South Asian Legal Studies Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin

Dear All,

The South Asian Legal Studies Pre-conference Workshop will be taking place in Madison, USA on Thursday, Oct.16, 2008:


The workshop will immediately precede the larger 37th Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison:

The workshop will consist of two plenary panels running 2-6pm, followed by a workshop dinner. All events will be held in Lubar Common (room 7200), University of Wisconsin Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison: http://www.map.wisc.edu/

If you would like to attend (and have not already RSVPed), please e-mail me (sharafi@wisc.edu) by Friday, Oct.3 with your affiliation and contact details. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel funding for attendees.

Best wishes,
Mitra Sharafi (UW-Madison)

Call for Papers

3rd Global Conference
Evil, Law and the State

Friday 13th March - Sunday 15th March 2009
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers
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
* law, citizenship, and political identity
* justifications for punishment, including capital
* 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. 500 word abstracts should
be submitted by Friday 3rd October 2008. The
abstract will be double blind peer reviewed (where
appropriate). If an abstract is accepted for the
conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 6th February 2009.

500 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.

Organising Chairs

Ruth A Miller
Department of History,
University of Massachusetts,
E-mail: ruth.miller@umb.edu

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Priory House, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
United Kingdom
E-mail: els3@inter-disciplinary.net

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

Evil, Law, and the State is part of a larger
series of on-going 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 further details about the project please visit:

For further details about the conference please visit: