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Academic days on open government issues

Journées universitaires sur les enjeux du gouvernement ouvert

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Published on Monday, August 08, 2016


These academic days will be organized during the week dedicated to the theme since France, as chair of Open Government Partership, will host the Open Government Global Summit in December 2016. These Academic days aim to bring together all of academia concerned with issues related to open government by favoring a broad and multidisciplinary dimension.


 Journées universitaires sur les enjeux du Gouvernement ouvert”. December 5 & 6, 2016 – Paris, France


On December 5 & 6, 2016, the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and IMODEV organize an international conference entitled “Academic Days on Open Government Issues”. This international event, under the direction of Irene Bouhadana and William Gilles, will be the 17th edition in a series of IMODEV international conferences on the Law and Governance of the Information Society.

These academic days will be organized during the week dedicated to the theme since France, as chair of Open Government Partership, will host the Open Government Global Summit in December 2016. These Academic days aim to bring together all of academia concerned with issues related to open government by favoring a broad and multidisciplinary dimension.

One of the goals of the open government process is to promote greater transparency and encourage citizen participation and collaboration in government decision-making, but also to promote government accountability. In this perspective, it is important to emphasize the role of citizens, civil society and stakeholders in decision-making to improve government policies.

The Origins of the “Academic Days on Open Government Issues”

The experiences observed since 2011 in member countries of OGP have shown that if civil society is largely associated with the process of open governments, the academic community has not been adequately consulted. It is important to emphasize that the university community must be part of the open government process. The concept of “Academic Days” was never experienced in previous events of the OGP. By organizing these days, with IMODEV and University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Dr. Irene Bouhadana and Dr. William Gilles have decided to organize for the first time a scientific event dedicated to issues of open government willing bring together academics - regardless their disciplines - to enable them to discuss these issues through a scientific approach.

The Academic Days aim to bring together all academics interested in these matters, that their country is or is not a member of the OGP. The underlying objective is to build a university doctrine on open-government issues: IMODEV, as an international network of researchers and academics, and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne already working fully in favor of promoting these themes. The idea of this scientific event at the Paris World Summit has thus forcefully imposed.

A Cross-Disciplinary and International Event

This scientific event aims to bring together all those who wish to think, with an academic approach, about themes that are associated with the opening of governments.

This multidisciplinary event will associate law, political science, economics, management, mathematics, computer science, social science, history, sociology, environmental science, arts, and all other subjects or field which may be related to these issues.

These days will, by their transverse and multidisciplinary character, understand, analyze and debate the issues of open government with representatives from the 5 continents.

A Collaborative Event

The aim of this scientific event is to make the various stakeholders and participants stakeholder event. Also it is possible for you to participate in various forms of intervention organized.

You can also propose new research topics related to the theme of this meeting provided you federate upon filing of the proposal a minimum of 6 players.

An Event Open to Youth, Students and Young Researchers: Transmit to the Leaders of Tomorrow

Moreover, these days are intended to be also open to young researchers (PhDs, PhD students, master students 2). The intention is to involve the younger generations to the challenges of tomorrow regarding open government issues. The young researchers will conduct roundtables or workshops.

A committee of young researchers will be established to coordinate this work.

The Possibility for Academics to Value their Research in the Various Formats of the Event

The variety of the proposed interventions allow each participant, regardless of her/his field of research, to present and defend her/his work, subject to availability.

Lightning talks

The lightning talks are short oral presentations in which speakers are invited to defend in front of the public their research idea in 5 minutes.

The lightning talks are an opportunity for researchers to confront the exercise of outreach and synthesis of their research in order to make them understandable to the greatest number. By their nature, lightning talks fail to go into the details of the research: this goal is pursued by other forms of intervention proposed during these days (workshops, round tables...). The aim of lightning talks is for researchers to present the substance of their research work and to deliver the bulk of their content in a complete but concise manner.

This method of academic presentation is intended to generate interest and to foster openness to discuss and debate with colleagues and counterparts in those Academic days.

Stakeholders wishing to participate in this exercise must propose an intervention topic or theme to the Scientific committee of Academic Days stating their name, function, university or institution, and a 10 lines abstract. All this information can be sent on the online platform dedicated to these days: http://academicdays.imodev.org

The topics of the lightning talks will resume those initially proposed in the Workshops (open government, open data, fight against corruption, citizen participation and co-construction, right to respect for private life, mass surveillance, etc.), this list can be completed on the same terms with your own proposals.

These lightning talks will be held in French or English.


The Workshops are sessions bringing together a small group of participants. The goal of these interventions is to present in ten minutes the research to group members. Following this presentation, a discussion ensued between the panelists.

