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Call for Papers and Conferences

Call for Presentations! Open Doors: Teaching and Learning Law for Justice

Mon, 2014-01-13 20:19 -- manager

Canadian Association of Law Teachers Conference 2014

Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

June 7-8, 2014


Legal education is a forum for considerations of justice as well as a path towards implementing justice in Canadian society. In recognition of this crucial role of legal education, several reports and academic articles have recently called for increased attention to access to justice issues in the context of legal education. The 2014 CALT conference will explore questions related to how law teachers and programs of legal education can promote access to justice and support ethical responsibilities around justice. We encourage conference presentations that explore this theme and related questions such as: How might diverse understandings of access to justice influence or direct legal pedagogy and student learning? What sorts of learning opportunities in legal education programs will contribute to access to justice objectives? In what other ways can law teachers and legal education programs facilitate access to justice? Are barriers to accessing legal education and the legal profession undermining access to justice? What are the roles of law teachers and formal institutions of legal education in responding to changes in the regulation of access to the profession? The conference will foster discussion of understandings of access to justice and of how we incorporate those understandings into law teaching and learning.


CALT invites proposals for the following:

individual project presentations, panels and roundtables on the theme of access to justice and legal education
proposals for teaching and learning workshops focusing on pedagogical innovation, particularly those that include active and experiential learning
proposals for subject-area teaching roundtables
short presentations of 5 minutes on teaching tips, avoidable disasters, and questions for reflection that will stimulate ongoing discussions at the conference.


Proposals should be a maximum of 250 words and may be submitted in French or English. We invite speakers and panels to present in either or both languages.


CALT is holding its annual conference in conjunction with the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA) in 2014 at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  CLSA’s conference will begin on June 6, with June 7 designated as an overlap day for the two conferences and June 8 devoted to CALT. We are planning a joint graduate student workshop and lunch, and a joint CALT / CLSA dinner on June 7.


Please submit your paper, panel or workshop proposals by January 31, 2014 to:

Jennifer Koshan, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary  – indicate “CALT proposal” in the subject line please.


Appel de présentations! Portes ouvertes : enseigner et apprendre le droit pour la justice

Mon, 2014-01-13 20:17 -- manager

Colloque 2014 de l’Association canadienne des professeurs de droit

Faculté de droit, Université du Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

7 et 8 juin 2014


L’éducation juridique constitue un forum pour les considérations reliées à la justice ainsi qu’un cheminement vers la mise en œuvre de la justice au sein de la société canadienne. Reconnaissant ce rôle crucial que joue l’éducation juridique, plusieurs rapports et articles savants ont récemment réclamé qu’une attention accrue soit portée aux enjeux de l’accès à la justice dans le contexte de l’éducation juridique. Le colloque 2014 de l’ACPD explorera les questions reliées aux façons dont les professeurs de droit et les programmes d’éducation juridique peuvent promouvoir l’accès à la justice et soutenir les responsabilités éthiques relatives à la justice. Nous vous encourageons à offrir des présentations qui explorent ce thème et les questions connexes, comme : comment les compréhensions diverses de l’accès à la justice influencent-elles ou dirigent-elles la pédagogie juridique et l’apprentissage des étudiants ? Quelles sortes d’occasions d’apprentissage au sein de programmes d’éducation juridique contribueront à atteindre les objectifs de l’accès à la justice ? De quelles autres façons les professeurs de droit et les programmes d’éducation juridique facilitent-ils l’accès à la justice ? Les obstacles à l’accès à l’éducation et à la profession d’avocat nuisent-ils à l’accès à la justice ? Quels sont les rôles des professeurs de droit et des institutions formelles d’éducation juridique dans la réponse aux changements apportés à la réglementation de l’accès à la profession ? Le colloque favorisera les discussions portant sur ces compréhensions de l’accès à la justice et sur la façon dont nous intégrons ces compréhensions dans nos enseignements et nos apprentissages.


