Launch of the Legal Review of Happiness

Call for contributions
Launch of the Legal Review of Happiness

The International Observatory of Happiness (OIB) is pleased to launch the first call for contributions for the Legal Review of Happiness.

The Legal Review of Happiness

The right to/of happiness is gradually emerging in the legal framework, whether at the international level or in national laws. This emerging right, whether formally expressed or not, is reflected in many conventional, constitutional(1) or legislative developments.

From its recent inclusion in economic indicators to the full recognition of a right to well-being, often linked to the notion of sustainable development, the birth of this right upsets legal traditions often rooted in the logic of economic growth. It suggests the prevalence of new priorities such as well-being, social equity, solidarity, rights of future generations or human dignity.

In this context, the creation of a legal review dedicated to law and happiness appears as a mean to disseminate innovative solutions framed by international, national or local authorities around the world, through regulations, laws, constitutions, court decisions, customary rules or soft law tools.

The underlying approach of this review aims to put the right to/of happiness in the scientific landscape to accredit its reality and its legitimacy, to testify of its vitality and the aspiration of contemporary societies to express a desire to renew the perception of the world.

Since happiness has no frontier, the geographical scope of the journal is widely understood. Proposals could therefore relate to any regulation or policy, whether it comes from an international or regional organization, a State, a local authority, customary authorities or even private entities (companies, associations, NGOs …). Indeed, the decentralization of decision-making is totally part of the participatory approach, which is one of the vectors of the adoption of regulations favoring happiness.

The legal review of happiness is therefore intended to demonstrate that legal science takes a full share in the inclusion of pursuit of happiness in many branches of law. As a matter of fact, this right must be considered as a transversal right which bridges the gap between private and public law towards a common purpose. Legal steps in favor of happiness can indeed arise in many fields belonging to private law (civil law, labor law, social security law, company law, rural law …) as well as public law (fundamental rights, constitutional law, public finance law, environmental law, town planning law …). The ambition of the journal istherefore to host contributions from a variety of fields.

Editorial Board of the Journal

Are members of the editorial board of the Legal Review of Happiness:

  • Annoussamy David, Honorary Judge (India), Member of the Outremer Academy of Sciences (France);
  • Félicien Lemaire, Professor, University of Angers;
  • Barthélémy Mercadal, Professor Emeritus, Vice President and Secretary General of IDEF;
  • Isabella Micali Drossos, Barrister, Sao Paulo, Brazil;
  • Eric Naim Gesbert, Professor, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole;
  • Guylène Nicolas, Associate Professor, Aix Marseille University ;
  • Michel Prieur, Professor Emeritus, University of Limoges;
  • Bruno Py, Professor, University of Nancy;
  • Kishor Uprety, Senior Lawyer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank;

Contribution proposals

Papers related to law and happiness accepted for publication in the Legal Review of Happiness can correspond to the following internal categories of the journal : thematic issues, open themes, fieldwork feedbacks, legislations and / or court decisions updates. It is also possible to review books or papers related to law and happiness.

The submissions will be peer-reviewed by two anonymous members of the Scientific committee (or, if necessary, external experts).

Contributors are kindly asked to follow editorial guidelines listed in the document “Authors’ Guidelines for Writing Articles” attached in the message.

Proposals should be sent to Carine David, editorial director, at the following address:
Submission Guidelines : click here

1. Japan, South Korea or Brazil for exemple

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