Call for Papers and Conferences

Contemporary Challenges in Constitutional Theory-University of Liverpool

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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.


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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.

Call for Papers for Mexico City meeting with LSA June 20-23, 2017

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Re. Call for Papers for Mexico City meeting with LSA June 20-23, 2017
We are pleased to announce that we are able to entertain a limited number of additional proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the CLSA’s annual meeting in Mexico City in June 2017. 
If you are interested, please do the following:
1) By November 21, send Nicole O’Byrne ( a Word document for your paper or panel that contains the following information: 

1. Title
2. Author(s)— for panels, distinguish between presenting and non-presenting co-authors 
3. Abstract (minimum 1500 characters for complete panels —the system won’t accept anything less)
4. Keyword selection (Primary keyword should be Canadian Law and Society, secondary should come from this list:

2) Each presenter must also set up a profile in the LSA system The panel can’t be entered into the system unless each presenter already has a profile set up. 

Call for Papers for an edited collection on Rape Culture on Canadian University Campuses

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Call for Papers for an edited collection on Rape Culture on Canadian University Campuses

Edited by Diane Crocker, Joanne Minaker, Amanda Nelund

In recent years, universities across the country have faced widely reported scandals attributed to “rape culture” on campus. While sexual violence and harassment have been issues for many years, it seems that incidents are beginning to garner more public attention and scrutiny. The wake of these incidents has generated a flurry of activity, including provincial legislation and university level policy and programming. This collection seeks to add scholarly voices to the national conversation occurring around this issue. The book will include chapters that address rape culture, sexual violence/harassment and safety on university campuses.

We invite empirical papers that document the nature of the problem, its effects, or efforts to change, prevent, or respond to rape culture on campus. We particularly invite research that documents students' experiences or universities policies or programs. We also welcome conceptual work that grapples with the meaning of rape culture, especially work that applies feminist theory to questions associated with violence, rape culture, and the post-secondary educational landscape. We encourage submissions from scholars working in a variety of fields to bring different perspectives to the many facets of rape culture and sexual violence. Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press has reached out to one of the editors and discussed the development of a book proposal.

The editors will develop the proposal based on submissions to this call for papers. Abstract Submission Process: Interested contributors should send a 300-400 word abstract and 100 word bio by Dec 12 2016 to

Book editors: Amanda Nelund is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at MacEwan University. She has published on the use of restorative justice for gendered violence and feminist contributions to public criminology. Joanne Minaker is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at MacEwan University. Her scholarly work examines the relationship between care and social justice. Her socio-legal research focuses attention on marginalized groups, such as criminalized youth (Youth, Crime and Society, 2009) and criminalized women (Criminalized Mothers, Criminalizing Mothering, 2015). Diane Crocker is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University. Her research focuses on the use of law and regulation to address social problems, particularly those that affect women. She is currently completing a project exploring students’ experiences of university rape culture.

2017 CLSA Annual Meeting and Membership Registration-Réunion annuelle de l’ACDS et renouvellement d’adhésion

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(La version française suit ci-dessous)

2017 Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Meeting and Membership Registration #LSMEX17

Call for Papers

The program committee of the Canadian Law and Society Association invites submissions for its Annual Conference to be held during the International Meeting on law and society in Mexico City. The theme “Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World” offers an opportunity to explore a range of timely socio-legal questions.

We welcome proposals for papers in any area of Law and Society and socio-legal scholarship. We encourage participants to submit suggestions for complete panels and roundtables. 

Please include “CLSA” in the title of your roundtable proposal and “Canadian studies” as keywords in your submissions, where appropriate.

Where: Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico City, Mexico

When: June 20 - 23 2017

Deadline: October 18th 2016 - submit through LSA System:

Also, please forward panel and paper proposals by email attachment to Nicole O’Byrne, CLSA Vice-President (Conferences) at  Please put your last name and the words “CLSA submission” in the subject line.

Membership registration

Please renew your membership for 2017. The benefits of membership include a subscription to the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, participation in the Association’s meetings, and our informative biennial newsletter. The fees are $140 for regular individual memberships, $30 for students, post-docs, sessionals and the unwaged, and $50 for emeritus memberships.

To renew your membership, please visit our website:


Réunion annuelle de l’Association canadienne Droit et Société (2017) et renouvellement d’adhésion #LSMEX17

Appel de communications

Le comité des programmes de l’ACDS vous invite à soumettre vos contributions en vue de sa Conférence annuelle qui se tiendra au cours de la réunion internationale sur le droit et la société à Mexico. Le thème "Les murs, les frontières et les ponts: Law and Society dans un monde interconnecté» offre l'occasion d'explorer une gamme de questions socio-juridiques en temps opportun.

