January 30, 2022

Call For Papers, Australian Feminist Law Journal, General Issue, December 2022 @austfem

 From the Australian Feminist Law Journal: CFP for a General Issue:


Australian Feminist Law Journal: New Call for Papers (CfP) for a General Issue 48(2) (December edition, 2022)


The Australian Feminist Law Journal welcomes high-quality submissions informed by diverse critical and feminist legal traditions, including (but not limited to): cultural and literary, Indigenous, post/de-colonial, critical race, Marxist, queer, psycho-analytic, political economy, post-structuralist, and socio-legal approaches.


For more information, please see:

a) below 

b) submissions and queries for the editors should be sent to aflj@griffith.edu.au 




26th May 2022 (virtual)



Law is often seen, and indeed often presents itself, as image-less, a text-based discourse. Perhaps for this reason, the use of images in legal historical research is an undervalued and under- researched – if fascinating – area.

This one-day conference aims to encourage the asking of questions, to reflect the growing interest and scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of law, history and visual culture. The conference offers a forum for discussion, debate and the presentation of research.

The organizers are keen to welcome scholars from any stage in their career and, as the conference is held online, submissions are invited from all jurisdictions.

The conference will construe ‘visual culture’ widely, to attract papers from a range of disciplines. With a focus on images in and of law, subjects for papers may include, but are by no means limited to:

·       television, film and theatre,

·       artworks (including sculpture), photography and graffiti,

·       architecture and maps,

·       legal artefacts and objects,

·       clothing and costume associated with the law.


Submit a 250 word abstract to: Visualimagesconference@northumbria.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is the 1st February 2022.

The workshop is organised by Victoria Barnes, Helen Rutherford, Clare Sandford-Couch and Sarah Wilson

January 29, 2022

Katz on The "Judicial Power" and Contempt of Court: A Historical Analysis of the Contempt Power as Understood by the Founders

Emile J. Katz, University of California, Berkeley, has published The "Judicial Power" and Contempt of Court: A Historical Analysis of the Contempt Power as Understood by the Founders, at 109 Cal. L. Rev. 1913 (2021). Here is the abstract.
This Note focuses on the power of the federal judiciary to hold litigants in contempt of court. In particular, this Note analyzes whether the contempt power of the federal judiciary stems from an inherent grant of power in the Constitution or whether it is derived purely from acts of Congress. The extent to which Congress can limit judges’ power to punish contempt depends on whether judges have an inherent power to punish contempt. Because judges have used the power to punish in ways that abridge individual liberties and civil rights, it is imperative that Congress be aware of whether it can constitutionally limit judicial conduct vis-a-vis contempt. Part I of this Note outlines what judges and scholars have written about an inherent judicial contempt power. Part II of this Note explores whether the drafters and ratifiers of the Constitution intended to vest the judiciary with an inherent contempt power. In doing so, this Note examines the most important sources from the Founding Era. Those sources include texts from pre-revolutionary British legal practice, American colonial practice, revolutionary state practice, the ratification debates, and the actions of the Founders immediately following the ratification of the Constitution. By tracing the history of the contempt power from British practice all the way to constitutional ratification, this Note provides a comprehensive overview of how the thoughts of the framers changed over time and what the framers finally intended with regard to contempt when they drafted the Constitution. This Note argues that the framers did not intend to create an inherent judicial contempt power and that judges’ contempt power is therefore under Congress’s control.
Download the note from SSRN at the link.

January 27, 2022

Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference, June 16-17, 2022 @Law_Cult_Huma



June 16-17, 2022



The Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities will be held at Emory University School of Law, June 16-17, 2022.


We welcome humanities-oriented proposals on topics broadly related to law and legal studies. In addition, our theme this year is:


Unsettling Law


Law often resides in the pull between what is settled and what is not.

Precedent guides us until it does not. Law’s stability is in constant conversation with its own necessary responsiveness as well as with what troubles it from outside of legal institutions. Disobediences, whether civil or not, have the power to unsettle what is taken to be settled. And forces like climate change pose challenges to settled law by destabilizing what may make obedience and order possible at all. Law continually expands the range of persons it recognizes, for better or worse, while it claims across all changes that it serves the interests of all. Borders exclude but remain permeable, and we argue about what is owed to others regardless of their citizenship status.

States claim sovereignty and face refusals from other sovereignties within their borders. Even settler colonialism is a process rather than an outcome, so what is settled and what remains open to different futures may be contested. How do and should we imagine law in these unsettled times? What creative forces might we bring to bear in these moments between past and future, whether for unsettling what ought to change or stabilizing what is endangered? How might different disciplines, methodologies, arts, literatures, and technologies represent, reinforce, or resist unsettling law? We invite proposals taking up that question from a variety of humanities-oriented perspectives.


The conference will emphasize the ASLCH tradition of in-person conversation while making some panels available for those who wish to participate virtually. Rather than hosting hybrid panels, there will be one full session dedicated to online panels each day of the conference. Virtual attendees can view these, and there will be public viewing rooms at the conference so that attendees can engage in conversation with each other and the virtual panelists. We will also host three plenary sessions that will be available in person as well as streaming online. Some of the in-person panels will be streamed during the sessions that aren’t online-dedicated.


All proposals are due Friday, February 4, 2022 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.


Submission instructions: Individual proposals should include a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with 2 keywords from the list below.

We also welcome proposals for panels, roundtables, and streams (two panels on one theme). Please note that online presenters should organize a full panel (we will not be accepting individual papers for online presentation this year) and that, though we traditionally accept most papers, we may need to limit the number of online panels we accept, depending on demand. Panels, whether virtual or in-person, should include three papers (or, exceptionally, four papers). Please specify a title and designate a chair for your panel. The panel chair may also be a panel presenter. It is not necessary to write an abstract or proposal for the panel itself. To indicate your pre-constituted panel, roundtable, or stream, please ensure that individual registrants provide the name of the panel and the chair in their individual submissions on the registration site. All panel, roundtable, or stream participants must make an individual submission on the registration site. When submitting a proposal, we also ask that registrants identify two keywords to help us align sessions with each other.


Proposal submission is free. All proposals must be submitted here:



Conference Fees


The fees for in-person participation in the Conference are:


Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars: $35 Income less than $75,000: $125 Income between $75,000-$99,999: $155 Income between $100,000-$124,999: $210 Income $125,000 and over: $260 The fees to participate remotely are:


    Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars: Free

    Income less than $75,000: $50

    Income between $75,000-$99,999: $75

    Income between $100,000-$124,999: $100

    Income $125,000 and over: $150

Graduate Workshop


The ASLCH Graduate Workshop will be held at Emory on Wednesday, June 15. We will circulate information about it soon. Any questions may be directed to lch@lawculturehumanities.com.





Call For Applications: Assistant Professor of Law, Justice, and Society (2021) @wlunews

The Law, Justice, and Society (“LJS”) Interdisciplinary Program at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin July 1, 2022. 

The successful candidate will be the inaugural hire into the LJS Interdisciplinary Program, and will work with current LJS faculty who are primarily appointed in other undergraduate academic departments and the law school. W&L is ranked in the top fifteen national liberal arts institutions, and the relatively new LJS is one of the University’s fastest growing minors. The LJS program engages undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of law and justice, challenges students to think freely, critically, and humanely about the role of law at a variety of levels from local to global, and equips students to critically examine law and justice across cultural, chronological, topical, and institutional settings. 

The position would involve teaching the introductory course of the LJS program, as well as teaching either a research capstone and/or guiding the participation of undergraduate students in law school clinics. The hired candidate will also have the opportunity to teach electives that support the program’s interdisciplinary curriculum, thereby contributing to course offerings by other departments. 

In addition, the successful applicant will be in the inaugural class of “DeLaney Center Faculty.” Named in honor of the late Professor Theodore DeLaney, the new center will open in 2022 and embody an unwavering investment by the University in researching the racial issues, culture, and governing practices that have defined and continue to shape the U.S. South. As W&L’s new intellectual hub, the DeLaney Center will provide research support, opportunities for rich faculty engagement among Center faculty as well as with prominent visitors, and an array of vibrant student events that will reflect the Center’s mission. 

We welcome applications from scholars studying law and jurisprudence whose research interests dovetail with the mission of the DeLaney Center. 

Substantive areas could include civil rights; bias in the administration of justice; social inequality and discrimination; environmental justice; law and social movements; and other interdisciplinary areas of study related to the mission of the DeLaney Center. 

The successful applicant will teach five undergraduate courses over two 12-week terms each year, plus one 4-week intensive May term course every other year. The position will not require any summer teaching. Support for research includes conference funding, summer research funding, and pre-tenure leave, as well as opportunities to present to faculty cohorts and seminars across campus. Teaching support is available through a university-wide teaching center. 

The LJS Program is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strives to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the LJS program and its curriculum. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia. 

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. 


Applicants should have completed a Juris Doctor degree, or an equivalent, prior to appointment.

Candidates holding an additional advanced degree in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Environmental Studies, or similar related field are preferred. 

Application Instructions 

Applications will be accepted online through the Interfolio portal: apply.interfolio.com/97320.

