CRDS Law and Society Conference: Constraints and the Law

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This is a general call for papers for the first ever graduate conference hosted by the Law and Society research group (CRDS) at UQÀM.

Location: Université de Québec À Montréal (Department of Legal Studies)

Date: November 23rd and 24th, 2017

Deadline for submissions: July 31st, 2017

The Collectif de Recherche en Droit et Société (CRDS) invites graduate students and other scholars, from various disciplines, to participate in a conference bringing together scholars and researchers with a particular interest in socio-legal studies, the sharing of inter-disciplinary research, legal pluralism, the exchange of ideas, methods, opportunities and criticism, to submit their proposals related to one or more of the themes discussed below.


Historically speaking, the legal order was imposed on individuals and society in the attempt to legitimize or regulate certain norms of behaviour. Thus, the role and capacity of legal constraints were shaped and evolved as a function of societal transformation and social changes. Hence, in proposing the theme “Constraints and the Law”, we encourage contributors to, not only reflect on the different manifestations and evolution of constraints, but also on the impact, positive and negative, they have on the law. 

We propose that potential participants appreciate the different dimensions of constraint, for example the physical constraints inherent in the human body and the imposition of self-constraints, the power of sanctions imposed by one agent to constrain the agency of another, or the structural constraints, that limit, regulate, and, determine the actions of individuals and groups.           

 The CRDS invites potential participants to broach one (or more) of the following topics in their proposals:

➔      In what way do constraints manifest themselves in your research subject?

➔      What is the role played by constraints in the law? Are they generally a limitation or an enabler for individuals and groups?

➔      What are some examples of legal constraints? What are the ways in which people are forced to innovate, create or resist on account of legal constraints?  

➔      In what way do legal constraints -institutional, social, economic, epistemological, etc.- influence our choices as socio-legal scholars?

Format and Submissions

Please send a brief abstracts (in either English or French) and a description of your paper/research proposal (up to 250 words) to David DesBaillets (English) or Valériane Thool (French) at  no later than July the 31st, 2017.

We are especially interested in graduate students, academic researchers, and socio-legal scholars.

In addition, we ask that you include your name, affiliation, as well as contact details and 5 key -words that describe the nature of your research. Please also indicate your comfort level in French and English in order to help us better organize the panels (participants are not required to be bilingual). All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Presentations will be moderated and panels will be organized according to topics raised by the participants work. Please indicate if you would like to co-present your research project with another participant. Please indicate their name, contact information, affiliation, etc.

Selected panelists will be asked to submit a copy of their paper by November 5th in order for their work to be circulated among the other participants before the conference. This will give all a chance to provide feedback on the paper under discussion and the panelists the chance to improve their research.      

All papers will be reviewed and considered for publication in an anthology curated by the CRDS Organizing Committee.

We hope to see you all in Montreal next November.


The CRDS Organizing Committee