LSA – CRN 01: “Comparative Constitutional Law and Legal Culture: Asia and the Americas”

On the occasion of the 2018 Annual Meeting on Law and Society, the Collabotarive Research Network/CNR01: “Comparative Constitutional Law and Legal Culture: Asia and the Americas” offers the following paper sessions:

 Constitutional theory development in Asia and in the Americas

Societies in Asia and the Americas may seem to have nothing in common given their particularities; however, many countries in these two regions share similar historical and political experiences (e.g. dictatorships, revolutions, democratic mobilizations, civil rights or human rights problems, corruption etc.) and interact more and more pushed by economic and cultural globalization. Nevertheless these geographically diverse societies, although very different in their current legal and political cultures, may also share constitutional and democratic values. This session intends to bring together scholars engaged in studying the evolvement of constitutionalfeatures, either regarding constitutional law or constitutional theory, related to these regional foci.

Courts and Jugding in Asia and the Americas

This session broadly covers judicial issues in Asia and the Americas. The focus will be on work related to courts, judges and judging in these areas. Examples might include discussions of the political role of judging; challenges faced by judges in relation to judicial independency, democracy, governments or social groups; judicial impartiality; judicial behavior; the psychological aspect of judicial decision making amongst others. Papers dealing with current empirical researches conducted in these regions are particularly encouraged.

Constitutional law and legal culture in comparative perspectives: Asia and the Americas

In this age of globalization, when economic ties between Asia and the America are gaining strength and momentum, it becomes a necessity to study their legal cultures comparatively. This is especially importante when developing economic relationships bring issues such as the rule oflaw and protection of human rights to the fore. This sessison examines legal development,constitutional law and legal cultures from the  perspectives of both legal anthropology/sociology and comparative law. In particular, this session seeks to understand how political and historical paths, as well as global influences such as the universalization of human rights and democraticconstitutional values, have shaped the formation and evolution of constitutional law and legalculture in countries in Asia and the Americas.

Current legal issues in Asia and the AmericasAccess to Justice

This session covers legal and social issues in Asia and the Americas. The focus will be on work discussing challenges to access to justice, considered broadly as the access that citizens have to dispute resolution systems including but not limited to courts, but also to civil and administrative processes that might impact on protecting rights. Papers might include discussions on access to justice on its two dimensions: procedural access and also substantive justice. Examples dealing with issues of effective access to justice, reductions in costs,  legal aid services, access to lawyers and access to courts and  the efficaciousness of a justice system in meeting the dispute resolution needs of its citizens are welcome.

Current legal issues in Asia and the Americas: Human rights in focus

This session covers legal and social issues in Asia and the Americas. The focus will be on work related to current trends in these regions. Examples might include discussions of contemporary political or legal challenges faced by governments or social groups, analyses of emerging trends in legal theory as they are related to Asia or the Americas, and/or projects that concentrate on particular legal or social problems endemic to societies in either region. Papers dealing with issues of human rights in general, racial minorities, gender, or indigenious groups are particularly encouraged.

Submissions are open for CRN01 until October 15, 2017To submit your paper go to

 http://www.lawandsociety.org/Toronto2018/2018-paper.html

And don´t forget to select CRN 01 from the dropdown menu.

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