Candidates should submit: 

Cover letter CV Writing sample Research statement Teaching statement Contact information for three professional references Applicants with teaching experience are invited to submit a teaching portfolio as well. 

Review of applications will begin as early as December 20, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

January 21, 2022

Grajzl and Murrell on A Macrohistory of Legal Evolution and Coevolution: Property, Procedure, and Contract in Pre-Industrial English Caselaw

Peter Grajzl, Washington and Lee University, Department of Economics, and Peter Murrell, University of Maryland, Department of Economics, have published A Macrohistory of Legal Evolution and Coevolution: Property, Procedure, and Contract in Pre-Industrial English Caselaw. Here is the abstract.
We provide a quantitative macrohistory of the evolution and coevolution of three fundamental elements of English caselaw: property, contract, and procedure. Our dataset is derived from a comprehensive corpus of reports on pre-1765 English court cases. Leveraging existing topic model estimates, we construct annual time series of attention to each of the three legal domains and estimate a structural VAR. Property and procedure are affected for decades by their own shocks. Procedure and property coevolve. In contrast, contract adjusts quickly to its own shocks and does not coevolve with the other two areas of law. We identify the episodes and events outside the legal system that correspond to systemic shocks. Edward Coke was a shock to procedure. The commercial revolution raised attention to contract. The Glorious Revolution, interestingly, did not lead to elevated attention to property issues, but the Civil War and Interregnum did. The evolution of contract, while relatively autonomous from the internal dynamics of the legal system, was, of the three legal domains, least autonomous from society.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

Call For Papers: Graphic Justice 2021-2022 Discussions Conference @LexComica

 From Dr. Ashley Pearson, Chair of the Graphic Justice Research Alliance:

We are pleased to announce the Graphic Justice Research Alliance 2021-2022 Discussions conference, ‘Law and Life Beyond the Apocalypse’ will be hosted virtually by the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil on Friday, March 18 2022, led by Dr Amanda Muniz Oliveira.  The theme proposes reflections on law, justice and life in a context where the rule has lost its strength, asking how law and life persists where crisis and devastation have become part of the norm?


As the conference is being hosted by an international institution, we have decided to invite responses in both English and Portuguese to ensure local cultural legal scholars are also able to participate. The full Call for Papers is available in PDF format (attached) and via the conference webpage. Abstracts are due February 25, 2022 and can be submitted via the form on the conference webpage.

January 20, 2022

Malloy on Law and the Invisible Hand: A Theory of Adam Smith's Jurisprudence (Draft Chapter 1) @SUCollegeofLaw

Robin Paul Malloy, Syracure University College of Law, has published Law and The Invisible Hand: A Theory of Adam Smith's Jurisprudence (Draft Chapter 1) (as part of Robin Paul Malloy, Law and the Invisible Hand: A Theory of Adam Smith's Jurisprudence (Cambridge University Press 2021). Here is the abstract.
Fundamentally, law is to society as gravity is to the solar system, it is the invisible force that holds it together and keeps it operating smoothly and productively. Law enhances social cooperation, facilitates trade, and extends the market. In these ways, law functions like Adams Smith’s invisible hand, guiding and facilitating the progress of humankind. This paper outlines the elements of understanding Smith's theory of jurisprudence, and introduces the theory developed in my book.
Download the draft from SSRN at the link.

Rebeiro on The Work Not Done: Frederick Douglass and Black Suffrage @RebeiroBradley

Bradley Rebeiro, Brigham University University Law School, is publishing The Work is Not Done: Frederick Douglass and Black Suffrage in volume 97 of the Notre Dame Law Review. Here is the abstract.
Since antiquity, political theorists have tried to identify the proper balance between ideals and pragmatism in political and public life. Machiavelli and Aristotle both offered prudence as an approach, but with different ends in mind: stability and the good, respectively. Among the many contributions Kurt Lash’s two-volume set on the Reconstruction Amendments provides to present-day discourse, it supplies the careful reader an answer to this timeless question by highlighting the role of Frederick Douglass in public deliberation over the Fifteenth Amendment. In this essay I argue that American abolitionist, social reformer and statesman Frederick Douglass illustrates and enacts the Aristotelian approach. During the Reconstruction period, there was a tension between the ideal (civil rights) and practical reality (opposition to black suffrage). The general public’s lackluster desire for equal political rights, even at a time when there was a strong desire to secure natural and civil rights through constitutional amendment, presented little hope for black—let alone universal—suffrage. Further, blacks’ closest allies were not in lockstep in their political efforts during this critical period. Whether it was William Lloyd Garrison and the American Anti-Slavery Society seeking to declare anti-slavery work in the U.S. “complete,” or women leaders partnering with northern Democrats and championing the slogan “educated suffrage,” black suffrage efforts faced significant obstacles on every side. But Douglass remained undaunted. He realized that the abstract principles of natural right and justice would be insufficient in the face of such opposition. In its place Douglass, with great success, appealed to political expediency and the self-interest of Republicans. Douglass navigated this tension by abandoning, temporarily, his high ideal of universal suffrage and instead advocating for black suffrage at the expense of women’s suffrage. This decision was not an abandonment of principle. Rather, it was a deliberate, prudential choice to pursue, as Aristotle advised, the highest good—universal suffrage. Indeed, Douglass’s efforts to secure black suffrage during Reconstruction demonstrate both the precarious nature of public support for black suffrage and the need for political actors to sacrifice, at times, the theoretically pure for the politically necessary.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

