Call for Papers – Conference on “Pacta Sunt Servanda in Changing Times” (online)

Call for Papers – Conference on “Pacta Sunt Servanda in Changing Times” (online)

The concept pacta sunt servanda (=agreements are to be kept) is regarded as the basis of all modern contract law regimes. And yet, the well-known differences between the civil law and the common law approach, as well as demands in recent years for relief of contract parties in times of crisis, call the fundamentals of pacta sunt servanda into question. In addition, as a concept developed in the West, it is time to assess how pacta sunt servanda is understood in other parts of the world. To explore related issues with a focus on private law the CCTL Obligations Lab Asia at CUHK LAW will hold an online conference on “Pacta Sunt Servanda in Changing Times” on 25 June 2021, 2 to 7pm (Hong Kong time).

CUHK LAW now invites proposals for papers to be presented at the conference on any aspect of pacta sunt servanda (PSS), including (1) historical features of PSS, (2) PSS from a comparative perspective, (3) PSS and AI, (4) PSS in times of crisis, (5) PSS and international contract regimes, (6) area-specific limits on PSS (consumer protection law, labor law, banking and finance law etc.), (7) PSS in Asian jurisdictions, (8) PSS in private and public international law. Paper proposals on the status of PSS in Asian jurisdictions and paper proposals which challenge traditional PSS positions are especially welcome.

Keynote Speaker: The Honourable Mr Geoffrey MA Tao-li, GBM, Former Chief Justice of the Hong Kong SAR

Distinguished Closing Remarks: Prof. Neil Andrews, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Confirmed Speakers:
– Mr. Jochen Ellrott, Partner, Freshfields, Tokyo, Japan
– Prof. Geraint Howells, University of Manchester, UK
– Dr. LIN Siyi, King & Wood Mallesons, Shenzhen, China
– Prof. (em.) Michael Martinek, University of Saarland, Germany
– Prof. Harpreet Kaur, National Law University, Dehli, India
– Mr. Kingsley Ong, Partner Eversheds-Sutherland, Hong Kong
– Adv. Joel Slawotsky, IDC Law and Business Schools, Israel
– Dr. Tran Kien, VNU Law School, Vietnam

Proposals of up to 300 words should set out the topic, provide an abstract as well as the name, institutional affiliation and email address of the proposer and be sent via email to on or before 15 March 2021. Decisions on the acceptance of paper proposals and the invitation to present at the conference will be communicated by 31 March 2021. Finalized conference papers should be submitted to the above email address by 31 May 2021. Presenters may be invited to publish their papers in an edited volume.

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15 Mar 2021