Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.

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The conference welcomes contributions that focus on the legal issues involving non-heterosexual, trans and intersex persons who intend to found a family, who live as a family and who have to manage difficult times in their relationship (divorce, death, etc.). We are particularly interested in analyses dealing with reproduction and parenthood.

We encourage papers that touch upon issues of rainbow families addressed by the results of the Rights on the move project research, i.e.:

  • Clashes of fundamental rights (equality, freedom of conscience and religion, best interest of the child, etc.)
  • Comparative constitutional law and analysis of recent cases and reforms
  • Obstacles to freedom of movement for family members under Directive 2004/38/EC and within the Schengen and non-Schengen area
  • Rainbow families and the genuine enjoyment of the substance of the rights attaching to the status of European Union citizen
  • Rights and duties of the legally unrecognised parent in comparative and international law
  • Intersexuality and the demise of gender dualism as a legal classification
  • Surrogate motherhood, medically assisted techniques and cross-border health care
  • Reproductive health of trans and intersex people
  • International private law issues in relation to parenthood, with special regard to the impact of international adjudication on ordre public arguments
  • Dynamic (evolutive) interpretation of international law instruments and of their terminology and concepts (spouse, child, marriage, etc.)
  • Multiple and associative discrimination in relation to rainbow families
  • Discrimination against rainbow families in employment
  • Discrimination or obstacles in ensuring equality in the right to conduct business and in tax law
  • Issues of enforcement of the rights of rainbow families by equality/human rights and other bodies


The whole process is supervised by the scientific committee of the conference and by anonymous peer-reviewers.

The abstract should be between 1 500 and 3 000 characters long, including spaces, and be based on the template provided by the organisers and available online. Submissions shall also include a 1000-character biography of the author and indicate her/his position, affiliation and contact details.

The paper will present innovative research results and the thesis in the form of a short essay between 20 000 and 45 000 characters including footnotes and spaces and an abstract of max 1200 characters. Submitted papers will be published on the conference website and subject to peer-review in the conference proceedings published with ISBN.

To ensure that high quality proceedings are published, authors are urged to take special care in preparing full papers and submit a text ready for publication with regard to citation style, language and format as indicated in the paper template. Papers submitted in unsuitable form or after the deadline unfortunately will not be published.