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2018 Technology, Law & Society Summer Institute, UC Irvine, June 22-24, 2018

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Changes in technology are revolutionizing the study and practice of law. A generation ago, law and social science (LSS) scholars outlined a new paradigm for legal scholarship, focusing on social, economic and political variables in the interpretation and execution of the law. Today, algorithmic processes, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and ubiquitous social and mobile computing pose new opportunities for the re-imagination of law and social science research, as well as new challenges for law.

 

The University of California, Irvine is pleased to host a 3-day Technology, Law & Society (TLS) Summer Institute that examines this critical juncture. Convened by Profs. Mona Lynch (Criminology, Law and Society) and Bill Maurer (Anthropology), the Institute will bring together junior scholars whose work addresses new relationships between technology, law and society (broadly defined) along with diverse experts from fields like sociology, criminology, anthropology, law, political science, informatics and computer science, and beyond.

 

Depending upon participants’ interests, we imagine generating conversations about a diverse range of topics including, to name just a few examples, the societal impacts of: the emergence of “bots” as tools in legal practice and advocacy; data mining practices in national security schemes; smart contracts and machine-executable legal code, and predictive analytics in crime forecasting and criminal sentencing determinations. Underpinning our discussion will be key themes: How does the discretion of legal actors operate, and get transformed, in technologized law? How do technological innovations, in legal operations and elsewhere in social life, reconfigure racial and other forms of bias, complicate jurisdiction, and pose new ethical challenges for research and the practice of law? How are public/private legal and social spheres complicated by technology, and how does digital space challenge laws bounded by geography/sovereignty?

 

Selected attendees will participate in a series of small and larger group activities including research workshops devoted to participants’ ongoing projects, cross-methods training, hands-on demonstrations of coding and technology-based innovations, and a concluding group activity such as a hack-a-thon or legal-bot design.

 

Eligibility:

We invite applications from junior scholars from any field whose current research interests touch upon technology, law and society, especially law and computational technology, and who would benefit from participating in the TLS Summer Institute. Applicants should be graduate students who have advanced to candidacy or post-graduate scholars, including assistant professors, who received their doctoral degrees no earlier than 2013.

We will cover travel expenses to UC Irvine (up to $500), as well as lodging and meals for the duration of the Institute. Funding for the Institute is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Sciences program, and by the Schools of Social Science and Social Ecology at UCI.

 

Applicants will be evaluated based upon centrality of research interests to the Summer Institute’s mission, and quality of submitted research project description.

 

Application Procedure:

Applicants should complete the online application form and submit a current CV and research project description of approximately 5 pages that specifically describes a current technology, law and society-related research project, including its current stage of development. All applications should be submitted through the application portal, accessible at:  http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/techlawsociety/call-for-applications/.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

 

For more information about this initiative, go to http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/techlawsociety/. For questions about the Institute or the application requirements, contact techlaw@uci.edu.

Disability (In)Justice: Examining Criminalization in Canada, edited by Kelly Fritsch, Jeffrey Monaghan, and Emily van der Meulen

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Disability (In)Justice explores how disability is central to practices of criminalization in Canada. Weaving together interdisciplinary scholarship across the fields of criminology, disability studies, law, and socio-legal studies, this edited collection will examine disability in relation to various agencies and aspects of the criminal justice system, including surveillance and policing, sentencing and the courts, prisons and other carceral spaces, and alternatives to confinement.

Situated as an upper-level undergraduate course reader to be published by a Canadian university press, this collection will be comprised of chapters by subject-area experts, organized into three thematic sections: (1) Practices of Criminalization; (2) The Justice System; and (3) Alternative Approaches. Chapters will address how disability intersects with race, class, gender, and/or sexuality to perpetuate oppression and discrimination within the criminal justice system, with particular attention to ways forward for disability justice. As most research on disability and criminal justice focuses on issues related to mental health and/or intellectual disabilities, we are especially interested to engage submissions that consider a broad range of disabilities. 

We are soliciting chapters that fit in one of the three thematic sections on the following topics:

  • Histories of social control, eugenics, and the sterilization of disabled people in Canada;
  • Surveillance of disabled people by criminal justice agents and agencies;
  • Critiques of criminalization from a disability rights or critical disability perspective, looking specifically at sex work, drug use, or other related topics;
  • Disabled peoples’ access to accommodations within the criminal justice system, for example in the courts or in prisons;
  • Criminalization of disabled people in relation to neoliberal policies or practices;
  • De-policing strategies and alternatives to incarceration, including prison abolition, as a form of disability activism;
  • Disability justice in practice.

Confirmed contributors include:

-       Tobin LeBlanc Haley, Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, writing on how transinstitutionalization is being experienced within and across the Mad, Deaf, and Disability communities.

-       Richard Jochelson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, and Michelle Bertrand, Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg, writing on disability and jury representativeness;

-       Ravi Malhotra, Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, writing on assisted suicide/dying;

-       Alexander McClelland, doctoral student with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University, writing on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure, and transmission;

-       Alok Mukherjee, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University and former Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, writing on mental health and policing;

-       Megan Rusciano, disability rights attorney, writing on disability and solitary confinement.

If you are interested in contributing, please send a preliminary chapter title, 300-500 word chapter abstract, and a 100 word author bio to kellyfritsch@gmail.com by March 1, 2018.

Full chapter drafts of approximately 6,000-8,000 words will be due January 15, 2019.

 

About the Editors

Kelly Fritsch is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. As of July 2018, Fritsch will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Her research broadly engages crip, queer, and feminist theory to explore the politics of disability, health, technology, risk, and accessibility. Fritsch is co-editor of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (AK Press, 2016 with Clare O’Connor and AK Thompson).

Jeffrey Monaghan is an Assistant Professor at Carleton’s Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is author of Security Aid: Canada and the Development Regime of Security (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State (Fernwood, 2018 with Andrew Crosby). His research examines practices of security governance, policing, and surveillance.

Emily van der Meulen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University. She conducts participatory research in the areas of critical and feminist criminology, socio-legal studies, prison harm reduction, and surveillance studies. She is (co-)editor of five books, including Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance (University of British Columbia Press, 2018 with Elya M. Durisin and Chris Bruckert), and Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance (University of Toronto Press, 2016 with Robert Heynen).

Call for papers: Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa

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Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa: Research Methods, Research Ethics, and the Political Economy of Knowledge Production


University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 25th to 28th June 2018

For inquiry: wits2018@gmail.com

The closing date for applications is Monday the 19th of February 2018.

Completed applications should by submitted via email to wits2018@gmail.com

Available to download: Call for papers (pdf)

Building upon the success of an earlier meeting held in Kampala in May 2017, the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications from early career scholars, activists and practitioners to participate in a four day workshop to take place in Johannesburg on the 25th to 28th of June. This event will provide participants with an opportunity to present their work, to build relationships with others working in similar fields, and to engage with more senior scholars and practitioners.

The main working language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation into French. We encourage submissions from activists, academics, service providers, journalists, government officials, and others working in relevant fields, with a particular emphasis on early career scholars (current Ph.D. students or fairly recent graduates) and practitioners (less than ten years working in relevant fields). Further information on the themes to be considered, application procedures, and the overall organization of the workshop can be found below.

Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa

In April 2012, the Special Court of Sierra Leone found Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity. One of the crimes Taylor was convicted of was ‘conjugal slavery’, which was defined as a ‘claim by the perpetrator to a particular victim as his “wife” and the exercise of exclusive sexual control over her, barring others from sexual access to the victim, as well as … domestic work’ (430). This judgment has in turn been linked to a recurring pattern of sexual violence in a number of recent conflicts in Africa, such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In all of these countries, captors have invoked the language of ‘marriage’ to structure their abuse of women and girls whom they have abducted. While these ‘marriages’ begin with violent capture, some have persisted years after the conflict has come to an end, and can be regarded as legitimate by family and society. This has in turn raised further questions about the relationship between captives taken in war and peacetime practices and historical genealogies associated with marriage practices in Africa more broadly. It is therefore essential to reflect upon how and why enslavement, conflict and/or marriage have been intertwined in African societies, and how these themes have been – and should be – researched from methodological and ethical standpoint.

