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

Tue, 2017-12-19 00:29 -- manager

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

Thu, 2017-11-23 20:19 -- admin

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:

Bourse de recherche aux études supérieures en droit sur l’accès à la justice en droit de la consommation

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:07 -- manager
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa
Bourse de recherche aux études supérieures en droit sur l’accès à la justice en droit de la
Un financement d'un an est offert à un-e étudiant-e désirant poursuivre des études supérieures en droit à
l’Université d’Ottawa sous la direction de la professeure Julie Paquin, dans le cadre d'un projet de recherche dirigé
par la professeure Emmanuelle Bernheim intitulé Cartographier la non-utilisation du droit pour l'accès à la justice.
Attributions :
• participer à la réalisation du volet du projet susmentionné portant sur la résolution des différends en
matière de droit de la consommation (à raison de 8 heures par semaine)
• conduire des recherches menant à la rédaction d’un mémoire de maitrise ou d’une thèse de doctorat sur un
sujet connexe.
• être inscrit à temps plein dans les programmes de LLM (avec thèse) ou de doctorat de la faculté de droit de
l’Université d’Ottawa en 2018-2019
• détenir un diplôme de premier cycle en droit
• avoir une très bonne maitrise du français (oral et écrit)
• être citoyen canadien ou résident permanent du Canada
• démontrer un très bon rendement au plan académique, des aptitudes pour la recherche et un intérêt pour
les domaines du règlement des différends et de l’accès à la justice. Une expérience préalable en matière de
collecte et d'analyse de données est un atout
• prévoir poursuivre des études supérieures sur un sujet lié à l’accès à la justice en matière civile ou
Durée: 12 mois à partir de septembre 2018, avec une possibilité de renouvellement ou d’assistanat de recherche
après la première année.
• LLM (avec thèse): 17 500 $
• Doctorat: 20 000 $
Les candidats ayant une moyenne cumulative supérieure à 8.0 pourront également se prévaloir du programme de
bourses d'admission de l'Université d'Ottawa.
Comment poser sa candidature :
Envoyer à la professeure Julie Paquin ( les documents suivants :
• un CV et une lettre de présentation indiquant de quelle manière la candidature répond aux exigences
• un énoncé (250 mots) de la recherche qu’ils envisagent d'entreprendre au cours de leurs études
• un échantillon de texte
• un relevé de notes non officiel
• le nom de deux répondants.
Date limite : le 1er février 2018.
Il incombe aux candidats de faire les démarches requises pour leur admission à l’Université d’Ottawa pour l’année
2018-2019. Pour toute question relative à l'admission, prière de communiquer avec le Bureau des études supérieures
de la Faculté de droit (

Job Opportunity University of Victoria Dean Faculty of Law

Sat, 2017-11-11 14:40 -- manager

Dean, Faculty of Law

University of Victoria


The University of Victoria acknowledges and respects the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. 

The University of Victoria ( is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s leading research universities, demonstrating extraordinary depth of excellence across a wide array of graduate and undergraduate programs. The University’s 26,000 students, faculty and staff contribute to and benefit from the UVic Edge – the potent fusion of dynamic learning, and research with vital impact in an extraordinary academic environment. A welcoming and increasingly diverse university community with a collegial leadership culture, UVic tackles issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Its vibrant Pacific Rim location inspires new ways of thinking and action in a community rich with Indigenous and international perspectives, while its size and culture nurture personal connections on campus and beyond.

Since our founding in the mid-1970s, the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria has sought to make a unique contribution to legal education in Canada, striving for innovation in the classroom, creativity and leadership in research, with due attention to the needs of Canada’s most marginalized communities.  Home to some of Canada’s most transformative and dynamic thinkers, the Faculty of Law has created a vibrant learning environment based on a commitment to social justice, humane professionalism and civic responsibility, and critical interdisciplinary policy-oriented research and teaching.  Dedicated to providing students with the skills, knowledge and judgment they will need to embark on diverse careers, UVic Law offers a rich curriculum that includes the only common-law co-operative legal education program in Canada and a diversity of experiential education opportunities.

Reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the new Dean of the Faculty of Law will be a distinguished academic with a passion for excellence in research and teaching. Candidates will possess a demonstrated record of achievement in academic administration, communication, collaborative leadership and a willingness to engage in robust fundraising and alumni relations. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to guide a collegial, innovative and diverse Faculty, and play a key role in the advancement of a unique, trans-systemic degree program in Canadian and Indigenous legal orders.  This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to play a leadership role in one of Canada's most innovative universities. 

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. 

Should you want to learn more please call Maureen Geldart or Danielle Conn of The Geldart Group at (604) 926-0005 or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names of three referees, in confidence, to

Junior Scholars Workshop

Fri, 2017-11-10 21:29 -- manager

The Law and Society Association is pleased to announce our Junior Scholar Workshop will begin mid-day on Tuesday, June 5, and continue through the day on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The workshop immediately precedes the 2018 joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

We invite applications from junior scholars in any field whose scholarly interests involve socio-legal studies. Specifically, we welcome applications from graduate students (including advanced law students), post-doctoral fellows, and assistant professors (or other pre-tenure faculty). The program will consist of panel presentations on professional development topics, breakout sessions to discuss participant’s research in small groups, and informal discussions over shared meals. The goals are to build intellectual community among the emerging next generation of Law and Society scholars, to foster collegial networks between junior scholars, and to promote constructive dialogue among participants and workshop facilitators about junior scholars’ individual research projects. 

Previously, the Junior Scholars Workshop entailed separate Graduate Student Workshop and Early Career Workshop. Recognizing the continuity in challenges and opportunities facing graduate students and early career scholars, as well as the importance of encouraging connections across ranks, this year, we have combined these workshops into one workshop in which a range of junior scholars can learn and discuss together. 

Note that an individual student may only participate in two workshops during his/her graduate career and two workshops during his/her early career. For those not reimbursed by their home institution for airfare and lodging expenses, LSA will offer up to $300 for participants traveling from within North America, and $650 for participants traveling from outside North America, (regardless of institutional location), toward the costs of attending the workshop. Membership in LSA or CLSA is not required, but preference will be given to current (2018) members. 

Please complete the following submission form by December 18 to be a part of the 2018 Junior Scholar Workshop. The LSA workshops have a competitive application process, and those applicants selected as members of the cohort will be informed prior to February 1, 2018. 

Applications require: 

  • Application form (produced through registering at the bottom of the LSA's webpage)
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • 1-2 page letter describing the applicant’s research interests (including an in-progress paper, chapter, or proposal/prospectus, a draft of which they would like to present at the workshop), current status in the applicant’s career stage (i.e., current stage in graduate school, duration of post-doc, year as faculty), and how attending the Workshop will benefit the applicant.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.


Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Politics of Decolonization - University of Calgary

Fri, 2017-11-10 21:02 -- manager

The University of Calgary is engaged in a consultative process with knowledge keepers, Elders, and leaders of the Treaty #7 peoples, the Métis Nation, and academics and university administrators. This ongoing process has resulted in the development of an Indigenous Strategy designed to guide the University’s relationship with the Indigenous peoples in whose territory the University resides. One of the goals identified during this consultation is to increase the number of Indigenous scholars in leading positions on campus. In addition to Indigenous cluster hires in the Faculty of Arts and the Werklund School of Education, the University of Calgary is now seeking three Canada Research Chairs (Tier II). 

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Politics of Decolonization. We are seeking a scholar who will establish and maintain an active research program leading to excellence in our understanding of decolonization. Themes may include, but are not limited to, the study of political processes that redistribute land from colonial states to Indigenous nations, the revitalization of Indigenous land-based governance practices, the study of Indigenous decolonizing political movements, and gendered perspectives on decolonization. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure).  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Political Science or a related field. The appointee’s research agenda may be grounded in any of the fields of political science (political theory, Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations) or be inter-disciplinary in focus.  A research program focused on Canada would be an asset but is not required to be considered for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to build relationships with the Treaty #7 Nations and the Métis Nation.  This may include incorporating the experiences and needs of the Treaty #7 peoples and the Métis into their research. This appointment will contribute to the University of Calgary’s commitment to create a rich, vibrant and culturally competent campus – one that welcomes and supports Indigenous learners, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning, encourages Indigenous community partnerships in research and academic programming and is appropriate and thoughtful in its response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘Calls to Action’.  

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of excellence in research, teaching and community engagement, commensurate with academic experience. This would normally include publications in high quality journals, success with securing competitive research funding, and evidence of a commitment to teaching effectiveness and to engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations and/or institutions. The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate a proven track record of research and teaching excellence, including a record of publications in high quality journals, proven success in obtaining competitive research funding, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a record of successful graduate student supervision, where possible. The successful candidate at this level should also provide evidence of successful engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations and/or institutions, including evidence of success in community-engaged projects and scholarship.

The Department of Political Science is housed in the Faculty of Arts. The Department administers the International Indigenous Studies interdisciplinary program that attracts students from across the University. The program focuses on various aspects of Indigenous people’s experience including arts, culture, ways of knowing, languages, economies, politics, and community structures. The candidate’s willingness to teach in this program will be considered an asset. As part of its Indigenous Strategy, the Faculty has created eight tenure-track positions in Indigenous research and scholarship, across various departments. This community of scholars facilitates cross-disciplinary and collaborative research, education and outreach by building on Indigenous knowledges, cultures, traditions and experiences developed among, and in partnership with, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. The Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Decolonization will provide leadership in these areas.

Tier II chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier II chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please consult the Government of Canada’s CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link and include:

·           A letter of interest and curriculum vitae, including a statement providing evidence of the applicant’s connection to the Indigenous community

·          Three examples of recent scholarly work

·          Evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness

·          Description of a proposed 5-year research plan for the Chair

Applicants should also arrange to have three electronic confidential letters of reference sent under separate cover directly to the chair of the selection committee:

Dr. Antonio Franceschet

Department Head, Department of Political Science

Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Antonio Franceschet by email (   

Deadline:  January 30, 2018


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (

MacEwan University in Edmonton seeks applications for a tenure-track appointment in Sociology

Mon, 2017-10-09 12:27 -- manager

MacEwan University in Edmonton seeks applications for a tenure-track appointment in Sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2018. The department is particularly interested in candidates who can teach introductory sociology, criminology and social statistics. See the attachment for more information about the position and how to apply. 


Sat, 2017-09-30 14:39 -- manager
The Department of Criminology in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University in the city of Toronto, on the territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval. One area of specialization is Critical Theories (e.g., critical race, post-colonial, feminist, etc.) while the other area of specialization is open, though preference will be given to applicants whose focus is international perspectives on crime and justice. Successful candidates will be expected to teach large introductory courses in Criminology and Canadian Criminal Justice as well as other courses that contribute to our undergraduate (BA) program and our newly developed graduate (MA) program in Criminology and Social Justice.  For more information, please see:


Tenure Track Corrections Specialist Department of Criminal Justice-University of Winnipeg

Wed, 2017-09-27 21:16 -- manager

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1st, 2018, subject to budgetary approval.

The preferred applicant will have a completed PhD and a demonstrated research agenda in penality and corrections. Highly qualified candidates with research specialties in other core areas of criminal justice may also be considered. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Department is a small unit of eight full time faculty with disciplinary training in criminology, geography, urban studies, psychology, law, and sociology who are committed to a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary approach to the study of criminal justice. We are interested in fostering both critical and applied scholarship.

The Department services over 600 majors, is active in research and places a strong emphasis on teaching. The Department seeks candidates with a demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship. A commitment to collegiality and self-governance is also important. The successful candidate will be expected to teach Introduction to Criminal Justice, as well as specialized courses in their area of expertise within the existing undergraduate program and in the new MA program in Criminal Justice beginning in 2018.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized communities, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is initially directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

The University of Winnipeg is one of Canada’s leading post-secondary liberal arts institutions. The University of Winnipeg is a leader in academic excellence in areas such as justice education, Aboriginal education, environmental studies & sustainability, and theatre & the arts. The University of Winnipeg is committed to improving access to post-secondary education, and has created an innovative Opportunity Fund to assist students who are under-represented to attend the University of Winnipeg. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae; teaching dossier; research agenda; a sample publication or writing sample, official transcripts of all graduate level work, and three letters of reference.

Applications, citing this posting, should be sent to: Dr. Steven Kohm Chair, Department of Criminal Justice The University of Winnipeg 515 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2B 2E9 Canada Closing date for receipt of applications is November 8, 2017, or until such time as the position is filled