terça-feira, 1 de junho de 2010

Critical Legal Conference, Utrecht 2010

Critical Legal Conference
10-12 September, Utrecht 2010
“Great Expectations”
Multiple Modernities of Law

Main Theme CLC Utrecht 2010

Social developments demand, now more than ever, a critical perspective on law and legal scholarship. These developments relate to the financial and economic crisis, the conti nuing humanitarian wars, the rising intolerance towards others and the perceived threat they pose. They can be captured in the notions of multidimensio nal globali sation and enforced individualisation. The former pertains to global society, trans cending the nation-state, whereas the latter pertains to a wide range of decisions one must make about many aspects of individual life. Both notions contri bute to and reflect an ever-increasing societal complexity with which we deal in many different ways and law is one of these ways. Fundamental is how law is used to deal with complexity. The ongoing discussion about human rights is illustrative in this regard. 
A critical legal perspective is required to expose “normative abuse” of law. The main theme of this conference is to re-affirm, in our global age, this critical pers pective on law and its relationship with politics. Indeed, the conference re-affirms the critical political condition we are in as scholars.
To conceptualise this condition is to take issue with the concept of modernity. The question is whether to speak of a single modernity (be it a reflexive moderni ty, a liquid modernity, a second modernity, a post-modernity, etc.) or whether we should consider the possibility of what Eisenstadt terms “multiple modernities”. If so, what does this concept pertains to? Does it help us in understanding and criti cising modern law and legal scholarship and their manifestations in different legal systems? Furthermore, does it help us in understanding and dealing with (global) contemporary problems from the perspective of human rights as a manifestation of global law, penetrating legal systems around the world? A critical attitude, hence, is not merely directed at others, as in submitting other modernities (and their legal systems) to the test of Western modernity and law. Rather, it also, or perhaps, in particular, expects an attitude of self-criticism, i.e. a reflexive attitu de. The main theme touches, in this way, on many different issues pertaining to law and society, comparative legal studies, law and culture, concepts of positive law, the administration of law and its organisation. It also raises questions of methodology as it crosses disciplinary boundaries.
The opening address will be given by Prof. Gunther Teubner. Prof Teubner is Professor of Private Law and Legal Sociology, Principal Investigator, Excellence Cluster "The Formation of Normative Orders", Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main and Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics.


Against the background of this general theme, colleagues are invited to submit a paper proposal, either addressing the main theme, any of the subthemes pre sented in different streams or another theme deemed relevant for critical legal scholarship. Colleagues may in addition to, or instead of, a paper proposal take responsibility for developing and hosting a stream within the gene ral theme in addition to already existing streams. Paper proposal in regard of the general theme and proposals for new streams can be sent to either Bald de Vries or Lyana Francot.
·The deadline for submitting a paper proposal is extended to 25 June 2010
·The deadline for submitting a stream is closed. Contact act Bald de Vries.
Paper proposals in respect of one of the subthemes under a stream can be sent directly to the stream convenor and before the deadline set by the convenor.

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