Call for Papers and Conferences

Law and the Visual—Transitions & Transformations

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Law and the Visual—Transitions & Transformations        

Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University:      7 - 8 July 2014


The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University is one of the world’s oldest and best-known research centres in interdisciplinary humanities. As part of its 2014 Annual Theme, Now Showing: Cultures, Judgements, and Research on the Digital Screen, we are calling for papers on themes of visual representations of law in history and the contemporary world, focusing in particular on moments of transition and transformation.


Over the long journey of modernity, technologies of law and technologies of the visual have been marked by their volatility and inventiveness. On the one hand, changing technologies of law – the emergence of the text, the development of legislation, the might of sovereignty, structures of colonialism, mechanisms of human rights, new modes of regulation, governance, and discipline – have continually transformed our understanding of and relationship to legality. On the other hand, changing technologies of visual representation – the development of perspective, the triumph of printing, photography, film, and video games to name a few – have equally transformed our understanding of and relationship to images. In what ways can each shed light on the other?


v  How have technologies of visual representation reflected, illuminated, and constituted ideologies of law and legality – particularly at moments of significant transition or transformation? 

v  In what way do visual representations of law throughout the pre-modern, modern and contemporary periods illuminate and challenge our understanding of the changing relationship between law, aesthetics, and power?

v  In what ways do contemporary media allow new opportunities for a cross-cultural conversation around key legal issues and conflicts?

v  How does the aesthetics and technology of the digital screen transform the representation of legal concepts such as the rule of law, sovereignty, justice, or human rights?


Only a limited number of papers can be accepted for this symposiumIt provides a rare opportunity to join an outstanding cast of international scholars in legal history, legal theory, and legal aesthetics to discuss and present exciting new work on the intersection of law and the visual. Negotiations are currently underway with possible partners for the publication of selected papers. Confirmed participants include—


*    Alison Young (University of Melbourne), criminologist; author of Judging the Image (2005), and Street Art, Public City (2014)

*    Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law), legal historian; author of Oedipus Lex (1996), and Legal Emblems (2013)

*    Richard Sherwin (New York Law School), director of the Visual Persuasion Project; author of Visualizing Law (2011)

*    Desmond Manderson (Australian National University), founding director, Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas; author of Kangaroo Courts & the Rule of Law (2011)


Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be directed to the Convenor. Please include a 75 word bio note, institutional affiliation, and contact details, and put TRANSITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS in the subject line.  Closing date for submissions is 31 March.  On-line registration will be available from the end of April.

Professor Desmond Manderson, Convenor

Humanities Research Centre, ANU


Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, July 16-19, 2014, Winnipeg, Canada

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Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars


July 16-19, 2014, Winnipeg-Canada


CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED DEADLINE: due February 17th, 2014.


Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples


The International Association of Genocide Scholars and the University of Manitoba welcome papers and sessions related to our conference theme of "Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples."Innovative panels, workshops, and papers that consider the spatial and temporal issues as applied to Indigenous genocide and its commemoration are particularly encouraged, as are comparative studies. Besides panels and papers, the organizers invite other modes of dialogue, including workshops, roundtable discussions, cultural media, artistic works/readings, and forums that relate to policy initiatives, pedagogy, and education. Scholars, practitioners, and students interested in genocide studies from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. While our theme is centered on Indigenous issues, we also encourage innovative and original papers about other genocides. As 2014 marks the 20thanniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we are eager to accept papers on this genocide.


2014 marks an important year for Winnipeg and Canada. In this year, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will open its doors to the general public. Established by Parliament through amendments to the Museums Act on March 13, 2008, which came into force on August 10, 2008, the CMHR is envisioned as a national and international destination - a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression. Also in this year, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is scheduled to release its final report, after five years of hearings and research into Canada’s history and legacy of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children through residential schools.


These momentous local developments present an opportunity for genocide scholars to visit Winnipeg and engage in discussion about colonial control over, expansion into, appropriation and settlement of Indigenous territories. Such issues raise questions of time, movement, knowledge and space in Canada and other places around the globe where Indigenous people have been victims of genocidal destruction: How do destructive processes such as genocide form and take shape over time and across space? In what ways do time, movement, territory, space, and place factor into the study of genocide? How are spaces and places mobilized in the destruction of Indigenous groups? How do the spatial and temporal aspects of colonial and settler genocide compare and contrast with those of other genocides? How does territory contribute to the persistence of groups, and from whose perspective, as well as to the mechanisms required for genocide’s redress? How might we envision new spaces for cohabitation and reconciliation in the aftermath of, or amidst ongoing, genocidal processes? And what technological and other means do institutions such as the CMHR have available to accommodate Indigenous knowledge and authentically represent Indigenous experiences of genocide?


The University of Manitoba sits in Treaty One territory and at the crossroads of the Anishnabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations. Winnipeg is thus a fitting location for our discussions, as it is a space long marked by the movements and interactions among peoples, including the destructive movements of settler colonialism. The inauguration of the CMHR and the release of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will further contribute to our conversations, as both will, in their own way, raise the spectre of genocide.


The conference will also feature a trip to Sagkeeng First Nation at the southern top of Lake Winnipeg, where it meets the Winnipeg River. We will be guests at Turtle Lodge ( Built in 2002, the Turtle Lodge is a sacred space where the local community shares their traditional knowledge, land-based spiritual teachings, ceremonies, and healing. It is a place to for the local community to connect with and educate others about Indigenous perspectives on earth, nature, and how to lead a good and peaceful life. While visiting Turtle Lodge, Elder David Courchene will introduce IAGS members to Anishnabe teachings as they relate to healing, survival, and resurgence. We will be announcing other stimulating conference events in the months to come.


Presentations proposals will be accepted in English. Paper abstracts and author biographies should be sent as an attachment to the following email


In our initial evaluation we will consider one abstract per person (if time a space permit in the conference schedule, a second abstract may be considered. This abstract must be submitted prior to the February 17, 2014 deadline but will not be evaluated until all first submissions are reviewed).


Upon acceptance of your abstract by the selection committee, participants are required to register on-line at: where IAGS and conference material will be found including information about registration. All participants must be IAGS members.


Please prepare your abstract for a 15-minute paper.


If you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract within a week of submission, please contact us


You will be informed 4 weeks from the date of submission whether your paper has been accepted or not.


Spaces are filling up, so we encourage early submissions.


Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, include full name, affiliation, a brief biography, e-mail address, using single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. They can be sent from now until February 17th 2014


Any questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Andrew Woolford, Adam Muller, and Donna-Lee Frieze at:

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, April 2014, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, April 2014, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

The Socio-Legal Studies Association of the United Kingdom is hosting its annual conference from 11 to 14 April 2014 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

In recent years the conference, which is open to all aspects of socio-legal/law and society research, has attracted an average of 350 delegates from across over two dozen countries. Delegates came from a variety of backgrounds and at different stages in their professional career, from early career researchers through to the most eminent scholars in their field. Many enduring scholarly connections have been established at the SLSA conference over the years.

It is particularly apt that the 2014 SLSA conference is to be held in Scotland as it prepares for a referendum on independence and there will be a number of themed events to mark this. Other themes and streams include Colonial Legalities, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, ADR, Gender Sexuality and Law, Family and Child Law and Policy, Access to Environmental Justice, Indigenous Minority Rights, Banking and Finance. For a full list please see the conference website.

Whilst visiting Aberdeen, delegates will have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful part of the United Kingdom and enjoy fine Scottish hospitality including a ceilidh dance and dinner at Aberdeen's newly refurbished Beach Ballroom For further information and to register for the conference please visit the following website:

Please feel free to distribute the following message and attached poster to colleagues.

Criminologie et justice sociale : perspectives critiques

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Criminologie et justice sociale: Perspectives critiques

Carleton University, 10 au 12 juin 2014


Appel à contributions

Vous êtes invités à soumettre des propositions de communications et de panels pour la quatrième édition de la conférence nationale Criminologie et justice sociale : perspectives critiques, qui se déroulera à l’Université Carleton du 10 au 12 juin 2014. Cette conférence est organisée conjointement par l’Université Carleton et par l’Université d’Ottawa, et constitue un forum privilégié pour les chercheurs, les étudiants et les intervenants dont les travaux portent un regard critique sur les enjeux relatifs à la criminologie et à la justice sociale. Au printemps dernier, la troisième édition de la conférence, tenue à l’Université d’Ottawa, a permis de regrouper plus de 80 participants en provenance d’un peu partout au Canada et à l’étranger. Nous invitons tous les chercheurs, les étudiants, les intervenants et les activistes qui s’intéressent à ces enjeux à soumettre des propositions. Nous encourageons fortement l’organisation de panels permettant de regrouper sur une même tribune chercheurs et intervenants.


Cette année, cette conférence est organisée dans les jours qui précèdent le tenue de la International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA), qui se déroulera à l’Université d’Ottawa du 13 au 15 juin 2014. Il s’agit donc d’une occasion rêvée pour combiner la participation aux deux événements dans le cadre de votre séjour à Ottawa. Pour de plus amples informations sur ICOPA, veillez consulter le site


Cette quatrième édition de la conférence est le résultat d’une collaboration entre l’Université Carleton (Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology) et l’Université d’Ottawa (Département de criminologie).


·         Reflet de la diversité politique et culturelle du paysage intellectuel canadien, les communications peuvent être présentées en anglais et en français. Nous encourageons les panels bilingues, et invitons les participants à innover en adoptant des stratégies communicationnelles établissant des ponts entre les deux traditions linguistiques.

·         Pour les propositions de communications, prière d’inclure votre nom, appartenance institutionnelle, coordonnées complètes, le titre de la communication et un résumé d’au plus 250 mots. Pour les propositions de panels, prière d’inclure les noms, appartenances institutionnelles et coordonnées complètes de tous les participants, le titre du panel et de chaque présentation, un résumé de 250 mots pour chacune des présentations, ainsi que le nom de la personne qui présidera le panel. Si vous désirez assumer la présidence d’un autre panel, veillez nous en informer.

·         La date limite pour la soumission des propositions est le 02 mars 2014. Nous vous invitons à nous informer le plus tôt possible de votre intérêt à participer à la conférence. Les participants francophones sont invités à soumettre leurs propositions ou leurs questions à Bastien Quirion :

·         La conférence a pour objectif d’inclure tous les individus intéressés par ces questions, et ne comporte donc aucun frais d’inscription. Une réception d’ouverture aura lieu dans la soirée du 10 juin 2014. Nous espérons que vous répondrez en grand nombre à cette invitation. Des informations concernant l’inscription, l’hébergement et les autres activités suivront sous peu.


4th Annual Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice

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Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice

Call for Papers

We invite proposals for papers and panels for the Fourth Annual National Conference on Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice, to be held at Carleton University from Tuesday June 10 through Thursday June 12, as a joint initiative of Carleton and the University of Ottawa. The conference is an annual forum for Canadian and international critical scholars and people in the broader community, examining criminological and social justice issues. The third annual conference last spring at the University of Ottawa was the biggest and best yet, and featured over 80 papers and presenters from across Canada and beyond. Scholars, graduate students, practitioners, and activists are invited to apply. Joint panels involving both academics and people from the broader community working on related issues are particularly encouraged. Note that this year, our conference will be held immediately before the International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA), which will be at the University of Ottawa from Friday June 13 through Sunday June 15. For details, see<> .


The Critical Perspectives meetings are being convened by the Department of Law and Legal Studies, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University, and the Department of Criminology in association with the Laboratory for Justice Studies and Research at the University of Ottawa. 

•                Reflecting the cultural and political diversity of Canadian intellectual landscape, papers may be presented in either French or English. We encourage bilingual panels, and invite participants to innovate in adopting bridge-building communication strategies in order to limit the linguistic divide. 

•                For individual papers, please include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, the title of your paper and an abstract of up to 250 words. For panels, please include the names, institutional affiliations, contact information, paper titles and abstracts of up to 250 words for each paper, and, if possible, a designated chair. If you are willing to participate as a panel chair for another session, please also let us know. 

•                Our firm deadline is March 2, 2014. Early expressions of interest are encouraged. English participants are asked to forward proposals by email to conference administrative co-ordinator Deborah Conners at and questions to Deborah and/or Aaron Doyle at French participants are asked to forward questions or proposals by e-mail to Bastien Quirion at 

•                The conference aims to be inclusive and there is no registration fee. There will be an informal opening reception the evening of Tuesday June 10. We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa for this national meeting of critical scholars and practitioners. Information on conference registration, accommodation and other activities will follow.

Call for Papers: 2014 Osgoode Forum

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We would like to invite all scholars, activists, and artists in Law and other disciplines whose research touches on or intersects with Law to submit abstracts for the 2014 Osgoode Forum – Osgoode Hall Law School’s Annual Graduate Student Conference.  This year’s theme is “Law, Dissent, and Power”.  The Forum will take place on May 10-11, 2014, with an optional welcome dinner on May 9, 2014, in Down Town Toronto.  For complete information please see out website


Abstract Submission: January 31, 2014  -  Paper Draft: May 1, 2014

Please send your abstract and papers, with the subject line “2014 GLSA Forum” and “abstract” or “paper draft” (as appropriate) to

Call for Presentations! Open Doors: Teaching and Learning Law for Justice

Mon, 2014-01-13 20:19 -- manager

Canadian Association of Law Teachers Conference 2014

Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

June 7-8, 2014


Legal education is a forum for considerations of justice as well as a path towards implementing justice in Canadian society. In recognition of this crucial role of legal education, several reports and academic articles have recently called for increased attention to access to justice issues in the context of legal education. The 2014 CALT conference will explore questions related to how law teachers and programs of legal education can promote access to justice and support ethical responsibilities around justice. We encourage conference presentations that explore this theme and related questions such as: How might diverse understandings of access to justice influence or direct legal pedagogy and student learning? What sorts of learning opportunities in legal education programs will contribute to access to justice objectives? In what other ways can law teachers and legal education programs facilitate access to justice? Are barriers to accessing legal education and the legal profession undermining access to justice? What are the roles of law teachers and formal institutions of legal education in responding to changes in the regulation of access to the profession? The conference will foster discussion of understandings of access to justice and of how we incorporate those understandings into law teaching and learning.


CALT invites proposals for the following:

individual project presentations, panels and roundtables on the theme of access to justice and legal education
proposals for teaching and learning workshops focusing on pedagogical innovation, particularly those that include active and experiential learning
proposals for subject-area teaching roundtables
short presentations of 5 minutes on teaching tips, avoidable disasters, and questions for reflection that will stimulate ongoing discussions at the conference.


Proposals should be a maximum of 250 words and may be submitted in French or English. We invite speakers and panels to present in either or both languages.


CALT is holding its annual conference in conjunction with the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA) in 2014 at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  CLSA’s conference will begin on June 6, with June 7 designated as an overlap day for the two conferences and June 8 devoted to CALT. We are planning a joint graduate student workshop and lunch, and a joint CALT / CLSA dinner on June 7.


Please submit your paper, panel or workshop proposals by January 31, 2014 to:

Jennifer Koshan, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary  – indicate “CALT proposal” in the subject line please.


Appel de présentations! Portes ouvertes : enseigner et apprendre le droit pour la justice

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Colloque 2014 de l’Association canadienne des professeurs de droit

Faculté de droit, Université du Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

7 et 8 juin 2014


L’éducation juridique constitue un forum pour les considérations reliées à la justice ainsi qu’un cheminement vers la mise en œuvre de la justice au sein de la société canadienne. Reconnaissant ce rôle crucial que joue l’éducation juridique, plusieurs rapports et articles savants ont récemment réclamé qu’une attention accrue soit portée aux enjeux de l’accès à la justice dans le contexte de l’éducation juridique. Le colloque 2014 de l’ACPD explorera les questions reliées aux façons dont les professeurs de droit et les programmes d’éducation juridique peuvent promouvoir l’accès à la justice et soutenir les responsabilités éthiques relatives à la justice. Nous vous encourageons à offrir des présentations qui explorent ce thème et les questions connexes, comme : comment les compréhensions diverses de l’accès à la justice influencent-elles ou dirigent-elles la pédagogie juridique et l’apprentissage des étudiants ? Quelles sortes d’occasions d’apprentissage au sein de programmes d’éducation juridique contribueront à atteindre les objectifs de l’accès à la justice ? De quelles autres façons les professeurs de droit et les programmes d’éducation juridique facilitent-ils l’accès à la justice ? Les obstacles à l’accès à l’éducation et à la profession d’avocat nuisent-ils à l’accès à la justice ? Quels sont les rôles des professeurs de droit et des institutions formelles d’éducation juridique dans la réponse aux changements apportés à la réglementation de l’accès à la profession ? Le colloque favorisera les discussions portant sur ces compréhensions de l’accès à la justice et sur la façon dont nous intégrons ces compréhensions dans nos enseignements et nos apprentissages.


L’ACPD vous invite à soumettre des propositions :

Présentations de projets individuels, de panels et de tables rondes sur le thème de l’accès à la justice et de l’éducation juridique.
Propositions d’ateliers sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage qui mettent l’accent sur l’innovation pédagogique, en particulier ceux qui comprennent un apprentissage actif et expérientiel.
Propositions pour des tables rondes sur l’enseignement de matières.
Présentations brèves de 5 minutes sur des trucs d’enseignement, des désastres évitables et des questions de réflexion qui stimuleront les discussions continues lors du colloque.


Les propositions d’un maximum de 250 mots peuvent être soumises en anglais ou en français. Nous invitons les conférenciers à présenter dans la langue de leur choix ou dans les deux.


L’ACPD organise son colloque annuel en conjonction avec l’Association canadienne Droit et Société (ACDS) en 2014 à la faculté de droit de l’Université du Manitoba, qui célèbre cette année son centenaire. Le colloque de l’ACDS commencera le 6 juin, le 7 juin sera une journée commune aux deux colloques et le colloque de l’ACPD se poursuivra le 8. Nous prévoyons organiser un atelier et un dîner conjoint pour les étudiants aux cycles supérieurs ainsi qu’un souper de l’ACPD et de l’ACDS le 7 juin.

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions d’articles, de panels ou d’ateliers d’ici le 31 janvier 2014 à :

Jennifer Koshan, Faculté de droit, Université de Calgary – Veuillez écrire « Proposition ACPD » dans la ligne objet.


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

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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.   

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

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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