21 February 2023

Juris Diversitas 8th General Conference: Late Submissions Are Still Accepted



8th General Conference / 8e Congrès général
Palermo, Italy, 19-21 June / juin 2023


Dystopian Visions of the Law / 

Regards dystopiques sur le droit





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Videos of the 2021 Juris Diversitas Conference are Accessible on YouTube


Most sessions of the 7th General conference on The Dark Side of the Law (La face cachée du droit) are now accessible to the public on YouTube. To access the links, click on the Events menu, go down to the program of the 2021 7th General Conference and click on the session name you want to view to access the video. 

09 February 2023

Choices, Limits and Consequences of Harmonisation of Commercial Law - The Circle of Harmonisation Law

Choices, Limits and Consequences of Harmonisation of Commercial Law - The Circle of Harmonisation Law

Morten Midtgaard Fogt

The harmonisation of private commercial law and the application of the various instruments of harmonisation are becoming increasingly complex. New formal or informal means of harmonisation are added to the panorama of harmonisation instruments and new actors, be it at global, regional or national level, are introduced as well. Regional harmonisation sets its footprint both internally and externally. Innovative (or reintroduced) methods and phenomena for the harmonisation of commercial law have been suggested. Still, the most important and dominant means of harmonisation are the traditional multilateral conventions, the flexibility of which have been improved by different types of reservations and review and/or revision clauses. Taken together, the harmonisation process with its various and different means constitutes a circle of law harmonisation, in which circle there is an interaction between, and reciprocal influence of, all the various formal or informal means of harmonisation.

This book analyses the process of law harmonisation with the focus on choices, limits and consequences and uses in particular the CISG and Cape Town Conventions as examples. It takes into account means, methods, role of old and new actors, principles of interpretation and gap-filling, impact of judicial bodies and their law-finding and possible law-making function.

An important issue, which transcends the work, is how to strike the balance between the harmonisation by formal means of legislation and the creative law-making role of jurisprudence and doctrine in order to accommodate the promotion of a dynamic and continued progress in the harmonisation, the necessary degree of predictability and legal certainty, and a clear distinction from the otherwise non-harmonised applicable national law.

20 January 2023

Call for Expressions of Interest as Scientific Director of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law

 Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RCSL)

Call for Expressions of Interest as 

Scientific Director of the 

International Institute for the Sociology of Law

The International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL) located in Oñati, Spain is issuing a call through the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law (RCSL) of the International Sociological Association for nominations for the position of Scientific Director. The term of the Scientific Director (SD) at the IISL is typically two years, unless exceptional circumstances justify an extension. The current SD’s term ends in August 2024 and a new Director commences in September. Outstanding scholars around the world working in the field of law and society are invited to submit an expression of interest in the position of Scientific Director of the IISL for the 2024-2026 term.

The IISL is a leading institution for the sociology of law, with an international reputation http://www.iisj.net/. IISL welcomes students and faculty from around the world for the master’s program and has created a worldwide network of socio-legal scholars and researchers through international workshops, conferences, and summer courses each year, as well as individual visitors. The IISL hosts one of the leading libraries for sociology of law. It offers grants to support visitors and publishes highly regarded book series and journals. It contributes decisively to the reputation of the Basque Country with respect to academic research and  professional training. It plays an essential role in the life of the RCSL  https://rcsl.hypotheses.org/. The IISL celebrated its 30th anniversary with a RCSL Conference in Oñati in June 2019 http://www.iisj.net/es/node/2126. 

The Scientific Director will become a fellow of the Ikerbasque Foundation for Scientific Research in the Basque Country and a distinguished professor at the University of the Basque Country during the term.

13 January 2023

JURIS DIVERSITAS 8th General Conference / 8e Congrès général Palermo, Italy, 19-21 June / juin 2023




8th General Conference / 8e Congrès général
Palermo, Italy, 19-21 June / juin 2023


Dystopian Visions of the Law / 

Regards dystopiques sur le droit





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Lille University (France) - Anne WAGNER

University of Haifa (Israel) - Shulamit ALMOG

This two-part international research project will comprise 2 international meetings with complementary gender equity foci: the first international meeting will be hosted by the University of Haifa (Israel) on 9 January 2023, while the second international event is scheduled from 3 to 6 July 2023 at Lille University (France). This joint research project seeks to provide complementary perspectives on Gender Equity and will result in international publications.

Selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer: https://www.springer.com/journal/11196) and/or for inclusion in an edited volume of the Law Book Series “Law and Visual Jurisprudence” (Springer: https://www.springer.com/series/16413).

Working Languages: English and French.


The second international conference invites participants to explore the causes, forms and cultures of gender-based violence in society, including how children are educated, how Games and Art promote gender differences/stereotypes/neutrality. It is a place to reflect on the growing importance of tolerance, diversity, and acceptance of others.

