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CLSA Annual Meeting-Law at the Crossroads-Toronto

Wed, 2017-09-27 14:04 -- manager

For thousands of years the place where the City of Toronto is located has been a crossroads where many peoples have met and had fruitful exchanges. According to some Indigenous knowledge keepers, the word “Toronto” comes from the Wendat term for a fishing weir constructed of sticks standing in the water. Lake and river fishing has been an important activity for the area’s many Indigenous peoples, including Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga and Chippewa. The Indigenous knowledge frameworks and laws of the peoples of this area encourage a multilayered understanding of an item such as a fishing weir in terms of its natural, sacred, practical and social meanings.

The area continues to be home to many Indigenous people from all over Canada and beyond, but Toronto has also been shaped by immigration flows from many parts of the world, with about half of its current residents being born outside of Canada.

The Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association hope that our joint meeting in Toronto will be creative and fruitful, in keeping with the traditional use of this land as a gathering place, and that visitors to the area will take the opportunity to make new connections not only with one another but also with diverse local communities.

The deadline for submissions has now passed, and the online session planner is available here ( You may also download the app on Apple or Android. An Excel spreadsheet showing sessions containing CLSA members is attached below. Please advise of errors or omissions ( Papers related to the history of legal education appear in the "Beyond Harvard" attachment.  


Registration is open, through the LSA's website at Regular and emeritus members of the CLSA are entitled to a discount on registration, as are regular members of the LSA. If you are a member of the LSA, the system will recognize you, and you will not need a discount code, but if you are only a member of the CLSA, please email to acquire your discount code. There is no discount for student members of either organization, but student members of the CLSA are eligible for travel funding. Please email for more information.

Annual General Meeting:

The annual general meeting of the association will be held on Thursday, June 7 from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in the VIP Room at the Sheraton. If you do a text search for "annual general meeting" in the online program search box, you will find it. All members are welcome. 

Visiting Toronto:

Here is a guide: 


A subsidy of up to $350 CAD for the cost of childcare may be available for CLSA members who are registered presenters, chairs or participants at the main conference and/or the francophone workshop. Only one parent of a child or children may apply for a grant. Applications must be made by May 1. If the CLSA receives more claims on its funding than it has available, preference may be given to early career applicants or those with lower incomes. 

Allowable expenses:

  • Daycare expenses in Toronto
  • Extra daycare expenses at home incurred because the primary caregiver was attending the meeting (for example, overtime at a daycare centre, cost of a sitter for extended hours, etc.)
  • Expenses incurred in bringing a babysitter (or family member acting as caregiver) to the meeting or to your home to care for the child

Non-allowable expenses: 

  • Meals, on-site transportation, tickets to museums or attractions in Toronto; routine child-care expenses (nanny, babysitter, after-school care) not related to the applicant's attendance at the conference
  •  Child-care funds cannot be used to fund travel or other expenses related to the attendee's own participation in the meeting (including meeting registration or other expenses the attendee would already be incurring by attending the meeting)
  • Funds cannot be used for travel expenses for the child or children to the conference 

Reimbursement may be requested for eligible expenses up to the maximum amount of the grant. Expenses in excess of the award amount must be borne by the individual participant. Each applicant must submit a claim and receipts to before July 31. Applicants are not eligible for reimbursement of expenses that are being covered from other sources. 

The CLSA makes no recommendations regarding childcare options in Toronto. 


Job posting Criminology Faculty Université de Montréal

Wed, 2017-09-27 13:53 -- manager
The École de criminologie at the Université de Montréal is seeking applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of criminal and/or social justice (for instance, community intervention practices, penal policies, environmental Criminology). Please see the attachment. 

Poste en justice sociale et pénale Université de Montreal

Wed, 2017-09-27 13:51 -- manager

L’École de criminologie à l’Université de Montréal sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeure ou de professeur à temps plein au rang d’adjoint dans le domaine de la justice pénale ou sociale (notamment, les pratiques d’intervention communautaire, les politiques pénales, la criminologie environnementale). Veuillez consulter le fichier ci-joint.

University of New Brunswick's third annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days

Sat, 2017-09-23 14:13 -- manager

The Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick is proud to announce that registration is now open for the University of New Brunswick's third annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days, to be held this year onOctober 23 and 24, 2017 on the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus. 

To register and for further details, go to

On this, the 150th anniversary of the passage of the British North America Act, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick will hold the University of New Brunswick’s 3rd annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days. Events will include a keynote talk by Senator Daniel Christmas, an active leader in the Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton and the Mi'kmaw Nation of Nova Scotia, a re-enactment of the signing of the Treaty of 1725, the first Peace and Friendship Treaty between the Wabanaki Nations and the British Crown, and a colloquium, which will address topics related to the role of Indigenous political traditions and treaty-making, especially among the Wabanaki nations, in providing the inspiration and foundation for the creation and evolution of the Confederation of the British North American colonies from 1867 to today.

