May 30 - June 2, 2019

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., USA

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Law and Society Association 2019 Annual Meeting



The Law and Society Association is a global association and our 2019 theme can be represented in the six official languages of the United Nations:

ك رامة

Dignity embraces justice, rights, rule of law, respect for humanity and diversity as well as a commitment to human engagement, subjects that have been central in the law and society tradition. Dignity is a core idea in many different legal traditions and is shaped by a variety of struggles. It provides a bridge across cultures intersecting with diverse values and identities. Recognizing this central idea as our theme when we meet next year in Washington D.C. – at a moment of social anxiety and global uncertainty – focuses our attention on the promise, values and unrealized potential of dignity and will highlight the role of values we examine law in society.

The 2019 Law and Society Annual Meeting will initiate our consideration of the place, role and visions of dignity through a number of mini-plenary sessions that will take up the idea in its different forms:

(1) Dignity and Judging, which will seek to bring together constitutional and appellate judges to reflect on the role of dignity in their work;

(2) Dignity and Austerity, which will focus on the global spread of neoliberalism through international financial institutions and their insistence on austerity in the global political economy;

(3) Dignity and Lawyering, considering the role legal actors have played and continue to play in the emergence of a global security regime;

(4) Dignity and the Unwritten Code of Democracy, which will consider the norms of governance looking beyond the formal bounds of public law to constitutional and administrative conventions and the assumptions they make about the place of agency and rights;

(5) Dignity and Corruption, which will explore the relationship between regulation and the politics of administrative governance within which resources are directed for both public good and private gain;

and finally
(6) Dignity and Social Movements, the space in which many different communities have mobilized to protect and advance their claims to recognition and fair treatment whether from individual abuse such as gun, gender or official violence, or larger systemic threats such as climate change and economic marginalization. These themes, the subject of highlighted sessions at the meeting, invite participants in the meeting to consider the relationship of dignity to their own research.

After our last two meetings in Mexico City and Toronto, the Law and Society Association again returns to the US. We are all aware that, since the last time LSA met in the US, America now presents itself to the world as a less welcoming place, less publicly committed to universal human dignity. We know that many in the global LSA community will find a US-based meeting challenging, but we hope with the theme to signal that LSA remains committed to its core values of pluralism, toleration and respect for diverse traditions. We pledge to do what we can to make all those who want to attend feel welcome and to assist those who may have difficulty coming to the US to participate in the meeting.

The 2019 Program Committee invites individual and fully-formed panel submissions for what will be a challenging and exciting meeting. The Program Committee also welcomes the submission of complete panels of four to six papers in languages other than English. Submissions of individual paper proposals may however only be in English.

The 2019 Program Committee is co-chaired by Annie Bunting and Heinz Klug.

You will find the Call at http://www.lawandsociety.org/WashingtonDC2019/2019-submit-menu.html
In the Call you will find more information about the theme, submission instructions, and more. We will be adding more meeting information as time progresses.

The deadline for proposal submission is November 7, 2018.

Registration will begin in January 2019.

If you have questions, please contact the LSA Executive Office.

We hope you will join in what promises to be a full and exciting program in Washington DC!


Annie Bunting
Heinz Klug
Program Committee Co-chairs

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2019 Annual Meeting Registration Fees

LSA Member Nonmember
Early Rate (12/4/2018-12/31/2018) $220.00 $360.00
Regular Rate (1/1/2019-2/1/2019) $250.00 $390.00

Hotel and Travel Information

Hotel Room Reservations:

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001

Reservations call in phone number: 877-803-7534

Attendee must mention they are with the Law and Society Association (LSA) Group in order to receive the Group rate.

Attendees can also make reservations via: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/WASRW/G-LWSA

$199 rate is for single or double occupancy.
$224 is for triple occupancy.
$249 is for quad occupancy.

If the website for Hyatt states that they have no availability, please call them to see if they can make arrangements. If not, we have allocated rooms in The Liaison.

LSA Liason Overflow

Below you will find the web link for the Washington Court Hotel room block. Please note that the group code is 190527LAWA when making online reservations. However, the web link is the direct link with the code attached. Additionally, the reservation cut-off date is Monday, April 29th. Should anyone prefer to call and make reservations, they can call 1-800-321-3010.

The Washington Court Hotel room block

Airline Discounts:

2019 United and Affiliate Airlines

2% - 10% off airfare, depending on type of ticket.
Reservations booked online receive an additional 3% off airfare.

Online visit: www.united.com
Click on “All search options"
After selecting departure city, arrival city, dates, and times, enter “ZGD5279178" in the “Promotions and Certificates" box.

By Phone:
Reservations call in phone number is: 800-426-1122 Provide Z Code: “ZGD5" and "Agreement Code: 279178" to receive the LSA discount.

2019 Delta and Affiliate Airlines

2% - 10% off airfare, depending on type of ticket.

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Law and Society Association

Book your flight with Delta

You may also call Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2LX

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

2019 meeting of the Law and Society Association