Evil, Law & the State: Issues in State Power & Violence

Call for Papers
Evil, Law & the State:  Issues in State Power & Violence
March 7-9, 2008
Salzburg, Austria

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference will explore issues surrounding evil and law, with a focus on state power and violence. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in any field relevant to the study of law and legal culture: anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, government/politics, history, legal studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion/theology, and sociology, as well as those working in civil rights, human rights, prison services, politics and government (including NGOs), psychiatry, healthcare, and other areas.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to the following themes:

  • when and why is law evil or a source of evil?
  • state violence and coercion
  • enforcement of criminal law and other legal prohibitions
  • law, citizenship, and political identity
  • justifications for punishment, including capital punishment
  • whether and under what circumstances the adversary or inquisitorial models of legal process generate, tolerate, or allow evil outcomes
  • issues of equality and distributive justice in law
  • the consequences of legal error
  • the intersection of law with issues of choice, responsibility, and diminished responsibility
  • state responsibility for terrorism, war, intervention, ethnic cleansing, and other problems of international law and international relations

Papers on any other topic related to the theme will also be considered.

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 9th November 2007. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd February 2008.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

Evil, Law, and the State is part of a larger series of ongoing publishing and research conferences run under the At the Interface banner. This series aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

For more information contact John Parry (Lewis & Clark Law) or Rob Fisher (Inter-Disciplinary.Net).