Methods, Ethics, and Knowledge Production

The workshop will specifically focus upon the different ways in which knowledge regarding patterns of enslavement, conflict and marriage in sub-Saharan Africa have been – and should be – both collected and disseminated. We would especially welcome submissions that explore one or both of our two central themes, which are as follows:

  1. research methods and research ethics
  2. the political economy of knowledge production and dissemination.

In the case of the methods and ethics, we are particularly interested in applied examples of the successful application of methods for collecting information regarding enslavement, conflict and/or marriage across sub-Saharan Africa. Methods are here understood to broadly include large ‘N’ surveys and sampling, ethnographies and qualitative interviews, archival research and oral histories, and legal proceedings and testimonials, amongst others. Similarly, ethics are here broadly understood to include any number of strategies and processes that can be implicated in both ethically capturing and sensitively representing lived experiences of violence, trauma, vulnerability and stigma.

In the case of the political economy of knowledge, we are particularly interested in theoretically informed and politically grounded examples of how different combinations of power/knowledge can shape how research on these topics get both funded and implemented, and the purposes and audiences for which knowledge gets produced. Some of the key issues at stake include the ways in which collaborations between actors and institutions in the Global North and South are structured, and with what types of effects; the ways in which funding streams, technical languages, and the performance of expertise and authority can end up shaping the types of research which take place; the different audiences associated with knowledge production and consumption; and the underlying tensions between academic research, public policy, and consultancies.

How to Apply:

The closing date for applications is Monday the 19th of February 2018. Completed applications should by submitted via email to wits2018@gmail.com. Requests for further information regarding the call for applications should also follow this route. Applications should include

  1. a 250 word abstract and title introducing the paper being proposed,
  2. a short two page curriculum vitae, and
  3. a cover letter of no more than two pages outlining experience and expertise.

Limited financial support will be made available to help some applicants to participate, with priority for support towards travel costs being be given to applicants based in sub-Saharan Africa. There will be no additional registration fee. Participants in the workshop will be usually expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs. The format of the event will involve a combination of panels and plenary sessions, with the later featuring invited papers from senior scholars and practitioners with expertise and experience regarding key issues. Successful applicants will be required to prepare and pre-circulate a paper of around 2,000 words that speaks to one or more of the key questions of the workshop, and to participate in activities over the course of the four day event. We would particularly value contributions that speak to the methodological, ethical and political challenges associated with research and knowledge production in relation to the following:

  • Lived experiences of wartime violence, both conflict and post-conflict, which relate to questions of gender, enslavement, marriage, and/or governance.
  • The relationship between peacetime practices and wartime atrocities, and the degree to which wartime behaviour constitutes a either rupture or continuation of peacetime.
  • The comparative analysis of behavioural patterns and lived experience in relation to different time periods and contexts.
  • The analysis of historical dimensions and contemporary legacies of both historical slave systems and anti-slavery interventions within Africa.
  • The dimensions and effects of legal regimes and social conventions governing normative models of enslavement, conflict and/or marriage within Africa.
  • Different expressions of the relationship between masculinity, patriarchy and the social and legal construction of gender roles.
  • The processes and consequences associated with efforts to prosecute and punish perpetrators, and to provide support and reparation to survivors and communities.
  • Questions of narrative and representation, and the ways in which different types of voices and experiences can be taken up, commodified, or sensitively represented.
  • The impact of regimes of power/knowledge in shaping how research takes place, and in relation to what types of audiences and purposes.
  • The impact of funding schemes, technocratic languages, and the performance of expertise and authority in shaping how and where research takes place, and for whom.
  • The application and development of theoretical perspectives emerging out of postcolonial perspectives, theories from the Global South, and the theoretical and ideological limitations of enduring models of aid, development and intervention which are ultimately grounded in European perspectives, presumptions and experiences.

Organization:

This event falls under the rubric of the Conjugal Slavery in War (CSIW) project, which seeks to document cases of so-called forced marriage in conflict situations, to place this data in historical context, and to effect the international prosecution of crimes against humanity as well as local reparations programs for survivors of violence. With the central participation of community based organizations in Africa, the project aims to strengthen individual and organizational capacity to prevent and address violence and its consequences, and to advance understanding of the use of conjugal slavery as a tool of war through evidence-based research. This is one of a series of events supported by an SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant (2015-2020).

 

Call for Submissions: HARM AND HARM REDUCTION IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM / Appel à contributions : LES MÉFAITS ET LA RÉDUCTION DES MÉFAITS DANS LE SYSTÈME DE JUSTICE PÉNALE

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8th National Conference on Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice

HARM AND HARM REDUCTION IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

A Joint Conference of the Department of Criminology of Saint Mary’s University’s, the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association, and the National Committee of the Critical Perspectives Conference

June 21 & 22, 2018

Saint Mary’s University

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018

This conference is being held on June 21 & 22, 2018 at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. It brings together critical scholars, and people working in criminal justice and social justice fields to exchange ideas and interrogate issues related to ‘harm’ and ‘harm reduction’ in relation to people, policies, and practices in the criminal justice system. This event joins the National Conference on Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice, held annually in Canada since 2011, with the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association’s annual learning event, held in Nova Scotia since 2005.

We invite submissions from critical scholars, students, practitioners, policy-makers, advocates/activists, and others who study or work on issues of harm and harm reduction in criminal justice contexts. Examples include presentations that speak to: the criminalization of human behaviour; social harm, (in)justice, and crime; critical perspectives on harm reduction; or strategies for reducing harms in the criminal justice system. We are receptive to submissions about research and scholarship in varying stages of development, as well as descriptions of programs and initiatives engaging with the conference theme. The conference will be held in both official languages; as such, we welcome submissions for presentations delivered in French or English.

Submissions for individual or symposium presentations will be considered. Abstracts should inform prospective audience members about the content of the presentation(s).

For individual oral presentations, please provide an abstract of up to 200 words describing the material or paper that will be presented and a brief bio (up to 100 words) for the presenter. Individual presentations each will be 15 minutes in length, and will be delivered within a concurrent session.

For symposium presentations, please provide an abstract of up to 200 words for each presentation and a brief bio (up to 100 words) for each presenter. Symposia submissions must consist of 3 to 5 speakers with thematically linked presentations, and will be 60 minutes in length.

In addition to individual and symposium presentations, the conference will feature keynote addresses and roundtable discussions from invited distinguished critical scholars and criminal/ social justice practitioners. Further details about the conference and registration will be communicated in early 2018.

To submit an abstract, visit: https://smuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rlzPAw4b1F1sW1 To ask a question, email: HarmConference2018@gmail.com 

8Conférence nationale de Perspectives critiques : criminologie et justice sociale

LES MÉFAITS ET LA RÉDUCTION DES MÉFAITS DANS LE SYSTÈME DE JUSTICE PÉNALE

Une conférence conjointe de la Faculté de criminologie de l’Université Saint Mary’s, l’Association de justice pénale de la Nouvelle- Écosse, et du Comité national de la Conférence des Perspectives critiques

21 et 22 juin 2018

Université Saint Mary’s

Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, Canada

Date limite de soumission : le 15 février 2018

La conférence se tiendra les 21 et 22 juin 2018 à l’Université Saint Mary’s, Halifax, Nouvelle-cosse. Elle réunit des universitaires critiques, et des professionnels des domaines de la justice pénale et de la justice sociale en vue d’échanger des idées et de porter un regard critique sur les enjeux relatifs aux « méfaits » et « la réduction des méfaits » par rapport aux individus, politiques, et pratiques dans le système de justice pénale. L’évènement associe la Conférence nationale de Perspectives critiques : criminologie et justice sociale, qui se tient annuellement au Canada depuis 2011, à l’activité annuelle d’apprentissage de l’Association de justice pénale de la Nouvelle-cosse, tenue à la Nouvelle-cosse depuis 2005.

