“Closing the Gap” call for papers


Call For Papers

As part of the European Cyber Diplomacy Initiative, the EU Cyber Direct project, Egmont Institute, and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with other research institutions organise an international conference for scholars, policy analysts and practitioners working on cyber-related issues.

This two-day conference aims to:

  • Foster productive exchanges between different generations of scholars (emerging talents and established researchers), disciplines (law, political science, international relations, economics, geopolitics, IT, media studies), sectors (government, private sector, academia, NGOs) and regions (Global South-North);
  • Provide a platform for perspectives from Global South on key priorities;
  • Build the capacity of young scholars required for key roles in policy making (or something akin).

We invite academics, researchers, and policy analysts to submit their cutting-edge research work on cyber-related topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace;
  • International cooperation against cybercrime;
  • International law and stability in cyberspace;
  • Comparative analysis of national or regional approaches to build cyber resilience;
  • New technologies and cybersecurity.

We are particularly interested in paper proposals which approach the field in ‘out of the box’ ways and critically engage with existing policies and frameworks in a constructive, imaginative, and substantively well-informed manner. The conference organisers will then assign the selected paper proposals into concrete panels.

On the basis of the submissions, the conference organisers will issue the invitations to selected researchers who are expected to deliver the draft papers at the conference.


30 JanuaryCall for papers
28 FebruaryDeadline for submitting abstracts (250-500 words)
13 MarchInformation to selected authors
2 JuneAnnouncement of the draft programme
 30 JuneSubmission of draft papers
13-17 July‘Closing the gap’ conference