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Tenure Track Position, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, St Thomas University

Fri, 2013-12-13 15:36 -- manager
Tenure-Track Position in the Department of Criminology
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014.
St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution with a full-time enrolment of 2,300. Its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education, and Social Work degrees. The faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the University holds four Canada Research Chairs.
The Department of Criminology has several programs, a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Applied Arts, a Certificate program, an Honours program, and also hosts an Endowed Chair. The Department faculty are multidisciplinary, with backgrounds in Sociology, Education, Psychology, History, Criminology, and Law. Areas of expertise are open, but the Department is seeking applicants who can identify and align their expertise within one or more of its course streams: Cultural Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Law and Society Studies, Child and Youth Studies, Police and Security Studies, and Theoretical and Methodological Studies. Fuller descriptions of the streams and the courses within them can be found in the University Calendar:
The successful candidate will hold a PhD or near completion relevant to the Department’s course streams, and possess a research and publication record in their area. Applicants will have proven successful experience and potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Duties include teaching advanced undergraduate courses in the specialized areas of the candidate, and the ability to teach core courses such as Introductory, Theory, and/or Methods is an asset. Overall, we seek an excellent candidate who will complement existing interests and strengths within the Department.
Applicants are asked to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, samples of scholarly work, evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching portfolio preferred), and arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Chris McCormick, Acting Chair, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5G3. Electronic submissions may be sent to:
Closing date: February 15, 2014, or until the position is filled. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed applications, including letters of reference, are received by this date.
An equal opportunity employer, St. Thomas University is committed to employment equity for women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Law's Encounters: Co-existing and Contradictory Norms and Systems

Mon, 2013-12-09 23:13 -- President

Canadian Law and Society Association, Annual Meeting 2014

June 6-8, 2014

Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba


Law’s Encounters: Co-existing and Contradictory Norms and Systems


Law is dynamic. Over the course of time, law changes within and across societies. These changes are influenced by the course that society takes and in turn, society changes based on the dictates of law. In the process of societal interactions, law becomes expressed in multiple forms. Some of these forms are complementary, others are contradictory. The focus of the Canadian Law and Society’s Annual Meeting in 2014 is law’s multiple encounters in navigating interactions in society. It involves an exploration of co-existing legal and socio-legal norms as well as the contradictions inherent in some of these encounters. We are interested in papers, panels and other groups that explore law’s encounters at the margins as well as the center.

Our broad theme explores several areas of socio-legal thought and scholarship including:

  • Disciplinary allegiances in socio-legal scholarship
  • Indigenous laws and traditions and other legal systems
  • Interactions between social norms, statute and other forms of legal expression
  • International law/norms and domestic law
  • Historical foundations of law’s multi-faceted encounters
  • New and emerging socio-legal encounters
  • Law’s encounters with gender, disability, race, health, age, criminalization etc.
  • Crises – war, terrorism, financial crises and others – and spontaneous development of laws in light of pre-exiting norms
  • Law’s encounters with difference

We invite proposals in these areas and others that explore the broad theme of the co-existences and contradictions inherent in law’s encounters with peoples, communities and broader society. Proposals may include but are not limited to:

  • Papers
  • Panels
  • Graduate student workshops
  • Roundtables
  • Research workshops
  • Author meets readers sessions

We also invite expressions of interest for chairing panels.


Please e-mail proposals of between 250 words to 300 words, including 2-4 keywords, institutional affiliation and contact details to Maura Matesic at by January 15, 2014. We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal.


Association Canadienne Droit et Société, Conférence annuelle 2014

6 au 8 juin 2014

Faculté de droit, Université du Manitoba


Rencontrer le droit : Systèmes et normes coexistants et contradictoires  


Le droit est dynamique. Les transformations du droit prennent place à l’intérieur d’une société mais peuvent aussi opérer à travers les sociétés. Les changements sont influencés par la course prise par la société et, au même temps, la société est transformée par les préceptes du droit. Au cours des interactions qui prennent place dans la société, le droit s’exprime en plusieurs formes. Ses formes peuvent êtres complémentaires ou contradictoires. L’intérêt de la Conférence annuelle 2014 est les divers rencontres du droit en navigant les interactions de la société. Cela comporte une exploration des normes légaux et socio-légaux coexistants en plus des contradictions inhérentes au cours de ces interactions. Nous cherchons des présentations, sessions, et d’autres groupes qui explorent les rencontres du droit aux périphéries mais aussi au centre. 


Notre thème explore plusieurs domaines de la pensée socio-légale incluant :

  • Allégeances disciplinaires du savoir socio-légal
  • Les lois et traditions indigènes et systèmes légaux alternatifs 
  • Les interactions entre les normes sociaux, le droit, et d’autres formes d’expression légale
  • Les droits/normes internationaux et le droit domestique
  • Les fondements historiques des complexités des interactions légaux  
  • Les rencontres légaux émergentes
  • Les rencontres du droit avec le sexe, les handicaps, la race, la santé, l’âge, la criminalisation
  • Les crises – guerre, terrorisme, financières, etc. – et le développement spontané du droit étant donné les normes préexistantes
  • Les interactions entre le droit et la différence      


Nous invitons des propositions concernant ces domaines ou d’autres qui explorent les coexistences et contradictions existants alors des rencontres entre le droit et les peuples, les communautés, et la société en générale. Les propositions peuvent inclure, mais ne sont pas limités à :     

  • Présentations
  • Sessions
  • Ateliers pour les étudiants de deuxième ou troisième cycle
  • Tables rondes
  • Ateliers de recherche 
  • Sessions d’auteurs rencontrant lecteurs 


Nous invitions aussi des expressions d’intérêts pour présider une session. 


Veuillez envoyer vos propositions de 250 à 300 mots, incluant 2 à 4 mots clés, affiliation institutionnelle, et coordonnées à Maura Matesic,, d’ici le 15 janvier 2014. Une reconnaissance de reçu de votre proposition sera envoyée.   

Two Year Sessional Assistant Professor Position, Law & Society Program, York University

Mon, 2013-12-09 16:19 -- manager

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies


Department of Social Science


The Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University invites applications from qualified candidates for a two-year Sessional Assistant Professor position in the Law & Society program. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant field of the social sciences, law or the humanities; show promise of excellence in socio-legal research and publication in the field of Law and Society; and demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence and versatility in undergraduate, interdisciplinary teaching. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to teach courses in at least two of the following areas: socio-legal theory; law and governance; law and medicine; law and culture; disability and the law; social diversity and law; legal history; and legal narrative. The appointment carries a teaching load of three full courses or the equivalent.


Applicants should submit, in hard copy, a letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly. Please include summaries of teaching evaluations and a sample of a recent publication in your application package.  Apply to: Professor Kimberley White, Chair, Department of Social Science, South 754 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014.



All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416.736.5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. For contractually limited appointments, temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Associate Executive Director: Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Tue, 2013-12-03 12:20 -- manager


The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS)

is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic and resourceful

Associate Executive Director


CAEFS is a national association of community-based charitable societies that work with marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls. 


The qualifications of the successful candidate will include:

  • Post secondary education in the Social Sciences or equivalent experience and/or training – LL.B. or J.D. an asset;
  • Proven management experience in personnel, finance and administration;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a volunteer board and committees, as well as with groups in the public and private sector and the community;
  • Knowledge of women's issues and demonstrated commitment to women’s equality initiatives;
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system, the legislative process and relevant government and private agencies;
  • Demonstrated fund raising abilities;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in both French and English;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently;
  • Availability to travel and work on weekends.


The successful candidate will work with the current Executive Director for a period of time, with a view to assuming the position of the Executive Director.


If this sounds like your dream job, please submit your application by December 10, 2013

(including salary expectations) to:


CAEFS Hiring Committee

#701 – 151 Slater Street

Ottawa, ON

K1P 5H3




Law and Magic Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, June 5-6, 2014

Tue, 2013-12-03 12:18 -- manager

Revealing the Links Between Law and Magic

A Conference Sponsored by the Law and Humanities Law Institute and

Thomas Jefferson School of Law



June 5-6, 2014

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Avenue, San Diego CA 92101


Call For Papers

On June 5 and 6, 2014, the Law and Humanities Institute, New York, New York (USA) and Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (USA) will sponsor a Conference on Law and Magic.

Law and magic interact in many ways. Not only can the law influence the practice of magic, such as in the areas of freedom of speech and religion and intellectual property; but also magic can influence the law, such as in trial tactics and evidence. In addition, magic illuminates the crossroads of other law and humanities fields, such as the emerging area of law and neuroscience, rhetoric, and law and popular culture. Papers discussing or developing these or any aspect of the relationship between law and magic are welcome, especially those that further an understanding of the theory, underpinnings, and/or philosophy of the field. 

Materials and presentations will be in English. The organizers of the conference are Christine Corcos, Louisiana State University Law Center ( and Julie Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (

We invite you to submit an abstract of a 20-minute paper that you would like to deliver at the conference. Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words and sent to Christine Corcos at the email address above accompanied by the author’s brief biographical statement. Please put “Law and Magic Conference June 2014” in the email subject line and submit the abstract and biographical statement no later than January 6, 2014.  We will send notifications regarding acceptance of presentations by February 1, 2014.

If you would like us to consider your paper for publication,  please indicate that in the body of your email.  Conference papers accepted for publication will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.

Please address questions to Christine Corcos at the email address above


Job Posting: Assistant Professor -Cites and Innovation, Munk School, University of Toronto

Thu, 2013-11-14 16:10 -- manager

Assistant Professor – Cities and Innovation

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Closing date: January 10, 2014

The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Comparative Political Economy of Cities and Innovation. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field related to Global Affairs. Applicants must have innovative research programs and teaching interests with a broad understanding of the comparative political economy of growth and innovation. The School is especially interested in those candidates whose work relates to how cities and other sub-national units develop innovation-based growth policies, and their implications for growth and equity. The candidate ideally would have demonstrated ability to lead fieldwork globally, and possess in-depth knowledge on the innovation and growth process of more than one region. Familiarity with, and research interests in, the distributive consequences of innovation are encouraged as well.

Applicants must have excellent theoretical knowledge of the core literature in their disciplines as well as superior research and teaching abilities. The successful candidate will be fully appointed in the professional Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program at the Munk School, and will be expected to contribute to the core teaching needs of the program. The Masters of Global Affairs degree at the Munk School is an exciting, new professional graduate degree designed to equip students with knowledge and skills for careers in government and international institutions, the private sector, and NGOs.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online at: Job# 1301625.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and a writing sample. If you have questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online. The U of T application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10MB) per candidate profile.  Please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters, at least one of which should comment on the candidate’s teaching, directly to the department via email to the attention of Professor Janice Stein, Director, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, at by the closing date, January 10, 2014.

For more information about the Munk School of Global Affairs please visit us at: .

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. 

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice (Tier 2), York University

Mon, 2013-11-11 17:47 -- manager

 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice (Tier 2)

Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University seek to recruit and nominate a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice (Tier 2). The successful candidate will be cross-appointed between the two Faculties.
In making this appointment, we are seeking to further enrich the two Faculties’ strengths in the study of environmental justice, and Indigenous law and governance, and to deepen our appreciation of the interconnections between these fields of study. The Faculties embrace a broad definition of “environment”, and are open to a plurality of understandings of, and approaches to, the study of Indigenous environmental justice.
Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada's largest English-language law school, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal education and legal scholarship. Our innovative teaching program fosters a strong foundation in legal reasoning, diverse perspectives on law, and an understanding of law's transformative role in promoting a just society. Osgoode produces original and significant legal scholarship and prepares its graduates for leadership and service within the profession and beyond. Further information about Osgoode Hall Law School can be found at
FES is a unique interdisciplinary Faculty that adopts a broad definition of environment including natural, built and social environments. The Faculty has a strong social and environmental justice orientation, and values applied and action-oriented research. More information about the Faculty of Environmental Studies is available at
The successful candidate will have an active research agenda demonstrating:
• A critical, interdisciplinary approach;
• Community-engaged , participatory or action-research methods, including a knowledge of and commitment to Indigenous ways of knowing, and the implementation of research principles and protocols that achieve inclusive community participation under conditions that strive for mutual respect and equity; and,
• Intellectual leadership in the study of Indigenous environments, in/justice, Indigenous law and governance, and/or the study of resistance by Indigenous communities to environmental assaults on their territories.
The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a practice of, and commitment to, establishing genuine and meaningful connections with Indigenous communities; leadership in Indigenous communities or organizations; and/or successful experience engaging in mutually productive research partnerships with Indigenous communities in Canada or elsewhere.
According to the terms of the CRC program, Tier 2 nominees should:
• Be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity;
• Have demonstrated the potential to become an internationally recognized leader and to achieve international excellence in their fields in the next five to ten years;
• Be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality; and
• As a chair holder, have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.
The successful candidate will be required to work with the Faculties and the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation to prepare the formal CRC nomination. The Chair is subject to approval by the CRC program review process. Eligibility criteria and CRC program information can be found at the following website:
Applicants should be Assistant or Associate Professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. Absent exceptional circumstances, the successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in law or legal studies, environmental studies, political science, geography, or another relevant discipline; and the candidate is expected to have received her/his highest degree no more than ten years prior to nomination for the Chair.
The Chair will help strengthen the existing relationship between the two faculties which is already evidenced through cross-listed courses, faculty research collaborations, co-sponsored events, and the joint MES/JD degree program.
Both Osgoode and FES are committed to experiential learning. The two faculties are also committed to ensuring that the successful candidate’s contributions to teaching at the University will possess the necessary flexibility to allow for meaningful engagement in the candidate’s home community and/or community of study. This will involve the exploration of opportunities to engage in experiential learning and teaching initiatives, including intensive teaching terms or exchange programs. Candidates should demonstrate excellence and/or the potential of excellence in teaching and the dissemination of their research activities.
In making this appointment, Osgoode and FES are seeking to make progress towards creating a more supportive learning environment for Indigenous students. Preference will be shown for candidates who demonstrate the potential to support and mentor Indigenous students from both faculties.
This position, subject to final budgetary approval, will commence July 1, 2014.
Interested individuals should send an application that includes a c.v., cover letter, graduate and/or law transcripts, three letters of reference, copies of relevant publications, and a statement of teaching philosophy (including a note about how the candidate would envision making teaching contributions to both faculties) to be received as soon as possible, and in any event no later than Friday, December 13, 2013 to: Nicole Salama, Secretary of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, e-mail: Please note that electronic applications are stronglypreferred, and hard copies will not be returned. Candidates are also required to submit a statement demonstrating that they meet the criteria to be appointed as a Tier 2 CRC.
Applicants are invited to contact Professor Dayna Scott, Chair of the CRC Subcommittee of the Faculty Recruitment Committee at
Osgoode Hall Law School and FES are committed to equality and diversity. The Law School has an Employment Equity Plan, which aims to ensure that our faculty is reflective of the four designated societal groups identified in the federal Employment Equity Act: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from members of these groups and encourage candidates to self-identify in their initial applications. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with HRSDC regulations, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


Call for Papers: Fifth Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property, and Society, Vancouver, BC

Mon, 2013-11-11 17:31 -- manager
The Association for Law, Property, & Society (ALPS) is a scholarly organization for those engaged in scholarship on all aspects of property law and policy including real, personal, intellectual, intangible, cultural, personal, and other forms of property. Its annual meeting brings together scholars from many disciplines to discuss their work and to foster dialogue among those working in property law, policy, and theory.
The 5th Annual Meeting of ALPS will be held in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, May 2-3, 2014.
We welcome proposals for papers or panels in any area of property law & society scholarship. Potential topics include:
• Aboriginal rights & title
• Eminent domain & regulatory takings
• Histories of property
• Housing/urban development/planning
• Inequalities of property
• Intellectual Property
• Land/environment/resources
• Property & civil rights
• Property law & economics
• Property & poverty
• Property transfers & risk
• Teaching property law
• Theories of property
Submissions may be of individual papers or of panels. Panel proposals may include a collection of paper presentations, roundtables, or book panels.
Submit proposals to by 15 January 2014. Conference participation will be confirmed by February 15, 2014.
The standard length of each session will be 90 minutes and we expect sessions to include time for questions and discussion from the audience as well as presentation. Commentators are optional, but if included the papers need to be shortened to allow for audience questions and discussion.
If submitting a panel, submit individual paper abstracts as well as a panel abstract. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
Confirmed Speakers
The conference planning committee is excited to have arranged a leading group of speakers including:
• Joe Singer (Harvard)
• Andre van der Walt (Stellenbosch)
Visit the conference website for updates and more information:


Appel à contributions: Actualité de l’abolitionnisme - Dossier coordonné par Nicolas Carrier et Justin Piché

Wed, 2013-10-30 12:18 -- manager



Appel à contributions/Call for papers


Actualité de l’abolitionnisme

Dossier coordonné par Nicolas Carrier et Justin Piché


L’intensification pénale qui caractérise la plupart des démocraties libérales occidentales a été critiquée par de nombreux analystes du champ pénal, souvent dans le cadre de discussions saisissant la pénalité contemporaine avec le vocable de ‘virage punitif’, posant dès lors un passé ‘non punitif’ de la pénalité, notamment caractérisé par un souci de ‘prendre soin’ des personnes criminalisées. Les injonctions à pratiquer une ‘criminologie publique’ et à produire une critique ‘publique’ de l’intensification pénale se multiplient, peut-être plus particulièrement dans les écrits anglophones. Alors que la masse des interventions contre l’intensification pénale produite par cette ‘criminologie publique’ se concentre sur le projet d’injecter du savoir criminologique dans les politiques pénales afin de les rendre plus efficaces, plus utiles, plus rationnelles et même, dira-t-on, plus humaines, d’autres interventions poursuivent le projet radical de l’abolitionnisme. Quelle est la place des discours, pratiques et praxis abolitionnistes dans la société contemporaine? Quelles logiques et quels acteurs les supportent? Peut-on les dire influents? Ce dossier de Champ pénal/Penal Field veut proposer un état des lieux sur l’abolitionnisme.


Pluralité des luttes

Pour les analystes du champ pénal, il est désormais usuel de distinguer trois cibles générales de l’abolitionnisme : la prison et le complex industriel dont elle fait partie, le carcéral, le pénal. Il est également commun de qualifier d’abolitionnistes des discours, pratiques et praxis dont la focale se fait sur la pénalisation de conduites ou conditions spécifiques, telles les infractions liées à certaines drogues, au travail du sexe, à l’immigration, ou aux activités politiques contre l’État. Les contributions attendues pourront porter sur des manifestations plurielles de l’abolitionnisme dans le champ pénal, et possiblement explorer les enjeux que cette diversité pose pour la militance, la recherche empirique et le travail intellectuel.


Moteurs et motifs

Ce dossier a pour ambition de réunir des contributions permettant de jeter un regard d’ensemble sur les conceptions de la justice, les expériences et les constats empiriques qui nourrissent les perspectives abolitionnistes contemporaines. Pourquoi l’abolitionnisme? Parce que l’emprisonnement, l’incarcération, la pénalisation sont injustes? En quoi le sont-elles? Peut-on ici se satisfaire de brandir des faits sur les effets des réponses institutionnalisées aux ‘situations problèmes’, comme plusieurs l’ont fait à l’égard de la prison? Le factuel peut-il ou doit-il informer notre conception de la justice? Quels sont les limites d’une pensée abolitionniste conséquentialiste? Les moteurs et motifs abolitionnistes sont-ils stables dans l’espace et le temps et déjà bien ancrées, ou se renouvellent-ils?


Modalités et alternatives

Quels programmes sont mis de l’avant par les abolitionnistes, tant sur le plan des stratégies de luttes que sur celui des ‘mesures de rechange’? Comment s’oppose-t-on à un système qui affirme produire de la justice? Quelles conceptions du changement social animent ces programmes? Quelles leçons peut-on tirer des efforts abolitionnistes passés? Comment se positionne-t-on par rapport à des programmes moins radicaux, tel que celui du minimalisme pénal? Comment l’abolitionnisme fait-il face à une critique insistant sur le besoin de contrôler une minorité de personnes dangereuses (les dangerous few)? Peut-on ici se satisfaire de la typique ‘désontologisation’ de la notion de dangerosité? Quels rapports se tissent entre abolitionnisme, justice réparatrice, justice transformative et justice sociale? L’abolitionnisme est-il pensable dans le cadre du maintien de la souveraineté des ‘États de droit’, ou ne fait-il sens que dans le cadre de collectifs/collectivités anarchistes? Comment imagine-t-on ou pratique-t-on un espace social sans peine? Les programmes abolitionnistes ont typiquement mis de l’avant une vision de la socialité ancrée dans la proximité; cette vision est-elle toujours viable? Quels programmes peut-on imaginer pour répondre à ce que l’on saisit actuellement sous le vocable de crime de guerre? De crime contre l’humanité? L’abolitionnisme est-il, comme la criminologie dans son ensemble, une pratique à vocation essentiellement domestique? Dans le contexte d’une intensification généralisée du recours au pénal et à la surveillance dans les démocraties libérales, les propositions des abolitionnistes sont peut-être plus que jamais aisément qualifiées d’idéalistes; le sont-elles? Et le cas échéant, est-ce un problème?





Les propositions de contribution peuvent être soumises en anglais ou en français. Ce dossier a pour ambition d’être bilingue : les auteur(e)s dont les articles sont acceptés sont invités à produire ou faire produire une version traduite des articles.


Normes de présentation

La taille attendue pour un article se situe entre 8 000 et 15 000 mots.

Les articles doivent se conformer (!) aux règles de présentation de la revue, que l’on peut consulter à l’adresse suivante :


Comment soumettre les articles

Un résumé de la proposition de contribution doit être soumis au plus tard le 1er mars 2014.

La proposition de contribution doit être soumise au plus tard le 1er septembre 2014.

Dans les deux cas, faire parvenir les textes aux deux adresses suivantes :


Une invitation de plus ...

Nous invitons les personnes intéressées à venir présenter une version préliminaire de leurs articles dans le cadre de la 4e conférence Perspectives critiques : criminologie et justice sociale, qui se tiendra à Carleton University les 11 et 12 juin 2014, et dans le cadre de la 15e Conférence internationale sur l’abolition de la peine (ICOPA 15), qui se tiendra du 13 au 15 juin 2014 à l’Université d’Ottawa. Les deux universités sont situées sur le territoire Algonquin / Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Pour plus de renseignements, on peut consulter la page web suivante : ou écrire à Justin ou Nicolas.


Nicolas Carrier

Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Carleton University


Justin Piché

Département de criminologie

Université d’Ottawa




Call for Papers: The State of Abolitionism Today - A special issue edited by Nicolas Carrier and Justin Piché

Wed, 2013-10-30 12:17 -- manager



Appel à contributions/Call for papers


The State of Abolitionism Today

A special issue edited by Nicolas Carrier and Justin Piché


Numerous analysts of the penal field have criticized the intensification of punishment experienced in most liberal democracies in the western world.  Dubbed the ‘punitive turn’ by some, contemporary penal policies and practices are contrasted to those of a supposed less punitive past characterized by an ethic of care for the criminalized. Recent discussions on the topic have led some scholars, notably in Anglophone debates, to call for a ‘public criminology’ or the advancement of more robust ‘public’ critiques of penal intensification with the goal of making penal politics more effective, useful, rational and humane. What is the place of abolitionist thought and action in this context? What arguments and actors support such work? In what ways is abolitionism relevant, if at all? This special issue of Champ pénal/Penal Field sets out to assess the state of abolitionism today.


The many targets of abolitionism

Analysts of the penal field tend to identify three targets of abolitionism: the prison and the industrial complex in which it operates, the penal system, and the diffusion of carceral controls in society more generally. Abolitionist thought and action also focuses on specific issues such as the criminalization of certain drugs, sex work, migration and political dissent against the State. Contributions to this special issue can address any of the multiple issues addressed in abolitionist work and could also explore the implications of the presence of multiple targets for activism, research and intellectual work.  


Drivers of and motives for action

This special issue aims to showcase diverse perspectives on how ‘justice’ is conceptualized and experienced, and how these inform contemporary abolitionist work. Why abolitionism? Because imprisonment, being subjected to carceral control, and punishment is unjust? In what ways? Is it sufficient to document the effects of institutionalized responses to problematized situations as many have done in regards to the prison? Is it necessary that facts inform our conception of justice? Is this possible and/or desirable? Are the drivers of and motives for taking an abolitionist stance stable in time and space, anchored in long-established traditions of thinking and acting, or is renewal underway?  


Strategies and alternatives

What alternative ways of conceptualizing and responding to criminalized conflicts and harms characterize abolitionist work today?  On what grounds do we oppose a penal system that claims to be in the business of justice? What lessons can be learned from past abolitionist efforts? How does abolitionism position itself vis-à-vis less radical approaches such as penal minimalism? How do abolitionists respond to the critique that there will always be a ‘dangerous few’ who need to be controlled and imprisoned? Does engaging in the ‘de-ontologization’ of dangerousness suffice? What are the similarities and differences between abolitionism, restorative justice, transformative justice and social justice? Does abolitionism imply anarchism, or can it be envisioned within State sovereignty?  How is a world without punishment imagined or practiced? Are the kinds of social relations required to involve those most impacted when addressing conflicts and harms promoted by abolitionists possible in a globalized context characterized by social distance? What is an abolitionist response to ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’? Is abolitionism, like criminology, a domestically driven endeavour? In the context of a global lockdown and expanding surveillance in western democracies, abolitionist arguments have been characterized as utopian – is this the case?  And if so, is this a problem?





Proposed contributions can be submitted in English or in French.  To reach as broad of a readership as possible, we are striving towards a bilingual collection and authors whose works are accepted for publication are encouraged, but not obligated, to translate their papers.


Submission guidelines

The word count for papers is between 8,000 and 15,000 words.  The articles must also conform (!) with the submission guidelines of the journal, which can be found at


Article submissions

An abstract outlining your proposed contribution must be submitted no later than March 1, 2014.  The submission deadline for completed papers is September 1, 2014.  In both cases, please send your correspondence to the following addresses:


Another invitation …

We invite those interested in contributing to this special issue to present a preliminary version of their papers at the Fourth Conference – Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice to be held June 11 and 12, 2014 at Carleton University or at the Fifteenth International Conference on Penal Abolition to be held June 13 to 15, 2014 at the University of Ottawa.  Both universities are located on Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  For more information, please visit or write to Justin or Nicolas.


Nicolas Carrier

Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Carleton University


Justin Piché

Department of Criminology

University of Ottawa