Call for Papers (act soon!) – Substantive Justice – Denver

Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, will present a workshop-styled conference, Conceptualizing Substantive Justice, April 17-18, 2009. The call for papers deadline has passed, but late submissions may be accepted if there is room.

Call for Papers


April 17-18, 2009

Keynote speaker: Professor Adrien Wing,
Assoc. Dean for Faculty Devel. & Bessie Dutton Murray Prof. of Law, Univ. of Iowa,
on: “Conceptualizing Substantive Justice: The South African Experience”

Post-modern critiques have discredited many of the Anglo-American legal norms in which modernism finds expression – formal equality, procedural justice, negative liberty, etc. But much room (and need) remains for discussion of new prescriptive paradigms of law and policy – for moving beyond critique to alternatives.

For example, is it possible to articulate an alternative vision of justice that relies on positive notions of liberty, substantive notions of equality, and distributive notions of justice – and yet avoids the pitfall of claiming universal applicability or objective legitimacy? Can grounds for that vision be found within the U.S. Constitution, or would amendments or resort to statutory enactment be more appropriate? Does critical race theory’s endorsement of “looking to the bottom” suggest a methodology for identifying a set of concrete commitments that could ground a substantive notion of justice? How would that methodology be operationalized? How would conflicts among different outsider groups be resolved in the formulation of that vision?

Those interested in these or related questions are invited to attend a workshop-styled conference on “Conceptualizing Substantive Justice,” to be held at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law on Friday and Saturday, April 17& 18, 2009. Some travel funding is available for those without institutional travel support.

Please submit presentation proposals by Friday, March 13, 2009, to: Professor Nancy Ehrenreich, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, 2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver CO 80208, nehrenre [at], 303-871-6256 or 720-560-9794 (C).

To register, or for hotel information, please contact: Lauri Mlinar, Sturm College of Law Events Planner, 303-871-6139 or lmlinar [at]