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CRDS Law and Society Conference: Constraints and the Law

Sun, 2017-06-18 18:34 -- manager

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


CRDS Conférence Droit et Société: Droit et contrainte

Sun, 2017-06-18 18:33 -- manager

Conférence Droit et Société : Droit et contraintes


Le Collectif de Recherche Droit et Société (CRDS) de l’UQAM lance un appel à communications pour sa toute première conférence.


Lieu : Université du Québec à Montréal (Département de Sciences juridiques)


Date : 23 et 24 novembre 2017


Date limite pour soumission : 31 Juillet 2017, à minuit


Le Collectif de Recherche en Droit et Société (CRDS) du Département des sciences juridiques de l’UQAM a le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue du colloque « Droit et contraintes » les 23 et 24 novembre 2017.

Nous invitons les étudiants et étudiantes aux cycles supérieurs ainsi que les chercheurs et chercheuses avec un intérêt particulier pour les études sociojuridiques ainsi que les perspectives interdisciplinaires ou pluralistes à participer à cette conférence. Les échanges de même que la collaboration avec des étudiantes et étudiants de différentes disciplines sont les bienvenus et même fortement encouragés. 

Thématique :

Si, d’un point de vue historique, le droit s’est imposé comme un ordre de contraintes sur la personne et la société afin de légitimer ou interdire des normes de comportement, le rôle et l’effectivité de la contrainte se sont adaptés aux transformations de la société. Ainsi, en proposant le thème « Droit et contraintes », nous encourageons les étudiants et étudiantes à réfléchir aux différentes manifestations et transformations de la contrainte en droit, mais également sur le droit.

Nous invitons les étudiants et étudiantes à appréhender la contrainte dans ses différentes dimensions, par exemple la contrainte physique inhérente au corps humain et l’auto-contrainte, la contrainte-sanction qu’un agent exerce sur un autre agent ou encore la contrainte structurelle, qui limite, encadre et détermine les actions possibles des agents.

Le CRDS convie les étudiants et étudiantes à se saisir de l’une ou de plusieurs des questions suivantes, sans toutefois s’y limiter:

➔      De quelles manières les contraintes se manifestent-elles dans votre sujet de recherche?

➔      Quel est le rôle de la contrainte en droit? Est-elle limitative ou habilitante?

➔      Quelles sont les contraintes qui s’exercent sur le droit? Quelles sont les adaptations ou les résistances qui en découlent?

➔      De quelle manière la contrainte - institutionnelle, économique, sociale ou épistémique - se vit-elle dans la recherche en droit?

Format de soumission

Nous invitons les étudiants et étudiantes de même que les chercheurs et chercheures à envoyer un résumé (jusqu’à 250 mots) à David DesBaillets (en anglais) ou Valériane Thool (en français), à avant minuit le 31 juillet 2017. Veuillez indiquer vos nom, affiliations, coordonnées et cinq mots clés qui décrivent la nature de votre recherche. De plus, veuillez nous informer de votre niveau de compréhension du français et de l’anglais (il n’est pas requis que les participants soient bilingues). Les propositions seront révisées par les pairs.

Les communications retenues devront être envoyées avant le 5 novembre 2017, afin qu’elles puissent être lues par les autres participants. Les textes seront tous considérés pour publication.

Les panels seront organisés en fonction des intérêts des participants et participantes. Veuillez également indiquer les informations nécessaires si vous souhaitez co-présenter votre communication (nom, affiliations et coordonnées du co-présentateur, de la co-présentatrice).

Le Comité organisateur du CRDS


University of Wollongong School of Law - Law Lecturer job

Fri, 2017-05-05 11:18 -- manager
I’m writing to let you know the good news that the University of Wollongong School of Law is advertising two positions, one a continuing position at Lecturer Level B/C and one fixed term one year contract.  As you will see, we are looking for people whose research aligns with the Legal Intersections Research Centre.  You can find information on the LIRC here .
The links to the position advertisements on the UOW website are below.  I would appreciate it if you would inform potential candidates and forward these links to your networks. 
Thanks so much for your assistance.
Warm wishes
Professor Nan Seuffert
Director, Legal Intersections Research Centre
University of Wollongong
School of Law
Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts
Building 67
Wollongong, NSW 2522


CALL FOR PAPERS-Thriving Mothers/Depriving Mothers: Mothering and Welfare (Working Title)

Tue, 2017-04-11 18:07 -- manager
Dear fellow law and society scholars, 
I am pleased to share with you a call for papers for a new edited volume on mothering and welfare in the 21st century to be published by Demeter Press (an independent feminist press committed to publishing peer-reviewed work on mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family).  Abstracts are due July 31 and selections will be confirmed in September, with final papers due in March of 2017.  We welcome scholarly articles and essays, as well as fiction, poetry and visual art, and are concerned with broad and inclusive understandings of both “mothering” and “welfare”.  For details please see the attached call.
Dr. Lorna A. Turnbull
Faculty of Law, Robson Hall
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2


Élection 2017 pour la fonction de Représentant-e des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l'ACDS

Thu, 2017-04-06 15:11 -- manager

Chers étudiants aux cycles supérieurs, chères étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l'ACDS,

