Upcoming events

    • 18 Feb 2018

    The Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (JOxCSLS) is currently calling for papers for 2018.  The JOxCSLS is an international online and open access peer reviewed journal established and edited by graduate research students of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford.

    Deadline for submissions to next issue: 18 February 2018.

    The JOxCSLS welcomes submissions in the following categories:

    1.      Academic articles: between 5,000 and 7,500 words (footnotes included);

    2.      Law and Society Today: 2,000 words on the socio-legal relevance of a topical issue or event;

    3.      Socio-Legal Objects: 2,000 words on socio-legal observations related to or inspired by visual arts, music, architecture, or everyday objects;

    4.      Wire from the Field: 2,000 words on experiences of socio-legal fieldwork or methodological issues;

    5.      Book Reviews: up to 1,500 words on recent monographs or edited volumes of relevance to Socio-Legal Studies.

    All submissions should have clear relevance to the field of Socio-Legal Studies broadly construed. Please refer to the current issueand online archive for examples of the types of papers published by the JOxCSLS.

    Please refer to our authors’ guidelines when preparing your submission.  We regret that we are unable to accept submissions that do not meet the guidelines.

    Papers should be submitted through this form.

    Thinking of submitting an article but not sure if it would be a good fit? Send us an email at: journal@csls.ox.ac.uk and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 2 Mar 2018
    • Oñati

    Criminal Justice: Global Perspectives

    Hunter, Jill (The University of New South Wales)

    This course explores criminal justice processes and institutions within society, paying particular attention to participants in the process and, either relying on current issues, or looking at differences across nations and across time through architecture. For convenience, the course uses the criminal trial (‘the mansion of justice' in Yale Kamisar's terms) as its focal point, but students are encouraged to explore criminal justice processes more broadly.

    The course aims to enrich students' knowledge and understanding of the function and meaning of their own and other criminal justice systems in society and to build on the diversity of the student body in the Masters programme. It begins by introducing students to the role of culture in shaping the values, virtues and goals of criminal justice by exploring why and how, centuries ago, the French pursued justice for animals. Answering these questions helps us understand present day legal rules and practices. At the end of the course we finish, again with history. This time it is English legal history. We rely on themes to explore the role of belief systems, ritual, architecture and advocacy on the criminal trial.

    Why some but not all, nations train judges and others focus on lay judges (jurors) also tells us about different legal traditions, as does the different way in which the accused is treated in legal traditions. These differences are not just matters of resourcing, they relate to the cultural perception of the accused, and in particular to whether he or she is perceived to be a central information source in the investigation of crime and in the actual criminal trial. A number of jurisdictions will be explored – Japan, France, the US and Australia in this respect (and also with a view to understanding the role of the victim in different jurisdictions). With victims, in the common law adversarial tradition the rights of the victim of crime struggle to gain foothold in a system that is defined by the State's relationship to the accused. This compares with Germany and France (for example) where the victim of crime has quite different experiences in trials compared to their common law equivalent.

    • 23 Feb 2018
    • 24 Feb 2018
    • Princeton University

    Co-Organized and Co-Hosted by Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University), Jacqueline Ross (University of Illinois College of Law), and Jacques DeLisle (University of Pennsylvania Law School)

    Co-sponsored by Princeton University, the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the American Society of Comparative Law

    Invitation to all interested comparative law scholars to consider submitting a paper to the next annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, which will be held February 23-24, 2018 at Princeton University.

    Interested authors should submit papers to Kim Lane Scheppele at kimlane@princeton.edu.  We have extended the deadline and ask for papers to submitted by January 8, 2018.  We will inform authors of our decision by January 20.   Participants whose papers have been accepted should plan to arrive in Princeton by Thursday night on February 22 and to leave on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.   

    The annual workshop continues to be an important forum in which comparative law work in progress can be explored among colleagues in a serious and thorough manner that will be truly helpful to the respective authors.   "Work in progress" means scholarship that has reached a stage at which it is substantial enough to merit serious discussion and critique but that has not yet appeared in print (and can still be revised after the workshop, if it has already been accepted for publication.)   It includes law review articles, book chapters or outlines, substantial book reviews, and other appropriate genres.

    We ask for only one contribution per author and also ask authors to limit their papers to 50 pages in length, or, if the paper (or book chapter) is longer, to indicate which 50 pages they would like to have read and discussed.

     Our objective is not only to provide an opportunity for the discussion of scholarly work but also to create the opportunity for comparative lawyers to get together for two days devoted to nothing but talking shop, both in the sessions and outside. We hope that this will create synergy that fosters more dialogue, cooperation, and an increased sense of coherence for the discipline.

    The participants in the workshop will consist of the respective authors, commentators, and faculty members of the host institutions.  The overall group will be kept small enough to sit around a large table and to allow serious discussion.  The papers will not be presented at the workshop. They will be distributed well in advance and every participant must have read them before attending the meeting.  Each paper will be introduced and discussed first by two commentators before opening the discussion to the other workshop participants.  Each of the authors selected for the workshop is expected to have read and to be prepared to discuss each of the papers selected.  The author of each paper will be given an opportunity to respond and ask questions of his or her own.  There are no plans to publish the papers. Instead, it is up to the authors to seek publication if, and wherever, they wish.  The goal of the workshop is to improve the work before publication. 

     The Workshop will be funded by the host school and by the American Society of Comparative Law. Authors of papers and commentators will be reimbursed for their travel expenses and accommodation up to $600, by either by the American Society of Comparative Law or Princeton University, in accordance with the ASCL reimbursement policy (as posted on its webpage.)  We ask that authors inquire into funding opportunities at their home institutions before applying for reimbursement by the ASCL or by the Princeton University.

    In this cycle of our annual workshop, we are excited to welcome our newest co-organizer, Professor Jacques DeLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and we bid a fond farewell to Professor Maximo Langer of the UCLA School of Law, with whom we have greatly enjoyed co-hosting many meetings of this annual workshop series.

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 29 Mar 2018
    • Bristol

    Law and Emotion

    This stream invites submissions exploring the intersection between law and emotion across a wide variety of fields and topics.

    Law and emotion scholarship is an exciting international, interdisciplinary field of legal research.  It is based on the premise that emotion is highly relevant to law and can and should be studied in the legal context.  A common approach is to take a legal question and bring to it a perspective grounded in the study or theory of emotion.  This presents a significant challenge to the conventional legal view of law as the embodiment of reason and rationality, with emotion being perceived as, at best, irrelevant and, at worst, dangerous.

    Proposals based on any topics relating to law and emotion are welcomed, as are suggestions for whole panels, interactive workshops and other innovative methods of delivery.  Relevant topics could include:

    • The involvement and impact of emotion in civil law and criminal law.

    • The role of emotion in legal education and training and the legal profession.

    • The role of emotion in relation to legal actors, including issues of wellbeing.

    • Theoretical approaches to, and practical applications of, the use of emotion, for example, using emotional intelligence or therapeutic jurisprudence.

    It is hoped that this stream will provide a valuable opportunity for collaboration and networking for researchers in the field of law and emotion, as part of the development of a wider UK-based Law and Emotion Network.  It will also provide an important opportunity to develop links with, and present insights to, the wider legal academy and others interested in this important and developing field.

    If you wish to discuss your ideas further and/or would like to join the developing Law and Emotion Network, please do not hesitate to contact the stream conveners (below).


    Emma Jones (e.j.jones@open.ac.uk) and John Stannard (j.stannard@qub.ac.uk)

    The call for papers is available here https://www.slsa2018.com/law-and-emotion.

    • 30 May 2018
    • 1 Jun 2018
    • University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University Middelburg, the Netherlands
    The conference aims to contribute with a space for an intercultural encounter within and beyond the academia for: participation, education and inclusivity. The EMPI IX edition will gather Indigenous leaders, civil society members, the academia and the student community in Middelburg to discuss and learn from our own academic/civil limitations and practices by searching redefinitions of topics that are of general concern, such as :

    • What alternative understandings are available to better understand and defend the rights of Indigenous people to exist and to live in harmony?
    • What are the conceptions of nature, resources, the Good Life, human rights,  poverty/richness, progress and development that co-exist in dispute and at the periphery of Western thinking?
    • What are we talking about when we speak about the mode of existence and connection of Indigenous worlds with Mother Earth?
    • How are indigenous women facing the intrusion of modernity in their territories?
    • And ultimately, what can we learn, exchange and adopt in our academic communities  from other ways of knowing and existing in this world without falling in the trap of validating our own academic frameworks while remaining untouched by non-hegemonic ways of thinking and doing?
    We will welcome papers that deal directly or indirectly with these questions by addressing the following the themes:
    1. Southern Epistemologies: territories, political ecology and the Buen Vivir (Good Life)
    2. Rights for nature or Rights of nature?: challenges and contributions from Indigenous worlds
    3. Indigenous peoples’ cultural heritage: the 169 ILO convention, the UNDRIP and consultation processes application, challenges and future developments.
    4. Conflicts and modern wars: epistemicides, knowledges, alternatives beyond modernity and conflict resolutions.
    5. Defining the international political and legal impacts of the Rights of nature
    6. Gender: Indigenous Feminism, Justice and Patriarchy in Indigenous worlds
    7. Cross-intercultural dialogues: climate change, human rights and environmental sciences, what can we exchange and what can we learn from each other?
    8. Policies: educational policies, Indigenous languages, educational access, educational pluralism.
    9. Regaining consciousness, emerging identities: Indigenous Art-design, cinema and cultural property.

    Call for papers & Conference Proceedings
    Paper proposals (max. 300 words) in English or Spanish should be submitted by email at
    EMPI2018@ucr.nl up to the end of April 2018. Notifications of acceptance depend on the order of arrival, this means that we are going to send them in two rounds at the end of March and up to the end of April. A CV summary (max. 50-100 words) of the author/s shall be included in Spanish or English. Abstracts in Portuguese are accepted with the translation in English, however presentations are in English or Spanish.

    When & Where
    • 30 May: registration starts at 13.00 until 17.00
    Opening Reception City of Middelburg at 18.00 (building to be announced T.B.A.)
    • Conference closing: 1 June 2018, University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, the Netherlands.

    • 6 Jun 2018
    • 8 Jun 2018

    En 2010 organizamos en Girona el I Congreso de la colección Filosofía y Derecho, de la editorial Marcial Pons, que reunió a más de 350 participantes y 12 ponentes en torno al tema "Neutralidad y teoría del derecho".

    Ahora, en ocasión de la publicación del volúmen número 100, les presentamos el II Congreso de la colección: el Congreso Mundial en Razonamiento Probatorio. El evento reunirá grandes especialistas internacionales provenientes de 4 continentes, que disertarán sobre distintos problemas del razonamiento probatorio en el proceso judicial. El congreso pretende ofrecer, como uno de sus grandes atractivos, un debate acerca del razonamiento probatorio entre puntos de vista propios de las distintas tradiciones y culturas jurídicas.

    Los idiomas oficiales del congreso son el castellano y el inglés, con traducción simultánea entre ellos.

    ¡Os esperamos en Girona!

    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 13 Jun 2018
    • Tirana, Albania

    The EFRJ is organising an intensive Course in Tirana (Albania) on 12-13 June 2018 on the use of RJ in cases of serious crimes. The Course will occur just before the 10th international conference of the EFRJ entitled ‘Expanding the restorative imagination. Restorative justice between realities and visions in Europe and beyond‘.

    Further information: http://www.euforumrj.org/events/course-rj-serious-crime/

    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 16 Jun 2018
    • Tirana-Albania

    Expanding the restorative imagination. Restorative justice between realities and visions in Europe and beyond.

    Core themes: 

    - Restorative intersections with the criminal justice system

    - Restorative juvenile justice realities and visions

    - Reimagining restorative justice as a social movement

    Keynote speakers

    - Fania Davis, USA

    - Vincenzo Ruggiero, UK

    - David O'Mahony, UK

    - Jonathan Doak, UK

    - Claudia Mazzucato, Italy

    - Tali Gal, Israel.

    CALL FOR PAPERS- Deadline 1 November 2017

    • 25 Jul 2018
    • 27 Jul 2018
    • Quito, Ecuador

    Power Reconfigurations: Regional and Global Responses in an Age of Uncertainty

    Reconfiguraciones de Poder: Respuestas Regionales y Globales
    en Tiempos de Incertidumbre

    25-27 July, 2018, Quito, Ecuador
    Cintia Quiliconi and Kristy A. Belton, Program Chairs

    Submission Deadline: 15 December, 2017
    Fecha límite para propuestas: 15 de diciembre de 2017

    Further information: https://www.isanet.org/Conferences/FLACSO-Quito-2018

    • 13 Sep 2018
    • 15 Sep 2018
    • University of Basel

    Basel 2018: Abolishing the law?

    The fourth congress of german-language sociology of law associations, 13–15 September 2018, University of Basel

    The fourth conference of German-language research on law and society addresses diverse trends whose implications are tantamount to abolishing the legal order and/or rights.

