YSEC Volume II (2021)


Triangulating Freedom of Speech:

Business, Social Rights, and the Freedom of Speech in a Digital Age

We are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the second volume of YSEC (2021): Triangulating Freedom of Speech. The theme for this volume is the challenges associated with upholding freedom of speech where it conflicts with social rights, such as respect for private and family life and with economic rights such as the freedom to conduct a business or the rights of free movement.

We live in a digital age, where technology shifts happen faster than most people even realize. In this age, we have all become powerful: media powerful. We used to sit in silence in front of newspapers and TV screens and the world was explained to us by the few “who always knew what was right and wrong”. Today, thanks to the Internet, social media and Web 2.0, we can not only share our own thoughts with everyone in a more self-determined way, but we can also take part in public debate and even co-organise it ourselves. But, have we stopped to consider who sets the rules in this brave new world?

The empowerment of the individual challenges the “grand speakers” who are suddenly detecting “fake news”, echo chambers, and filter bubbles everywhere on the Internet. Internet-based communication allegedly hinders us from the “one truth”; as if newspaper hoaxes, propaganda, and narrow-mindedness were an invention of the Internet. The current heated debate about “fake news”, copyright and “upload filters” shows that we are unsure of how to deal with the newer and more complex phenomena of Internet-based speech. In no small part is this due to the fact that an important benchmark - our constitutional compass - is still strongly rooted in the past. Constitutions change at a significantly lower speed than technology. Societal changes pull constitutional changes; but what about normative content control?

Already there are demands for “old-times clarity”: truth filters on social media platforms, horrendous sums of liability for platforms that encourage (over-)thorough cleaning up and, if some had their way, ideally an “Internet truth advisory board”. However, it is equally true that private individuals “regulate”: they decide what is found on the Internet and who may post on a platform. Who will protect us from the threatening care curate?

The YSEC invites scholars to address in original contributions the socio-economic constitutional mechanisms we need to conceive of in order to take the utmost advantage of today’s technological developments.

The YSEC also welcomes contributions to Part II of the Yearbook, which is focused on current developments in the broader field of the Yearbook’s thematic coverage.

Deadline for proposals: 1st December 2020.

Submission of proposals: Proposals of no more than 500 words should be uploaded to the YSEC Submissions Platform. Successful applicants will be notified in December 2020. The deadline to submit the final paper is 30th April, 2021. The manuscripts will be subjected to double blind peer review, and authors will receive the comments from the editors and reviewers in early July 2021. The deadline for final submission of the contribution is 30th August 2021. Authors will use the template provided by the YSEC, and follow the YSEC’s style guide, both of which will be provided upon successful application.

The full Call can be downloaded here.

  • October 2020

    The call for papers is opened and published on the website.

  • 1st December 2020, midnight

    Deadline for submitting proposals.

  • December 2020

    Selection of authors and invitation to submit chapters.

  • 30th April 2021, midnight

    Selected authors submit their chapters. Chapters are sent straight to peer review.

  • 30th June 2021, latest

    Deadline for submission of peer reviews. The authors receive their peer-reviewed contributions immediately afterwards.

  • 30th August 2021, midnight

    Deadline for final submission of the revised chapters by the authors.

  • September 2021

    Subject to a final style check by the editors, the chapters and other contributions are submitted to Springer.

  • September – December 2021

    Springer publishes the chapters and other contributions online as soon as they are ready.

  • December 2021

    The full YSEC volume is published in hardcopy before the end of the year.

Submission and Production Timeline

Why Publishing Your Work in YSEC?

The Yearbook of Socio-Economic Constitutions (YSEC) offers an original perspective on law by focusing on the fundamental rules governing our economic and social lives (i.e. the socio-economic constitutions) at the local, national, and international levels. 

Our mission is to combine the solidity and rigor of a classical yearbook with the excitement of a respected journal, keeping a rigorous focus on doctrinal legal treatment of issues that socio-economic constitutions are facing in today’s globalized context, while at the same time remaining open to neighbouring disciplines to the extent that these inform the analysis. Each volume contains a carefully curated selection of high-quality writings covering a current theme and its socio-economic constitutional dimensions. Thus, each contribution to a YSEC volume constitutes a unique singular addition to the research topic as well as a vital part of a comprehensive volume in a topical research field. 

Further, the YSEC provides authors with a clear, reliable, and transparent production. We work closely with each of the authors throughout the production phases in order to secure that the production timeline is respected while the highest academic standards are maintained. Our cooperation with Springer gives us the possibility to grant our authors’ contributions the publicity they deserve. As soon as the contributions are finalized, e-publication is available via the Springer website, which means that our authors do not need to wait for the published volume to disseminate their work. 

Once complete, each volume of YSEC is presented and promoted energetically by the Editorial team and Springer. All finalized chapters are made available directly online by Springer and they are also reachable via the YSEC website. The high-quality printed volume is presented at an annual special book launch arranged by us, and broadcast on various traditional and social media channels.