January 17, 2018

CFP: Representations of Law, Justice, and the Subject in "Engrenages" @Engrenages

From the mailbox:

CALL FOR PAPERS
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW – REVUE
INTERNATIONALE DE SÉMIOTIQUE JURIDIQUE
http://www.springer.com/law/journal/11196/PSE

Editor-in-chief: Anne WAGNER
Université Lille – Nord de France
Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue
valwagnerfr@yahoo.com

Special issue:
Representations of Law, Justice and the Subject in Engrenages
This is a call for papers for a forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of the Semiotics of Law/Revue international de Sémiotique juridique, the leading international journal on legal semiotics.
The special issue will be devoted to exploring legal themes, representations, and images in the French television series Engrenages (known to English-speaking audiences as ‘Spiral’).
We therefore invite proposals for papers exploring themes from all six series of Engrenages including (but not necessarily limited to):
 Portrayal of the relationships between branches of the justice system in Engrenages and/or how these are symbolized by relationships between the characters;
 Portrayals of norm-transgression (which might include crime, corruption, and/or non-legal transgressionse.g. of roles, or norms of expected behaviour);
 Portrayals of violence;
 Imagery/discourses of the human body (living and/or dead);
 Interpretations of gender and/or sexuality;
 Representations of ethnicity, race, and/or migrants;
 Representations of sex work/sex workers.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be emailed to the guest editors, Dr Mary Neal (mary.neal@strath.ac.uk), Professor Peter Robson (peter.robson@strath.ac.uk), and Dr Sylvie Da Lomba (Sylvie.da-lomba@strath.ac.uk) by 28 February 2018. Decisions will be made by 15 April 2018, with submission of full papers due by 30 January 2019 and publication of the special issue anticipated in 2019/20.

ISA RCSL PODGÒRECKI PRIZE 2018: Call for Nominations

From the mailbox:

CALL FOR NOMINATIONSISA RCSL PODGÒRECKI PRIZE 2018 FOR YOUNG SCHOLAR’S PUBLICATION The Podgòrecki Prize The ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Law established the Podgòrecki Prize in 2004, to honour the memory of Adam Podgòrecki, the founding father of RCSL and a leading figure within the inter­national sociological community. The Prize Committee awards the prize annually for outstanding achievements in socio-legal research, in alternate years for either distinguished and out­standing lifetime achievements, or outstanding scholarship of a socio-legal researcher at an earlier stage of his or her career.  The prize for emerging socio-legal scholars will be a commemorative certificate and a money prize, to honour and encourage colleagues that have yet to leave a mark on the international level of production of socio-legal research but who have published one or more significant works within no later than 10 years of his or her doctorate. Publications can be in any language. For works in languages other than those familiar to the Prize Committee, the nominations should give some indication of the value of the work and provide selected translations. To consider works in less well-known languages, the Prize Committee can co-opt and consult other members of the research committee. General information about the prize and the Podgò­recki Prize rules can be found at:
http://rcsl.iscte.pt/rcsl_apodgpr.htm Call for 2018 nominationsIn 2018, the Prize will be awarded for an outstanding published study by an emerging socio-legal scholar. Previous winners of this prize have been Leonidas Cheliotis (2016), Iker Barbero (2014), Fatima Kastner and Stefan Larsson (2012), Flora di Donato (2010), Liora Israël (2008) and Kiyoshi Hasegawa (2006). The Study may be in the form of a book, an article or a series of articles. Nominations of emerging socio-legal scholars are invited for the 2018 Podgòrecki Prize. Candidates are eligible if they have published one or more significant works within 10 years of their doc­torate. Nominations require support from at least two members of the RCSL. Publications can be in any language. For works in languages other than those known by the prize committee, the nominations should ideally provide selected translations. It is desirable, but not essential, that nominees are members of RCSL. Nominations must include:the candidate’s CVa short statement from each nominator on the value of the candidate’s workcopies of relevant publications The members of the 2018 Podgòrecki Prize Com­mittee are Professor Hakan Hyden (Chair, Sweden), Professor Stefan Machura (U.K.) and Professor Susan Sterett (U.S.A.).

Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the committee, Hakan Hyden (hakan.hyden@soclaw.lu.se) to be received by 1 May 2018. The prize will be awarded at the ISA World Congress in Lisbon 10-13 September, 2018. 

ICYMI: The Art of Law: Three Centuries of Justice Depicted (Lannoo Publishers, 2016) @Lannoo

ICYMI: Vanessa Paumen, Tine van Poucke, Stefan Huygebaert, and Georges Martyn have published The Art of Law: Three Centuries of Justice Depicted (Lammoo Publishers, 2016).  Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents (English).
'Law is an art, and the title The Art of Law reflects this concept: law reflected in art and law as an art.' Till-Holger Borchert, Director of Musea Brugge &; Renaat Landuyt, Mayor of the City of Bruges During the late-medieval period, law courts frequently commissioned paintings to grace their Aldermen chambers. Among the favourite themes were the so-called exempla iustitiae, examples of 'good' and 'bad' justice, derived from Biblical, historical and legendary tales. It was not until the Renaissance that the well-known image of Lady Justice took shape, recognised by her scales, sword and blindfold. In this book, depictions of the Last Judgement and other justice scenes, as well as allegories and visualisations of (sometimes gruesome) torture and execution practices are placed within an art-historical and legal-historical context. The authors' approaches to the highly popular theme of law and justice will appeal to both experts and novices with the subjects. For the exhibition, more than 120 works from Belgian and international collections, including private collections, are brought together, with masterpieces from Bruges forming the core of the exhibition.

Here is a link to a description of the book (original Dutch).

January 16, 2018

"Black Lightning," a New Superhero Show, Debuts on the CW @blacklightning @TheCW

Jason Johnson reviews the new superhero show, Black Lightning, for The Root. As he points out, it's not the first black superhero show to make it to the small screen, but he thinks it's the best by far.

More about Black Lightning: Variety's review here, THR's review here, Matt Webb Mitovich's  review for TVLine here.

The show premieres January 16 at 9 p.m., 8 Central time, on the CW. It stars Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) as Jefferson Pierce, the hero of the title, Christine Adams as his ex-wife Lynn, James Remar as Pierce's sidekick Peter Gambi, Damon Gupton as Inspector Henderson, and Marvin "Krondon" Jones, III, as Tobias Whale, Black Lightning's nemesis.

Fitzpatrick and Varghese on Scalia in the Casebooks @VanderbiltU

Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt Law School, and Paulson Varghese, Vanderbilt Law School (Students), are publishing Scalia in the Casebooks in volume 84 of the University of Chicago law Review. Here is the abstract.
In the time since Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death, much has been written about what his influence has been and what his influence will be. In this Essay, we try to quantify Scalia’s influence in law school constitutional-law curricula by studying how often his ideas are explored in constitutional-law casebooks. In particular, relative to other justices, we look at how often Scalia’s opinions (for the Court, or his separate opinions) are excerpted in the principal cases and how often he is referred to by name in the notes preceding and following the principal cases. We find that Scalia is at or near the top of most of the metrics we explore here, but he does not tower over the competition. Indeed, the data reveal that perhaps the most important factor driving inclusion in our casebooks is seniority: chief justices and justices who led their ideological wings of the Court have a great deal of power to assign themselves opinions that are likely to end up in our casebooks. We find that the most notable exception in the data is not Scalia, but Justice Samuel Alito: he is included in our casebooks to an especially surprising extent given that, until this year, he has always been the most junior member of his wing of the Court.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