Toutes contributions relatives aux disciplines s’intéressant au droit et société, ainsi qu’aux recherches sociojuridiques sont bienvenues. L’Association encourage les participants à soumettre leurs contributions pour des présentations individuelles et des tables rondes.

S'il vous plaît inclure «CLSA» dans le titre de votre proposition et table ronde «Canadian Studies» comme mots-clés dans vos mémoires, le cas échéant.

Lieu : Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico City, Mexico

Dates du colloque : du 20-23 juin 2017

Échéancier : le 18 octobre 2016

Pour soumettre, visitez le système électronique du LSA :

En outre, toutes les communications doivent être soumises en pièces jointes, par courrier électronique, à Nicole O’Byrne, vice-présidente (conférences) de l’ACDS à  Veuillez indiquer votre nom de famille, ainsi que les mots Contributions ACDS dans le champ « Objet ».

Renouvellement d’adhésion

Veuillez songer à renouveler votre adhésion pour 2017. Parmi les avantages d’adhésion sont un abonnement à la Revue canadienne droit et société, participation aux réunions de l’Association, et notre bulletin biennal. Les frais sont 140$ (pour membres réguliers), 30$ (pour étudiants, post-doctorants, ch. de cours ou sans emploi) et 50$ (pour émérites).

Pour renouveler votre adhésion, visitez

CALL FOR PAPERS-Histories of the Surveillance Society: Transnational Contexts

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Histories of the Surveillance Society: Transnational Contexts
Edited by Robert Heynen and Emily van der Meulen

A growing number of scholars have argued that today we live in a ‘surveillance society,’ suggesting that, especially with the spread of digital technologies, surveillance and data collection have become globally ubiquitous, driving everything from state security practices to consumer culture. This is the context for the emergence of the field of surveillance studies, which has expanded enormously over the past twenty years. But how new is this surveillance society? What are its dimensions, and how have they come into being internationally?

A small but expanding body of scholarship has traced important histories, showing that many surveillance practices are not as novel as sometimes thought. Indeed, important works have been published on histories of medical surveillance (Cartwright 1995; Fairchild et al. 2007), surveillant criminology (Sekula 1986; Cole 2001; Finn 2009), and the emergence of practices of identification (Torpey 2000; Caplan & Torpey 2001; Groebner 2007; Bennett & Lyon 2008; About et al. 2013). We have also seen an opening up of perspectives from outside the European and Anglo-American worlds (Anderson 2004; McCoy 2009; Breckenridge 2014), and from Indigenous perspectives (K. Smith 2009).

This collection seeks to further broaden and deepen these emerging historical perspectives, and to break new ground in thinking about how histories of surveillance have shaped modern social systems over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. The approach of the volume is global, incorporating transnational perspectives and work from the global South. How has surveillance shaped the emergence of modern mass industrial societies, capitalism, and colonialism? What role have new media and information technologies played in this process? In what ways are various people and populations differentially targeted by and implicated in these surveillance practices?

We encourage submissions from scholars working in surveillance studies, but also those outside the field seeking to rethink their work through the lens of surveillance. We particularly encourage submissions that draw on critical literature engaging with gender, race and racialization, labour, disability, sexuality, and class.

Chapter topics may include, but are not limited to:

- The historical role of new media and information technologies (e.g., photography, film, databases) in the shaping of various global systems of surveillance

- The role of both state and non-state forms of surveillance in histories of intra- or transnational migration (e.g., identification systems, border control mechanisms, status/non-status peoples)  

- Histories of medical surveillance, including of specific diseases and blood borne viruses (e.g., tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections), and the differential targeting of various bodies

- The constitution of disability through regimes of surveillance, including eugenic identifications, interventions, and regulations

- Cultural representations and engagements with surveillance, including but not limited to literature, film, visual art, and popular culture

- Capitalism, labour, and surveillance, in particular in relation to accumulation by dispossession, poor and vagrancy laws, workers and labour processes, and Marx’s and Marxist approaches

- State surveillance of political movements and dissidents (e.g., Red scares and anti-Communism, COINTELPRO, suppression of national liberation struggles, dirty wars in Latin America and elsewhere, dissent in the Eastern Bloc, surveillance in authoritarian states)

- The production of gendered subjects and the elaboration of gender binaries, including the policing and surveillance of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming bodies

- Histories of criminology, including the development of policing, growth of penal systems, and the extension of biometric practices (e.g., crainometry, physiognomy, fingerprinting)

- Surveillant strategies of colonial governance and the elaboration of racialized hierarchies, including colonial policing and military, labour exploitation, and settler practices  

- Architecture, urban planning, and surveillance, in particular how these are shaped by the specific power dynamics at play in different global locations and historical periods

- Systems of identity and registration (e.g., the Koseki system in Japan, pass laws in South Africa and elsewhere, criminal registries of specific populations)

- Resistance, resilience, and responses to the various practices of surveillance outlined above, including how forms of counter-surveillance or sousveillance have been used in emancipatory social and political projects, and the role of surveillance in radical and revolutionary movements

Abstract submission:

Interested contributors should send a 300-400 word abstract and 100 word bio by Nov. 10th, 2016 Notification of abstract acceptance will be Dec. 15th, 2016. And completed 6,000-8,000 word chapter drafts will be due by July 1st, 2017.

Book editors:

Robert Heynen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University, Canada. He is co-editor of 'Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance' (University of Toronto Press, 2016) and author of 'Degeneration and Revolution: Radical Cultural Politics and the Body in Weimar Germany' (Brill, 2015).

Emily van der Meulen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University, Canada. She is co-editor of 'Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance' (University of Toronto Press, 2016) and 'Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada' (University of British Columbia Press, 2013).

Reconciliation through Education

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The CLSA is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship of this upcoming event in Fredericton: 

Reconciliation through Education
Featuring a workshop with Jennifer Brant, Program Coordinator, Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program, Ph.D candidate in Education Studies, Brock University 
A screening of “Our Sisters in Spirit,” a documentary created by Nick Printup while a student in the Niagara College Broadcasting, Radio, Television & Film program. This film has only been accessible through screenings at festivals and before specific audiences, including the RCMP. It profiles the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and features commentators including Sophie Trudeau. 
30 September 2016, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall, St. Thomas University  
Refreshments available beginning at 9 am. Doors will close temporarily at 9:30 for Elders' opening. 
L'ACDS est heureuse d'annoncer son coparrainage de l'événement suivant qui se tiendra à Fredericton : 
L'éducation au service de la réconciliation
Avec la présentation d'un atelier par Jennifer Brant, coordonnatrice de programme, Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women's Certificate Program, doctorante en Education Studies, de l'Université Brock 
Le visionnement du documentaire "Our Sisters in Spirit", réalisé par Nick Printup alors qu'il était étudiant au Niagara College Broadcasting, Radio, Television & Film program. Ce film a été accessible uniquement à l'occasion de festivals et à des auditoires spécifiques, y compris la GRC. Il décrit la crise touchant les femmes autochtones disparues ou assassinées et inclut différents commentateurs, dont Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau. 
Le 30 septembre 2016, de 9 h 30 à 11 h 30
Auditorium Kinsella, Pavillon McCain, Université St-Thomas  
Des rafraîchissements seront offerts à partir de 9 h. Les portes fermeront temporairement à 9 h 30 pour l'ouverture des Aînés. 

CALL FOR PAPERS Book Title: Socio-Legal Imaginations: A Field in Development

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Book Title: Socio-Legal Imaginations: A Field in Development
This edited book collection critically explores theoretical developments in the emerging field of socio-legal
studies. In contrast to doctrinal legal scholarship, which primarily focuses on law as a system of rules and
regulations, the field of socio-legal studies complicates the role of law by conceptualizing its
discourse/knowledges, codes, and techniques as playing an important role in mutually constituting relations of
power, subjectivity, and identity.
By drawing specifically on governmentally, post-structuralism, feminism, critical race and post-colonial theory,
queer theory and critical sexuality studies, legal pluralism and/or legal consciousness, contributing chapters will
critically engage with one or more of the following questions:
- How does law’s power mutually constitute classed, gendered, sexed, racialized and ethicized bodies in
historically specific ways?
- How does law’s power (re)-produce and/or maintain dominant social structures, such as colonialism,
patriarchy, heteronormative hegemony, or capitalism?
- How does the law inhibit or facilitate dissent, social mobilization and resistance?
Topics may include, but are not limited to: Citizenship, Borders and Migration; Crime, Security, and
Governance; Critical Disability Studies; Globalization and Human Rights; Global Justice and Social
Transformation; Law, Culture and Humanities: LGBTQ issues; Policing, Surveillance, and Technology;
Indigenous Sovereignty
BOOK OBJECTIVE: This book aims to challenge the prevailing misperceptions that socio-legal studies is
another way to refer to the study of doctrinal law or that it exists only as a sub-discipline within sociology. By
exploring the original work of current and emerging scholars in socio-legal studies, this book will reveal how
scholars are establishing the discipline as a distinct and independent field of critical scholarship through the
development of social-legal theory and its application to contemporary social issues.
PUBLISHER: The book will be published with a reputable academic publishing house. We are currently
negotiating with the University of British Columbia press. The publication is expected to be released in 2018.
DEADLINES: Abstract submission deadline: September 23rd, 2016
Proposal acceptance notification: November 25th, 2016
Full chapter submission: June 16th, 2017
> Title of contribution
> Abstract (350 words) and Keywords
> Brief Bio of Author & Contact Information (Name, institution, and mailing address)
*Final chapters are to be a maximum of 8000 words (not including bibliography/appendices). Contributions must
be original and unpublished, and not submitted for publication elsewhere.
EDITORS: Mariful Alam (York University), Pat Dwyer (York University), Katrin Roots (York University) & Dr.
James Williams (York University)
CONTACT: For additional information, please contact Patrick Dwyer:

