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Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration -  free online course The new MOOC on Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration opens on 15 May 2017. With contributions by academic and experts from all the regions of the world, the Global Campus Massive Open Online Courses provide free and open access to highly qualified learning on topical human rights concerns.

Enrollment is FREE and available on from 15 April 2017.

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Deadline: 30 June 2017

Small Grant from UCLA UCLA Law School is pleased to announce a new Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program ($1,000 – $4,500) designed to advance academic scholarship in diverse fields to support law and policy reform to benefit animals. Our grant proposal period is currently open and ends on October 15th for this funding cycle. For more information, please visit:

Awards from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation In 2017, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation will make available a number of $5,000 fellowship awards to support research and writing in American legal history by early-career scholars. Early career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project. The number of awards made is at the discretion of the Foundation. In the past several years, the trustees of the Foundation have made five to nine awards.

The deadline is July 11, 2017; more information available at


Call for Conference Papers

Call for Papers
Art in Law in Art Conference, Perth, Western Australia, 4-5 July 2017
The University of Western Australia law school is hosting the interdisciplinary conference, Art in Law in Art. The conference will investigate the broad themes of how law sees visual art, and how visual art sees law.  Papers from any discipline may engage with any aspect that explores these general themes and may embrace a broad definition of both visual art and law. Scholars, practitioners, artists, and artistic and cultural institutions are invited to submit abstracts and a one-paragraph bio with contact details by 4 December 2016 to The conference will be held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia during 4 and 5 July 2017.

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Removal date: 6 July 2017

Call for Papers

A Workshop on Legal Transitions and the Vulnerable Subject: Fostering Reilience through Law's Dynamism December 8-9, 2017 at the Emory University School of Law

There is a widespread perception that we live in a moment of change that is unprecedented in its scope and pace. Climate change, mass movements of dislocated persons, technological innovation, shifts in recognition of sexual and gender diversity, and new information networks challenge identities, institutions, and political coalitions. The law plays a critical role in creating and responding to change. A significant dimension of individuals' and groups' experience of change involves transformation in legal regulation. Relationships previously outside the law may gain recognition; the social insurance of risk may shift dramatically; entire legal status categories may disappear. As the law transforms, individuals and groups also transition across legal boundaries.

The purpose of this workshop will be to investigate how individuals' and groups' transitions between legal status categories expose vulnerability and also offer opportunities for fostering resilience. While legal scholarship often examines static legal categories, explaining how and why these categories privilege and advantage various individuals and groups, the movement of individuals and groups across legal categories itself deserves analysis. These transitions across legal categories-for example, from contracting strangers to corporate partners, non-married to married couples, employee to manager, insured to uninsured, incarcerated to released, or undocumented to documented-involve transformations in individual identity, relational dynamics, social networks, and institutional forms. The way in which law facilitates transitions itself will affect individuals' and groups' experience of legal change, as injurious or empowering, fair or unjust.

We invite papers that consider three main themes centered in the relationship between legal transition, vulnerability, and resilience. First, papers might consider how the movement between legal status categories transforms both individual and group identities and relationships. How does the process of change, itself, variously expose vulnerability and generate resilience? Second, papers may consider how legal categories and institutions change when law requires them to open their boundaries to individuals who do not conform to traditional norms. In this manner, the movement across legal status categories not only changes those in the process of transition but also fosters dynamism in institutions. Third, papers might examine how transitions in individuals' and groups' legal statuses reveal challenges and opportunities for achieving the just distribution of social, economic, and other benefits and advantages. How should law allocate the costs and benefits generated by the movement across legal status categories? 

We intend the workshop to cover a variety of topics ranging from corporate to family to healthcare to criminal law, among other arenas, and encourage the participation of scholars working in related historical, sociological, economic and other fields. 

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The deadline is July 21, 2017

Call for Proposals
Seventh Annual ASIL Research Forum, October 26-28, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri
The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held during the ASIL Midyear Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri at Washington University School of Law.

The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of works-in-progress. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not. Papers may be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication). Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome  by June 26, 2017. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 500 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Abstracts will be considered via a blind review process. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Notifications of acceptance will go out by the end of July.

 Papers accepted for presentation will be assembled into panels. The organizers welcome volunteers to serve as discussants who will comment on the papers. All authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a draft paper four weeks before the Research Forum (September 29, 2017). Accepted authors must commit to being present on both Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. Draft papers will be posted in advance of the Forum on an website accessible only by attendees of the Forum.

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Call for Papers

What’s Law Got To Do With It?: Examining the Role of Law in a Changing World.’

Honoring the work of Professor Lawrence Friedman

Stanford Law School on November 2 and 3, 2017.

The Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) and the Stanford Program in Law and Society are hosting a symposium on ‘What’s Law Got To Do With It?: Examining the Role of Law in a Changing World.’ The symposium will investigate the theme of how domestic and international law has been challenged and shaped in recent years by, among other things, forces of nationalism, nativism, anti-globalism, as well as worries about terrorism. The symposium will also reflect on, and honour, the work of Professor Lawrence Friedman, a co-founder of SPILS and the Stanford Program in Law and Society.

The symposium will be held at Stanford Law School on November 2 and 3, 2017. Scholars and graduate law students are invited to submit abstracts and a one-paragraph bio with contact details by July 1, 2017 to Trish Gertridge, Director of Programs and Special Events, at

The symposium provides an opportunity for the presentation of papers, discussion, and debate on a broad set of legal issues relating to the symposium’s theme. There are two ways to participate, and submissions should specify which of the two approaches are of interest.

First, panelists will discuss how law and society research is connected to their efforts to address the challenges noted above. While this participation does not involve paper presentations, interested persons should provide, in addition to their bio, a short outline of the focus of their proposed talks.

Second, panelists will present papers connected to the symposium’s theme. Articles will be published as a collection within a suitable journal.

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Positions and Fellowships

Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell Law School Cornell Law School is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to collaborate with and contribute to Professors Valerie Hans’s and Valerie Reyna’s National Science Foundation-funded research project on Quantitative Judgments in Law: Studies of Damage Award Decision Making. The position encompasses a full range of research and lab management responsibilities spanning jury decision making, numeracy and quantitative reasoning. Responsibilities include: coordinating and running experiments; monitoring research task progress; assisting in selecting, training and supervising lab personnel; data acquisition; data analysis; preparing IRB documentation; assisting with manuscripts and reports; and other research-related tasks. The postdoctoral associate position will begin in fall 2017 and is for a one-year term. The successful candidate will have a combination of education, training, and experience along with strong research and quantitative skills and should have completed a Ph.D. and/or a J.D. Interested applicants should submit a CV, detailed cover letter, and one or more writing samples immediately to Liz Flint ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More details and application information may be found at:
Removal date: August 31, 2017

IAS/School of Social Science Fellowships Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites about twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2018-19 the focus will beCrisis and Critique. The application deadline is November 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which can be found, along with more information about the theme, at

Lecturer, Criminology at Howard University
Department of Sociology and Criminology
The Department of Sociology and Criminology in the College of Arts and Sciences of Howard University invites applications for a one-year, non-tenure track lecturer faculty position to begin August 15, 2017. The Criminology Program offers an undergraduate major and a graduate concentration. It links theory and praxis, uses applied criminology to help shape public policy and integrates community-based work with classroom instruction. At its core is a commitment to social justice.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate or be at doctoral candidacy in either criminology, criminal justice, administration of justice, justice studies or juvenile justice. We are especially seeking a colleague whose research, teaching and learning are grounded in historical and contemporary issues of the intersections of race, ethnicity, class and gender.  Candidates should be qualified to teach core undergraduate and graduate courses.

Required application materials include: a cover letter, CV, a statement describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy, a research summary, teaching evaluations, and names and contact information for three references willing to provide confidential letters of recommendation upon request. Applications reviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Materials should be sent in a single PDF or Word folder to and as hard copies to:
Dr. Ernest Quimby
Department of Sociology and Criminology (DGH Room 207)
Howard University
2441 Sixth St., NW
Washington, DC 20059

Removal date: July 2, 2017

The Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University seeks two or more postdoctoral fellows in law and society. The Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University seeks two or more postdoctoral fellows in law and society. We seek applicants whose research takes an intersectional approach to law and society, reflecting how gender, race, class, disability, sexuality, ethnic, community, immigration status, and national identities shape law and, in turn, how law shapes those identities. We will consider applicants beginning in the Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018 for a single semester, a calendar year, or the 2017-2018 academic year for up to two years of support per person. We prefer a two-year appointment, but are open to shorter terms. The fellows will receive mentoring from senior faculty, participate in our interdisciplinary community focused on intersectionality, and mentor undergraduate student research assistants. We expect fellow to participate in brown bag seminars, receptions, and other programming, mentor one or more undergraduate research assistants, and help to organize a workshop in the fall of the second year of the fellowship. We especially invite applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on/contribute to increased understanding of law, intersectionality, and identity in New Orleans, Louisiana, and/or the Gulf Coast South, as well as those with a demonstrated commitment to building interdisciplinary community.

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Removal date: July 30, 2017

Post-Doctoral Scholar position in the Department of Anthropology at
University of California, Irvine
One postdoctoral position in the area of Technology, Law and Society is available at the University of California, Irvine. The position, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is part of a new, interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to train socio-legal scholars at the intersection of law, computational science, and technology. While formally housed in the School of Social Sciences, the selected fellow will work with faculty and graduate students from multiple units on campus, including from Social Ecology, Social Science, Law, and Information and Computer Science. The postdoctoral fellow’s main tasks will be to: assist in mentoring a small cohort of Law-in-Computation Graduate Fellows; lead the development of a 2018 Technology, Law and Society Summer Institute; coordinate with faculty and students on the UCI campus on initiative-related training and activities; develop and maintain a website for the initiative; and contribute to the research and writing of a foundational paper addressing technology, law, and society. Requirements – Candidates must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in a relevant discipline (or interdisciplinary field), such as anthropology, economics, information/computer sciences, political science, science and technology studies, sociolegal studies, sociology, and other fields. Candidates should also have a research profile that relates to this initiative; e.g. at the interface of law and technological phenomena in society.  The appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2017 for a period of one year, but we will consider candidates who can start at a later date. Renewal is based on performance and availability of grant support. Salary will be commensurate with experience.Application Procedures – Applicants are required to submit 1) Cover Letter (including research skills), 2) a current Curriculum Vitae 3) Statement of Contributions to Diversity and 4) three names and contact information for references. Submit materials via UC Irvine's online application system, RECRUIT, located at Review of applications will begin on June 1, with a final application date of July 1, 2017. 

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. 

Removal date: June 16, 2017

Lecturer Level B – Crime, Justice & Legal Studies at La Trobe University. Full-time, continuing role based at our Melbourne (Bundoora) campus This position is located within the ‘Crime, Justice and Legal Studies’ Program which is part of the Department of Social Inquiry situated in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Staff within this program co-deliver the Bachelor of Criminology with the Law School and also the ‘Crime, Justice and Legal Studies’ major within the Bachelor of Arts. 

In this role you will coordinate, teach and develop undergraduate subjects with a particular focus on social justice, human rights and discrimination. You will contribute to innovative curriculum development, including the incorporation of blended learning and online learning technologies.  You will contribute to the administration and promotion of the Program and will conduct research, publish and seek grants in areas of relevance to it.  You will also undertake the supervision of honours and Higher Degree by Research Students as required.

To be considered for this role you will have completed, or be close to completing a PhD in socio-legal studies, criminology or a cognate discipline. You will have a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to law and criminology, and particular expertise in relation to human rights, social justice, and discrimination and the law. You will have experience and demonstrable competence in teaching and curriculum development. You will have high quality and impact research relative to opportunity. You will also possess strong communication, analytical and organisational skills and the ability to work collaboratively and productively with a diverse range of staff and students.  

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Closing date:  16 June 2017

Full Professor of Law, Governance and Development (1.0 fte) at The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, Leiden Law School, The Netherlands The successful applicant is a scholar of international repute (F/M) with a clear overview of and insight into the role and functioning of law and legal systems in the Global South and how they interact with their societal context. She/he has ample experience with interdisciplinary research on the national and local level in the Global South and is familiar with development policies. Through case studies and country studies the chair group aggregates knowledge and contributes to developing theory on the role of law in its relation to governance and development. The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) has a strong reputation and research tradition in this field, combining legal and both qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods. The professor to be appointed will build upon this existing tradition as well as contribute to the further development of the VVI, which has recently broadened its scope from focusing solely on the Global South to also focusing on (Northern) Europe. The research of the chair group is embedded in one of the Law School’s faculty wide research programmes, entitled 'Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World’. 

The successful applicant will contribute to the teaching programme of the VVI through lecturing courses at the Leiden Law School and Leiden University College. She/he will actively be involved in the development of new teaching modules including a possible Masters programme ‘Law, Governance and Society’, and will furthermore contribute to the training of policymakers and academics in the Global South.

The professor to be appointed is an academic leader with strong organizational and communication skills. She/he chairs a group of around twenty persons – including PhD candidates – in close collaboration with the other members of the departmental management. She/he actively participates in (international) networks in academia, policy, and practice, including in the field of Rule of Law promotion. She/he will have a well-established track record in obtaining research funding and will start various initiatives to acquire new external (research) funding. The successful applicant has a firm and realistic ambition to further strengthen the position of the VVI within the University, in The Netherlands as well as abroad. 

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Deadline: 26 June 2017

Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) Postdoctoral Fellows  SSN is inaugurating a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to support early-career scholars in any discipline who wish to engage in research and public scholarship to improve public policy and strengthen democracy. After a short, intensive boot camp at Harvard University, each fellow will be based at a university in one of SSN’s regional chapters. As many as six fellowships may be available for the inaugural 2017-19 cohort.

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Deadline is June 30, 2017

PhD Scholarships
(Graduate Research Scholarships) 

Laureate in Comparative Constitutional Law Melbourne Law School

Applications are invited from suitably qualified scholars for two PhD scholarships to undertake a higher degree by research, and join Professor Adrienne Stone’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship Program in Comparative Constitutional Law.   Successful candidates must commence the scholarship between December 2017 and February 2018. The Laureate Program is establishing an interdisciplinary research team based at Melbourne Law School, and  is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) from 2016 to 2021.

Applications close 9 July 2017.

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Tenure-track position in Legal Studies at Illinois State University The Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, seeks applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track position in Legal Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to start on August 16, 2018. 

Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses across the paralegal curriculum including commercial transactions, real estate, probate law, and intellectual property. 

Teaching assignment for the position is anticipated to be 3 courses per semester, with a one-course reduction in this assignment in one semester of the first year. The candidate hired will be assigned to carry out some administrative responsibilities including but not limited to assisting the Director of Legal Studies in the preparation of ABA reports, advisement, and placement of paralegal students. The selected candidate will be expected to conduct academic research.

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Removal date: August 30, 2017

Call for Journal Papers

Call for papers for edited volume on mothering and welfare The year 2017 has ushered in important political trends in which right-leaning forms of populism appears to be displacing pluralism. The examples supporting this trend are numerous including the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and continued rhetoric and aggression against minorities in many places around the world. At the same time, some states continue to advance supports for mothers and families, and ideas like basic income are gaining public and political attention. What remains unclear in the face of these trends is the impact they will have for the welfare of women and mothers, many of whom often need additional protections from unwavering capitalism, unyielding patriarchy and other racialized and gendered forms of structural violence.   While welfare is generally conceived as the provision of programs and supports in response to material needs, welfare can also be understood as the well-being of citizens to manage their responsibilities and build a meaningful productive life.  For women and mothers, especially those located at the intersection of race, class, sexuality and ability, welfare policy has not meaningfully responded to their needs as evidenced by continued lower earnings, precarious employment, state surveillance of their mothering through the child welfare systems and little in the way of programs to support the care of children and/or other dependent family members.

Deadline for article and essay abstracts, fiction, visual art and poetry submissions: July 31, 2017
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