Conference 2024
of the French Academy of Legal Studies in Business (AFD&M)

IÉSEG School of Management


Public and private sector initiatives
and responses to global upheavals

Current upheavals, such as geopolitical conflicts, climate change, pandemics, inflation and so on, have created a period of unprecedented global uncertainty, affecting companies and international institutions alike. As the COP struggles to manage these global challenges, and the UN strives to formally recognize the climate crisis as a security threat, we are witnessing an erosion of trust in these regulatory bodies. States, faced with powerful non-state actors, are also navigating this crisis of confidence.

At the same time, disruptive technological advances, foremost among them artificial intelligence, as well as innovations such as blockchains and NFTs, are emerging in less visible ways, but with a significant capacity to influence institutions and social behavior. These technologies offer potential solutions to crises, while presenting new challenges for both the individual and the community.

Faced with these global challenges, the legal world is undergoing a profound transformation, re-evaluating regulatory frameworks such as corporate governance, ESG taxonomy, and due diligence. Established legal notions are being called into question, while the growing importance of regulation and compliance requirements is redefining normativity by making it more complex.

Businesses, on the one hand, must adjust to these changes by becoming more sustainable and inclusive, while harnessing new technological tools and integrating equitable business models. Individuals, on the other hand, face a multidimensional challenge. They need to understand these major upheavals and adapt by changing their habits, acquiring new skills, or changing jobs. Everyone must also reflect on their own ethical responsibility, which involves examining their ecological footprint, their commitment to sustainable behaviors, and the way they use and interact with technology. Moreover, everyone will need to develop critical thinking and discernment in the face of abundant, sometimes contradictory information, particularly regarding climate change or the social impact of AI (especially on privacy), with the aim of making informed decisions. Finally, every one of us must consider the rights of future generations.

These transformations call for cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary dialogue. We therefore invite researchers, academics, professionals, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to submit their papers for the next annual conference of the French Academy of Legal Studies in Business (AFD&M). Our aim is to examine current legal, managerial, economic, and technological issues and their interactions with emerging behaviors induced by contemporary crises.

This general theme is likely to give rise to research and teaching contributions, theoretical and/or practical, in law, management science, economics, accounting, as well as cross-disciplinary contributions.

In view of the above context, we encourage the submission of contributions addressing, among others, the following topics:

  • The impact of geopolitical changes on investment and corporate life.
  • The Anthropocene and investment in innovation.
  • Creativity in the face of AI.
  • Opportunities and challenges for companies in the age of compliance.
  • AI’s role in sustainable governance and reducing inequalities.
  • Algorithmic discrimination.
  • Impact of regulatory developments on corporate strategies.
  • Influence of the legal context on CSR and sustainability initiatives.
  • Adapting legal training to emerging market needs.
  • Sustainable management of valuable assets in a changing world (climatic, geopolitical, and technological).
  • Ethics in the face of major contemporary changes.
  • Taxonomy and compliance.
  • Future generations and the subject of law.
  • Platforms, AI, and geopolitics.
  • The role of ethics in regulation.
  • The impact of information overload on people.
  • Fake news in the age of AI.
  • AI advances and sustainability.
  • Emerging behaviors in the face of global upheaval.
  • The challenges of non-financial reporting and sustainability.
  • The mission-driven company and value sharing.

This scientific event provides an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the most resilient development models, adapted to current global dynamics. Its aim is to suggest ways of adapting, anticipating, and responding to these new challenges.

In response to the economic, political, health and, more generally, social crisis, it is important to discuss the impact of the above-mentioned phenomena on teaching, in particular (but not exclusively). The discussion focuses on the integration into teaching programs of learning methods or themes touching on the major societal issues of our time, leading to the following questions in particular:

  • Have sustainable development concerns disrupted or turned teaching upside down?
  • How do we transform technological solutions into pedagogical tools? The example of ChatGPT.
  • What is the role of teachers and trainers in a complex crisis context?
  • How can we structure solutions that are sustainable over the long term, beyond crises (for example, the role of post-pandemic distance learning)?
  • How should students be taught in the World of Tomorrow?
  • How can business schools design courses to meet the demands of sustainable development and the eco-digital transition? What are the prospects for future « sustainable » business schools up to 2030-50?
  • How can we make students aware of the importance of major environmental and social challenges?
  • How can we ensure that the best is not the enemy of the good?
  • Should we train students or citizens?


It is part of AFD&M’s mission to facilitate ties between its members. This conference is a great opportunity for scientific exchange on research and teaching, but also for convivial day-and-a-half-long exchanges, the precise format of which will depend on the number of papers received.

Abstract: September 1, 2024  

Evaluation of papers will be conducted solely based on abstracts.  

Research must be submitted in the form of an abstract of approximately 8000 characters, accompanied by the addressed issue and the main methodological tools employed, in French or English.  

The first page will contain the names and titles of the author(s), and the title of the paper. Subsequent pages will only include the title of the research, the abstract – if possible, in French and English – and 4 to 5 keywords. The text will be written in a text file, Times New Roman 12 font, A4 format, with 2.5 cm margins, single spacing, to be sent via email to the following address: 

The works presented at the 2024 Conference of the French Academy of Legal Studies in Business may be considered for publication by the Revue Interdisciplinaire Droit et Organisations (RIDO). The acceptance for a publication in the said journal remains subject to a process that is autonomous and independent of the acceptance for presenting at the 2024 FALB conference. Articles submitted to RIDO must strictly comply with the note to authors available on the journal’s website:

For junior scholars:

In collaboration with the Centre de droit des affaires et du commerce international (CDACI) of the Université de Montréal, the Scientific Committee will award a prize to the best contribution by a junior scholar (with a doctorate obtain within the last five years), following the presentation at the conference, in the form of the publication of the contribution in the Revue juridique Thémis of the Université de Montréal (peer review).

Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee