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The Homa – Human Rights and Business Centre and the Master’s Degree Program in Law and Innovation, both of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, hereby call for the submission of expanded abstracts to the Working Groups of the event, with the publication of the expanded abstracts afterwards in the Annals of the event. The complete articles can also be submitted to the Homa Publica: International Journal of Human Rights and Business, as long as they respect its norms of publication and editorial policy and go through the evaluation process of the journal.

Art. 1 The Fifth International Seminar on Human Rights and Business will accommodate, among other activities, the development of 03 (three) Working Groups (WG), indicated below, with the respective explanations in Annex I of this announcement:

I – Mining and Human Rights;

II – National Measures: National Action Plans on Human Rights and Business and others public policies;

III – National and International litigation in the matter of Human Rights violations by companies;

Art. 2º. The expanded abstracts will be written in Portuguese, English or Spanish and should be sent until August 27, 2018, exclusively by the electronic system available at, with the indication of the respective WG of the event, in the terms below:

I – The expanded abstract should be written in Arial font, size 12, line spacing 1,5; with margins of the top and left pages equal to 3 cm, and the bottom and right pages equal to 2 cm;

II – The expanded abstract should be sent in one .doc or .docx file, with identification (items “c”, “d” and “e” below) and the other .pdf file without identification of the author (s), contemplating the following items:

a) title of the work, in upper case, centralized and bold. If in Portuguese, it must be followed by the English version below;

b) subtitle, if applicable, separated by colon of the title, in the same line and with the same specifications of the title;

c) full name of the author, by skipping a line of the title (or subtitle, when appropriate), aligned to the right, in italics, without bold. In case of co-authorship, enter the name of the second author in the line immediately following the name of the first author, with the same formatting, and then, if applicable, the name of the third author (Only for the file with identification);

d) The name of the file of the expanded abstract should indicate the WG for which the work is being sent;

e) information about the author (s), in a footnote inserted next to the respective name (s), with the same font as the other items, but with size 10, – essentially, institutional link, title, country, and electronic address (Only for the file with identification);

f) data related to the research promotion agency/institution, where applicable, in a footnote inserted next to the title of the work, with the same source as the other items, but with size 10 (Only for the file with identification);

g) simple abstract of a maximum of 100 (one hundred) words, in a justified text. If in Portuguese, it must be followed by an equivalent version in English or Spanish;

h) keywords (minimum of 03 and maximum of 05), aligned to the left, separated by semicolons, in lowercase letters (with the exception of the first name), without any highlighting (bold, italics or underlining). If in Portuguese, it must be followed by an equivalent version in English or Spanish;

i) expanded abstract text, in Portuguese, English or Spanish, with at least 5000 (five thousand) and at most 7,500 characters, including spaces, immediately after the keywords, by skipping a line between the items, justified text, with indentation of the first line of each paragraph of 1,5 cm, without insertion of any blank line or special spacing before and after the paragraphs, including: problem, working hypothesis, theoretical reference, method of research employed or to be adopted (according to the research stage);

j) citations in the text, when necessary, observing the author-date system (eg DOUZINAS, 2010, p.15);

k) bibliographical references, at the end of the text of the expanded abstract, in alphabetical order (do not enter in the characters count), with the title of the work highlighted in italics (eg FRASER, Nancy. Globalizing World, New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).

Art. 3º. The Organizing Committee may redirect submissions to other WGs without prior notification or authorization to the respective author (s).

Art. 4º. Expanded abstracts may be written individually or in co-authorship, subject to the following conditions:

I – In the case of an expanded abstract written individually, the author is required to have a master’s degree;

II – In the case of co-authorship, the maximum limit of 03 (three) authors are established for expanded abstract, and at least (01) one author must have a master’s degree. The others may be undergraduate students;

III – Each researcher may submit only one (1) individual expanded abstract to the event, assuming, in the case of co-authorship, the limit of three (3) expanded aabstracts by author (a) since they are sent to different WGs.

IV – Each expanded abstract can only be sent to one of the WGs of the event.

Single paragraph. Failure to comply with any of the above conditions will result in disregard of the proposal (s) submitted by the researcher (s) involved.

Art. 5º. The expanded abstracts will be evaluated by the Double-Blind Review system, that is, the respective files without authorship identification will be analyzed by two different evaluators, who will issue an opinion from 0 to 10 to the text. They will take into consideration the clarity of the text, adequacy of the theme to the WG indicated, attention to methodological aspects and relevance of the contribution. In each WG, the expanded abstracts that obtain the 10 (ten) best evaluations (average of the evaluators’ scores) will be selected for presentation.

Art. 6º. The results will be announced until September 3, 2018.

Art. 7º. The accepted expanded abstracts will be published in the Annals of the event.

Art. 8º. With the submission of the work, the author (s) assigns their copyrights to the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, which may disclose them free of charge by any type of media.

Art. 9º. The submission of selected papers, work presentation, and publication will be conditioned to the registration and payment of the appropriate fee by all authors and coauthors of the work, according to the guidelines in Annex II.

  • 1º. Registration will be open from July 2, 2018, and should be made through the electronic address
  • 2º. The registration fee for the event will be R$ 70.00 for listeners and R $ 100.00 for those who will perform work presentation (s) at the event until 09/10/2018.
  • 3. Undergraduate students who receive financial student support will be exempted from paying the registration fee.
  • 4. The exemption of the previous paragraph is conditioned to the sending of proof of receipt of the support through the email

Art. 10. The author who orally presents the expanded abstract, and only to this one, will be conferred the certificate of presentation of work in the event.

Art. 11. Presentation of the work will be done in the language in which the expanded abstract has been written (Portuguese, English or Spanish).

Art. 12. The dynamics of presentation of the works will be defined by the coordinator of each WG, observing the minimum time of Ten (10) minutes of presentation per work (even in case of co-authorship).

Art. 13. Some works may be invited by the Organizing Committee of the event and Editorial Board of the ‘International Journal on Human and Business Rights’ to be submitted to the evaluative process of the journal.

  • 1º. Only papers that comply with the Journal’s editorial policy and editorial policy will be selected, including the presence of at least one author with a master’s or doctoral degree.

Art. 14. The cases that are omitted in this document will be decided by the organizing committee of the event.

Juiz de Fora, June 27, 2018

Organizing committee




For this Working Group, expanded abstracts are expected to contemplate discussions regarding human rights violations perpetrated by mining activity and how it affects the most diverse territorial dynamics, whether in the environment or the reproduction of traditional social and productive relations that express, historically, the real involvement of the population with the territory, potentially affected by the enterprise. The challenges faced in preventing and/or repairing such violations can also be addressed.


For this Working Group, abstracts are expected to contemplate discussions regarding the need to formulate different public policies, which may involve both Executive, Legislative, and/or Judicial power, which can contribute more effectively to prevention and/or redress of human rights violations by companies. It can also address the processes of elaboration of  National Action Plans on Human Rights and Business.


For this Working Group, abstracts are expected to include studies on experiences of judicialization of human rights violations by companies, difficulties in enforcing access to justice, as well as the evaluation of judicial strategies and the analysis of their results.