CLSA Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize-Le Prix Roderick A. Macdonald dédié à la mémoire du renommé professeur canadien ACDS

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Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize.

The inaugural ACDS-CLSA 2016 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize dedicated to the legacy of a well-known Canadian scholar is inviting submissions. Under a generic name, this prize has been awarded annually for the best essay on a topic in law and society written by a graduate student at a Canadian university.

Graduate students at Canadian universities are invited to submit papers in English or French on socio-legal issues, past, present and future. Papers should be approximately 8000 words long and should be submitted in .doc or .docx format. Papers must be submitted by March 30, 2016 to Josephine Savarese (, Chair of the ACDS-CLSA Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize Committee. The prize winner will be announced during the Congress 2016 meetings of the ACDS-CLSA in Calgary, Alberta. We welcome your submissions.

Le Prix Roderick A. Macdonald dédié à la mémoire du renommé professeur canadien. 

Pour la première fois en 2016, l’ACDS-CLSA annonce le Prix Roderick A. Macdonald dédié à la mémoire du renommé professeur canadien du même nom et lance une invitation à la soumission de candidatures. Ce prix a été attribué annuellement par le passé sous un nom générique afin de récompenser le meilleur essai sur un sujet portant sur le droit et la société écrit par une étudiante ou un étudiant inscrit aux études supérieures dans une université canadienne. Les étudiantes et étudiants sont invités à soumettre un essai écrit en anglais ou en français portant sur l’une ou l’autre question passée, présente ou future d’ordre sociolégal. Les essais devraient compter au plus 8000 mots et soumis en format .doc ou .docx. Les essais doivent être soumis au plus tard le 30 mars 2016 à Josephine Savarese (, présidente du comité pour le prix Roderick A. Macdonald de l’ACDSCLSA pour un essai écrit par une étudiante ou un étudiant aux études supérieures. La ou le récipiendaire du prix sera annoncé lors de la rencontre de l’ACDS-CLSA qui aura lieu dans le cadre du Congrès 2016 à Calgary, Alberta. Nous sommes prêts à recevoir vos soumissions.

Call for Submissions - 2016-The Quebec Journal of International Law-RQDI

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Call for Submissions - 2016



The Quebec Journal of International Law (RQDI: Revue québécoise de droit international) is seeking manuscripts for the preparation of its upcoming issues. Since its inception, the journal’s mission is to report on research and practice in the field of international law within the public, private and compared area, in French, English and Spanish. With this in mind, the journal publishes studies, notes and comments, and also some international jurisprudence that has influenced the practice of international law in Quebec and reviews of books on international law


The RQDI readership is made of academics, lawyers, legal practitioners and students from around the world. Law and public administration libraries as well as many Canadian, American and European universities, make up an important part of the institutional subscribers to the Journal. The RQDI is also a reference guide for companies, law firms and lawyers working in government agencies. In this perspective and in order to meet the international and diverse content needs of the Journal, the RQDI encourages contributions from academics, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students to submit manuscripts in line with its mission.


The manuscripts submitted to the RQDI are subject to an anonymous and rigorous scientific evaluation through a peer review. The Reading Committee with the assistance of the Editorial management team ensures the scientific quality of all manuscripts published by the Journal.


The articles submitted to the reading committee should count a maximum of 12 000 words, excluding footnotes. The manuscripts should be submitted under a ". Doc or. Docx" format using Microsoft Word. The Journal has taken up the writing protocol of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th Edition, and complies with the rules of the legislative drafting style of the RQDI, published by LexisNexis. In addition, the submissions must include a 300 words (max.) abstract written in English, French or Spanish.


Should you wish to submit a manuscript or contact our editorial board for further information, please send an email to