03 July 2024

The Future of Teaching Law and Language - Call for submissions

 Call for Submissions

The Austrian Association for Legal Linguistics (AALL) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for its forthcoming interdisciplinary volume titled

The Future of Teaching Law and Language

published by

Frank & Timme.

The volume seeks to showcase original high-quality papers that explore innovative approaches, methodologies, and both theoretical and practical perspectives on legal language teaching.

We encourage submissions that address but are not limited to any of the following themes:

1. Artificial intelligence and legal language instruction

2. Corpus linguistics and legal education

3. Current or future trends in legal language teaching and learning

4. Development of legal curricula

5. Disability, inclusion and legal education

6. Ethics in legal language teaching

7. Hyperonymy and power relations in legal language use

8. Information literacy in legal education

9. Legal aptitude testing

10. Legal language teaching and moot courts

11. Legal language teaching around the globe

12. Legal literacy in professional fields such as the hospitality industry

13. Metaphors in legal language teaching

14. Multilingualism in legal practice and education

15. Semioticising legal language education

16. Teaching law in the multilingual classroom

17. Teaching legal language to judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other legal professionals

18. Law and literature in legal education

19. Translanguaging in legal education

To express your interest in contributing to this volume, please submit an abstract by 25 July 2024.

Applications should be in English.

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of between 200 and 250 words, including the title, theoretical background, research question(s) and methodology of their proposal.

Applicants should include 4-5 keywords and a short list of key references.

The abstract, along with full name and affiliation of the applicant(s), should be sent by email to legallinguistics2024@gmail.com and daniel.green@wu.ac.at by 25 July 2024.

Applicants will receive a decision on acceptance or rejection of their submission by 30 July 2024.

Registered contributors will receive further information regarding the peer review process and specific publishing requirements.

Manuscripts are expected to be submitted by 30 November 2024 and must not exceed 38,000 characters, including spaces.

Please note that all manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Submissions that do not conform to the style guide or lack adherence to good scientific practice will not be considered.

For any queries regarding this project, please feel free to contact

• Januš C. Varburgh (legallinguistics2024@gmail.com) or

• Daniel Green (daniel.green@wu.ac.at)

We look forward to your contributions.

Austrian Association for Legal Linguistics (AALL)

Vienna, Austria

Central Register of Associations number: 1050981907

Book Series "Gender, Justice and Legal Feminism" - Call for chapters

Book Series "Gender, Justice and Legal Feminism" (Springer)


Book Title: Echoes of Silence and the Hidden Dynamics of Invisibility

Editor of the volume: Anne Wagner

ULR 4487—CRDP—Centre de recherche Droits et perspectives du droit

University of Lille, Équipe René Demogue, France

Email: valwagnerfr@yahoo.com


This volume seeks to explore the multifaceted dimensions of gendered silencing and invisibility within legal, social, and cultural contexts. It aims to delve deeply into the ways in which gender intersects with issues of visibility, voice, and justice, shedding light on the often-overlooked experiences of marginalized groups. By bringing together a diverse range of perspectives and methodologies, this volume aims to uncover the systemic power dynamics that contribute to the silencing and invisibility of certain voices and bodies.

In many societies, legal frameworks and cultural norms have historically marginalized certain groups, rendering them invisible and their voices unheard. This volume seeks to challenge these entrenched structures by providing a platform for critical analyses and innovative solutions. We are particularly interested in contributions that not only highlight the problems but also propose transformative pathways towards greater visibility, recognition, and justice.

The volume will explore various dimensions of gendered silencing and invisibility, including historical perspectives, intersectional identities, personal narratives, and the role of activism. By examining these issues through a global lens, the volume aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how different cultures and societies deal with the challenges of gender justice.

Contributors are encouraged to use a variety of theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to address the following key questions: 

- How do legal and cultural systems perpetuate the silencing and invisibility of certain gendered bodies and voices? 

- What are the historical roots of these practices, and how have they evolved over time?

- How do intersectional identities impact experiences of visibility and voice? 