We invite submissions of researchproposals focusing on empirical analyses and/or theoretical/conceptual research on “Combating Gender-based violence”. We invite proposals from scholars from all disciplines, including law, gender studies, sociology, labor studies, education, economics, management, business administration, human resource management, organizational development, communication, psychology, health professions, public policy, social work and any other related area. We welcome a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in interdisciplinary, intersectional and critical approaches.

Submissions related, but not limited, to the following areas and topics are welcome:

  1. -  Perpetuation of Gender Stereotypes: Causes, Forms and Cultures of Sexism in society, education (textbooks), games and Art, etc.
  2. -  Possible links between cultural representations and violence against women
  3. -  Masculinist movements vs. feminist movements: ideology of Gender in Society
  4. -  Human Rights Violation

European Court of Human Rights,
European Convention on Human Rights,
Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence,

Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, etc.

  1. -  Combating Gender Stereotypes and Advocating Tolerance
  2. -  Combating Online and/or Offline Sexism in Hate Speech
  3. -  Social Media platforms, places for Machiavellian Venting: Haters, Trollers, etc.
  4. -  Facing Trauma, Fear, Anxiety and Mental Issues on normal, pre- and post-Covid-19.
  5. -  Silencing part of the Population: intimidation, threats or abuse
  6. -  Legal and Policy Framework to Combat Gender-based violence
  1. -  Guaranteeing Equal Access of Women to Justice
  2. -  Promoting Freedom, Equality, Parity - Affirmative Action
  3. -  Gender mainstream: discussion on Freedom of Expression
  4. -  Considering the particular vulnerability of girls and young women in the digital arena




International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique

28 November 2022

Law, Society and Digital Pasts, Presents and Futures - Annual Meeting Research Committee on Sociology of Law

 Law, Society and Digital Pasts, Presents and Futures


30 August – 1 September 2023


The 2023 RCSL conference sets out to explore the latest concepts and practices of digital societies. It asks how digitalization reconfigures law, citizenship/ denizenship, democracy, markets, identity, and everyday forms of life and resistance. In doing so, the conference discusses how socio-legal methods are more relevant than ever to examine how digital technologies impact and take form after states, markets, law and citizens/denizens.

Digitalisation takes many forms, such as platform-based markets, robots, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), digital fencing and sensing by machines in border creation, and city planning, as well as automated state decision-making and digitization of legal archives, courts and other dispute resolution fora. With this focus we aim to show how past, present and future societies are mediated through digital technologies and law. The broader aim is to consider the role of socio-legal scholars when engaging with digital technologies. We hope to spark renewed discussion of sociology and law in a time where an increasing number of national and global actors pose challenges to democracy and the rule of law. 

Apart from paper proposals related to the conference theme, the RCSL Working Groups are encouraged to submit sessions. Individual paper proposals on socio-legal subjects are also welcome.

To submit papers, register and read detailed information about the RCSL Conference 2023, visit https://www.rcslconference2023.com/

10 November 2022

General Conference 19-21 June 2023 : Call for Papers (Extended 15 February 2023)


Dystopian Visions of the Law

8th General Conference
Palermo, 19-21 June 2023

The Theme:

Dystopian Visions of the Law

Could Francis Bacon have decided the Earl of Oxford’s case the other way? What would have happened if he did? What if Hua Guofeng had maintained leadership over the Chinese Communist Party longer after the death of Mao Zedong?

We can learn a lot about our history and present from a rigorous exercise of this kind. At any critical historical junction, struggles occur, and different forces and tensions collide, followed by a history written, or re-written, by winners: many historic elements get lost in narration.

Dystopian, alternative histories highlight societal elements that often survive and keep operating undercover for a long time – despite having officially been lost.

Juris Diversitas is proposing its members and friends worldwide participate in this visionary, fascinating exercise: devising, researching and producing rigorous, fact-based dystopian visions of any legal experience, with a view to unearthing hidden elements of the legal systems dealt with and their actual normative impact.


Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, more creative arrangements are encouraged.

Proposals should be in English or French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals with three or more speakers) should be submitted to Professors Salvatore Mancuso (smancuso63@yahoo.it) and Christa Rautenbach (Christa.Rautenbach@nwu.ac.za) by 15 February 2023with a short biography paragraph listing major or relevant publications. Make this a single Word   document with minimal formatting, so that proposal and biography can be copied easily into the conference program.

Registration Fees:

€200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members who paid their 2022 dues. Special rate for young scholars under the age of thirty coming for the first time and scholars in developing nations: €150 or €75 for Juris Diversitas members who paid their 2022 dues. Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).

A reduction of €25 will be applied to the fees for registration before 31 March 2023.

Dates & Venue:

19-21 June 2023
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali – DEMS
Via Maqueda, 324
90134 Palermo, Italia

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Regards dystopiques sur le droit

8e Congrès général
Palerme, 19-21 Juin 2023

Le thème :

Regards dystopiques sur le droit

Francis Bacon aurait-il pu décider que la common law l’emportait sur l’equity (Earl of Oxford’s case)? Que serait-il arrivé s’il l’avait fait? Et si Hua Guofeng avait tenu le Parti communiste chinois plus longtemps après le décès de Mao Zedong?