L’ACPD vous invite à soumettre des propositions :

Présentations de projets individuels, de panels et de tables rondes sur le thème de l’accès à la justice et de l’éducation juridique.
Propositions d’ateliers sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage qui mettent l’accent sur l’innovation pédagogique, en particulier ceux qui comprennent un apprentissage actif et expérientiel.
Propositions pour des tables rondes sur l’enseignement de matières.
Présentations brèves de 5 minutes sur des trucs d’enseignement, des désastres évitables et des questions de réflexion qui stimuleront les discussions continues lors du colloque.


Les propositions d’un maximum de 250 mots peuvent être soumises en anglais ou en français. Nous invitons les conférenciers à présenter dans la langue de leur choix ou dans les deux.


L’ACPD organise son colloque annuel en conjonction avec l’Association canadienne Droit et Société (ACDS) en 2014 à la faculté de droit de l’Université du Manitoba, qui célèbre cette année son centenaire. Le colloque de l’ACDS commencera le 6 juin, le 7 juin sera une journée commune aux deux colloques et le colloque de l’ACPD se poursuivra le 8. Nous prévoyons organiser un atelier et un dîner conjoint pour les étudiants aux cycles supérieurs ainsi qu’un souper de l’ACPD et de l’ACDS le 7 juin.

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions d’articles, de panels ou d’ateliers d’ici le 31 janvier 2014 à :

Jennifer Koshan, Faculté de droit, Université de Calgary – Veuillez écrire « Proposition ACPD » dans la ligne objet.


Law's Encounters: Co-existing and Contradictory Norms and Systems

Mon, 2013-12-09 23:13 -- President

Canadian Law and Society Association, Annual Meeting 2014

June 6-8, 2014

Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba


Law’s Encounters: Co-existing and Contradictory Norms and Systems


Law is dynamic. Over the course of time, law changes within and across societies. These changes are influenced by the course that society takes and in turn, society changes based on the dictates of law. In the process of societal interactions, law becomes expressed in multiple forms. Some of these forms are complementary, others are contradictory. The focus of the Canadian Law and Society’s Annual Meeting in 2014 is law’s multiple encounters in navigating interactions in society. It involves an exploration of co-existing legal and socio-legal norms as well as the contradictions inherent in some of these encounters. We are interested in papers, panels and other groups that explore law’s encounters at the margins as well as the center.

Our broad theme explores several areas of socio-legal thought and scholarship including:

  • Disciplinary allegiances in socio-legal scholarship
  • Indigenous laws and traditions and other legal systems
  • Interactions between social norms, statute and other forms of legal expression
  • International law/norms and domestic law
  • Historical foundations of law’s multi-faceted encounters
  • New and emerging socio-legal encounters
  • Law’s encounters with gender, disability, race, health, age, criminalization etc.
  • Crises – war, terrorism, financial crises and others – and spontaneous development of laws in light of pre-exiting norms
  • Law’s encounters with difference

We invite proposals in these areas and others that explore the broad theme of the co-existences and contradictions inherent in law’s encounters with peoples, communities and broader society. Proposals may include but are not limited to:

  • Papers
  • Panels
  • Graduate student workshops
  • Roundtables
  • Research workshops
  • Author meets readers sessions

We also invite expressions of interest for chairing panels.


Please e-mail proposals of between 250 words to 300 words, including 2-4 keywords, institutional affiliation and contact details to Maura Matesic at by January 15, 2014. We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal.


Association Canadienne Droit et Société, Conférence annuelle 2014

6 au 8 juin 2014

Faculté de droit, Université du Manitoba


Rencontrer le droit : Systèmes et normes coexistants et contradictoires  


Le droit est dynamique. Les transformations du droit prennent place à l’intérieur d’une société mais peuvent aussi opérer à travers les sociétés. Les changements sont influencés par la course prise par la société et, au même temps, la société est transformée par les préceptes du droit. Au cours des interactions qui prennent place dans la société, le droit s’exprime en plusieurs formes. Ses formes peuvent êtres complémentaires ou contradictoires. L’intérêt de la Conférence annuelle 2014 est les divers rencontres du droit en navigant les interactions de la société. Cela comporte une exploration des normes légaux et socio-légaux coexistants en plus des contradictions inhérentes au cours de ces interactions. Nous cherchons des présentations, sessions, et d’autres groupes qui explorent les rencontres du droit aux périphéries mais aussi au centre. 


Notre thème explore plusieurs domaines de la pensée socio-légale incluant :

  • Allégeances disciplinaires du savoir socio-légal
  • Les lois et traditions indigènes et systèmes légaux alternatifs 
  • Les interactions entre les normes sociaux, le droit, et d’autres formes d’expression légale
  • Les droits/normes internationaux et le droit domestique
  • Les fondements historiques des complexités des interactions légaux  
  • Les rencontres légaux émergentes
  • Les rencontres du droit avec le sexe, les handicaps, la race, la santé, l’âge, la criminalisation
  • Les crises – guerre, terrorisme, financières, etc. – et le développement spontané du droit étant donné les normes préexistantes
  • Les interactions entre le droit et la différence      


Nous invitons des propositions concernant ces domaines ou d’autres qui explorent les coexistences et contradictions existants alors des rencontres entre le droit et les peuples, les communautés, et la société en générale. Les propositions peuvent inclure, mais ne sont pas limités à :     

  • Présentations
  • Sessions
  • Ateliers pour les étudiants de deuxième ou troisième cycle
  • Tables rondes
  • Ateliers de recherche 
  • Sessions d’auteurs rencontrant lecteurs 


Nous invitions aussi des expressions d’intérêts pour présider une session. 


Veuillez envoyer vos propositions de 250 à 300 mots, incluant 2 à 4 mots clés, affiliation institutionnelle, et coordonnées à Maura Matesic,, d’ici le 15 janvier 2014. Une reconnaissance de reçu de votre proposition sera envoyée.   

Law and Magic Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, June 5-6, 2014

Tue, 2013-12-03 12:18 -- manager

Revealing the Links Between Law and Magic

A Conference Sponsored by the Law and Humanities Law Institute and

Thomas Jefferson School of Law



June 5-6, 2014

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Avenue, San Diego CA 92101


Call For Papers

On June 5 and 6, 2014, the Law and Humanities Institute, New York, New York (USA) and Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (USA) will sponsor a Conference on Law and Magic.

Law and magic interact in many ways. Not only can the law influence the practice of magic, such as in the areas of freedom of speech and religion and intellectual property; but also magic can influence the law, such as in trial tactics and evidence. In addition, magic illuminates the crossroads of other law and humanities fields, such as the emerging area of law and neuroscience, rhetoric, and law and popular culture. Papers discussing or developing these or any aspect of the relationship between law and magic are welcome, especially those that further an understanding of the theory, underpinnings, and/or philosophy of the field. 

Materials and presentations will be in English. The organizers of the conference are Christine Corcos, Louisiana State University Law Center ( and Julie Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (

We invite you to submit an abstract of a 20-minute paper that you would like to deliver at the conference. Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words and sent to Christine Corcos at the email address above accompanied by the author’s brief biographical statement. Please put “Law and Magic Conference June 2014” in the email subject line and submit the abstract and biographical statement no later than January 6, 2014.  We will send notifications regarding acceptance of presentations by February 1, 2014.

If you would like us to consider your paper for publication,  please indicate that in the body of your email.  Conference papers accepted for publication will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.