Avec l’approche du colloque annuel vient également celle de l’élection pour la fonction de Représentant-e des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l’ACDS. Il s’agit d’un mandat de deux ans, se chevauchant avec celui de l’autre Représentant-e. Cette élection visa à remplacer Kerri Scheer, afin de partager ce mandat avec Sabrina Tremblay-Huet pour la prochaine année. Les tâches liées à cette fonction sont principalement de représenter les intérêts des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs au sein des activités du conseil d’administration de l’ACDS; de communiquer des informations pertinentes aux étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs (par exemple : opportunités de financement) par courriel ou médias sociaux, ou par le bulletin de nouvelles de l’ACDS; de coordonner le financement étudiant pour les colloques de l’ACDS; et d’organiser les évènements sociaux pour les étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs dans le contexte des colloques de l’ACDS. Si vous êtes intéressé-e-s à soumettre votre candidature pour cette fonction, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Sabrina à l’adresse, incluant une courte biographie et une déclaration d’intérêt, avant le 19 mai 2017. L’élection aura lieu par l’entremise d’un vote en ligne, du 22 mai au 2 juin. Veuillez noter qu’il vous faut être membre de l’ACDS pour servir à titre de Représentant-e des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs.


Best / Au plaisir,


Sabrina Tremblay-Huet

CLSA Graduate Student Representative

Représentante des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l'ACDS

CLSA Graduate Student Representative 2017 Election

Thu, 2017-04-06 15:10 -- manager

Dear CLSA grad students,


As the Annual Meeting is fast approaching, so is the election for the CLSA Graduate Student Representative position. This is a two-year mandate, overlapping with the mandate of the other Graduate Student Representative. The current election will seek to replace Kerri Scheer, in order to share this mandate with Sabrina Tremblay-Huet for the upcoming year. The tasks related to this position are mainly to represent the interests of graduate students within the activities of the CLSA board; to communicate relevant information to graduate students (e.g.: funding opportunities) by email or social media, or through the CLSA newsletter; to coordinate student funding for CLSA meetings; and to organize social graduate student events in the context of the CLSA meetings. If you interested in submitting your candidacy for this position, please email Sabrina, with a short bio and statement of interest, before May 19th, 2017. The election will be held through online voting, from May 22nd to June 2nd. Please note that you must be a CLSA member to act as Graduate Student Representative.

Contemporary Challenges in Constitutional Theory-University of Liverpool

Tue, 2017-04-04 11:31 -- manager

Please find attached call for papers for an upcoming workshop, to be held by the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, on 19th-20th June 2017.

The theme of the workshop is ’Contemporary Challenges in Constitutional Theory’. We hope to provide a valuable opportunity for those researching in constitutional theory to receive feedback on their work from an assembled panel of experts, chaired by Professor Neil Walker, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, University of Edinburgh. We also invite submissions from those who would not necessarily identify as ‘theorists’, but feel they might benefit from feedback on a particular theoretical element of a work in progress.

The deadline for submissions is 30th April.


Mon, 2017-03-27 15:20 -- manager


University of New Brunswick Peace and Friendship Treaty Days 2017

Colloquium – October 23-24, 2017

Fredericton Campus, University of New Brunswick

2017 is the 150th anniversary of the passage of the British North America Act (now known as the Constitution Act, 1867) which united two British colonies in the Maritimes with the colony of Canada. The dominant story of Confederation begins with a meeting of colonial delegates in Charlottetown, PEI in September of 1864, originally to discuss the union of the Maritime colonies; this meeting was followed by a conference in Quebec City in October of 1864 and a meeting of colonial delegates with British officials in London in December of 1866. In the dominant story, Canadian Confederation is the 150-year-old creation of a number of white, male delegates of the colonies and white, male British government officials.

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.

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 a colloquium as part of the University of New Brunswick’s 3rd annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days. We are seeking the submission of abstracts for papers and proposals for panels to 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.

Part of the purpose of Peace and Friendship Treaty Days is to raise awareness of the Peace and Friendship Treaties among New Brunswick political and social leaders, government officials, and New Brunswick citizens generally, as part of educating all New Brunswickers about the treaties; papers and panels should therefore be aimed at this broader audience. We also intend to publish a selection of papers based on the presentations as a follow-up to the colloquium.

Abstracts should be approximately 250 words and should be sent to by June 30, 2017.  We look forward to your submissions.

Tenure-Track Position in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South

Mon, 2017-03-06 17:32 -- manager

Tenure-Track Position in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South


The Department of History and the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, seek applications for a tenure-track cross-appointment in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South.  We welcome applications from scholars with research in law and society in colonial, postcolonial, international, transnational, or comparative contexts.  Research specialties may include, but are not limited to: transitional justice, empire and the law, peace and conflict studies, legal pluralism, and law in everyday social life and informal contexts.  Applicants must have a Ph.D., or be near completion of a doctoral degree, in History, Political Science, or a relevant discipline.  The successful candidate will be housed in one of the two departments and will contribute to the interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society.


Applications must consist of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and should be addressed to the Hiring Committee. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to:


Dr. Peter Gossage
Chair, Department of History
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
LB 1001.05
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1M8


Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2017. Completed applications are due by April 7, 2017, after which assessment will immediately begin. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Gossage or to Dr. Marlene Sokolon, Chair, Department of Political


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity.