Call for Papers: Sociolegal Conversations across a Sea of Islands

Call for Papers:

Building  on a phrase coined by noted Polynesian scholar Epeli Hau‘ofa, our conference  theme alludes both to the location of our meeting in Hawai‘i with its complex  cultural and legal terrain and contemporary struggles over sovereignty and indigenous rights; and to the uniqueness of this opportunity for scholars from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America, and other world regions to
engage in conversation. So we seek papers, panels, and roundtables aimed at
stimulating conversations that will build bridges across the seas of law and
society and at the same time redirect their currents; about issues and ideas
that are at once locally grounded and globally relevant; that seek to make the
familiar strange and the strange familiar; that cross national, cultural, and
disciplinary boundaries.

Our theme is broad, encompassing socio-legal concerns both familiar (such as courts and litigation, legal education, health, legal pluralism) and novel (such as
indigenous peoples, finance and economy, war and human security, immigration, counter-terrorism, transnational regulation, globalization, and
recolonization).  Please see below for a non-exhaustive list of possible
topics.  They are examples only.  Other law and society topics are welcome.

Possible Topics:

  • Courts and litigation, including the recent flourishing of new kinds of judicial mechanisms (e.g. constitutional and administrative courts) and the importation of others (e.g. juries and lay judges).
  • The training of a highly qualified, independent, and incorruptible
  • Gender issues in law and society.
  • Legal education and the legal profession, the careers of lawyers, and recent trends aimed at reform or transformation of training and credentialing.
  • Indigenous peoples, including their connection to such issues as human rights, natural resources, migration, self-government, children, adoption, and identity. The Program Committee encourages papers and panels in which the experiences of
    native peoples in Hawaii are connected to experiences of indigenous peoples in other world regions, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Religion and law; new theories of secularism; religious and secular law.
  • Regulation, including new forms of non-governmental and trans-national regulatory approaches and their relationship to traditional national regulatory mechanisms.
  • Health, including HIV-AIDS, healthcare policy, aging.
  • Financial markets, trade, foreign investment, and the global impact of the financial crisis in a broad range of areas that are of interest to sociolegal scholars.
  • Immigration and the unprecedented flows of workers across national boundaries throughout the world.
  • Human security, violence, war, dispossession, refugees.
  • Security, technologies of security, governmentality, counter-terrorism.
  • East-West dialogue concerning different legal orders and models of law; impact of globalization on different legal traditions.
  • New concepts of legal pluralism and legal culture in relation to new forms of legal ordering.
  • Colonialism, globalization, and recolonization.
  • The United Nations and other transnational bodies, especially in relation to global governance, international conflict, and peacekeeping.

Deadline for submission of proposals is December 6, 2011.

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