The workshops will allow participants to discuss, contribute and build on themes related with open governments in open groups of ten to twenty people.

The workshops can cover all the topics related to the issues of open government. Are already planned workshops on the following topics:

  • Arts & Open Government   
  • Open Data
  • Right to Information & Access to Open Government
  • Right to Privacy
  • Health & Open Data
  • Foundation of Open Gov (philosophy, sociology)
  • Management & Open Government
  • Mathematics & Open Government
  • Open Government
  • Open Access to academic research
  • Big Data Issues
  • Smart cities
  • Digital Divide
  • Net Neutrality
  • Brexit and Open Government
  • Disability Access & Open Government
  • Corruption & Open Government
  • Post-Conflict & Open Government
  • Commons & Open Government
  • Citizen Participation & Collaboration
  • International Institutions & Open Government
  • Open Parliament
  • Open Justice
  • Freedom of Speech & Open Government
  • European Union & Open Government
  • Open Law & Open Government
  • Security & Open Government
  • Local Government & Open Government
  • Cyber surveillance & Open Government
  • Democratic Case Management in the Legal Process
  • History and Open Government

When it meets a sufficient number of participants (minimum of 6), any speaker can propose to the Scientific Committee of Academic days other themes. The proposal must indicate the working language (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian), the name and functions of the responsible of the workshop, the workshop title and a ten lines abstract (written in French or English) that will be reviewed by the scientific committee.

 ‘Young Researchers’ Workshops

The young researchers can participate in all the formats proposed during the Academic days (lightning talks, workshops, Poster presentations...). However, dedicated spaces are offered through workshops ‘Young Researchers’.

The workshops ‘Young Researchers’ are intended to be a laboratory of ideas and meetings between students and young researchers worldwide.

The working languages of the Young Researchers’ Workshops are free and agree between them. Presentation languages are French or English.

The involvement of young researchers and students contribute to the success of the event by building bridges and points of contact within the university and other students and young researchers.

Poster presentation

The scientific poster presentations aspire to highlight researches being carried out by academics. This form of participation also allows researchers enrolled in these days of academic understanding of the work of their counterparts. The poster presentation is also a transmission and communication tool, promoting contact between the researcher who presented her/his research work and members of the academic community interested in research exposed.

Posters shall be presented in French, English or Spanish.

‘Ateliers créatifs’ (Creative sessions)

The opening of governments also aims to promote freedom of expression. For this reason, the organizers of the Academic days wanted to combine open government issues and the artists, who are one of the direct expression of this freedom.

The aim is to enable academic artists to present their work during these two days. This creative space is a place for exchange and co-participation not only open to creative training, but also to non-usuals, thus including non-academics.

All art forms are accepted (photography, caricature, drawing, sculpture, literature, etc.) since they concern a theme of open government (freedom of expression, transparency, open government, open data, privacy, citizen participation, Net neutrality, mass surveillance, etc.).

The Academic days, an integrated event at the OGP Global Summit 2016 in Paris

Academic researchers present to these days can take part in the three days of the OGP Global Summit 2016 in Paris (7, 8 and 9 December 2016). Additional information on how to register at the Paris Summit are available at the following address: https://www.etalab.gouv.fr/ogp

More informations could be find on this Website. Academic Days would be in this way a great introduce to following the OGP Global Summit.

This approach aims to contribute to the influence of the Partnership for governments open the full involvement of the university community.

The work rendered during these academic days will be refunds in the main summit held in Paris from 7 to 9 December 2016. Workshops will be devoted to that refund and allow visibility of the work of researchers in Academic of days.

A valuation of the research work

The Academic days are intended to enhance the thematic research on issues related to open government.

This valuation will take several forms.

  • Filmed Sessions: some sessions will be filmed. These records will be published online (free and open access)
  • Publication of the best articles in an international journal with scientific committee: articles that have been validated by the scientific committee will be published in the International Journal of Open Government or the International Journal of Digital and Data Law. Both journals are free and open access and use the best technologies to ensure effective SEO, and therefore, visibility and international promotion of publications.
  • Publication of other contributions on the website of Academic Days.

Information and contact

We remain at your disposal for any questions regarding the organization. We invite you to visit now our Internet platform dedicated to the event at the following address:


Through this platform, you can register now as a speaker or participant.

Registration on the platform is mandatory (before September 30, 2016).

Here you can submit your proposals for intervention, but we also provide thematic suggestions as mentioned above.