The 150th anniversary of the legal creation of the political community we know as Canada is certainly worthy of celebration, but Canadian Confederation is neither merely 150 years old nor is it solely the creation of white colonists. The roots of Confederation rest in the nourishing soil of Indigenous political traditions of confederacies, including the Wabanaki Confederacy, and were fed by the tradition of treaty-making between Indigenous nations and the British Crown. The Peace and Friendship Treaties between the British Crown and the nations of the Wabanaki Confederacy were among the earliest of these treaties. As well, despite the efforts of federal governments since Confederation to make Indigenous peoples invisible in Canada’s political community through assimilationist policies, the resilience of Indigenous peoples has meant that Indigenous political traditions continue to influence the evolution of the Canadian political community today.

We welcome you to participate in this year's UNB Peace and Friendship Treaty Days. Remember, to register and for further information, go to


Research Chair in the social impact of cannabis/marijuana use at St. Thomas University

Wed, 2017-09-20 13:37 -- manager

St. Thomas University invites applications for its newly established Health Research Chair in the Social Impact of Cannabis/Marijuana Use. This tenure-track/tenured appointment (at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) will begin no later than July 1st 2018.

St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution with a full-time enrolment of 1,900 students. Its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education, and Social Work degrees.

This tenure-track/tenured position will be housed in either the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice or the Department of Sociology. The first five years of this position will be funded through the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation’s (NBHRF) Research Chair program. During this period, the successful candidate will benefit from a substantially reduced teaching load and have access to a generous fund to support their program of research.

The successful candidate for the Research Chair will have: a Ph.D. in Criminology, Sociology, or a related discipline, with research interests related to the social impact of cannabis use; a strong research track-record; and a strong record of, and commitment to, undergraduate teaching.

Completed applications must include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a research portfolio including a (maximum 1000-word) research plan for the 5-year duration of the chair, and a teaching dossier. Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Kim Fenwick, Vice-President (Academic & Research), St. Thomas University, 51 Dineen Drive, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3. Electronic applications may be sent to

Closing Date:  November 1, 2017 or when 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 persons, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority.

Midwinter meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association - January 2018

Wed, 2017-09-13 16:40 -- manager

The midwinter board meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association is planned for the late afternoon of January 27, 2018. It will follow the "Technologies of Justice" Conference organized by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. The deadline for proposals was Friday, October 6th, 2017, and the call for papers is below. The conference website is here (click on "Itinerary" to find the draft program). 

Réunion d'hiver de l'Association canadienne droit et société — janvier 2018

Wed, 2017-09-13 16:28 -- manager
La réunion du Conseil de l'ACDS est prévue pour la fin d'après-midi du samedi 27 janvier 2018. Il se tiendra conjointement avec le colloque « Technologies de la justice  » organisée par la Faculté des sciences sociales et humaines de l’Institut universitaire de technologie de l’Ontario. La date limite de soumission est le vendredi 6 octobre 2017.
L’appel à communications se trouve ici.

Appel à communications: Technologies de la justice

Wed, 2017-09-13 12:30 -- manager


Appel à communications                                                                                                    

Technologies de la justice                                                                                                          

Faculté des sciences sociales et humaines                                                                                           

Institut universitaire de technologie de l’Ontario                                                                          

Oshawa, Ontario                                                                                                         

26 au 28 janvier 2018

Nous vous invitons à soumettre des propositions de communications et de panels (100 à 150 mots) qui abordent le thème des technologies de la justice à partir d'une gamme de points de vue théoriques et méthodologiques. Nous accueillons des réflexions portant sur la façon dont la loi s'attaque aux changements technologiques, ainsi sur la loi elle-même en tant que technologie de (l’in)justice. Ainsi, le colloque offrira des occasions d'explorer ce que cela signifie que de « faire » justice et d'aborder les innovations et les défis dans la manière dont la justice est menée. Le colloque aura lieu les vendredi 26 et samedi 27 janvier au centre-ville d'Oshawa, et la réunion annuelle de mi-hiver de l'Association canadienne droit et société est prévue pour l’avant-midi du dimanche 28 janvier.

Veuillez faire parvenir votre proposition de communication ou de panel de 100 à 150 mots (ainsi qu’une biographie de 100 à 150 mots) à

La date limite de soumission est le vendredi 6 octobre 2017.

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: Technologies of Justice

Wed, 2017-09-13 12:27 -- manager

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals Technologies of Justice                                                                                                       

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities                                                                                

University of Ontario Institute of Technology                                                                            

Oshawa Ontario January 26-28 2018

We invite proposals (100-150 words) for papers and panels that engage the theme of Technologies of Justice from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. We welcome studies of how law is coming to grips with technological change; moreover, we encourage scholarly work concerned with law itself as technology of (in)justice. Thus, the conference offers opportunities to explore what it means to do justice and to addresses innovations and challenges in the way justice is done. The symposium will take place Friday January 26th and Saturday 27th in downtown Oshawa, and the annual mid-winter meeting of the Canadian Law & Society Association is scheduled for the morning of Sunday January 28th.

Please email 100-150 word paper abstracts and panel proposals (along with 100-150 word bios of presenters) to

Deadline for submission is Friday October 6th 2017.                                                                                      

Brazil-Japan Litigation and Society Seminar

Tue, 2017-09-12 13:37 -- manager
All are invited to the "Brazil-Japan Litigation and Society Seminar,” a result of the partnership between the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and the University of Shinshu. The event will occur on 08-09 January 2018, at the Matsumoto campus, Japan.The program and call for papers are attached. Abstracts are due Sept. 15th.