    Populist authoritarian movements and regimes exert pressure on the institutions of the democratic rule of law. In the evolving “illiberal democracies,” rights are being restricted and constitutional review is being called into question so as to help the will of the people assert itself. Physical and legal barriers aim at preventing people who are fleeing armed conflicts and other dangers from having access to rights. The logic of the state of exception and, with it, the expansion of the state of emergency and special rights, allow deviations from and interruptions of fundamental norms and principles, which grant the executive further powers. The informational and biotechnological transformation of societyradically challenge the possibility of law. On the one hand, according to a widespread diagnosis of contemporary society, human decisions and the processes for forming opinions are increasingly guided by digital algorithms that defy legal control (big data). On the other hand, the law is threatened by the loss of the subject that accompanies the new possibilities of manipulating the human genome (transhumanism). In the context of the vision of a digital and post-human society, is rights-oriented law anachronistic? The marginalization of state-based law is accompanied, moreover, by an expansion of private regulation. State control often limits itself to procedural rather than substantive matters, for example, when laws prescribe how societal actors should enter into commitments. In international treaties, arbitration tribunals that lack democratic legitimacy are proliferating as binding dispute-resolution fora“, whose decisions can no longer be scrutinized by national courts ('soft law, hard effects'. In family law, construction law, and criminal law, mediation is increasingly replacing traditional trials for settling conflicts. And how should endeavours to reconceptualise entire fields of law in this context – such as demands to repeal inheritance law or reform family law – be analysed and evaluated? The empirical phenomena of crisis in law correspond to a new interest in radical theories of legal critique. The spectrum of theories stretches from neo-materialist criticism of law to updates of Carl Schmitt’s critique of liberalism and to critical systems-theoretical demands to reorient law from individual rights towards protecting collective structures of systems differentiation.

    How can these developing trends be appropriately described sociologically? And how are they to be evaluated? Are we observing the abolition of the law, a regressive trend in the differentiation of law, morality, and politics, or merely a transformation in the form and content of the law? How do the theoretical visions of an emancipatory liberation from the form of the law relate to the empirically observable trends towards marginalising the legal management of conflicts?

    Scholars and researchers from all disciplines are invited to present and discuss the empirical results and theoretical perspectives of their research in the context of this general theme. The conference is divided into multiple thematic tracks. In principle, any topic with an interdisciplinary relation to law can be submitted to either a thematically suitable track, or to the track ‘General Papers’. Other things being equal, papers whose content relates to the conference theme have a better chance of being accepted. We invite the immediate submission of proposals for papers or entire panels/sessions (with up to four papers). We particularly welcome panels with an international or comparative focus and/or composition. In addition, we are open to alternative formats in all tracks, such as book presentations, ‘author meets critics’, roundtables, ‘fishbowls’ with short statements by researchers on a theme from the perspective of their work, interviews or short discussions with guests (either moderated or as a ‘hot seat’), film screenings, or artistic interventions.

    Proposals (abstracts should not exceed 1500 characters) can only be submitted online through our conference-administration system. The deadline for proposals is 28 February 2018.

    You can find more information about the conference on the website www.recht-und-gesellschaft.info/basel2018, on Facebook at facebook.com/rechtssoziologiebasel2018 and on Twitter via the hashtag #rsozbasel2018. If you have any questions, you can contact us at any time at: rechtssoziologie-basel2018-ius@unibas.ch

Past events

5 Feb 2018 Master Course: Migration
1 Feb 2018 Open talk: "Law based on reciprocity: How can we recognize legal otherness in terms of modernity?"
22 Jan 2018 Master Course: Gender
11 Jan 2018 Access and Exclusion in Global Governance (Barcelona, 11 & 12 January 2018): Call for Papers
8 Jan 2018 Master Course: Sociology of Law and the Economy
31 Dec 2017 Convocatoria: Revista Criterio Libre Jurídico- Fecha límite: diciembre 2017
15 Dec 2017 RCSL Meeting in Lisbon (Deadline Dec 15th)
11 Dec 2017 Master Course: A Sociology of Constitutionalism
6 Dec 2017 Congreso Nacional de Investigación sobre Derechos Humanos 2017. Fecha límite aplicación: 15 de agosto.
3 Dec 2017 Transnational Law Summer Institute: Call for Applications, deadline: August 15.
27 Nov 2017 Master Course: The Rule of Law: Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Politics & Reality
13 Nov 2017 Master Course: Anthropology of Law & Legal Pluralism
10 Nov 2017 Max Planck Trialogue Workshop on the Law of Peace and War; Vol. III: Reparations for Victims of Armed Conflict
9 Nov 2017 MPIL Momentum "The Politicization of Europe: Transnational Solidarity Conflicts and the Changing Structure of Economic Governance in the EU"
2 Nov 2017 Workshop Quantitative & Qualitative Methodology by Professor Angela Melville
24 Oct 2017 Ier Encuentro Nuestroamericano de Crítica Jurídica "Pensamiento y Praxis"
23 Oct 2017 Master Course: Social Research Theory and Practice
19 Oct 2017 Race and law: French and German cross-perspectives in Berlin.
18 Oct 2017 Perspectivas cruzadas sobre los mundos indígenas: Mujeres indígenas, memoria histórica y construcción de paz en Colombia
9 Oct 2017 Master Course: Sociological analysis of international law
1 Oct 2017 Call for Applications: 2018 Laureate Visiting Fellowships in Comparative Constitutional Law. Deadline: 1 October 2017
30 Sep 2017 Call for abstracts to a session in the XIX World Congress of Sociology of ISA “Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities”.
25 Sep 2017 Master Course: Comparative Legal Culture
18 Sep 2017 Master Course: Rhetoric, Communication, Negotiation
17 Sep 2017 ISA XV International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology. Deadline: June 15, 2017
3 Sep 2017 Summer School: Racism, Eurocentrism and Political Struggles (Early registration: until 30th April 2017)
15 Aug 2017 Seminario Internacional "Derechos sociales: discusiones para una nueva agenda de investigación"
9 Aug 2017 Legal Pluralism and Challenges for Family Law Governance in Muslim Majority
6 Aug 2017 Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law. Deadline: 30 April 2017
27 Jul 2017 Regulating Climate Change: Governance and Legal Mobilization
20 Jul 2017 The Policy of Cultural Rights: Socio-legal Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
17 Jul 2017 Curso de Verano: La crisis de las profesiones jurídicas en un mundo en transformación: dinámicas locales y transnacionales. Fecha límite: 10 de julio
16 Jul 2017 XXVIII World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) Deadline: May 15
13 Jul 2017 La desaparición forzada de personas: circulación transnacional y usos sociales de una categoría del derecho humanitario
6 Jul 2017 Adults & Children in Postmodern Societies - International and Comparative family law Conference
6 Jul 2017 Procesos constituyentes en nuestra América. Diálogos, análisis y perspectivas desde la teoría jurídica crítica
29 Jun 2017 Specifying and Securing a Social Minimum
26 Jun 2017 PhD Summer School on International Law: Courts and Contexts
22 Jun 2017 Models of collective bargaining and Labour Law
20 Jun 2017 Oñati Community meeting during RCSL/LSA conference in México City
15 Jun 2017 Meeting of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime
14 Jun 2017 Conferencia. Frans Viljoen: “Los pueblos indígenas de África: atrapados entre la legitimidad de la normativa y su cumplimiento”
13 Jun 2017 Jornada de Reflexión sobre el Futuro de Europa: Análisis de los Cinco Escenarios del Libro Blanco De Juncker
13 Jun 2017 “Se non è vero…” post-truth, alternative facts and informative spam
8 Jun 2017 The Ombudsman and Administrative Justice: From Promise to Performance
2 Jun 2017 Researching juvenile justice pra ctices: discussing the pains of doing criminological research
1 Jun 2017 Penal welfarism - myths and realities?
1 Jun 2017 DILEMAS DEL PLURALISMO JURÍDICO. Octavo Encuentro Multidisciplinar sobre Pueblos Indígenas (EMPI)
25 May 2017 La transformación de las enseñanzas jurídicas y criminológicas desde las Clínicas por la Justicia Social
18 May 2017 El modelo europeo de justicia restaurativa con menores: un reto para Euskadi // The European Model for Restorative Justice with Children and Young People: a challenge for the Basque Country
11 May 2017 Feminist Judgments: Comparative Socio-Legal Perspectives on Judicial Decision Making and Gender Justice
4 May 2017 When the Exception becomes the rule: European Union Societies on the move
27 Apr 2017 La institucionalización de la mediación: potencialidades y riesgos
20 Apr 2017 Foro Mundial sobre las Violencias Urbanas y Educación para la Convivencia y la Paz
6 Apr 2017 ¿Derechos Sociales o Capitalismo?
6 Apr 2017 Comparative Perspectives on the Law and Practice of Limiting Offenders in Fundamental Rights Beyond Their Sentence
12 Mar 2017 Call for Papers - International Conference on Democracy and Participation in the 21st Century [deadline]
28 Feb 2017 IISL International Master's Programme in Sociology of Law
20 Feb 2017 SORTUZ: submission deadline
10 Feb 2017 IISL Accommodation grants OCT 2017- MAR 2018 deadline
28 Jan 2017 9 CEE Forum: DEMOCRACY, ACADEMIA AND THE POLITICAL [forum, Wrocław]: registration deadline
15 Jan 2017 Intellectual Property as Circulation and Control [workshop, Toronto]: registration deadline
10 Jan 2017 Mobilization of Law in Pluralistic Society [workshop, Berlin]: submission deadline
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