Nous invitons tous les universitaires critiques, étudiants, praticiens, décideurs, défenseurs/militants, ou d’autres qui s’occupent des enjeux relatifs aux méfaits et la réduction des méfaits dans les contextes de la justice pénale à soumettre des propositions. Mentionnons, par exemple, les exposés portant sur la criminalisation de l’erreur humaine; le dommage social, la justice et l’injustice, et la criminalité; les perspectives critiques sur la réduction des méfaits; ou les stratégies pour réduire les méfaits dans le système de justice pénale. Nous sommes ouverts aux contributions au sujet de la recherche et de l’érudition à divers stades de développement, ainsi qu’aux descriptions des programmes et initiatives abordant le thème de la conférence. La conférence se déroulera dans les deux langues officielles. À cet effet, nous vous invitons à soumettre les contributions pour les présentations en français ou en anglais. 

Les contributions pour les présentations individuelles ou collectives seront considérées. Les résumés doivent informer les membres potentiels de l’auditoire sur le contenu des exposés.

Quant aux présentations orales individuelles, veuillez fournir un résumé jusqu’à 200 mots qui décrit le sujet ou le document qui sera présenté, ainsi qu’une brève biographie (jusqu’à 100 mots) du conférencier. Les présentations individuelles seront limitées chacune à 15 minutes, et seront présentées dans une séance concomitante.

Quant aux présentations collectives, veuillez fournir un résumé jusqu’à 200 mots pour chaque présentation, ainsi qu’une brève biographie (jusqu’à 100 mots) pour chaque conférencier. Les contributions collectives doivent être composées de 3 ou 5 conférenciers avec des exposés reliés par thème, et qui seront limitées à 60 minutes.

En plus des exposés individuels et collectifs, la conférence mettra en vedette des discours liminaires et des tables rondes d’éminents universitaires critiques et de praticiens de la justice pénale/sociale invités. D’autres détails concernant la conférence et l’inscription seront communiqués au début de 2018.

Pour soumettre un résumé, veuillez consulter le site suivant : https://smuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rlzPAw4b1F1sW1 Pour poser une question, veuillez envoyer un courriel à HarmConference2018@gmail.com 

 

Call for Papers Unintended: The Promises and Perils of Criminal Justice Reform Graduate Symposium Law Engaged Graduate Students March 16th, 2018 at Princeton University

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Call for Papers
 
Unintended: The Promises and Perils of Criminal Justice Reform
Graduate Symposium
Law Engaged Graduate Students
 
March 16th, 2018 at Princeton University
 
In the last few years policymakers on both sides of the political aisle and across the country have turned their attention to criminal justice reform. Such reforms represents decades of work undertaken by activists, social scientists, and policy experts to respond to  the negative consequences of “tough on crime” legislation. Pointing to the devastating effects of mass incarceration and the disproportionate impacts of these policies on poor people and people of color, the huge cost of these programs on state and local budgets, and the way these policies have further frayed community and police relations, a consensus has emerged that the criminal justice policies of the past several decades have failed and that reform is needed. While this shift in policy priorities is to be lauded, a small but growing number of scholars raise the question of whether reform is enough. These critics wonder about the long term efficacy and potential “unintended” consequences of criminal justice reform, making the case that more drastic policy must be undertaken and that reform cannot begin and end with the criminal justice system. Inspired by these critiques, this symposium asks that we take a step back and examine this criminal justice reform closely, creating the space for dialogue and debate about the “unintended,” unforeseen, and unanticipated impacts of reform efforts.
 
Taking up the notion of “unintended” this symposium seeks to reposition it to ask a number of question that might provoke scholars, activists, and policymakers and provide the opportunity to explore  the multiple meanings and varied intentions that underlie the criminal justice reform movement. 1) what are some of the actual and potential unintended consequences of current criminal justice reform efforts? 2) how do we know such consequences are unintended? 3) are the emergence of particular “unintended” consequences to be understood as a surprise, as inherent to the task of policymaking, or can they be anticipated? If so, how? If not, why? And finally, 4) in what ways does an attention to the unintended consequences of reform point to the limitations of reform, and in what ways does it cue us to its openings and possibilities?
 
To encourage a diverse array of perspective we are calling on papers from graduate level scholars from across the social science disciplines (law, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, criminology). We seek to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that draws attention to the multiple valences of criminal justice reform policy, their overlapping continuities, tensions, and blindspots, and in the end create a set of pathways for critically engaging and understanding reform efforts. This daylong symposium is a chance for new scholars to share their work, receive feedback and commentary, and develop a network of critical voices undertaking this tremendously important issue.
 

 

We ask that graduate scholars send a 250-word abstract of their paper no later than January 15th, 2018 tocrimreform@gmail.com. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

22nd UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference-may 10-11, 2018

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Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the 22nd UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference, to be held at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, on May 10–11, 2018.

This conference will offer graduate students a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to engage with contemporary perspectives in law and other disciplines. CONFERENCE THEME: LAW AND CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS

Today’s world is rapidly being transformed by technological, political, social, and environmental changes. Law must adapt. There are no easy answers, but disciplines outside of law can provide valuable tools and perspectives that law should engage with in order to meet these challenges. The world faces issues such as the global rise of nationalism; refugee and migration crises; the rise and fall of world powers and the reimagining of North-South relations; the development and use—legal or otherwise—of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum; issues in business and human rights; income and wealth inequality; myriad environmental problems including the effects of a rapidly changing climate; the increasing ubiquity of digital technologies and the Internet; transitional justice; and even the potential exploitation of natural resources in outer space. Further, law and legal scholarship have changed, often in response to these same world issues: social care law; increased attention to law and the third world; corporate regulation and corporate social responsibility; global insurance regulation; trends in international and domestic tax policies; new regulation of carbon emissions; climate change litigation; transnational climate law; a reemergence of indigenous law; new dimensions in criminal justice; regulation of the urban space; contemporary feminism; and other new developments in legal theory. We look forward to receiving submissions on these and any related topics not listed here. submissions Submissions should include the title of the paper or project, a 250-word abstract in English, the author’s name, email address, institutional affiliation and phone number.

Presenters should be current graduate students or must have recently completed graduate studies. Exceptional proposals from undergraduate, LL.B. or J.D. students may be accepted. An up-to-date CV should be submitted along with the abstract. Please submit abstracts via email to: ubclaw gradconference2018@gmail.com with “Submission” included in the subject line by February 2, 2018.

Please ensure all attached documents’ file names begin with your last name. Successful applicants will be notified via email by February 16, 2018. The completed papers will be due on March 30, 2018. Accepted participants must register and pay the $100 (CAD) registration fee by March 30, 2018. An additional fee of $50 (CAD) will be payable by conference participants who wish to attend the conference dinner on May 10, 2018. Accepted participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. Please feel free to address any questions, comments, or concerns to Godwin Dzah, Chair of the 2018 UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference, at elidzah1@mail.ubc.ca (and cc: godwindzah@gmail.com)

Dean Centre for Justice & Human Services Lethbridge College

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DEAN, CENTRE FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN SERVICES