Looking forward to the Academic days on open government issues, we invite you to consult our Internet platform and discover all of our activities:


Registration: http://academicdays.imodev.org


The Institut du Monde et du Développement pour la Bonne gouvernance Publique (IMODEV)© is an international scientific organization, independent and non-profit that works to promote good public governance in the context of the information society.

To do this, this international research network brings together experts and researchers from around the world that contribute, through their work and their actions, to a better knowledge and understanding of the digital society, whether local, national or international.

The Institute organizes regularly, in France and in several countries, seminars and scientific events on open government and digital society issues.      

About the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

With eight hundred years of excellence to build on, the University Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne, a descendant of the Faculty of Law and Economics of the Sorbonne, is one of the most famous and largest universities in France. Some forty thousand students are enrolled in 14 teaching and research departments (Unites de Formation et de Recherche) and 5 Institutes, which offer top level degree courses in law, political science, economics, management and the humanities. The university is principally located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, and occupies part of the Sorbonne and other prestigious French university buildings. Paris 1 is at the center of a rich network of international relations stretching across the five continents and plays a major role in training researchers, academics, judges, lawyers, senior managers and top French civil servants. At the cross - roads of tradition and modernity, Paris 1 is at the forefront of research and education in its fields, and aims to be a major pole of research and education in Europe in the 21st century.  

Scientific Direction

  • Irène Bouhadana - France / Director of the Law Master degree D’n’Go – Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Secretary-General of IMODEV
  • William Gilles - France / Director of the Chair of Americas – Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Président of IMODEV

Scientific committee

  • Margareth Allars - Australia / Professor - University of Sydney
  • Uta Biskup - Germany, Luxembourg / Jurist-linguist - Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Irène Bouhadana - France / Director of the Law Master degree D’n’Go – Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Secretary-General of IMODEV
  • Richard Calland – South-Africa / Professor - Department of Public Law - University of Cap Town
  • Grenfieth de Jesús Sierra Cadena - Colombia / Professor - University of Rosario – Bogotá
  • Daniel Carnio Costa - Brazil / Professor - Instituto Brasileiro de Administraçāo Judicial
  • Henryk Dzwonkowski - Poland / Professor - University de Lodz
  • Pietro Falletta - Italia / Professeur - University of LUISS – Roma
  • William Gilles - France / Director of the Chair of Americas – Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Président of IMODEV
  • Laverne Jacobs - Canada / Professor - University of Windsor
  • Patricia Jonason - Sweden / Associate Professor - University of Södertörn – Stockholm
  • Helle Krunke - Denmark / Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies (CECS) - Faculty de law of the University de Copenhaguen
  • Steve Friedland – United States of America / Professor - Elon University
  • Pablo Oscar Gallegos Fedriani - Argentina / Professor - University of Belgrano - Buenos Aires
  • Jean-Jacques Lavenue - France / Professor - University of Lille 2
  • Tomasz Nowak – Poloand / Associate Professor - Université of Lodz
  • Issa Luna Pla - Mexico / Professor - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Marco Antonio Peres Useche - Colombia / Professor - Universidad Externado de Colombia
  • Wolfgang Rosch - Germany, Luxembourg / Referendary - Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Ricardo Hasson Sayeg - Brazil / Professor - Faculdade de Direito da Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP)
  • Indra Spieker ganannt Döhmann - Germany / Professor – Goethe University - Francfort am Mein
  • Elvira Talapina - Federation of Russia / Researcher - Academy of Sciences - Doctor in Law
  • Eduardo Tuma - Brazil/ Professor - Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas – FMU/SP and alderman - City of Sao Paulo

  • Yann Toma - France / Professor - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Russel L. Weaver - United States / Brandeis School of Law – Louisville
  • Petr Juptner - Czech Republic / Director of the Institute of Polical Sciences - Charles University – Prague
  • Maria Belen Andréu Martinez - Spain / Professor - University of Murcia
  • Iris Nguyen-Duy - Norway / University of Oslo
  • Attila Péterfalvi - Hungary / President of the Hungarian National Authority of Data Protection and Freedom of Information
  • Benjamin Worthy - United Kingdom, Lecturer at the Birkbeck College, University of London


  • Friday, September 30, 2016


  • gouvernement ouvert, transparence, information


  • Ranjit Singh
    courriel : ranjit [dot] singh [at] univ-paris1 [dot] fr
  • Quentin Sgard
    courriel : contact [at] imodev [dot] org

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Information source

  • Institut du Monde et du Développement pour la Bonne Gouvernance Publique
    courriel : contact [at] imodev [dot] org


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« Academic days on open government issues », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, August 08, 2016, https://doi.org/10.58079/vju

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