Bhargavi on Manjula Padmanabhan's "Lights Out" @magnolialotus

Vasishta Bhargavi, RGM College of Engineering & Technology, has published The Marxist Analysis of Manjula Padmanabhan's 'Lights Out'. Here is the abstract.
The societal rules have been largely shaped by the male-dominated legislators and forces where there is a limited right to exist for a woman. The woman though married or unmarried or a prostitute the way the society looks at her is not changing though we are globalized. Indian women, in some ways, have also made some strides. Millions of women have joined the workforce. Leaders like the Prathibha Singh Patel, Sushma Swaraj, Anandiben are role models who show that women can rise to great heights. But one of the greatest tragedies in our country is that women are on their own when it comes to their safety. According to many studies, it’s understood that most of the rape cases of rape are never reported because of the stigma surrounding gang rape. Considering this wide scenario, this article touches on Indian women’s vulnerability with a Marxist approach. I have applied the Marxist approach to analyse literary text, Lights Out by Manjula Padmanabhan in Indian English Theatre. In her work, the author proposes the urgent need to address women’s subordinated position as they are subjected to different forms of discrimination. In this article, I have focused on difference issues such as gender discrimination, injustice, and fear of the law, police and judicial apathy. I conclude by suggesting recommendations for the improvement of women’s situation in India..
The full text is not available for download from SSRN.

January 15, 2018

Call For Applications: Erasmus School of Law Post-Doc Research Position

Erasmus School of Law (ESL) is appointing a post-doc researcher (1 year, renewable) in interdisciplinary studies of the rule of law and human rights to work within the research project Integrating Normative and Functional Approaches to the Rule of Law and Human Rights (INFAR). The post-doc researcher is expected to work closely with colleagues of the ESL and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The particular research project of the post-doc researcher should focus on a contextual (socio-legal or historical) analysis of a particular problem with a transnational or international dimension, in which legal values and policy objectives are in tension. The proposed research should either contribute to understanding law and policy dimensions of the rule of law, or of human rights.

In addition, the post-doc researcher is expected to assist with a range of key organizational tasks associated with the second phase of INFAR (2018-2020), including the organization of conferences and other meetings, the preparing of funding proposals and project reporting.

This is the link:



Schultz and Ost on Shakespearean Legal Thought in International Dispute Settlement @IHEID

Thomas Schultz, King's College London, School of Law, and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and François Ost, Saint-Louis University, Brussels, have published Shakespearean Legal Thought in International Dispute Settlement. Here is the abstract.
In this article, the authors examine the contributions of Shakespearean legal thought to our understanding of core aspects of international dispute settlement. These aspects include: the sweeping role of masks in law and in the resolution of disputes; the construction and deconstruction of authority; the purpose of law in arousing desire and thus action; the limits in recognizing informal international law as law; the benefits of exaggeration; the problematic ambition of adjudicators; the key role of passion, against rationality, in understanding and dealing with international disputes; the decision-making resources to be found in logics of life; exercising measure in the enforcement and reach of law; remembering that law deals with human beings in our quest for law’s purity and systematic organization; resisting single-mindedness; the relevance of a dialectic form of proportionality; and the inescapable need to embrace uncertainty. The authors also discuss the general relevance of law & literature, and law & theatre, for all manner of legal professionals and review Shakespeare’s own legal background and thus his a priori ability to deal with legal matters.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

Some Cities Ending Participation in Reality Show "Live PD," Citing Negative Image @OfficialLivePD

Some municipalities are ending their participation in A&E's popular reality show "Live PD," citing "image" problems. Law enforcement authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Streetsboro, Ohio, for example, say the show puts the spotlight on crime, instead of highlighting more positive sides of their cities. "Live PD" is now beginning its second season.