Lethbridge College is a dynamic, innovative and progressive post-secondary institution with a vision clearly focused on becoming a college of distinction, providing our learners and those we serve with world-class education, cultural richness and innovative solutions to world issues. The College has played an integral role in southern Alberta since 1957, and while proud of its heritage, the College is equally excited to achieve its vision of leading and transforming education in Alberta through the strategies of academic transformation, collaborative partnerships, resource innovation and people development. The Centre for Justice and Human Services serves to prepare students for meaningful, challenging and rewarding careers that make a difference and improve the lives of children, youth, families and communities every day. The Centre is comprised of the Schools of Justice Studies and Human Services and offers students flexible pathways in certificate, diploma and applied bachelors programs. As a senior academic administrator reporting to the Vice President Academic, the Dean will champion academic innovation, teaching and learning and applied research within the Centre and ensure high quality learning experiences and operational effectiveness. The Dean is a member of the Dean’s Council (DC), and the College Leadership Council (CLC) and provides strong administrative direction and leadership. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to the field of education and the status and authority required to contribute to the overall leadership of the College. Highly developed communication skills and experience building effective and successful relationships with a diverse array of constituents are necessary. A Master’s degree in a related discipline and a strong understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of programming within the Centre is essential. Lethbridge College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration. To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Khaleeda Jamal or Cameron Geldart at (604) 926-0005 or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names of three referees, in strictest confidence, to khaleeda@thegeldartgroup.com.

Unintended: The Promises and Perils of Criminal Justice Reform

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Call for Papers

 

Unintended: The Promises and Perils of Criminal Justice Reform

Graduate Symposium

Law Engaged Graduate Students

March 16th, 2018 at Princeton University

In the last few years policymakers on both sides of the political aisle and across the country have turned their attention to criminal justice reform. Such reforms represents decades of work undertaken by activists, social scientists, and policy experts to respond to  the negative consequences of “tough on crime” legislation. Pointing to the devastating effects of mass incarceration and the disproportionate impacts of these policies on poor people and people of color, the huge cost of these programs on state and local budgets, and the way these policies have further frayed community and police relations, a consensus has emerged that the criminal justice policies of the past several decades have failed and that reform is needed. While this shift in policy priorities is to be lauded, a small but growing number of scholars raise the question of whether reform is enough. These critics wonder about the long term efficacy and potential “unintended” consequences of criminal justice reform, making the case that more drastic policy must be undertaken and that reform cannot begin and end with the criminal justice system. Inspired by these critiques, this symposium asks that we take a step back and examine this criminal justice reform closely, creating the space for dialogue and debate about the “unintended,” unforeseen, and unanticipated impacts of reform efforts.

Taking up the notion of “unintended” this symposium seeks to reposition it to ask a number of question that might provoke scholars, activists, and policymakers and provide the opportunity to explore  the multiple meanings and varied intentions that underlie the criminal justice reform movement. 1) what are some of the actual and potential unintended consequences of current criminal justice reform efforts? 2) how do we know such consequences are unintended? 3) are the emergence of particular “unintended” consequences to be understood as a surprise, as inherent to the task of policymaking, or can they be anticipated? If so, how? If not, why? And finally, 4) in what ways does an attention to the unintended consequences of reform point to the limitations of reform, and in what ways does it cue us to its openings and possibilities?

To encourage a diverse array of perspective we are calling on papers from graduate level scholars from across the social science disciplines (law, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, criminology). We seek to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that draws attention to the multiple valences of criminal justice reform policy, their overlapping continuities, tensions, and blindspots, and in the end create a set of pathways for critically engaging and understanding reform efforts. This daylong symposium is a chance for new scholars to share their work, receive feedback and commentary, and develop a network of critical voices undertaking this tremendously important issue.

We ask that graduate scholars send a 250-word abstract of their paper no later than January 15th, 2018 to crimreform@gmail.com. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law (ICON-S 2018)

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Call for Panels and Papers

Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law

ICON-S 2018 Annual Conference
Hong Kong, June 25-27, 2018

 

The International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) is pleased to announce that its 2018 Annual Conference will be held in Hong Kong on June 25-27, 2018, under the auspices of the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law and its Centre for Comparative and Public Law – one of Asia’s foremost centres for the study of public law in all its varieties. This will be the fifth Annual Conference of ICON-S, following the four Annual Conferences (Florence 2014, New York 2015, Berlin 2016, Copenhagen 2017) which have been overwhelmingly successful, thanks to the support of our Members.

 

ICON-S now invites paper and panel submissions for the 2018 Annual Conference. The overarching theme of the Conference will be “Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law.

 

Modern identity struggles and the search for constitutional and legal mechanisms that can accommodate diversity occur at many levels including the national, supra-national, local, individual, and collective; and also involve multiple dimensions: ethnic, racial, religious, gender, sexual, and cultural, to name but a few. In recent years, identity claims and security issues have taken centre stage in law and politics, prompting realignment of domestic, regional and international orders. Technological advancement has to some extent countered traditional security concerns, but has given rise to new ones as well as to issues of privacy and political control. At the same time, democracy, a widely revered political ideal for addressing differences and realising human aspirations, is facing challenges in many parts of the world. How should public law respond to these changing circumstances? Asia – with some of the most diverse cultures in the world, where domestic and regional security threats and human rights violations loom large, and where democracy is a relatively recent and at times fragile phenomenon or still under experimentation – offers a unique setting for fresh thinking on these and other closely-related themes.

 

The Conference will include a keynote address by The Rt Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, former President of the Supreme Court of the UK (2012-2017), as well as three plenary sessions featuring prominent jurists, intellectuals and judges, focused on the general themes of the Conference. A provisional program can be found here. At the heart of the Conference, however, are the concurrent sessions during the three-day conference which will be devoted to the papers and panels selected through this Call.

 

ICON-S particularly welcomes proposals for fully-formed panels, but also accepts individual papers dealing with any aspect of the Annual Conference’s themes. In any case, paper and panel proposals need not be limited to those themes, and may focus on any theoretical, historical, comparative, empirical, jurisprudential, ethical, behavioral, ethnographic, philosophical or practical, policy-oriented perspective related to public law, including administrative law, constitutional law, international law, criminal law, immigration and citizenship law and human rights and may address domestic, subnational, national, regional, transnational, supranational, international and global aspects of public law.

 

We strongly encourage the submission of fully-formed panels. Panel proposals should include at least three papers by scholars who have agreed in advance to participate. Such fully-formed panel proposals should also identify one or two discussants, who may also serve as panel chair and/or paper presenter. Concurrent panel sessions will be scheduled over two days. Each concurrent panel session will be scheduled for 90 minutes.

 

We invite potential participants to refer to the ICON-S Mission Statement when choosing a topic or approach for their papers or panels.

 

ICON-S is by no means restricted to public lawyers! We particularly welcome panel proposals that offer genuinely multi-disciplinary perspectives from various areas of law (including civil, criminal, tax, and labor law), as well as from scholars in the humanities and the social sciences (e.g. history, economics, political science, sociology) with an interest in the study of identity, security, democracy and public law. We welcome submissions from both senior and junior scholars (including advanced doctoral students) as well as interested practitioners.

 

All submissions must be made through the ICON-S website (here) by January 31, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by March 1, 2018.

 

All participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

 

We very much look forward to receiving your paper and panel proposals.

 

See you at ICON-S Hong Kong 2018!

Gráinne de Búrca (NYU) & Ran Hirschl (University of Toronto)
Co-Presidents of ICON-S

Richard Albert (Boston College); Lorenzo Casini (IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca); Cora Chan (HKU); Albert Chen (HKU); Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales); Kelley Loper (HKU); Joseph Weiler (NYU); Simon Young (HKU)
Members of the ICON-S 2018 Organizing Committee

 

Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC - Assistant or Associate Professor Appointments

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The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia is seeking to hire candidates at the assistant or associate professor level, to start July 1, 2018. The deadline for applications is December 15. The job ad is attached and is also available here: 

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