- What role do personal narratives and storytelling play in challenging these power structures? 

- How can activism and transformative justice practices contribute to greater gender equity?

By bringing together researchers and practitioners, this volume aims to create a rich, interdisciplinary dialogue that will inform future research, policy, and practice. The ultimate goal is to foster a more inclusive and just society where all voices are heard and all bodies are recognized.

Key Focus Areas for Submissions:

1. Historical Perspectives on Gendered Silencing and Invisibility:

o Examination of historical events, movements, and legal changes that have impacted the visibility and audibility of gendered bodies and voices.

o Case studies of prominent figures and grassroots movements that have challenged gendered silencing and invisibility.

o Analysis of historical legal texts and their role in shaping current gender dynamics related to visibility and voice.

2. Intersectionality and Diverse Identities:

o Exploration of how intersections of race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and class contribute to the silencing and invisibility of gendered bodies.

o Studies focusing on the experiences of marginalized groups within the broader context of gender and justice.

o Comparative analysis of different cultural, social, and legal systems and their impact on diverse gender identities.

3. Narratives and Storytelling:

o The role of personal narratives, storytelling, and testimonies in highlighting silenced voices and making invisible bodies visible.

o Contributions that use creative methods, such as autoethnography, poetry, and visual arts, to convey experiences of gendered silencing and invisibility.

o Analysis of media representations and their influence on public perceptions of gendered bodies and voices.

4. Transformative Justice and Activism:

o Examination of transformative justice practices aimed at addressing gendered silencing and invisibility.

o Case studies of activist movements and initiatives that have successfully challenged gendered power structures.

o Discussions on the role of legal reforms and policy changes in promoting gender justice and visibility.

5. Global Perspectives on Gender and Invisibility:

o Comparative studies of gendered silencing and invisibility across different geopolitical contexts.

o Analysis of international human rights frameworks and their effectiveness in addressing issues of gender visibility and justice.

o Contributions from scholars and activists from the Global South, providing diverse perspectives on gender justice.

6. Legal Education and Practice:

o The role of legal education in perpetuating or challenging gendered silencing and invisibility.

o Studies on the experiences of gendered bodies within the legal profession and academia.

o Analysis of curriculum reforms and pedagogical approaches aimed at promoting gender visibility and justice in legal education.

7. Technological Impacts:

o Exploration of how digital technologies and social media influence the visibility and voice of gendered bodies.

o Studies on the impact of surveillance, data privacy, and cybersecurity on gendered identities.

o Analysis of digital activism and online movements that have brought attention to issues of gendered silencing and invisibility.

Submission Details:

• Submissions should present original research, case studies, theoretical explorations, or review essays that offer innovative perspectives on the topics.

• We welcome contributions from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including law, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, history, media studies, and more.

• Submissions must be in English.

• Include an abstract (up to 500 words, including keywords) and a brief biography (no more than 10 lines).

• Full chapters should be between 8,000 to 10,000 words, including references.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 June 2025

Notification of Acceptance: 15 September 2025

Full Chapter Submission Deadline: 15 January 2026

Review Process: All submissions will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the highest academic standards. Selected authors may be invited to participate in a workshop to discuss their chapters and receive feedback before final submission.

Contact: For further inquiries and submission guidelines, please contact Anne Wagner at valwagnerfr@yahoo.com.

Join us in this vital exploration of gendered silencing and invisibility, and contribute to the ongoing discourse on gender justice and legal feminism.