Please address questions to Christine Corcos at the email address above


Call for Papers: Fifth Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property, and Society, Vancouver, BC

Mon, 2013-11-11 17:31 -- manager
The Association for Law, Property, & Society (ALPS) is a scholarly organization for those engaged in scholarship on all aspects of property law and policy including real, personal, intellectual, intangible, cultural, personal, and other forms of property. Its annual meeting brings together scholars from many disciplines to discuss their work and to foster dialogue among those working in property law, policy, and theory.
The 5th Annual Meeting of ALPS will be held in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, May 2-3, 2014.
We welcome proposals for papers or panels in any area of property law & society scholarship. Potential topics include:
• Aboriginal rights & title
• Eminent domain & regulatory takings
• Histories of property
• Housing/urban development/planning
• Inequalities of property
• Intellectual Property
• Land/environment/resources
• Property & civil rights
• Property law & economics
• Property & poverty
• Property transfers & risk
• Teaching property law
• Theories of property
Submissions may be of individual papers or of panels. Panel proposals may include a collection of paper presentations, roundtables, or book panels.
Submit proposals to by 15 January 2014. Conference participation will be confirmed by February 15, 2014.
The standard length of each session will be 90 minutes and we expect sessions to include time for questions and discussion from the audience as well as presentation. Commentators are optional, but if included the papers need to be shortened to allow for audience questions and discussion.
If submitting a panel, submit individual paper abstracts as well as a panel abstract. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
Confirmed Speakers
The conference planning committee is excited to have arranged a leading group of speakers including:
• Joe Singer (Harvard)
• Andre van der Walt (Stellenbosch)
Visit the conference website for updates and more information:


Appel à contributions: Actualité de l’abolitionnisme - Dossier coordonné par Nicolas Carrier et Justin Piché

Wed, 2013-10-30 12:18 -- manager



Appel à contributions/Call for papers


Actualité de l’abolitionnisme

Dossier coordonné par Nicolas Carrier et Justin Piché


L’intensification pénale qui caractérise la plupart des démocraties libérales occidentales a été critiquée par de nombreux analystes du champ pénal, souvent dans le cadre de discussions saisissant la pénalité contemporaine avec le vocable de ‘virage punitif’, posant dès lors un passé ‘non punitif’ de la pénalité, notamment caractérisé par un souci de ‘prendre soin’ des personnes criminalisées. Les injonctions à pratiquer une ‘criminologie publique’ et à produire une critique ‘publique’ de l’intensification pénale se multiplient, peut-être plus particulièrement dans les écrits anglophones. Alors que la masse des interventions contre l’intensification pénale produite par cette ‘criminologie publique’ se concentre sur le projet d’injecter du savoir criminologique dans les politiques pénales afin de les rendre plus efficaces, plus utiles, plus rationnelles et même, dira-t-on, plus humaines, d’autres interventions poursuivent le projet radical de l’abolitionnisme. Quelle est la place des discours, pratiques et praxis abolitionnistes dans la société contemporaine? Quelles logiques et quels acteurs les supportent? Peut-on les dire influents? Ce dossier de Champ pénal/Penal Field veut proposer un état des lieux sur l’abolitionnisme.


Pluralité des luttes

Pour les analystes du champ pénal, il est désormais usuel de distinguer trois cibles générales de l’abolitionnisme : la prison et le complex industriel dont elle fait partie, le carcéral, le pénal. Il est également commun de qualifier d’abolitionnistes des discours, pratiques et praxis dont la focale se fait sur la pénalisation de conduites ou conditions spécifiques, telles les infractions liées à certaines drogues, au travail du sexe, à l’immigration, ou aux activités politiques contre l’État. Les contributions attendues pourront porter sur des manifestations plurielles de l’abolitionnisme dans le champ pénal, et possiblement explorer les enjeux que cette diversité pose pour la militance, la recherche empirique et le travail intellectuel.


Moteurs et motifs

Ce dossier a pour ambition de réunir des contributions permettant de jeter un regard d’ensemble sur les conceptions de la justice, les expériences et les constats empiriques qui nourrissent les perspectives abolitionnistes contemporaines. Pourquoi l’abolitionnisme? Parce que l’emprisonnement, l’incarcération, la pénalisation sont injustes? En quoi le sont-elles? Peut-on ici se satisfaire de brandir des faits sur les effets des réponses institutionnalisées aux ‘situations problèmes’, comme plusieurs l’ont fait à l’égard de la prison? Le factuel peut-il ou doit-il informer notre conception de la justice? Quels sont les limites d’une pensée abolitionniste conséquentialiste? Les moteurs et motifs abolitionnistes sont-ils stables dans l’espace et le temps et déjà bien ancrées, ou se renouvellent-ils?


