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






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