The Euro-African Center for Legal Studies Organizes an international webinar on:The impact of digital transformation on law and society

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Webinar Preamble

In an international context witnessing a digital revolution characterized by the rapid growth and spread of the modern means of communication, as a result of the low cost of internet connectivity and the emergence of new generations of smart phones and internet services made it possible for broad categories of society able to access and benefit from the digital services on a large scale. The private sector has always been taking the lead in developing its management methods driven by the obsession of making a profit. This is why the digital transformation at the level of the enterprise has transcended its counterpart in the public sector through e-business management. 

In the public sector, the public utility has, in turn, tried to benefit from the digital revolution in order to improve its services and provide it to the client in a way that takes into consideration the factor of speed and accuracy, and advocates transparency principles and enhances citizen’s confidence in the administration. However, the experiences of digital transformation differ from one country to another depending on the economic, social conditions and on political willingness. This affects, negatively or positively, the country’s economic environment and enhances its investment attractiveness.

If most European countries have made great strides development in the sequence series of digital transformation, which is confirmed by the transformation indicators issued by international organizations and research centers, the situation in the African continent is characterized by a stark contrast between the countries of the north and the far south of the continent, and between the rest of the sub-Saharan countries.

With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirement of digital transformation in the public and private sectors has become a necessity. Enterprises and states with strong digital structures, adequate legal frameworks, and societies prone to acceptance and proficient in using and exploiting the digital means and applications made available to them managed to adapt rapidly with the exceptional circumstances imposed by the pandemic. They have even made use of these circumstances to limit the spread of the epidemic and evade the worst case scenario of its economic and social repercussions. This has made it possible for them to ensure the continuity of services provided, on a remote basis, by the public utility (distance education, prosecutions…). Thus, it is of paramount importance to showcase some successful examples on the African and European levels, whether it concerns government sectors or pioneer enterprises.

However, even if digital transformation is inevitable for the public and private sectors, as proved by the current exceptional circumstances, it is still linked to several issues of a diverse nature the most prominent of which is the legal aspect. Relying only on traditional legislations to find legal adaptability or solutions to conflicts predominantly digital-related is a method that contradicts the legal maxim; which is supposed to be up to date to develop the society where it applies. Every development in human life will certainly lead to the development of the legal maxim, that is why the issue of defining and updating the legal and regulatory frameworks for digital transformation is persistently raised.

On the other hand, there are issues that emerged concerning the extent to which subjects of the public and private law keep pace with digital transformation and adapt to the legislative updates associated with it. In addition to the problems associated with the administrator and the client, and the extent of their economic and social readiness to accept and interact positively with the various services provided to them in a digital form, especially with the emergence of concerns related to digital reliability and cyber security.

In order to interact with this subject which persistently imposes itself in the current circumstances, the Euro-African Centre for Legal Studies seeks to contribute effectively to approaching it and try to respond scientifically to the various problems associated with it, through the following sections:

Section One: The legal and socio-cultural dimensions of digital transformation;

Section Two: Public utility and digital transformation (e-management in its central dimension/e-government);

Section Three: Territorial authorities and digital transformation (e-management in its decentralized dimension/smart cities);

Section Four: Digital transformation and real estate property management;

Section Five: Enterprise and Digital Transformation (e-business management).

Organizing Committee

Dr.Mohamed EL Janati-  Dr.Khaled EL GHAZI-  Dr.Mostafa MAAMMAR – Dr.Haj CHAGRA

Dr.Azizi MIFTAH-  Dr.Aziz BOUSSETTA– Dr.Youssef AMMARI  – Dr.Said EL WARDI 

Dr.EL Mostafa AMAAZOUL – Mr.Mohamed HAKIMI– Dr.Sanae ATEILAH– Mr.Mohammed Rachid EBN RAHMOUN– Mr.Abd ANKAOUI – Mr.Ahmed MORACHID-  Mr.Abdelatif EL GHAZI– Mr.Azeddine BELARBI Mr.Abdelghani LOUGHMARI– Miss.Oumnia BOULAARASS– Miss.Kaoutar DAHDOUH

Scientific Committee

Dr.Mohamed EL Janati-  Dr.Khaled EL GHAZI-  Dr.Mostafa MAAMMAR – Dr.Haj CHAGRA

Dr.Azizi MIFTAH-  Dr.Aziz BOUSSETTA– Dr.Youssef AMMARI  – Dr.Said EL WARDI 

Dr.Abellatif BGHYAL – Dr.Marzouk AYT ELHAJ HAKIMI– Dr.Ahmed EL JBARI– Dr.AHMED EL OUJDI Dr.Widad AL AYDOUNI– Dr.Jamila EL AMMARI– Dr.Loubna EL GHOUMARI

Translation and Interpretation

Mr. EL BOUHSSINI Mohamed Achraf – Miss EL MANSOURI Fatima – Mr. NAJEM Ayoub – Mr. OUHRA Brahim

Regulations

• Interventions/research papers should be novel, current and fall within one of the proposed themes, and must not have been published in part or in full.

• Interventions/research papers are required to be written in one of the following languages:

– Arabic: Word font: Arial, size: 16.

– French or English: Word font: Times New Roman, size: 14.

• Accurately identifying the research problem and the used methodology.

• Respecting the scientific regulations that are agreed upon in relation to references, sources and margins.

• The intervention/research papers are to be attached to the researcher’s brief academic biography, along with their academic degree, phone number and e-mail.

Regulatory Dates

• Deadline for the submission of the first draft: July, 2nd 2020.

• Response to the accepted papers: July, 05th 2020.

• Deadline for receipt of final papers: July, 15th 2020.

• Announcement of the webinar program: July, 16th 2020.

• The seminar will be held remotely, starting on July, 18th 2020.

Via ZOOM

• Summaries of research papers, in less than 500 words, are to be sent to the following email:

t-digitale@ceaej.org

Important Remarks

• Participation in the webinar is free of charge, and we do not offer grants to the participants.

• The participant is awarded two copies of the certificate of participation, the first of which is digital, sent to their e-mail and the second one in hard copy received by insured mail.

• The symposium will be the subject of a collective work to be published later in the Journal of the Euro-African Centre for Legal Studies.

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