Law Section

The Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2019 IAMCR conference to be held from 7-11 July, 2019 in Madrid. The deadline for abstract submission is 8 February 2019, at 23.59 UTC.

All proposals for consideration by IAMCR’s Law Section must be submitted via the IAMCR Open Conference System at

The overall theme of the 2019 conference is Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths. Following the general theme, the Law Section invites contributions related to the topics described below and any other panels or proposals, whether related to the conference theme or not, in any area of communication law and policy, from any theoretical perspective and using any methodological approach that may be of interest to the Section. 

While the Section welcomes submissions on any relevant topic, we especially encourage submissions related to the following topics:

  • Human rights in the context of networks and technology;
  • Algorithmic governance, including the governance of algorithms, and governance by algorithms; the use of algorithms in democratic decision-making; the role of algorithms in spreading and combatting disinformation; the use of algorithms in political and legal decision-making; algorithmic discrimination;
  • The regulation of big data profiling;
  • The regulation of targeted advertising;
  • Election law, including the regulation of bots and social media campaigning;
  • Artificial intelligence and intellectual property, including copyright; and
  • The right to be forgotten, privacy, and data protection law.

Co-sponsored panels and pre-conferences

The IAMCR Law Section is proud to announce a co-sponsored panel together with the International Communication Association’s Law and Policy Division. Abstracts submitted specifically for this panel should address legal and policy issues related to “surveillance, surveillance literacy and anti-surveillance advocacy.” Prospective applicants are welcome to submit an abstract labeled as “IAMCR/ICA Panel” in the abstract’s title.


The deadline to submit abstracts is 8 February 2019, at 23.59 UTC.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words, unless a particular Section or Working Group establishes their own criterion in this respect. All abstracts must be submitted through the IAMCR Open Conference System. Abstracts sent by email will not be accepted.

It is expected that each person will submit only one (1) abstract. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author, either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

For further information, please consult the IAMCR Madrid 2019 web page or contact the Local Organizing Committee by email:

Criteria for Evaluation

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:
    1. Theoretical contribution
    2. Methods
    3. Quality of writing
    4. Literature review
    5. Relevance of the proposal to the work of the Section or Working Group
    6. Originality and/or significance

Language Policy

The law section accepts abstracts in the three official languages of IAMCR: English, French, and Spanish.  Presentations can be made in any of these three languages.

Law Section


Loreto Corredoira

Co-Vice Chairs:

Sara Bannerman

Rodrigo Cetina Presuel