January 13, 2018

Gill on Law, Metaphor, and the Encrypted Machine @citizenlab

Lex Gill, University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, Citizen Lab, has published Law, Metaphor and the Encrypted Machine. Here is the abstract.
The metaphors we use to imagine, describe and regulate new technologies have profound legal implications. This paper offers a critical examination of the metaphors we choose to describe encryption technology in particular, and aims to uncover some of the normative and legal implications of those choices. Part I provides a basic description of encryption as a mathematical and technical process. At the heart of this paper is a question about what encryption is to the law. It is therefore fundamental that readers have a shared understanding of the basic scientific concepts at stake. This technical description will then serve to illustrate the host of legal and political problems arising from encryption technology, the most important of which are addressed in Part II. That section also provides a brief history of various legislative and judicial responses to the encryption “problem,” mapping out some of the major challenges still faced by jurists, policymakers and activists. While this paper draws largely upon common law sources from the United States and Canada, metaphor provides a core form of cognitive scaffolding across legal traditions. Part III explores the relationship between metaphor and the law, demonstrating the ways in which it may shape, distort or transform the structure of legal reasoning. Part IV demonstrates that the function served by legal metaphor is particularly determinative wherever the law seeks to integrate novel technologies into old legal frameworks. Strong, ubiquitous commercial encryption has created a range of legal problems for which the appropriate metaphors remain unfixed. Part V establishes a loose framework for thinking about how encryption has been described by courts and lawmakers—and how it could be. What does it mean to describe the encrypted machine as a locked container or building? As a combination safe? As a form of speech? As an untranslatable library or an unsolvable puzzle? What is captured by each of these cognitive models, and what is lost? This section explores both the technological accuracy and the legal implications of each choice. Finally, the paper offers a few concluding thoughts about the utility and risk of metaphor in the law, reaffirming the need for a critical, transparent and lucid appreciation of language and the power it wields.

Notes: DISCUSSION DRAFT ONLY As this document is a discussion draft, please do not cite or reproduce this work without the author’s written permission.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

January 12, 2018

Witte on The Universal Rule of Natural Law and Written Constitutions in the Thought of Johannes Althusius @EmoryLaw

John Witte, Jr., Emory University School of Law, has published The Universal Rule of Natural Law and Written Constitutions in the Thought of Johannes Althusius, at Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: Chinese and European Early Modern Origins of a Rule of Law for World Order 167 (Janne Nijman and Tony Carty, eds., Oxford University Press, 2017).
Calvinist jurist Johannes Althusius (1557-1638) developed what he called a “universal theory” of law and politics for war-torn Europe. He called for written constitutions that separated the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of cities, provinces, nations, and empires alike and that guaranteed the natural rights and liberties of all subjects. To be valid, he argued, these constitutions had to respect the universal natural law set out in Christian and classical, biblical and rational teachings of law, authority, and rights. To be effective, these constitutions had to recognize the symbiotic nature of human beings who are born with a dependence on God and neighbor, family and community, and who are by nature inclined to form covenantal associations to maintain liberty and community. Althusius left comprehensive Christian theory of rule of law and political that anticipated many of the arguments of later Enlightenment theorists of social and government contracts.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

Roth-Isigkeit on Machiavelli's International Legal Thought @goetheuni

David Roth-Isigkeit, Goethe University Frankfurt, Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders, is publishing Niccoló Machiavelli's International Legal Thought – Culture, Contingency and Construction in System, Order, and International Law: The Early History of International Legal Thought (Stefan Kadelbach, Thomas Kleinlein, and David Roth-Isigkeit, eds., Oxford University Press, 2017). Here is the abstract.
This essay suggests a progressive reading of Machiavelli, relying on the unity of his national and international thought. It argues that his focus on the unification of political communities through the medium of law allows for a sophisticated theoretical understanding of international law. The essay starts with a discussion of the relationship of his biographical events and his social epistemology. It proceeds with the relationship of Machiavelli's concept of law as a governance tool to the area of morality and normativity. Ultimately, the focus lies on his understanding of imperialism and international relations in order to shape a novel understanding of Machiavelli that depicts him as a reasonable historical starting point for a modern, post-critical understanding of international law.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

In Science Magazine's January 20, 2018 Issue: The Legacy of "Frankenstein" @sciencemagazine

Science Magazine devotes its January 2018 issue to Frankenstein. Included are several articles on the novel and its legacy:

Jon Cohen, How a Horror Story Haunts Science

David Shultz and Adolfo Arranz, Creating a Modern Monster

Kai Kupferschmidt, Taming the Monsters of Tomorrow

For more on the law, popular culture, and science of Frankenstein, here's a selected bibliography.

