disabilities, older people and immigrants/migrants/refugees
 those interested in mortgage finance or regulation

Abstracts on any area relating to housing law, rights and policy are invited.  The conference will include, but is not limited to the following themes:
 Housing and homelessness
 International perspectives on developments in housing law, rights and policy
 Impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on housing and
independent living
 Impact of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Treaty of Lisbon on housing, land and planning
 Recent developments in EU/US mortgage and property law and policy
 Developments in the rented housing sector in Europe
 Defining the relationship between law, rights and policy in housing, land and planning in the meta-regulatory era
 Consumer protection in housing
 Public interest law and housing rights

The deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words) is 30th November 2011. 
Submissions should be made on-line at the conference website
For further information please contact Dr Padraic Kenna