This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore issues surrounding evil and law, with a focus on state power and violence. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in any field that touches on 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, health care, and other areas.
Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
when and why is law evil or a source of evil?
state violence and coercion
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 distributive justice in law, including distributing the costs 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 will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats, and must arrive no later than Friday 19th March 2004. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 28th May 2004.
John T. Parry
Associate Professor of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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