19 June 2024

Reimagining Legal Pluralism in Africa: Balancing Indigenous, State, and Religious Laws


Reimagining Legal Pluralism in Africa

Balancing Indigenous, State, and Religious Laws

Volume Editors: 

Anthony C. Diala and Christa Rautenbach

This collection challenges the prevailing conflict of laws approach to the

interaction of state and indigenous legal systems. It introduces adaptive

legal pluralism as an alternative framework that emphasises dialogue

and engagement between these legal systems. By exploring a dialogic

approach to legal pluralism, the authors shed light on how it can

effectively address the challenges stemming from the colonial

imposition of industrial legal systems on Africa’s agrarian political


Biographical Note

Anthony C. Diala, Ph.D. (2016), is a distinguished Professor of African law

and Director of the Centre for Legal Integration in Africa at the

University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Renowned for his research,

he specialises in legal pluralism, comparative law, and human rights in


Christa Rautenbach, LL.D. (2001), is a distinguished Professor of Law at

the North-West University, South Africa. A leading scholar in legal

pluralism and succession law, she has authored and edited key

publications, such as "Introduction to Legal Pluralism in South Africa"

(LexisNexis, 2021, 5th ed).


This comprehensive work is invaluable for scholars specialising in law,

anthropology, sociology, political science, and history. Moreover,

policymakers, legal practitioners, and development professionals

working in Africa will find it an essential resource for understanding and

navigating the complexities of legal pluralism in the African context.

For more information see brill.com

Order information: Order online at brill.com

+44 330 333 0049 | customerservices@brill.com

Submission information: brill.com/authors

Titles published by Brill | Fink, Brill | mentis or Brill | Schöningh:

+49(0)71 54 13 27 9216 | brill@brocom.de

08 June 2024

European Documentation Center - EU News

EU News: Click & Read 184 – May 2024

eu-news-click-read-184-may.pdf (isdc.ch)

European Documentation Centre 

Editor: Henrik Westermark Legal Adviser 

This newsletter contains a selection of recent official documents of the European Union. It features information of particular interest to Swiss readers and aims to provide universities, cantonal and federal administrations, legal professionals, as well as corporations with information about the latest legal developments in the European Union. Written in English or French, the newsletter offers links to documents in one of those languages. 

Regulating surrogacy intermediaries: a comparative analysis of regulatory approaches and implications in the Chinese context


Regulating surrogacy intermediaries: a comparative analysis of regulatory approaches and implications in the Chinese context

Yingyi Luo


This article addresses the significant research gap concerning the regulation of surrogacy intermediaries in China’s rapidly growing surrogacy market. Employing a ‘law in context’ perspective, it explores the question of how to effectively regulate surrogacy intermediaries in the Chinese context. Situated within China’s unique socio-cultural landscape, where procreation carries profound significance, the study navigates the complexities of surrogacy regulation, including ethical dilemmas, rights infringements and regulatory ambiguities. The article advocates for the regulation of surrogacy in China to prevent possible exploitation, referencing three international models: prohibiting commercial surrogacy, governing non-profit surrogacy organisations and imposing duties on for-profit surrogacy agents. The aim is to construct a robust, context-sensitive regulatory framework for surrogacy in China, focusing on identifying suitable intermediaries and defining the scope of effective regulatory oversight.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS 2024: Journal for Digital Legal History

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS 2024: Journal for Digital Legal History

The Journal for Digital Legal History (DLH) is a diamond Open-Access, peer-reviewed international journal hosted by the Open UGent platform. For our second issue, which will be published in November 2024, we are pleased to invite contributions from researchers working on legal history with digital, empirical and computational approaches. The journal welcomes all research questions and outputs at the intersection of legal history, digital humanities and empirical legal studies, broadly defined.


In the field of legal history, digital methods are hardly ever the centrepiece of a publication itself, if not downplayed. In 1997, Richard Evans claimed that: 'How we know about the past, what historical causation is, how we define a historical fact, whether there is such a thing as historical truth or objectivity - these are questions that most historians have happily left to one side as unnecessary distractions from their essential work in the archives' (R. Evans, In Defence of History, 1997, p. 9). Nevertheless, in the 21st century, the work of a historian or legal scholar does not stop in the archives. Often, digital or computational techniques are applied in seemingly pedestrian ways, such as "searching" full texts, or they are applied in more elaborate methods to transform the historical facts embedded in our precious archival material or legal documents to answer novel research questions or to explore well-trodden paths from an innovative perspective. 