Josh Gilliland, Justice for Frankenstein's Monster (on the 1931 film)

Bridget M. Marshall, The Transatlantic Gothic Novel and the Law, 1790-1860 (Routledge, 2011).

Lee McAuley,  The Frankenstein Complex and Asimow's Three Laws

John R. Reed, Will and Fate in Frankenstein

January 11, 2018

New From Cambridge University Press: Law and Literature, edited by Kieran Dolan @CambridgeUP

Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press:

Law and Literature (Kieran Dolan, ed. 2018). Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents.

Law and Literature presents an authoritative, fresh and accessible new overview of the many ways in which law and literature interact. Written by a team of international experts, it provides a multi-focused history of literary studies' critical interest in ideas of law and justice. It examines the effects of law on writers and their work, ranging from classical tragedy to comics, and from East Africa to Elizabethan England. Over twenty chapters, contributors reveal the intricate and multivalent historical interactions between law and literature, both past and present, and trace the intellectual genesis of the concept of law in literary studies, focusing on major developments in the history of the interdisciplinary project of law and literature, as well as the changing ideas of law, and the cultural contests in which it has figured. Law and Literature will appeal to graduates and scholars working on the intersection between law and literature and in key related areas such as literature and human rights.
Provides a multi-focused history of literature's critical interest in ideas of law and justice
Explores how legal concepts and practices contribute to literary studies
Presents a history of law and literature, and its contemporary applications



Call For Papers: Jurilinguistics II: Interdisciplinary Approaches To the Study of Language and Law



Jurilinguistics II: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Language and Law
Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain) - October 25th and 26th, 2018

Dear colleague,

We hope that this message reaches you well. You may find attached the Call for Papers for the symposium Jurilinguistics II: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Language and Law, to be held at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain) on 25-26 October 2018. After the successful first edition in 2016, we have decided to continue this initiative, which aims at offering a solid background not only into the professionalisation in language and Law; but also at exploring new areas of study and/or research. This time, we are pleased to announce that our confirmed keynote speakers will be Carmen Bestué (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain), Jan Engberg (Aarhus University, Denmark), Eva Pons (University of Barcelona, Spain) and Lawrence Solan (Brooklyn Law School, United States).  

To this regard, the organising committee would like to receive proposals of papers and/or panels on the following relevant topics, but not restricted:
·         Legal Translation
·         Court Translation and Interpreting and international asylum seeking
·         Translation and Interpreting at international and European institutions
·         Legal language: research, teaching and learning
·         Legal training for translators and interpreters: regulation, professional and ethical issues of Legal, Sworn and Court Translation
·         Bilingual teaching and/or learning in Law
·         Linguistic research methods applied to Law
·         Terminological research in Law
·         Legal corpus analysis
·         Accessibility in Courts: sign language and other means of accessibility in legal settings
·         Processing and drafting of multilingual documents in international organisations
·         Law and multilingualism: bilingual and multilingual legislation
·         Translation and Interpreting in court settings and international Police cooperation
·         Human rights and language: the right to interpreting
·         Transsystemic approaches to the study of Comparative Law and language
·         Linguistic and intercultural mediation in legal settings
·         Minoritised languages: legal language, terminological normalization, planning

We welcome proposals from professionals and researchers in both disciplines. Abstract submissions (in English or Spanish) should include a title and a 400-word summary of the paper, along with a brief biography of the author(s). These details should be submitted electronically to jurilinguistica@upo.es before March 1st, 2018.

All the relevant information can be found on the conference official website (http//www.jurilinguistica.com), but you may address any queries to the submissions e-mail.

We hope that the topics to be covered in our event are of interest to you, and we would kindly appreciate if you could circulate the Call for Papers (which you may download here) among your colleagues.

Looking forward to your participation and hearing more back from you.

The organising committee

Juan Jiménez Salcedo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain)
Javier Moreno Rivero (University of California, Los Angeles)



Swanson on The Corset @KaraWSwanson

Kara W. Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law, is publishing The Corset in A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (Dan Hunter and Claudy Op Den Camp, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2018). Here is the abstract.
Two centuries ago, women and girls throughout the United States reached for one piece of technology first thing in the morning, and kept it with them all day long -- the corset. Although earlier men had worn corsets, the corset’s purpose by the mid-nineteenth century was to create the public shape of the female body. It emphasized (or depending on the whims of fashion, deemphasized), bust, waist, and hips in ways intended to accentuate differences between male and female. Today, the corset still fascinates, an emblem of femininity that appears on fashion runways, the concert stage (famously worn by pop star Madonna), and in blockbuster movies (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gone with the Wind). Less visible are the ways the corset as an object of intellectual property has exposed the masculine assumptions in our understanding of technology, patents, and law.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

Witte on The Legal Turn of the Reformation @EmoryLaw

John Witte, Jr., Emory School of Law, has published The Legal Turn of the Reformation at Luther--95 Treasures 451 (Wittenberg: Stiftung Luthergedenstaetten in Sachsen-Anhalt, 2017). Here is the abstract.
The Lutheran Reformation revolutionized both church and state, theology and law. This brief essay sketches the legal influence of the Reformation, building on Luther’s opening call for religious freedom and his more complex theory of the two kingdoms.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

Ginsburg on The 1593 Antonio Tempesta Map of Rome @ColumbiaLaw

Jane C. Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, is publishing The 1593 Antonio Tempesta Map of Rome in A History of IP in 50 Objects (Dan Hunter and Claudy Op Den Kamp, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2018). Here is the abstract.
This Essay examines Florentine painter and engraver Antonio Tempesta’s 1593 petition for a Papal printing privilege on his great bird’s-eye view Map of Rome. The arguments Tempesta made in support of his request for the exclusive rights to print, sell and control variations on his map evoke justifications spanning the full range of modern intellectual property rhetoric, from fear of unscrupulous competitors, to author-centric rationales. Invocations of labor and investment and unfair competition-based justifications were familiar – indeed ubiquitous – in Tempesta’s time, and still echo today. Long before the 1710 British Statute of Anne (vesting exclusive rights in authors), the precursor regime of printing privileges had well understood printing monopolies to be incentives to intellectual and financial investment. The pre-copyright system thus firmly established one of the philosophical pillars of modern copyright law. Tempesta’s petition, however, goes further than its antecedents with respect to the second pillar of modern copyright law, the natural rights of the author, a rationale that roots exclusive rights in personal creativity. Tempesta focused the rights on the creator, and equated creativity with his personal honor, thus foreshadowing a moral rights conception of copyright.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

January 10, 2018

Dave Toschi, SF Officer Who Inspired Steve McQueen's Character in "Bullitt," Dies at 86

Dave Toschi, the San Francisco police officer who inspired Steve McQueen's character in the film Bullitt (1968) and who was played by Mark Ruffalo in Zodiac (2007), has died. He was 86. More here from the San Francisco Chronicle.

More about the Zodiac killings here.

Deadline Extended: 2018 Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop CFP Is Now January 15, 2018


Deadline extended:
CALL FOR PAPERS – 2018 Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop[UPDATE:  The deadline for submissions to the 2018 Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop has been extended to Monday, January 15, 2018.  We welcome submissions from all untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars doing scholarly work in law and the humanities.]Columbia Law School, the University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, Georgetown University Law School, Stanford Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania invite submissions for the annual meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop, to be held at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California, on June 4 and 5, 2018.  PAPER COMPETITION:The paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities. In addition to drawing from numerous humanistic fields, we welcome critical, qualitative work in the social sciences.  Based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, between five and ten papers will be chosen for presentation at the June Workshop.  At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper.  Commentators and other Workshop participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology.  The selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.Papers must be works-in-progress that do not exceed 15,000 words in length (including footnotes/endnotes); most papers selected for inclusion in recent years have been at least 10,000 words long.  An abstract of no more than 200 words must also be included with the paper submission.  A dissertation chapter may be submitted, but we strongly suggest that it be edited so that it stands alone as a piece of work with its own integrity.  A paper that has been submitted for publication is eligible for selection so long as it will not be in galley proofs or in print at the time of the Workshop; it is important that authors still be in a position at the time of the Workshop to consider comments they receive there and incorporate them as they think appropriate in their revisions.  We ask that those submitting papers be careful to omit or redact any information in the body of the paper that might serve to identify them, as we adhere to an anonymous or “blind” selection process.The selected papers will appear in a special issue of the Legal Scholarship Network; there is no other publication commitment.  (We will accommodate the wishes of chosen authors who prefer not to have their paper posted publicly with us because of publication commitments to other journals.)  The Workshop will pay the domestic travel and hotel expenses of authors whose papers are selected for presentation.  For authors requiring airline travel from outside the United States, the Workshop will cover such travel expenses up to a maximum of $1000.Submissions (in Word, no pdf files) will be accepted until January 15, 2018, and should be sent by e-mail to:  juniorscholarsworkshop@sas.upenn.edu.    Please be sure to include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone and e-mail contact information in your covering email (not in the paper itself).
For more information, please send an email inquiry to juniorscholarsworkshop@sas.upenn.edu.  To see selected papers from some of the previous years’ workshops, go to: http://www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/law_culture/lh_workshop.  Anne Dailey, University of Connecticut Law SchoolKatherine Franke, Columbia Law School Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of PennsylvaniaNan Goodman, University of Colorado
Ariela Gross, University of Southern California Naomi Mezey, Georgetown University Law Center Paul Saint-Amour, University of PennsylvaniaHilary Schor, University of Southern California Norman Spaulding, Stanford Law SchoolClyde Spillenger, UCLA School of Law Nomi Stolzenberg, University of Southern CaliforniaMartha Umphrey, Amherst College  Conveners
   

January 6, 2018

January 5, 2018

An Interesting Twitter Feed: @PopDetective

A twitter feed to follow: @PopDetective. @PopDetective is run by Jonathan McIntosh, who creates video essays about pop culture. More below.

WELCOME TO THE POP CULTURE DETECTIVE AGENCY! A series of critical video essays looking at media through a critical lens with an emphasis on the intersections of politics, masculinity and entertainment.

ABOUT THE PROJECT This video essay series primarily focuses on examining the representations of masculinity that we see embedded in movies, television, comic books and video games. The messages pop culture sends to men and boys about our own manhood are often both limiting and harmful. The critical analysis I use is inspired by both sociology and feminist theory. My hope is that this video series can open up conversations about how we, as a society, can work to achieve more constructive, cooperative and empathetic forms of masculinity.
Mr. McIntosh also curates the twitter feed @radicalbytes.

January 2, 2018

Marrani on Space, Time, Law: From Archaic Rituals to Contemporary Perspectives @Doubledegree @routledgepublishing @InstofLawJersey

David Marrani, Director, Institute of Law, Jersey, has published Space, Time, Law: From Archaic Rituals to Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2017). Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents.
This book merges philosophical, psychoanalytical and legal perspectives to explore how spaces of justice are changing and the effect this has on the development of the administration of justice. There are as central themes: the idea of transgression as the starting point of the question of justice and its archaic anchor; the relation between spaces of justice and ritual(s); the question of use and abuse of transparency in contemporary courts; and the abolition of the judicial walls with the use of cameras in courts. It offers a comparative approach, looking at spaces of justice in both the civil and common law traditions. Presenting a theoretical and interdisciplinary study of spaces of justice, it will appeal to academics in the fields of law, criminology, sociology and architecture.

Space, Time, Justice: From Archaic Rituals to Contemporary Perspectives (Hardback) book cover 

January 1, 2018

I'm Not a Lawyer, But I Play One In the Movies @ABAJournal

From the August 2014 issue of the ABA Journal: 12 films with scenes that dramatize what lawyers do, or don't do, effectively, and why. Some of the films highlighted include Anatomy of a Murder and I Am Sam.