Modalités et alternatives

Quels programmes sont mis de l’avant par les abolitionnistes, tant sur le plan des stratégies de luttes que sur celui des ‘mesures de rechange’? Comment s’oppose-t-on à un système qui affirme produire de la justice? Quelles conceptions du changement social animent ces programmes? Quelles leçons peut-on tirer des efforts abolitionnistes passés? Comment se positionne-t-on par rapport à des programmes moins radicaux, tel que celui du minimalisme pénal? Comment l’abolitionnisme fait-il face à une critique insistant sur le besoin de contrôler une minorité de personnes dangereuses (les dangerous few)? Peut-on ici se satisfaire de la typique ‘désontologisation’ de la notion de dangerosité? Quels rapports se tissent entre abolitionnisme, justice réparatrice, justice transformative et justice sociale? L’abolitionnisme est-il pensable dans le cadre du maintien de la souveraineté des ‘États de droit’, ou ne fait-il sens que dans le cadre de collectifs/collectivités anarchistes? Comment imagine-t-on ou pratique-t-on un espace social sans peine? Les programmes abolitionnistes ont typiquement mis de l’avant une vision de la socialité ancrée dans la proximité; cette vision est-elle toujours viable? Quels programmes peut-on imaginer pour répondre à ce que l’on saisit actuellement sous le vocable de crime de guerre? De crime contre l’humanité? L’abolitionnisme est-il, comme la criminologie dans son ensemble, une pratique à vocation essentiellement domestique? Dans le contexte d’une intensification généralisée du recours au pénal et à la surveillance dans les démocraties libérales, les propositions des abolitionnistes sont peut-être plus que jamais aisément qualifiées d’idéalistes; le sont-elles? Et le cas échéant, est-ce un problème?





Les propositions de contribution peuvent être soumises en anglais ou en français. Ce dossier a pour ambition d’être bilingue : les auteur(e)s dont les articles sont acceptés sont invités à produire ou faire produire une version traduite des articles.


Normes de présentation

La taille attendue pour un article se situe entre 8 000 et 15 000 mots.

Les articles doivent se conformer (!) aux règles de présentation de la revue, que l’on peut consulter à l’adresse suivante :


Comment soumettre les articles

Un résumé de la proposition de contribution doit être soumis au plus tard le 1er mars 2014.

La proposition de contribution doit être soumise au plus tard le 1er septembre 2014.

Dans les deux cas, faire parvenir les textes aux deux adresses suivantes :


Une invitation de plus ...

Nous invitons les personnes intéressées à venir présenter une version préliminaire de leurs articles dans le cadre de la 4e conférence Perspectives critiques : criminologie et justice sociale, qui se tiendra à Carleton University les 11 et 12 juin 2014, et dans le cadre de la 15e Conférence internationale sur l’abolition de la peine (ICOPA 15), qui se tiendra du 13 au 15 juin 2014 à l’Université d’Ottawa. Les deux universités sont situées sur le territoire Algonquin / Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Pour plus de renseignements, on peut consulter la page web suivante : ou écrire à Justin ou Nicolas.


Nicolas Carrier

Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Carleton University


Justin Piché

Département de criminologie

Université d’Ottawa




Call for Papers: The State of Abolitionism Today - A special issue edited by Nicolas Carrier and Justin Piché

Wed, 2013-10-30 12:17 -- manager



Appel à contributions/Call for papers


The State of Abolitionism Today

A special issue edited by Nicolas Carrier and Justin Piché


Numerous analysts of the penal field have criticized the intensification of punishment experienced in most liberal democracies in the western world.  Dubbed the ‘punitive turn’ by some, contemporary penal policies and practices are contrasted to those of a supposed less punitive past characterized by an ethic of care for the criminalized. Recent discussions on the topic have led some scholars, notably in Anglophone debates, to call for a ‘public criminology’ or the advancement of more robust ‘public’ critiques of penal intensification with the goal of making penal politics more effective, useful, rational and humane. What is the place of abolitionist thought and action in this context? What arguments and actors support such work? In what ways is abolitionism relevant, if at all? This special issue of Champ pénal/Penal Field sets out to assess the state of abolitionism today.


The many targets of abolitionism

Analysts of the penal field tend to identify three targets of abolitionism: the prison and the industrial complex in which it operates, the penal system, and the diffusion of carceral controls in society more generally. Abolitionist thought and action also focuses on specific issues such as the criminalization of certain drugs, sex work, migration and political dissent against the State. Contributions to this special issue can address any of the multiple issues addressed in abolitionist work and could also explore the implications of the presence of multiple targets for activism, research and intellectual work.  


Drivers of and motives for action

This special issue aims to showcase diverse perspectives on how ‘justice’ is conceptualized and experienced, and how these inform contemporary abolitionist work. Why abolitionism? Because imprisonment, being subjected to carceral control, and punishment is unjust? In what ways? Is it sufficient to document the effects of institutionalized responses to problematized situations as many have done in regards to the prison? Is it necessary that facts inform our conception of justice? Is this possible and/or desirable? Are the drivers of and motives for taking an abolitionist stance stable in time and space, anchored in long-established traditions of thinking and acting, or is renewal underway?  


Strategies and alternatives

What alternative ways of conceptualizing and responding to criminalized conflicts and harms characterize abolitionist work today?  On what grounds do we oppose a penal system that claims to be in the business of justice? What lessons can be learned from past abolitionist efforts? How does abolitionism position itself vis-à-vis less radical approaches such as penal minimalism? How do abolitionists respond to the critique that there will always be a ‘dangerous few’ who need to be controlled and imprisoned? Does engaging in the ‘de-ontologization’ of dangerousness suffice? What are the similarities and differences between abolitionism, restorative justice, transformative justice and social justice? Does abolitionism imply anarchism, or can it be envisioned within State sovereignty?  How is a world without punishment imagined or practiced? Are the kinds of social relations required to involve those most impacted when addressing conflicts and harms promoted by abolitionists possible in a globalized context characterized by social distance? What is an abolitionist response to ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’? Is abolitionism, like criminology, a domestically driven endeavour? In the context of a global lockdown and expanding surveillance in western democracies, abolitionist arguments have been characterized as utopian – is this the case?  And if so, is this a problem?





Proposed contributions can be submitted in English or in French.  To reach as broad of a readership as possible, we are striving towards a bilingual collection and authors whose works are accepted for publication are encouraged, but not obligated, to translate their papers.


Submission guidelines

The word count for papers is between 8,000 and 15,000 words.  The articles must also conform (!) with the submission guidelines of the journal, which can be found at


Article submissions

An abstract outlining your proposed contribution must be submitted no later than March 1, 2014.  The submission deadline for completed papers is September 1, 2014.  In both cases, please send your correspondence to the following addresses:


Another invitation …

We invite those interested in contributing to this special issue to present a preliminary version of their papers at the Fourth Conference – Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice to be held June 11 and 12, 2014 at Carleton University or at the Fifteenth International Conference on Penal Abolition to be held June 13 to 15, 2014 at the University of Ottawa.  Both universities are located on Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  For more information, please visit or write to Justin or Nicolas.