January 19, 2022

Barton on Norm Origin and Development in Cyberspace: Models of Cybernorm Evolution @DuquesneLaw

ICYMI: April M. Barton, Duquesne University School of Law, published Norm Origin and Development in Cyberspace: Models of Cybernorm Evolution at 78 Washington University Law Quarterly 59 (2000). Here is the abstract.
In the absence of legal rules or physical force, what causes someone to behave in a manner contrary to one's private desires? Why, for instance, does one tip a bellhop for carrying luggage to a hotel room? Legal rules do not mandate the tipping of bellhops, and bellhops typically do not threaten physical force. So why does one feel obligated to tip the bellhop and embarrassed when when one does not? Tipping the bellhop is a social norm. Social norm theory seeks to explain such informal constraints on human behavior. While numerous areas of academia employ social norm theory, scholars have yet to apply it directly to the study of the Internet. This Article traces norm origin and development in cyberspace and presents a corresponding theory of "cybernorms"; a theory which explains informal constraints on human behavior in cyberspace.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

January 13, 2022

Ramshaw on The Song and Silence of the Sirens: Attunement to the "Other" in Law and Music @translat_improv

Sara Ramshaw, University of Victoria Faculty of Law, is publishing The Song and Silence of the Sirens: Attunement to the ‘Other’ in Law and Music in Law and the Senses: HEAR. Here is the abstract.
Employing Homer’s story of Odysseus and the Sirens, and Kafka’s and Blanchot’s reinterpretations, this text explores ‘attunement’ as an imperfect listening that tunes its ear to the inaudible and unknowable ‘other’; resisting attempts to fully control or make selective our listening, and thereby inviting justice to be done. Compared to Kafka’s law, understood as a relentless and unceasing ‘droning noise’, the origin of which is unlocatable, justice as attunement is read here through a Derridean deconstruction of law and musical improvisation to suggest that, instead of endeavoring to harness and control the sonic like Odysseus did, it should be permitted to sing – ‘throats rising and falling, … breasts lifting, … lips half-parted’ – in the place between song and silence, where listening is always a listening-with.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

January 12, 2022

Yosifon on Moby-Dick as Corporate Catastrophe: Law, Ethics, and Redemption @DavidYosifon

David G. Yosifon, Santa Clara School of Law, is publishing Moby-Dick as Corporate Catastrophe: Law, Ethics, and Redemption in volume 90 of the University of Cincinnati Law Review (2021). Here is the abstract.
Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick serves here as a vehicle through which to interrogate core features of American corporate law and excavate some of the deeper lessons about the human soul that lurk behind the pasteboard mask of the law’s black letter. The inquiry yields an illuminating vantage on the ethical consequences of corporate capital structure, the law of corporate purpose, the meaning of voluntarism, the ethical stakes of corporate fiduciary obligations, and the role of lawyers in preventing or facilitating corporate catastrophe. No prior familiarity with the novel or corporate law is required.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

January 9, 2022

Call For Papers: Workshop: Women of Justice: Images of Female Legal Professionals in Popular Culture: A Transnational Comparison, August 11-12, 2022





Call for Papers


Women of Justice

Images of Female Legal Professionals in Popular Culture: A Transnational Comparison

1112 August 2022 Münster, Germany

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) in cooperation with the University of Münster is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the international and interdisciplinary workshop ‘Images of Female Legal Professionals in Popular Culture: A Transnational Comparison’ at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Münster, 11−12 August 2022.


