Call for Papers. ZEDES: Next Generation Special Economic Zones & Pandemics and Special Jurisdictions


The Institute for Competitive Governance invites authors to submit papers for the next special issues of the Journal of Special Jurisdictions. For this round of submissions, we are releasing two calls for papers. The first discusses the relationships between pandemics and special jurisdictions. Papers can include historical analysis of special jurisdictions during pandemic eras (Bubonic plague, etc), and contemporary analysis of the impact of Covid-19 on special jurisdictions, and vice versa. The second will cover the workings of the ZEDE (Zone for Employment and Economic Development) framework in Honduras, and how it could impact the special jurisdiction field. 

ZEDES: Next Generation Special Economic Zones

Since their inception, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have progressively deepened their reforms. In the 20th century, many SEZ were simply export focused, attracting labor intensive manufacturers with tax breaks. In recent years, more Zones have focused on institutional, legal, and regulatory reforms. Today, the most bold version is the Honduran Zone for Employment and Economic Development (ZEDES). The ZEDES allow private companies to create SEZs with their own administrative, legal, regulatory, and taxation systems. With the public launch of the first ZEDE, Prospera, there is a greater need for an academic examination of this emerging trend. For our upcoming issue, we welcome papers discussing any of the following, or related, topics: 

  • The projected economic and social impact of the ZEDES
  • Transboundary and indigenous land title disputes
  • Comparative constitutional analysis of the Prospera’s governance
  • History of the ZEDE program
  • Examination of the Prospera Arbitration Center
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the ZEDEs
  • ZEDE monetary policy
  • Game theory application to the governance of the ZEDES
Pandemics and Special Jurisdictions

We welcome papers that discuss the implications of pandemics on special jurisdictions. Papers can address how special jurisdictions have historically or contemporarily addressed pandemics economically, politically, or epidemiologically. Submissions could also discuss how pandemics, including Covid 19, have affected special jurisdictions today, or other related topics.  

Submission topics that the Journal will accept for this upcoming issue include, but are not limited to:

  • The history of pandemics and special jurisdictions
  • How Covid-19 has affected Special Economic Zones
  • How small and special jurisdiction have performed in Covid-19 containment efforts
  • The role of Special Jurisdictions in the economic performance of host countries during a Post Covid-19 recession/depression

If you are interested, email stating your intention to submit a full paper by August the 1st. The email should contain the title of the paper, authors, and abstract.


  • Intent to Submit by Sending Abstract: September 15, 2020 
  • Full Version: December 7th, 2020
  • Author notification: January 30th, 2021
  • Final Version: March 30th, 2021
  •  Publication Date: April 4th, 2021

Paper guidelines: