Call for Papers | Living together in the cities of the future and the metaverse

WhatNext.Law Conference
Deadline: 28 November

This Call for Papers – which occurs in the context of the activity of the Knowledge Centre WhatNext.Law, a partnership between NOVA School of Law and Vieira de Almeida (VdA), – invites contributions for the WhatNext.Law Conference, that will take place in hybrid format on 3-4 February 2023.
Scope and aim of the Call for Papers

The boundaries between the physical and virtual worlds are becoming increasingly blurred. The fact that Metaverse is now a buzzword is the most salient example of that. In the next decade, our love, laughter, labour, and leisure – in one word, our lives – will depend on finding the right mix of physical, digital, virtual, and hybrid interactions.

More than ever, living together in the 21st century requires communities and their legal and political institutions to channel and complement economic actors in designing the spaces where we will be spending our lives.

The conference takes the city of the future and the Metaverse as its focal point as one of the main examples of the complex and interconnected social and legal issues that will increasingly define our lifestyle.

Topics that authors may wish to explore in relation to “Living together in the cities of the future and the metaverse” include but are not limited to:

  • Regulation of AI and automation
  • Accessibility, safety and vulnerabilities
  • Labour Law and new workplaces
  • Family law and other personal relations
  • Sustainability and governance
  • Consumer law and data protection
  • Health law and well-being
  • Digital commerce and contracts
  • Information, media and communication technologies
  • Infrastructure financing and security

The legal and regulatory analysis carried can be on a national, comparative, European or international level. Cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions are welcome.

Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted in Word format to by Monday, 28 November 2022.
For more information about this Call for Papers please contact us by sending an e-mail to
Organising Committee & Academic Co-Convenors for the conference

Fabrizio Esposito, NOVA School of Law, Lisbon, Portugal
Pin Lean Lau, Brunel Law School, Brunel University London, UK

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