Popular culture, be it literature, cinema, or television, has a long history of imagining stories around the judicial system, legal processes, and everyday practices of law. As a result, legal professionals frequently emerge as main characters or important protagonists in different genres of cultural production. For a long time, however, these characters, whether lawyers, judges, or law enforcement officers, were overwhelmingly male. Notwithstanding a few notable exceptions, male legal professionals dominated almost all cultural productions. This changed near the end of the 20th century, when a shift became apparent in the United States, the pioneer of law-related screen productions. Scholarship has argued that increasing representation in both plot and casting have corelated with rising numbers of female legal professionals in real life. Yet, images of women in law-related popular culture have also been described as ‘appalling’ (Shapiro 1994), ‘disappointing’ (Caplow 1999), or ‘cautionary tales’ (Papke 2003).


Such negative appraisals criticize stereotypical depictions which frequently come in one of two guises: Either the women lawyers experience an allegedly insurmountable conflict between their professional and personal lives (Grosshans 2006, Banks 2011); or – in marked contrast to their male counterparts they lack opportunities to emerge as heroes (Corcos 2003). These depictions, in turn, heavily influence how the public imagines, not only the female pop cultural character, but also women in the real-life legal profession.


Only recently have legal and media studies scholars identified more nuanced portrayals of female legal professionals (see e.g. Foster et. al. 2009, Banks 2012). Yet, these studies again focus almost exclusively on US-American and, to a lesser degree, British productions. What is still missing from the analysis is how female legal professionals are viewed and portrayed in popular culture outside

the dominant sites of media production. Has the cultural export of US-American legal drama or British crime fiction influenced how law and gender are imagined in other parts of the world? How do the actual participation and representation of women in the legal profession affect their depictions in different genres of popular culture? Has popular culture, both domestic and imported, altered the way society thinks about female lawyers, judges, or law enforcement officers? Our international and interdisciplinary workshop aims to address these questions and, to foster a truly transnational comparison, is particularly interested in contributions that look at popular culture in countries and regions not commonly recognized as creators of globally consumed media productions.


Topics, themes, and issues to be explored include, but are not confined to the following:

·       Stereotypical versus realistic images of female legal professionals in popular culture

·       Audiences/readership and their changing perceptions of women in the legal profession

·       Women’s access to the legal profession and their representation in real life versus popular


·       Changing portrayals of women in the legal profession and cross-cultural influences

·       Plots, characters, and sociopolitical critique through female lead characters


The workshop is organized by AGYA members Lena-Maria Möller (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law) and Shahd Alshammari (Gulf University for Science & Technology). Travel costs and accommodation for confirmed speakers will be covered by AGYA. Funding is still subject to approval.


Those interested in presenting papers are invited to send a tentative title, an abstract of around 300−500 words, and   a   short   biography  to  Lena-Maria   Möller  (moeller@mpipriv.de)   by 15 February 2022.


Notifications of acceptance will be announced by 1 April 2022 and draft papers will be due by 1 July 2022. The workshop language will be English. The organizers aim to publish the papers either as an edited volume or as a special issue of an academic journal.


While we are aiming at holding the workshop in person, we are happy to accommodate presentations by authors who will not be able to travel because of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


About AGYA

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is based at the Berlin- Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) in Egypt. It was established in 2013 as the first bilateral young academy worldwide. AGYA promotes research cooperation among outstanding early-career researchers (3−10 years after PhD) from all disciplines who are affiliated with a research institution in Germany or in any Arab country. The academy supports the innovative projects of its members in various fields of research, science policy, and education. AGYA is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and various Arab cooperation partners.


For more information about AGYA please visit www.agya.info

January 7, 2022

Call For Applications: Postdoctoral Research Association, University of Muenster


Public job advertisement


45,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster (WWU). Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.


The Faculty of Philology at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany, is seeking to fill the full-time position of a


Postdoctoral Research Associate Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (salary level TV-L E 13, 100%)


in the externally funded project SFB 1385 “Law and Literature” focusing on

. The position commences on 1 April 2022 and the employment period is for three years.




Your tasks:


-      Collaborative research within the Collaborative Research Centre 1385 “Law and Literature”

-      Research on law and literature in relation to early modern British literature

-      Preparation of a project in this field for the second funding phase of the Centre


Our expectations:


-      A graduate degree in literary studies (i.e. German Diplom and / or master’s degree) and a doctorate in literary studies are required.

-      Relevant interdisciplinary project expertise

-      Good command of written and spoken English

-      German language skills would be advantageous, but are not a requirement


The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.


The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.


Positions can generally be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.


Please submit your application by email with the usual documents by                                                                                                                        January 2022 to:


Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer Fachbereich 9 - Philologie – Englisches Seminar

Johannisstr. 12 - 20 D-48143 Münster

E-Mail: stierstorfer@wwu.de