The application of digital techniques to legal history research is often overlooked or omitted from discussions on methodology. We encourage you to highlight the technical tools or methods that proved effective in your research projects without neglecting all the trials and errors that helped structure your final choice of any particular technique. You are welcome to illustrate your work with all forms of outputs, from notebooks to graphs, networks, maps, diagrams, etc.. If you have developed software, a database or a dataset that others could reuse, feel welcome to publish it with us. 

2024 Call for Contributions: continuous call for submissions


Submissions that address legal sources from any historical period and any part of the world are welcome. We actively encourage collaborative and multi-authored pieces by authors from different countries working across disciplines. 

We accept publications in English; we can also support German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, but do contact the editorial board in advance. If you wish to publish in another language than mentioned here, please consult us beforehand.

Beyond the following suggestions, feel free to contact us through the DLH website if you have any original ideas that you want to discuss.


Topic suggestions 

  • Original research articles (up to 10,000 words). 

  • Reproduction pieces: Can the results of classic studies be replicated through DLH techniques?

  • A dedicated section for your Digital Legal History events: If you are organising a panel, conference, or webinar series that prominently features Digital Humanities performed on legal sources, contact us for a dedicated focus section that will allow you to publish the papers or conclusions of your meeting.

  • Shorter focus pieces or provocations (around 5,000 words with fewer footnotes).

    • Conference and seminar reports.

    • Spotlight articles: inspiration from other social sciences fields on the promising benefits of specific Digital Humanities techniques that could be successfully applied to Digital Legal History.

  • Presentations or Reviews of software, databases, datasets, websites, and platforms.

    • Tutorials: general presentation, application through a specific study angle (legal linguistics, marginalia analysis).

  • Trials & errors: reflections on the productive role of wandering and errors in abandoned, rejected or substantially modified past projects that could help improve the current methodology (inspired by the Journal of Trial & Error). 

Call for panels: The transformative power of legal pluralism?

Call for panels: The transformative power of legal pluralism?

Commission for Legal Pluralism 

Editor of Legal Pluralism and Critical Social Analysis

The International conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, "The transformative power of legal pluralism? Planetary challenges in a diverse and multi-polar world", in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia, will take place on 13-15 January 2025, Jakarta, Indonesia, preceded by an International Course on Legal Pluralism (8-11 January 2025).

See at: Call for panels: The transformative power of legal pluralism? (commission-on-legal-pluralism.com)

Civil Society Organisations and State-Owned Enterprises in South Africa: Promoting Accountability and Corporate Governance

Civil Society Organisations and State-Owned Enterprises in South Africa: Promoting Accountability and Corporate Governance 

New book publication by CCLA Fellow - Dr Julieth Gudo

Dr Gudo's book titled Civil Society Organisations and State-Owned Enterprises in South Africa: Promoting Accountability and Corporate Governance examines the important role which civil society organisations in South Africa play in confronting poor corporate governance in state-owned enterprises while pressing for better government accountability, transparency, and citizen participation. It captures an incisive discussion of corporate governance in South Africa’s state-owned enterprises, showing how civil society organisations (CSOs), as citizen representatives, make use of legal provisions to push for change. Maintaining an enabling legal environment for the work of CSOs and enforcing accountability provisions remain challenges which the book does much to address. The book is key to the work of policy advisors, compliance officers, social justice activists and other stakeholders and actors in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Lecturers, researchers, and students will particularly find it a rich resource for academic work on corporate governance in Africa’s public enterprises.

Center of Civil Law Studies - How French Tort Law Faces Environmental Challenges

Center of Civil Law Studies

Baton Rouge, April 22, 2024. A delegation of four distinguished French law professors presented at an afternoon conference on how French tort law faces environmental challenges, to an audience including law professors from LSU, Southern University, Loyola University College of Law and Mississippi College.

Mustapha Mekki, Professor at the Sorbonne Law School, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, General Director of INFN, presented on Litigating Climate Liability: An Example of Democracy in Litigation, followed by Nathalie Blanc, Professor at the Sorbonne Paris Nord University, co-Director of IRDA, discussing Corporate Social Responsibility. Philippe Pierre, Professor at the University of Rennes, Holder of the International Chair of Notarial Law, then discussed The Notary’s Liability and Duty to Advise on Environmental Matters. Finally, Bernard Haftel, Professor at the Sorbonne Paris Nord University, co-director of IRDA, presented on The Compensation of Environmental Damage.

Each paper was discussed and a lively general discussion closed the event, followed by a tour of the LSU Campus. The conference papers will be published in the Journal of Civil Law Studies.

Undecidabilities and Law


The Coimbra Journal for Legal Studies


VOLUME V (2025)



Anne Wagner 

Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du droit (ULR 4487), équipe René Demogue

Lille University



Sarah Marusek

Department of Political Science

University of Hawai’i Hilo


Our Special Issue delves into the intricate and dynamic nature of legal systems, contrasting concepts of linear progression with those of the perpetual pendulum in law. This exploration integrates the rhizomatic theory of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, proposed in 1987, which suggests a non-linear, network-like framework for understanding legal changes. It challenges conventional views of law as a hierarchy, instead presenting it as a complex web of interconnections where various factors, including political, cultural, economic, and social energies, interact in unpredictable ways. This approach acknowledges the multifaceted nature of legal evolution, encompassing both steady, predictable developments and cyclical, reactionary shifts.

This exploration extends to consider the non-hierarchical, network-like nature of legal evolution. This theory challenges traditional, tree-like conceptions of knowledge and organization by proposing a model where any point can connect to any other, without having a central or primary node. Applying this to legal evolution offers a more complex and interconnected view of how law changes and adapts, recognizing the multiplicity of influences and pathways of development.

Topics for Submission:

1. Rhizomatic Perspectives in Legal Evolution: Exploration of Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome theory in the context of legal systems, examining how law evolves in a non-linear, network-like fashion, creating multiple entry and exit points for legal changes and influences.

2. Law-Making in a Networked Society: Analyzing how the concept of the rhizome influences the development of law-making tools and their societal impacts, emphasizing the interconnected and often unpredictable nature of legal evolution.

3. Interplay of Linear and Rhizomatic Legal Interpretations: Investigating the balance between linear progression and rhizomatic complexity in legal interpretation, focusing on how these approaches impact the adaptability and responsiveness of legal systems to societal changes.

4. Polarization and Connectivity in Legal Concepts: Analyzing the dual nature of law as both polarized (perpetual pendulum) and interconnected (rhizomatic), exploring how these contrasting dynamics influence legal theory and practice.

5. Legal Systems Amidst Global Crises: Discussing the rhizomatic responses of legal systems to global crises, such as pandemics or climate change, and how these events disrupt linear progressions, necessitating a more networked, adaptable approach to legal reform.

These themes aim to enrich our understanding of legal evolution by highlighting the interplay between linear and cyclical dynamics, and introducing the complexity and interconnectedness of the rhizomatic approach. This perspective acknowledges the multi-dimensional nature of legal change, influenced by a myriad of societal, cultural, and technological factors.

Submission Guidelines:

Contributors are invited to delve into the multifaceted dynamics of legal evolution as framed in “Rhizomatic Law: Understanding the Linearity and Pendulum of Legal Evolution”. Submissions should focus on the intricate interplay of factors influencing the oscillation between linear progression and the cyclical shifts of the perpetual pendulum in legal systems. We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that shed light on these dynamics. Interdisciplinary approaches, integrating insights from legal studies, philosophy, sociology, and other relevant fields, are especially encouraged. This call for papers aims to create a

comprehensive platform for discussing and understanding the complex, network-like nature of legal change and adaptation, guided by the rhizomatic perspective.

Submission of Abstracts (of 300 words) should be addressed to Anne Wagner (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com) and Sahra Marusek (marusek@hawaii.edu) until 30 June 2024. After selection, final papers should be submitted directly to the platform (https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/undecidabilitiesandlaw) by 31 January 2025, always indicating the Journal’s volume to which they correspond.

Rules for submission: