The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a pan-European initiative launched in 2013 aiming to consolidate and advance various streaks of research into argumentation and reasoning. ECA’s chief goal is to organise on a biannual basis a major conference that provides an opportunity for exchanging research results and networking in all areas related to the study of argumentation: philosophy, communication, linguistics, discourse analysis, computer science, psychology, cognitive studies, legal theory, etc.

We are dedicated to work in synergy with other major events – such as the conferences organised by the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ILIAS), the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), and the Argumentation Network of the Americas (ANA), as well as the conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA) and the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL) – by sharing their interdisciplinary spirit and trying to minimize schedule overlaps. As a distinguishing feature, ECA events offer a mix of plenary keynote sessions, thematic symposia, long papers with assigned commentators, and regular papers.

ECA is organised every other year at a different European location: the conferences held so far include ECA Lisbon 2015, ECA Fribourg 2017, ECA Groningen 2019, and ECA Rome 2022. While based in Europe, ECA involves and further encourages participation from argumentation scholars all over the world.

Each meeting results in the publication of conference proceedings and may in addition lead to a dedicated selection of papers as a special journal issue or a collective volume.


View the ECA Steering Committee as well as ECA Documents.