20 September 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Law and Society (5-8 June 2012)

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology has circulated information on an International Conference on Law and Society:

June 5-8, 2012
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Honolulu, Hawai‘i (USA)

We invite you to participate in the 2012 International Conference on Law and Society: Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (International Sociological Association), co-sponsored by the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law (JASL), and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), UK.

The Call for Participation and Submission Site* will be available on October 4, 2011.

Deadline for submission of proposals is December 6, 2011.

Proposals for Individual Papers and Fully-Formed Sessions are welcome.

THEME: Sociolegal Conversations across a Sea of Islands

Building on a phrase coined by noted Polynesian scholar Epeli Hau‘ofa, our conference theme alludes both to the location of our meeting in Hawai‘i with its complex cultural and legal terrain and contemporary struggles over sovereignty and indigenous rights; and to the uniqueness of this opportunity for scholars from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America, and other world regions to engage in conversation. So we seek papers, panels, and roundtables aimed at stimulating conversations that will build bridges across the seas of law and society and at the same time redirect their currents; about issues and ideas that are at once locally grounded and globally relevant; that seek to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar; that cross national, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

Our theme is broad, encompassing socio-legal concerns both familiar (such as courts and litigation, legal education, health, legal pluralism) and novel (such as indigenous peoples, finance and economy, war and human security, immigration, counter-terrorism, transnational regulation, globalization, and recolonization). Please see below for a non-exhaustive list of possible topics. They are examples only. Other law and society topics are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

  • Courts and litigation, including the recent flourishing of new kinds of judicial mechanisms (e.g. constitutional and administrative courts) and the importation of others (e.g. juries and lay judges).
  • The training of a highly qualified, independent, and incorruptible judiciary.
  • Gender issues in law and society.
  • Legal education and the legal profession, the careers of lawyers, and recent trends aimed at reform or transformation of training and credentialing.
  • Indigenous peoples, including their connection to such issues as human rights, natural resources, migration, self-government, children, adoption, and identity. The PC encourages papers and panels in which the experiences of native peoples in Hawaii are connected to experiences of indigenous peoples in other world regions, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Religion and law; new theories of secularism; religious and secular law.
  • Regulation, including new forms of non-governmental and trans-national regulatory approaches and their relationship to traditional national regulatory mechanisms.
  • Health, including HIV-AIDS, healthcare policy, aging.
  • Financial markets, trade, foreign investment, and the global impact of the financial crisis in a broad range of areas that are of interest to sociolegal scholars.
  • Immigration and the unprecedented flows of workers across national boundaries throughout the world.
  • Human security, violence, war, dispossession, refugees.
  • Security, technologies of security, governmentality, counter-terrorism.
  • East-West dialogue concerning different legal orders and models of law; impact of globalization on different legal traditions.
  • New concepts of legal pluralism and legal culture in relation to new forms of legal ordering.
  • Colonialism, globalization, and recolonization.
  • The United Nations and other transnational bodies, especially in relation to global governance, international conflict, and peacekeeping.
CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATION: The Executive Office of the Law and Society Association will provide central administration for the meeting, which will include: submission procedures, meeting registration, exhibits, accommodation options, meeting schedule, meeting room assignments, letters to support visa application, and other attendance planning matters.

*SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL Both the 2012 Proposal Submission Site and Meeting Registration will be accessible through LSA’s “User Services” Site, requiring just one login account for all meeting services. Beginning October 4, a link to the submission site will appear in the menu after you log in to “User Services.” (Meeting Registration will be available in early winter.)

We look forward to seeing you in Hawai‘i!

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