15 August 2022

World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists - Fifth Worldwide Congress - Call for papers



The Fifth Worldwide Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists will be held June 14-16, 2023 in Malta.

The theme of the Congress is “Mixity in the Private and/or Public Law”.

The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists is pleased to announce its Fifth Worldwide Congress, which is to be held at the University of Malta’s Faculty of Law, from an opening evening reception and lecture on 14 June through closure on 16 June 2023.

Mixed Jurisdictions, as they are traditionally understood, stand at the crossroads of the Common law and Civil law. They frequently encompass other ethnic and religious laws. Rich in legal history and complex pluralism, they are often seen as natural laboratories of comparative law.

The laws, methods, and institutions of mixed jurisdictions are inevitably affected by the influence and presence of different traditions vying for supremacy or requiring reconciliation. Their mixity, however, is not restricted to the private law alone, but is often evident in the public law as well, such as in the criminal, administrative and constitutional law.  

We propose in this Fifth Worldwide Congress to investigate mixity wherever it may appear in these legal systems.

Proposals for papers on any topic related to the above theme, whether relating to private or public law (or both) are welcome. Proposals may be submitted by jurists from any jurisdiction, and by members and non-members of the Society alike.

Proposals should be submitted via email to Professor Vernon Palmer, President of the WSMJJ, (vpalmer@tulane.edu) by 15 October 2022. 

Authors will be notified by 15 November 2022 whether their proposal has been accepted. 

Submissions from scholars with historically underrepresented viewpoints –including women scholars, BIPOC scholars, and scholars from the Global South—are particularly welcome. 

Submissions should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of one page only. 

The time allocated for delivery of papers will be no longer than 20 minutes. 

All papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication.




Fifth International Legal Linguistics Workshop (ILLWS22) - Call for abstracts


Call for Abstracts

The fifth International Legal Linguistics Workshop (ILLWS22) will be held on 10th December 2022 online and co-hosted by the Austrian Association of Legal Linguistics (AALL) and the Department of African Language Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. The focus of the workshop is legal linguistics under the theme “Legal Linguistics around the globe”. It will primarily address, but is not limited to, questions such as:

- How can critical legal linguistics provide practical answers to questions of national and international language planning and policy in legal contexts?

- What is critical about critical applied legal linguistics and/or critical sociolinguistics?

- How can legal linguistics improve the delivery of justice in monolingual legal systems?

- What is the role of critical legal linguistics in the investigation of power struggles in the world of law and legislation?

- Which contributions can critical legal linguists make in reducing obstacles of participation in sensitive human rights contexts?

- What is the role and impact of disruptive technologies on the transformation of legal systems?

- What are the avenues of interdisciplinary collaboration between critical legal linguistics and research on international business communication?

- How can the notion of critique in legal linguistics contribute to critical legal language teaching in law schools?

Abstracts should be 200-300 words (excluding references and keywords) and should include 3-5 keywords and a selection of key references (3-5). Please also include information regarding the author(s), such as name(s) and affiliation(s).

Abstracts will be accepted in the following languages:

  • English
  • isiXhosa
  • German

Submissions should be sent to co-organisers:

  • Mr Daniel Green: daniel.green@wu.ac.at, and 
  • Dr Zakeera Docrat: zakeera.d@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions: 1st November 2022

29 July 2022

Humbolt Residency Programme

Humboldt Residency Programme 

Humboldt Residency Programme

Illustration of crowd protesting for human rights with blank signs and flag

The numerous challenges facing us today – such as climate change, the emergence of zoonoses and the current COVID-19 pandemic – clearly demonstrate that the benefits to society as well as the visibility of scientifically generated knowledge partly depend on sharing ideas with other sectors of society.

Headed by annually changing hosts, the Humboldt Residency Programme seeks to bring together Humboldtians and other researchers with actors in civil society, journalists, entrepreneurs and artists to work on a common topic during the residency.

In the form of media formats, events and publications, this programme aims to generate tangible new impetus in academia, society and politics. The programme reinforces innovation by transdisciplinary cooperation beyond the boundaries of science.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Berlin Office)

Humboldt Residency Programme

Markgrafenstr. 37

10117 Berlin



Humboldt Residency Programme 2022

Creative Lead of the Cohort: Cynthia Miller-Idriss // Alumni*ae of the Humboldt Foundation: Julia Elad-Strenger, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Richard Mole, Mala Pandurang, Christa Rautenbach // Junior Researchers: Meili K. Criezis, Pasha Dashtgard, Nikola Karasová, Lea Kuhar, Alexander Stagnell // Civil Society Actors: Ronen Steinke, Angela Saini, Gayatri Parameswaran, Amina Atiq

Cohort 2022 (PDF, 2 MB): Humboldt-Residency-Programme_Cohort

Social cohesion

What is it that holds the world together? If we follow current developments around the globe, this question seems more urgent than ever. The rise in populist and authoritarian activity, increasing polarisation in the media, hate speech, right-wing radicalism and religious conflicts are eroding democratic life and social cohesion. At the same time, science, art and politics bear a special responsibility for explaining anti-democratic structures and connecting knowledge for the benefit of the community as a whole.

The Humboldt Residency Programme is designed not only to sound out current trends in social division but also new forms of (digital) communitarisation in its academic contexts and, at the same time, to address them in a creative and communicative fashion. By launching the Humboldt Residency Programme in spring 2022, the Humboldt Foundation is sending a signal on behalf of communality and cross-disciplinary collaborations both on the level of content and structure.


Creative Lead of the Cohort:

  • Prof. Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University, Washington D.C.

Alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:

  • Dr. Julia Elad-Strenger, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv
  • Prof. Dr. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Mole, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), London
  • Prof. Dr. Mala Pandurang, Dr. BMN College, Mumbai
  • Prof. Dr. Christa Rautenbach, North-West University, Potchefstroom

Junior Researchers:

  • Meili K. Criezis, American University, Washington D.C.
  • Pasha Dashtgard, University of California-Irvine
  • Dr. Nikola Karasová, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Lea Kuhar, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Ljubljana
  • Dr. Alexander Stagnell, Södertörn University, Huddinge
Journalists, Authors, Artists:
  • Dr. Ronen Steinke, Germany
  • Angela Saini, USA/UK
  • Gayatri Parameswaran, India/Germany
  • Amina Atiq, Yemen/UK

Humboldt Residency Diary

Every week, the participants of the Humboldt Residency Programme report on their personal highlights of living and working as an international and interdisciplinary team in Berlin.

23rd International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law - Global Semiotics and Everyday Legal Claims Intercultural Use of Law, Interreligious Dialogue and Translation Ethics



23rd International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law – IRSL 2023 

24-27 May 2023 – Roma (Italy) 

Organizer: Mario Ricca Hosted by Pontificia Università Antonianum 

Via Merulana, 124 – Roma 

Auditorium Antonianum, Viale Manzoni, 1 – Roma 


IRSL President: Anne Wagner 

Global Semiotics and Everyday Legal Claims

Intercultural Use of Law, Interreligious Dialogue and Translation Ethics 

Postponement notice due to COVID-19 

In view of the prolonged effects of the pandemic, we have decided for security reasons to postpone the 23rd IRSL initially planned for May 27-29, 2021 to the new date of May 24-27, 2023, so as to be able to host all participants in Rome and make possible face-to-face encounters. We will take advantage of the postponement to enrich the call by adding a number of sub-calls. We also strongly encourage the submission of workshop proposals. Our aim is to organize a series of webinars in May 2023 featuring the presentation of papers that we hope will pave the way for a genuine interdisciplinary dialogue among participants from different research areas and disciplines during the conference. To achieve this hybrid and diachronic conference plan, we will set up a web page with links to the sub-calls and the webinars to be organized. 


The relationship between legal rules and the spaces where they become effective is gradually morphing. This change is precipitated by semantic or cognitive—rather than exclusively political— circumstances. The meaning of legal rules is continually challenged by the transformation of their spatial projections and their cultural coordinates. Law can no longer assume that discrete spatial circuits and particular cultural backgrounds coincide. Conversely, each territorial frame, sometimes even those that are most distant from metropolitan areas, can function (at least potentially) as a hub of innumerous threads of actions and interests. All these connections impinge on the significance of legal rules and, especially, the prognosis for their effectiveness. The daily life of law is affected by this spatial-semantic turmoil. 

The present law’s dynamic involves the conflation of different spatial and semantic frames merging reciprocal ‘elsewheres’ and giving social phenomena and the consequences of their legal regulation a kind of ubiquity—at least in potential terms. This means that the understanding of what is ‘here’ and ‘now’ should be unmoored from any reification or thinghood attached to empirical events, objects, situations, etc. On the contrary, to grasp the ‘real’ phenomenality of events/objects/situations, namely what they are, and the consequences of the application of one legal rule rather than another, each of these should be considered as a sign. A semiotic gaze allows for the remolding of the meaningful connections underlying what we call ‘things’ and ‘events’ so that they might be readjusted to align with the new scale of spatial implications between the multi-sited and worldwide determinants of what happens and is evaluated in each ‘here.’ The interpenetrations between multiple ‘elsewheres’ call for a global semiotic understanding that makes the legal interpreter (and even the lawmakers) cognizant of the semantic and spatial web underlying any ‘fact’ to be ruled. The ability to grasp the threads of meaning comprising what is perceived as a ‘fact’ is also a prerequisite to envisaging the consequences of the application of each legal rule as well as the legitimacy of such application with regard to its axiological and teleological prerequisites. 

All this implies an effort to translate the ‘other’ spaces of experience implied in the understanding of the ‘present facts’ to be ruled, followed by an intercultural translation between the different circuits of experience this understanding involves. Furthermore, insofar as culture enshrines the anthropological and historical projections of religious horizons of meaning, any attempt to give course to intercultural translations implies and intersects with the promotion of interreligious dialogue. The anthropological schemas rooted in religious imageries, on the other hand, mold even the secularized spaces of experiences and the related categorical schemas that people use to define them. Spatial and semantic Otherness, from this point of view, is therefore to be translated as an ingredient already involved in the production of the present and daily experience of people. In this sense and beyond any identitarian reification of culture, the ability to realize the semantic and pragmatic closeness of what is physically remote can be consistently enhanced by engaging with experiential elements as signs able to be reconfigured/aggregated in new categorical frames.

The aim of the conference is to bring together semioticians, anthropologists, geographers, law theorists and legal practitioners (experts in civil law, business law, family law, international law, legal anthropology, etc.) to show how the semiotic approach can function as a powerful support to face the present challenges of legal experience and transform legal practices into an outpost for an emancipatory and “bottom-up” intercultural use of law. 

In line with the above, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary proposals will be welcomed in the hope that they can help trigger a transdisciplinary collaboration aimed to give legal practitioners new instruments to attune people’s experience with their renewed understanding of the real spatial/semantic coordinates shaping their lived environments. 

Contributions are requested for—but not limited to—the following topics: 

- Local actions, global meanings: the spatial threads and legal relevance of facts. 

- The embodiment of language and the worldwide spatialities of human rights. 

- Language and Spaces in Global and Contextualised Human Rights Discourse. 

- Justice for work: intercultural communications and the semiotics of worldwide economics. 

- Legal assistance and the ubiquitous omnipresent: the connections of the legal subject. 

- The facticity/normativity divide when faced with intercultural dynamics: critical and renewing approaches. 

- Beyond the Anthropocene: the legal semiotics of ecological sustainability and human subjectivity. 

- Translating multi-dimensional/multi-sited ordinary life experiences and the intercultural semiotics of rights. 

- Legal practitioners (lawyers, notaries, accountants) and the intercultural use of law. 

- Against exotic legality: cultural difference as cognitive diffraction in daily legal experience. 

- Secularization and religion: is the secularization of law a limit to the understanding of the interpenetration between religion and cultures? 

- Secularization and religion: is it possible to envisage a legal intercultural secularization as a remedy to the cognitive/cultural defectiveness of the idea of the political ‘neutrality’ of institutions? 

- Interreligious dialogue and semiosic translation as an anthropological means of molding an intercultural legal lexicon. 

- The intercultural use of law and semiosic translation/transaction beyond the multiculturalism/interculturalism divide. 

- Global healthcare programs, cultural behavioral patterns and intercultural schemes of body/environment relationships. Is it possible to avert, or monitor in a timely way, future global pandemics? 

Abstracts of 300 words (max.) should be submitted by January 6, 2023 to both Mario Ricca (Organizer: mario.ricca@icloud.com) and Anne Wagner (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com) with decisions made by January 20, 2023

The proposals regarding sub-calls, workshops and webinars can be submitted from now on. 

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). 

Respecting the tradition, the roundtable languages will be English and French.

Organizational Committee: Mario Ricca, Anne Wagner, Lluis Oviedo, Peter Petkoff, Paolo di Lucia, Paolo Heritier, Alessandro Saggioro, Giancarlo Anello, Silvia Zorzetto, Giuditta Bassani, Riccardo Bertolotti, Kay Lalor, Jenny Ponzo, Melisa Vazquez.

01 July 2022

Language and Legal Interpretation in International Law, edited by Anne Lise Kjaer and Joanna Lam


Language and Legal Interpretation in International Law

Edited by Anne Lise Kjaer and Joanna Lam

Oxford Studies in Language and Law

  • Examines patterns and strategies of legal interpretation across different fields of international dispute resolution
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach through multiple research perspectives in language and law
  • Considers interpretation in the fields of trade law and commercial law, EU law, human rights law, and international criminal law



The Academy is supporting the Congress on Food Law and the Right to Food organised by IACL Vice-President Giuseppe Franco Ferrari in Pavia on July 7-8 2022.

L’Académie soutient le Congrès sur le droit alimentaire et le droit à l’alimentation organisé par le vice-président de l’AIDC Giuseppe Franco Ferrari à Pavie les 7 et 8 juillet 2022.



30 May 2022

Whither the West? International Law in Europe and the United States

 Whither the West?International Law in Europe and the United States

Chiara Giorgetti, University of Richmond 
Guglielmo Verdirame, King's College London 

On a variety of international legal matters, relations between the US and European countries are evolving and even diverging. In an ever-changing world, understanding the reasons for this increasing dichotomy is fundamental and has a profound impact on our understanding of world dynamics and globalization and, ultimately, on our awareness of where the West is going. This interdisciplinary volume proposes new frameworks to understand the differences in approach to international law in the US and Europe. To explain the theoretical and historical underpinnings of the diverging views, the expert essays present new research and develop innovative conclusions. They assess and explore issues such as the idea of sovereignty, constitutional law, the use of force, treaty law and international adjudication. Leading authorities in different disciplines including law and political science, the contributors engage in a new dialogue and develop a new discourse on inter-Atlantic views.

Introduction: W[h]ither the west? The divided west and the shifting grounds of international law; Part I. The Idea of International Law in the Divided West: 1. International lawyers and legal forms transatlantic denials; 2. Are we (Americans) all international legal realists now?; 3. Are liberal internationalists still liberal?; 4. The new, new sovereigntism or how the European union became disenchanted with international law and defiantly protective of its domestic legal order; Part II. Specific Areas in International Law: Whither the West?: 5. Authority and dialogue state and official immunity in domestic and international courts; 6. Treaty conditions and constitutions walls, windows, or doors; 7. International courts and tribunals in the USA and in Europe the increasingly divided west; 8. Unravelling a paradox of shared responsibility the disconnection between substantive and adjudicate law; 9. Divergent views on the content and relevance of the jus ad Bellum in Europe and the United States? The case of the US-Led military coalition against ‘Islamic state'.

Freedom of Expression - The Revolutionary Roots of American and French Legal Thought


Freedom of Expression 

The Revolutionary Roots of American and French Legal  Thought 

Ioanna Tourkochoriti 

National University of Ireland, Galway 

Two legal systems founded from similar Enlightenment philosophical and political values use state coercion differently to regulate a core liberty: the freedom of expression. This comparative study of France and the United States proposes a novel theory of how the limits of freedom of expression are informed by different revolutionary experiences and constitutional and political arrangements. Ioanna Tourkochoriti argues that the different ways freedom of expression is balanced against other values in France and the United States can be understood in reference to the role of the government and the understanding of republicanism and liberty. This understanding affects how jurists define the content and the limits of a liberty and strike a balance between liberties in conflict. Exploring both the legal traditions of the two countries, this study sheds new light on the broader historical, social and philosophical contexts in which jurists operate. 

1. Introduction: speech, privacy and dignity in France and the United States; 2. Antiquity, modernity, and historical imaginaries on the role of the government; 3. The underlying ex ante understanding of liberty; 4. The moralizing rational republic versus the state arbitrator of the free play of interests; 5. Foundation of the rights of man on the rights of the citizen versus foundation of the rights of the citizen on the rights of man; 6. Conclusion.

Rediscovery and Revival in Islamic Environmental Law Back to the Future of Nature's Trust

Rediscovery and Revival in Islamic Environmental Law 

Back to the Future of Nature's Trust 

Samira Idllalène 

Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh 

The common ground between religions could be fruitfully promoted in order to call for an effective protection of the climate system. Positioned at a junction of different worlds, this book is a multidisciplinary work on Islamic law, common law and environmental law. Looking at the past, present and future, the author suggests a paradigm shift starting from the common ground in order to propose a better future for environmental law in Muslim countries. As the first book to compare Shari‘a and common law in field of environmental protection, it suggests a new path in comparative environmental law by recognizing the contributions of both history and spirituality. 

1. Introductory Context and Issues; 2. What Is ‘Islamic Environmental Law'?; 3. The Dormancy of Islamic Environmental Law; 4. The Fruitful Comparison with the Common Law; 5. Potential for Growth of Islamic Environmental Law; Conclusion

Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts A Global Perspective,

Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts A Global Perspective

  Edited by Sanja Kutnjak Ivković, Michigan State University

  Shari Seidman Diamond, The American Bar Foundation, Illinois 

  Valerie P. Hans Cornell University, New York,


Nancy S. Marder, Chicago-Kent College of Law 

Although most countries around the world use professional judges, they also rely on lay citizens, untrained in the law, to decide criminal cases. The participation of lay citizens helps to incorporate community perspectives into legal outcomes and to provide greater legitimacy for the legal system and its verdicts. This book offers a comprehensive and comparative picture of how nations use lay people in legal decision-making. It provides a much-needed, in-depth analysis of the different approaches to citizen participation and considers why some countries’ use of lay participation is long-standing whereas other countries alter or abandon their efforts. This book examines the many ways in which countries around the world embrace, reject, or reform the way in which they use ordinary citizens in legal decisionmaking.

1. Introduction; Part I. Advancements in Lay Participation: 2. The Rise of the Jury in Argentina: Evolution in Real Time; 3. Twelve Years of Mixed Tribunals in Argentina; 4. Lay Participation in the Criminal Trial in Japan: A Decade of Activity and its Sociopolitical Consequences; 5. The Korean Jury System: The First Decade; 6. The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Spanish Jury; Part II. Enduring Systems of Lay Participation: 7. “… And My Right”: The Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales; 8.“In the Name of the People”: Lay Assessors in Germany; 9 The Jury in Canada: Testing the Comprehensibility of Styles of Jury Instructions and the Effectiveness of Aids; Part III. Challenges to Lay Participation in Law: 10. Dismissing the Jury: Mixed Courts and Lay Participation in Norway; 11. Trials by Peers: The Ebb and Flow of the Criminal Jury in France and Belgium; 12. The Russian Jury Trial: An Ongoing Legal and Political Experiment; 13. Trial by Jury in Georgia: A Catalyst for Evolving Independent Courts; Part IV. Global Perspectives on Lay Participation: 14. What Hollywood, USA, Teaches the World (Incorrectly and Correctly) about Juries; 15. The Case for a Hybrid Jury in Europe; 16. A Worldwide Perspective on Lay Participation

10 May 2022




University of Haifa (Israel) - Shulamit ALMOG 

Lille University (France) - Anne WAGNER

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. 



 9 JANUARY 2023 

“Gender Equity in Academia” 

The term “gender equity” represents the aspiration for a society in which the conduct of institutions, agencies, and individuals reflect acknowledgement of the historical inequality between men and women; a society committed to determined, informed action to eradicate this inequality. “Gender equity” in organisational contexts is the establishment of an ongoing process designed to promote gender equality between men and women in the organisation. 

In academia, the percentage of women holding senior positions and serving in key decision-making positions is still significantly lower than that of men. Also, the number of women who have reached the highest academic level - a Full Professor - is significantly lower than that of men. Relevant findings also imply that obstacles to gender equity are present in academia. Some of them are the traditional academic ethos, the old and new models of academic governance, and specific issues related to the representation of women in certain disciplines. 

We invite submissions of research proposals focusing on empirical analyses and/or theoretical/conceptual research on “gender equity in the academia”. We invite proposals from scholars from all disciplines, including law, gender studies, sociology, labor studies, education, economics, management, business administration, human resource management, organisational development, cultural studies 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. 3 

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

- The future of gender equality: The pipeline model vs. the glass ceiling model 

- Unique barriers that inhibit the implementation of gender equity programs in academia 

- Strategies developed across the world to promote gender equity progression 

- The under representation of women in STEM in academia 

- Gender bias in the promotion process 

- Gender equity and diversity: competing or complementing goals? 

- Initiatives to design a gender and family-supportive work environment 

- Monitoring – A key tool for promoting gender equity 

- Gendered preferences at an early age as affecting choice of fields of study at the university 

 - Exclusion practices in academia 

- Reflection of gender aspects in seemingly “neutral” norms 

- Feminisation in Law and Language 

- The role of the social justice model and the economic model in designing a policy of gender equity 

- The effects of economic and institutional incentives on encouraging gender equality in academia 

- The implications of integrating gender perspectives in research contents and research methods 

- Historical analysis of gender equity in academia 

- Analysis of gender equity from the perspective of organisational culture research 

- Managing gender equity in academic organisations 

Abstracts of 300 words (max.) should be submitted by 15 October 2022 to both Shulamit Almog (genderlawcenter@gmail.com) and Anne Wagner (anne.wagner[at]univ-lille.fr) with decisions made by 15 November 2022. 


3-6 JULY 2023 

“Combating Gender-based violence” 

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 research proposals 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, organisational 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: 

- Perpetuation of Gender Stereotypes: Causes, Forms and Cultures of Sexism in society, education (textbooks), games and Art, etc. 

- Possible links between cultural representations and violence against women 

- Masculinist movements vs. feminist movements: ideology of Gender in Society 

- Human Rights Violation 

o  European Court of Human Rights, 

o  European Convention on Human Rights, 

o  Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, 

o  Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 

o  Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, etc. 

- Combating Gender Stereotypes and Advocating Tolerance 

- Combating Online and/or Offline Sexism in Hate Speech 

- Social Media platforms, places for Machiavellian Venting: Haters, Trollers, etc. 

- Facing Trauma, Fear, Anxiety and Mental Issues on normal, pre- and post-Covid-19. 

- Silencing part of the Population: intimidation, threats or abuse 

- Legal and Policy Framework to Combat Gender-based violence 

- Guaranteeing Equal Access of Women to Justice 

- Promoting Freedom, Equality, Parity 

- Affirmative Action 

- Gender mainstream: discussion on Freedom of Expression 

- Considering the particular vulnerability of girls and young women in the digital arena

Abstracts of 300 words (max.) should be submitted by 15 February 2023 to both 

Shulamit Almog (genderlawcenter@gmail.com) and Anne Wagner (anne.wagner[at]univ-lille.fr) with decisions made by 15 March 2023.

16 March 2022

Justice as Translation and Counter-story Telling


Justice as Translation 

and Counter-storytelling 

Coimbra, Mai 26th to 28th 2022 

The Colloquium is jointly organized by UCILeR (Instituto Jurídico da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra—University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research) , ISLL (Italian Society for Law and Literature) and ATFD (Associação Portuguesa de Teoria do Direito, Filosofia do Direito e Filosofia Social, the Portuguese section of IVR) 

Organizational Committee: 

Carla Faralli, Maria Paola Mittica, Alessandro Serpe, José Manuel Aroso Linhares, Inês Godinho, Ana Margarida Gaudêncio, Luís Meneses do Vale, Brisa Paim Duarte

In a well-known passage from The Narrative Paradigm (Communication Monographs, vol. 52, 1985, p. 350), Walter Fisher argues that “narrative rationality”, since it “celebrates human beings” as “storytellers”, should be treated as an “attempt to recapture Aristotle’s concept of phronesis”. It is this central topos in the contemporary rehabilitation of practical thinking (projected in Law’s specific practical world) that our Colloquium will explore, whilst paying attention to the plurality of approaches it allows. Its title establishes actually an immediate counterpoint between two polarized assimilation modes

1) On one hand we have the so-called paradigm of translation, not only in the general version that we owe to MacIntyre's communitarian narrativism ─ exploring the possibilities of dialogue between traditions (notwithstanding the impossibility of an equidistant tertium comparationis) ─ but also in the specific projections that James Boyd White (justice as translation) and François Ost (le droit comme traduction) exemplarily open: the first highlighting a kind of a permanent movement (from ordinary language to legal language, and from legal language back to ordinary language) ─whilst exploring narrative as the archetypal form of praxis and practical thinking and whilst conceiving of Law as “a set of occasions and opportunities for the creation of meaning” (“a rather fragile piece of our culture, requiring those who live with it to remake it constantly, over and over”) ─, the second autonomizing three indispensable thematic cores and the exercises in translation that they demand, namely, the one which is required by the plural network of (national and international, state and non-state) legal orders, the one which the judge’s modus operandi (interconnecting the world of practical controversies and legal materials) manifests and, last but not least, the one which this same judge develops whilst assuming his/her role as third (“le tiers qui triangule le différend opposant les parties [et qui traduit] (…) leurs discours dans le langage de la loi commune”) ─ without forgetting that this thirdness (also as a fonction tièrce “internalized by legal subjects”) is precisely the feature which distinguishes Law, its discourses and practices (Le droit ou l’empire du tiers). 

2) On the other hand, we have the blossoming of a wide range of discourses on marginalised identities (sometimes even on marginalised bodies), the core of which is undoubtedly composed of narrative outsider jurisprudences and community-building counterstorytelling (to use the well-known formulae proposed respectively by Mari J. Matsuda and Richard Delgado). This remarkable multiplication of perspectives and academic fields (going from Feminist Jurisprudences to Critical Philosophy of Race and from LGBT-GNCCrits to Postcolonial Legal Theory) — which were opened up with the so-called third Critical Legal Scholar’s generation and go on developing a search for community or communities flowing out in the experience of incommensurable forms of life (involving gender, race, sexual orientation, economic condition, social status, practical-cultural and geopolitical provenance, health, mental and physical disability, etc) — pose certainly specific problems ─concerning the “standards” which should be used to evaluate the different uses of narrative resources (and the merits of the nfinal outcome), the challenges of intersectionality or intersectional persons (overlapping diverse identities), as well as the risk of transforming more or less persuasive counterstories into stereotyped narratives (with characters and roles that are implacably pre-determined). They offer however also an unique opportunity to discuss Law’s and legal theory’s claims to comparability. Is in fact the fragmentation of meanings, semantic values and performative models provoked (or aggravated) by those approaches compatible with the claim for an integrating context (and its tertium comparationis) or does, on the contrary, this fragmentation (in its narrative intelligibility) prevent or frustrate the attempt to recognise an authentic inter-discourse and, with this, the aspiration to treat law as the “empire” of thirdness? 

