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Contemporary Challenges in Constitutional Theory-University of Liverpool

Tue, 2017-04-04 11:31 -- manager

Please find attached call for papers for an upcoming workshop, to be held by the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, on 19th-20th June 2017.

The theme of the workshop is ’Contemporary Challenges in Constitutional Theory’. We hope to provide a valuable opportunity for those researching in constitutional theory to receive feedback on their work from an assembled panel of experts, chaired by Professor Neil Walker, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, University of Edinburgh. We also invite submissions from those who would not necessarily identify as ‘theorists’, but feel they might benefit from feedback on a particular theoretical element of a work in progress.

The deadline for submissions is 30th April.


Mon, 2017-03-27 15:20 -- manager


University of New Brunswick Peace and Friendship Treaty Days 2017

Colloquium – October 23-24, 2017

Fredericton Campus, University of New Brunswick

2017 is the 150th anniversary of the passage of the British North America Act (now known as the Constitution Act, 1867) which united two British colonies in the Maritimes with the colony of Canada. The dominant story of Confederation begins with a meeting of colonial delegates in Charlottetown, PEI in September of 1864, originally to discuss the union of the Maritime colonies; this meeting was followed by a conference in Quebec City in October of 1864 and a meeting of colonial delegates with British officials in London in December of 1866. In the dominant story, Canadian Confederation is the 150-year-old creation of a number of white, male delegates of the colonies and white, male British government officials.

The 150th anniversary of the legal creation of the political community we know as Canada is certainly worthy of celebration, but Canadian Confederation is neither merely 150 years old nor is it solely the creation of white colonists. The roots of Confederation rest in the nourishing soil of Indigenous political traditions of confederacies, including the Wabanaki Confederacy, and were fed by the tradition of treaty-making between Indigenous nations and the British Crown. The Peace and Friendship Treaties between the British Crown and the nations of the Wabanaki Confederacy were among the earliest of these treaties. As well, despite the efforts of federal governments since Confederation to make Indigenous peoples invisible in Canada’s political community through assimilationist policies, the resilience of Indigenous peoples has meant that Indigenous political traditions continue to influence the evolution of the Canadian political community today.

On this, the 150th anniversary of the passage of the British North America Act, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick will hold a colloquium as part of the University of New Brunswick’s 3rd annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days. We are seeking the submission of abstracts for papers and proposals for panels to address topics related to the role of Indigenous political traditions and treaty-making, especially among the Wabanaki nations, in providing the inspiration and foundation for the creation and evolution of the Confederation of the British North American colonies from 1867 to today.

Part of the purpose of Peace and Friendship Treaty Days is to raise awareness of the Peace and Friendship Treaties among New Brunswick political and social leaders, government officials, and New Brunswick citizens generally, as part of educating all New Brunswickers about the treaties; papers and panels should therefore be aimed at this broader audience. We also intend to publish a selection of papers based on the presentations as a follow-up to the colloquium.

Abstracts should be approximately 250 words and should be sent to by June 30, 2017.  We look forward to your submissions.

Tenure-Track Position in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South

Mon, 2017-03-06 17:32 -- manager

Tenure-Track Position in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South


The Department of History and the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, seek applications for a tenure-track cross-appointment in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South.  We welcome applications from scholars with research in law and society in colonial, postcolonial, international, transnational, or comparative contexts.  Research specialties may include, but are not limited to: transitional justice, empire and the law, peace and conflict studies, legal pluralism, and law in everyday social life and informal contexts.  Applicants must have a Ph.D., or be near completion of a doctoral degree, in History, Political Science, or a relevant discipline.  The successful candidate will be housed in one of the two departments and will contribute to the interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society.


Applications must consist of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and should be addressed to the Hiring Committee. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to:


Dr. Peter Gossage
Chair, Department of History
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
LB 1001.05
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1M8


Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2017. Completed applications are due by April 7, 2017, after which assessment will immediately begin. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Gossage or to Dr. Marlene Sokolon, Chair, Department of Political


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity.

Colloque annuel principal de l’Association canadienne droit et société, 2017

Fri, 2017-03-03 19:40 -- manager

Colloque annuel de l’Association canadienne droit et société, 2017

Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico, Mexique

Cette conférence sera organisée conjointement avec la Law and Society Association du 20 au 23 juin 2017. Des informations sur la conférence sont disponibles sur la page Web de la LSA (

L'assemblée générale annuelle de l’Association canadienne droit et société se tiendra dans la salle Clasico de l'hôtel Sheraton Maria Isabel l'après-midi du mercredi 21 juin, à 14 h 00. Veuillez planifiez votre participation à l'assemblée si vous assistez à la conférence.

Nous avons compilé une liste – probablement presque complète – de présentations qui seront données par les membres de l'ACDS et les chercheur-e-s canadien-ne-s, dans l'espoir que cela nous aidera à nous retrouver. Le fichier Excel est joint ci-dessous.

Veuillez vérifier les changements et les annulations sur le programme en ligne de LSA, disponible ici:

L'un de nos étudiants diplômés, Patara McKeen et ses collègues Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena et Ana Laura Chávez Tinajero ont préparé un guide fabuleux (seulment en anglais) pour être un touriste à Mexico. Il est également joint ci-dessous.





Annual meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association, 2017

Fri, 2017-03-03 19:38 -- manager

Annual meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association, 2017

Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico City

This conference will be run in conjunction with the Law and Society Association from June 20-23, 2017. Information about the conference is available on the LSA webpage (

The annual general meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association is scheduled to be held in Mexico City in the Clasico room at the Sheraton Maria Isabel hotel in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 21, at 2 pm. Please plan to attend if you will be attending the conference. 

We have compiled a list – probably mostly complete – of papers and presentations being given by CLSA members and Canadian scholars, in the hope that it will help us find one another. The Excel file is attached below.

Please do check for changes and cancellations on the LSA’s online program, available here:

One of our graduate students, Patara McKeen, and his colleagues Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena and Ana Laura Chávez Tinajero, have prepared a fabulous guide to being a tourist in Mexico City. It too is attached below. 



prix Roderick A. Macdonald 2017 du meilleur essai étudiant des cycles supérieurs

Thu, 2017-02-23 14:19 -- manager

Au nom du comité d’attribution du prix Roderick A. Macdonald 2017 du meilleur essai étudiant des cycles supérieurs, je vous invite à faire circuler l’appel à candidatures en pièce jointe auprès des étudiants des cycles supérieurs des universités canadiennes oeuvrant sur le thème des rapports entre droit et société. L'Association canadienne droit et société / Canadian Law and Society Association (ACDS/CLSA) attribue chaque année ce prix au meilleur texte rédigé par un(e) étudiant(e) des cycles supérieurs inscrit(e) dans une université canadienne et menant des recherches sur les rapports entre droit et société. Les soumissions seront acceptées au plus tard à 17h (HNE) le 1er mai 2017. Le prix sera attribué lors de la rencontre annuelle de l'ACDS/CLSA, rencontre qui aura lieu dans le cadre de l'International Meeting on Law and Society à Mexico, en juin 2017. L’appel à candidatures spécifie les conditions d’éligibilité ainsi que la marche à suivre. 


Nos étudiant(e)s des cycles supérieurs réalisent fréquemment des textes de grande qualité sur les rapports entre droit et société, cela de points de vue disciplinaires variés; nous attendons donc leurs textes avec impatience!



Kerri Scheer - candidate au doctorat
Department of Sociology, University of Toronto
Présidente du comité, prix Roderick A. Macdonald 2017 du meilleur essai étudiant des cycles supérieurs


2017 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize

Thu, 2017-02-23 14:18 -- manager

Greetings Colleagues:


On behalf of the 2017 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize committee, I would invite you to circulate the attached call for submissions to graduate students working in the area of law and society at Canadian Universities. The Association Canadienne Droit et Société/Canadian Law and Society Association (ACDS/CLSA) awards this prize annually for the best paper written by a graduate student at a Canadian University on a topic concerning law and society. Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on May, 1st, 2017, and the winner will be announced during the ACDS/CLSA Annual Meeting as part of the International Meeting on Law and Society in Mexico City in June, 2017.Please see the attached Call for Submissions for details concerning the editorial guidelines and submission process.


We know that our graduate student colleagues at Canadian Universities are routinely producing compelling work in the law and society area, across a diversity of disciplines, and we look forward to their submissions!



Kerri Scheer - PhD Candidate

Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Chair of the 2017 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize


Le décret migratoire temporaire de l'administration Trump

Sat, 2017-02-11 13:29 -- manager

L'Association canadienne droit et société déplore le décret migratoire temporaire de l'administration Trump, qui a pour effet d'empêcher les voyages vers les États-Unis pour les ressortissant-e-s de sept pays à majorité musulmane. Une telle action arbitraire et discriminatoire entraîne de graves conséquences pour les personnes se trouvant à l'intérieur ainsi qu'à l'extérieur des États-Unis. La recherche et les échanges universitaires en souffriront incommensurablement. La stabilité de principes constitutionnels fondamentaux est en jeu. Considérant le principe de liberté d'expression, associé aux meilleures traditions intellectuelles et politiques américaines ainsi qu'aux idéaux constitutionnels, nous exhortons l'administration Trump à annuler ce décret.

CLSA Statment on US Travel Ban

Fri, 2017-02-10 12:46 -- manager

The Canadian Law and Society Association deplores the Trump administration’s temporary ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries to the United States. Such arbitrary and discriminatory action poses grave consequences for people both inside and outside the United States. Scholarship and academic exchange will suffer immeasurably. The stability of bedrock constitutional principles is in question. In the spirit of free speech associated with the best of American intellectual traditions and political and constitutional ideals, we urge the Trump administration to rescind this order.

Call for Applications: Post-Doc at UNB

Mon, 2017-01-30 16:10 -- manager

The Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick is accepting applications for twelve-month post-doctoral fellowship beginning 1 July 2017.  This postdoc is in conjunction with a SSHRC-funded Partnership Development Grant on “Unrest, Violence and the Search for Social Order in British North America and Canada, 1749-1878” and the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies. 

The fellow’s primary responsibilities will be two-fold:  1) work on a research project that is relevant to the theme of unrest, violence, and social order in British North America, and 2) work with the co-partners on the grant – Elizabeth Mancke (UNB), Jerry Bannister (Dalhousie University), Scott See (University of Maine), and Denis McKim (Douglas College) to edit a volume of essays coming out of a workshop on this theme.

At UNB, the fellow will be affiliated with Elizabeth Mancke, CRC in Atlantic Canada Studies, the Atlantic Canada Studies Centre, and the Department of History.  The compensation is $40,500. Potential candidates must be within three years of receiving their PhD and must have their PhD completed by 1 June 2017.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that includes a statement of their research program, and arrange to have three letters of recommendations sent by 15 March 2017 to:


Professor Elizabeth Mancke

P.O. Box 4400

Department of History

University of New Brunswick


Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A3  

Electronic Submissions are accepted: