Call For Papers – The 10th Year of the Arab Spring

Arab Spring ten years on: a webinar on the intersections of Arab Studies and International Law

Call For Papers – The 10th Year of the Arab Spring

In January 2011, Mohamed Bouazizi died from injuries he suffered when he set himself alight in protest of corruption and humiliation ruining his life in Tunisia. The outrage over his death led to a series of protests spreading in neighbouring countries. Subsequent events were soon dubbed in Western media as the ʻArab Springʼ – a series of uprisings in most countries of the Arab World.

Ten years after the events the long-term, societal results of the protests are still controversial or at least somewhat unclear for foreign observers. A country-by-country analysis is needed to understand and assess the changes that actually occurred in the relevant societies. A different method may be required to evaluate the efficiency of facing the past and eyeing the future at an institutional level. And while memories of colonialism may still fuel distrust toward foreign institutions, analysing the impact of the international community also calls for another methodology.


For these reasons, ELTE Contemporary Arab World Center and the PPCU Department of Public International Law organizes a joint webinar on the 14th of June 2021 from 4 PM to 8 PM (CET).

We aim to bring together professionals and academics from Arab studies and international law to discuss, among others


  • the current state of affairs in countries involved in the Arab spring
  • successes and failures of transition and transitional justice
  • security of local, neighbouring, and migrating communities in the relevant countries
  • the role of social media in local societies, politics, and legal regulations ten years after the Arab Spring
  • human rights compliance mechanisms in a regional or a universal context
  • challenges and outcomes of international development policies (Sustainable Development Goals, Education, Health)
  • Business and Human Rights in the Arab world after the Arab Spring

We especially welcome proposals with a country-specific focus and address one or more of these topics mentioned above.


The online event will take place entirely in the English language. The event will be subject to registration, but no participation fees will be applicable. Zoom links will be distributed for those who will take part as presenters.


Further details of the event will be provided on the Facebook event page. For the audience, the webinar will be live on Facebook. - For those who would like to join as an audience, but do not have a Facebook profile, please send us an e-mail to the address below and we will send an invitation.    


Prospective speakers are encouraged to send their abstracts to the organizers.

Update: Abstracts no longer than 600 words are welcome at e-mail address by the 7th of June 2021. Please also indicate your preferred affiliation. Successful applicants will be informed by the 8th of June 2021. Publication possibilities will be discussed and outlined before the final session of the event.

The event will be recorded and shared on our youtube channel.