Participants are invited to explore both these lines of development and their internal possibilities, as well as to discuss their reciprocal intertwinement and their dialectical tensions, which means also projecting them in specific contemporary societal challenges, such as those which involve the morality of political correctness, the juridical relevance of hate speech, the digitization of life, the climate justice (or the climate emergency), the biopolitics of human and trans-human. 

Abstracts of 300 words (max.) should be submitted by April 18th 2022 to José Manuel Aroso Linhares (linhares@fd.uc.pt) and Ana Margarida Gaudêncio (anagaude@fd.uc.pt) with participation decisions made by April 26 th. Selected papers will be invited for publication. For communication reasons it is strongly recommended English as working language. However, communications in Castilian, French, German, Italian and Portuguese are also possible (provided they are always accompanied by an abstract in English). 

We intend to hold the conference as a full “in-person”, eventually as a hybrid event. The preference concerning the participation mode should be clarified in the e-mail which sends the abstract. 

Registration period: from 27 th April to 9 st Mai 2022 

The basic registration fee* (concerning “in person” presentations) is 30€ (for professionals) and 20 (for students. including PhD candidates). Other possibilities (involving a guided tour and a dinner) will be clarified later. The information concerning payment possibilities will be available a week before the beginning of the registration period. 

 *Basic registration fee includes the roundtable materials and the coffee breaks.

21 February 2022

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Call for Papers

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law -  Call for Papers

Special Issue on :

International Arbitration 
in the Digital World

Guest Editors: 
Vijay K. Bhatia, Chinese University of Hong Kong 
Magdalena Łągiewska, University of Gdańsk, Poland 

This call for papers is intended to exchange views in the field of international commercial arbitration with a focus on law, language, and communication in the digital world. The aim of the intended special issue is to promote a comprehensive and cutting-edge analysis of recent developments, issues, and challenges in the field. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the dispute resolution landscape, including international arbitration. Therefore, instead of traditional functioning of arbitral tribunals, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the entire process of digitalization and paved the way for further development of online arbitration. It seems that the digitalization (i.e., collecting of e-evidences, online hearing, etc.) has become an inevitable process and will have an impact on the global arbitration systems and practices. This begs the question of whether the online hearings and e-platforms comply with the cybersecurity measures. Do they guarantee the data protection of e-evidences? What are the specific solutions adopted by the international commercial and investment arbitral institutions worldwide? What kind of impact this has on the discursive construction of discourses of arbitration? What are the implications of social media on some of the key aspects of arbitration, such as privacy, authenticity, and transparency? In addition, there are new trends emerging in international arbitration such as third-party funding, arb-med-arb mechanisms and new types of disputes that could be handled by arbitral tribunals, such as Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and technology disputes, such as those involving cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. These are some of the key developments that we would like to explore in the proposed issue of International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 

The special issue will focus on both theoretical as well as practice-based approaches to international arbitration, based on a comprehensive and cutting-edge analysis across different legal systems with a special focus on recent developments, issues, and challenges facing the alternative dispute resolution institutions. We specifically invite submissions with a focus on 2 issues covering law, language, and communication in arbitration contexts including, but not necessarily limited to, the following: 
•   Digitalization in international commercial and investment arbitration, 
•   Third-party funding in international commercial and investment arbitration, 
•   New types of disputes handled by arbitral tribunals, 
•   Discursive construction of arbitration processes in various digital modes. 

Submissions following these themes as well as other possible ways of analysis related to the above topics should be submitted to 
-   Magdalena Łągiewska (magdalena.lagiewska@ug.edu.pl),
-   Vijay K. Bhatia (vjkbhatia1@gmail.com). 

Maximum length: no longer than 10,000 words, including footnotes, summary, references etc. 
•   Deadline for Abstracts (Max 500 words):       30th August 2022 
•   Decisions on acceptance:                             31st October 2022 
•   Deadline for full papers:                               30th of April 2022