Il y a beaucoup à apprendre sur l’histoire et sur le présent en se livrant à de tels exercices, pourvu que ce soit fait avec rigueur. Chaque tournant critique de l’histoire donne lieu à des luttes, au choc de tensions et de forces qui s’opposent, les gagnants écrivant et réécrivant l’histoire. De nombreuses informations historiques se perdent dans la narration.

Les récits historiques dystopiques ou alternatifs font ressortir des forces sociétales qui souvent survivent et continuent d’opérer de manière occulte, alors qu’elles sont officiellement réputées disparues.

Juris Diversitas propose à ses membres et ses amis du monde entier de participer à cet exercice fascinant et visionnaire : il s’agit d’identifier et de produire par une recherche rigoureuse un regard dystopique factuel d’une expérience juridique quelle qu’elle soit, dans l’idée de révéler des éléments cachés du système juridique choisi ainsi que leur véritable impact normatif.

Communications :

Les propositions de tables rondes et présentations interdisciplinaires sont encouragées, de même que la participation de doctorants et d’universitaires non-juristes. En plus des sessions parallèles avec trois orateurs parlant chacun vingt minutes, les organisateurs invitent à une organisation plus originale.

Les propositions, en anglais ou en français, de 250 mots environ (ou 1.000 pour une table ronde de trois présentateurs ou plus) sont à adresser aux Pr Salvatore Mancuso (smancuso63@yahoo.it) et Pr Christa Rautenbach (Christa.Rautenbach@nwu.ac.za) avant le 15 fevrier 2023 avec une brève notice biographique donnant la liste des principales publications. Merci de composer la proposition et la notice biographique dans un seul document Word, avec le minimum de mise en forme, pour faciliter la composition du programme.

Droits d’inscription :

€200 ou €125 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2022. Tarif spécial pour jeune universitaire de moins de 30 ans venant la première fois et pour universitaire venant d’un pays en développement : €150 ou €75 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2022. Les droits ne couvrent pas les frais de voyage et de logement, ni le banquet du congrès (€50).

Une réduction de €25 sera appliquée sur les droits en cas d'inscription avant le 31 mars 2023.

Dates & lieu :

19-21 juin 2023
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali – DEMS
Via Maqueda, 324, 90134
Palermo, Italia

08 November 2022

Research Committee on Sociology of Law - Law, Society and Digital Pasts, Presents and Futures - Lund (Sweden), 30 August-1 September 2023


Dear friends and colleagues,

a heartily invitation to our next RCSL Conference in Lund/Sweden from 30 August-1 September 2023.

This is the conference website: https://www.rcslconference2023.com/
Paper abstracts can be submitted from 1 November 2022 – 28 February 2023.
You find the button on the right side of the website.

If you want to organise panels: Please tell your panelists to register their papers individually, to inform you when they are registered, and send then an e-mail to the conference organiser with the full information of the panel (names of presenters and titles of the presentations) via the link on the website. Keep in mind that we plan 90 mins slots for the sessions. Therefore do not include more than 4 papers in a session.

The conference is organised by the Sociology of Law Department of Lund University. We have chosen as Conference theme: Law, Society and Digital Pasts, Presents and Futuresas this is one of the specialties of the Sociology of Law Department in Lund and a very timely subject.

But the conference is also for the RCSL Working groups to meet and organise sessions on their subjects and individual paper proposals on socio-legal subjects are also welcome.

Lund is a very attractive historical city close to Copenhagen in Denmark with its international airport. The main campus buildings of Lund University are located in the centre of Lund and are an approximate 5–10 minutes' walk from the Lund's central station. The website gives travel and accommodation details. There is also a contact form with which you can send questions to the organising committee.
We have tried the best to keep the participation fee low.

There will be some limited travel funding (only covering part of the expenses) for students.

I hope that many of you can come.

All the best

Ulrike Schultz 


Ulrike Schultz, RCSL President      

Akad. Oberrätin a.D., FernUniversität in Hagen

Kammannstr. 18, D 58097 Hagen

Tel.: *49 2331 870811

Mobil: * 49 163 8574537

e-mail: Ulrike.Schultz@FernUni-Hagen.de






Schultz, Ulrike; Gisela Shaw; Margaret Thornton; Rosemary Auchmuty: Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy. Oxford: Hart 2021.


Abel, Richard, Hilary Sommerlad; Ole Hammerslev; Ulrike Schultz: Lawyers in 21st Century Societies, vol 1 National Reports 2020, vol. 2 Comparisons and Theories 2022.


04 November 2022

PODCAST - Brevets et droits d'auteur: propriété fragile

Brevets et droits d'auteur: propriété fragile, France Culture, Concordance des temps, 29 octobre 2022. Le podcast dure 58 minutes. 

For our French speakers, a great historical, contextual and comparative survey of patents and copyright: this France Culture podcast (Concordance des temps) is 58 minute long.