Nicolas Carrier

Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Carleton University


Justin Piché

Department of Criminology

University of Ottawa





The Canadian Journal of Human Rights - 2014 Call for Papers

Tue, 2013-10-01 16:42 -- manager
Call for Papers
Deadline for Submissions: Dec 30th, 2013
The Canadian Journal of Human Rights (CJHR), the only academic journal of its kind in Canada, is now accepting submissions for its next volume.
The CJHR is published by the Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba; however, it is not a typical law journal. The journal is both a national and international forum for scholars to share and debate ideas in human rights and humanitarian law and policy. It is the only journal in Canada that deals exclusively with human rights scholarship. 
As developments in the area of human rights are not limited to legal events and analyses, the CJHR has an interdisciplinary focus and will publish quality papers that deal with human rights issues in a broader socio-legal arena. There is no requirement that submissions have a strict legal focus.
The CJHR welcomes submissions from scholars from diverse backgrounds of academic engagement. Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French.
Please see our web site at for specific manuscript requirements and further information. Kindly send submissions via e-mail as attachments in Word to:
Dr. Donn Short, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Human Rights
Authors should include full contact information (name, institution, mailing address, telephone) in the body of the e-mail.
Deadline for submissions is December 30th, 2013.

Call for Conference Proposals - Centaur Jurisprudence: the Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law

Mon, 2013-06-10 16:11 -- manager

Call for Conference Proposals

Centaur Jurisprudence:
The Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law
McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Montréal - Friday 21 February 2014

Many claims to justice ask law to be responsive to the lived experiences of those to and through whom it is applied. “Culture” is one label attached to collective forms of this lived experience. But what does it mean for courts and other legal institutions to be culturally sensitive? What are the institutional implications and consequences of such an aspiration? To what extent is legal discourse capable of accommodating multiple cultural narratives without losing its claim to normative specificity? And how are we to understand meetings of law and culture in the context of formal legal processes, such as when a criminal defendant invokes the acceptability of domestic violence within his ethnic community, when oral traditions are presented as the basis for an aboriginal land claim, or when the custom of ‘bush marriage’ is evoked as relevant to the prosecution of the war crime of rape?  A traditional approach to law anchored in positivism tends to construct the encounter between law and cultures as one of subjugation: cultural practices are vetted to assess compatibility with existing legal rules. Cultural anthropology would see a more horizontal interplay of practices and symbols, with law constituting just one more cultural field. As such, law and cultural anthropology would seem to correspond to different ways of imagining the world, to distinct epistemes. However, legal pluralism, rejecting a narrow focus on formal law and state institutions, offers a vision of law as dynamic and inherently open to “culture”.  This one-day conference] will explore the potential of legal pluralism to account for the varied and dynamic roles of culture within legal discourse Can legal pluralism create a richer model of legal knowledge, one that reflects plural cultural narratives, while still offering a normative foundation for formal legal processes? Or does it entail abandoning a distinctively legal discourse in favour of an assemblage of anthropological and legal knowledge or “centaur discipline”? In short, can legal pluralism bring culture within the domain of law? Four panels will explore these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective in the context of international law, aboriginal law, alternative dispute resolution, and the recognition/accommodation of minority cultural practices. A fuller description of the Centaur Jurisprudence Project is available here.

Paper proposals must be between 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short resume. Please submit your documents to Any query may be directed to the conference convener, Professor René Provost (


The closing date for submissions is 15 July 2013. We will notify successful applicants by early August

2013.  An initial 3-5 page sketch of the paper must be submitted by 1 November 2013 for circulation among panellists and feedback from the conference committee. Presenters must submit a draft paper by 15 January 2014, ahead of the conference on 21 February 2014. Final papers should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Selected submissions will be considered for publication in an edited volume on the conference theme.


Airfare and accommodation of presenters will be covered by the conference organizers.

Graduate Student Essay Prize

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The CLSA is proud to announce a Graduate Student Essay Prize to complement our Book Prize and our award for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.  

This prize will be adjudicated by leading law and society scholars and the winning essay will be published in a fortcoming issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.

The prize is open to all graduate students (MA, LLM, PhD, SJD) studying socio-legal issues at any Canadian University.  

To apply please send your paper in doc. or pff form to [email address]

Deadline: XX Month 2013