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Call for Papers: Postgraduate Conference at CCJHR

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at University College Cork is pleased to announce its IV Annual Postgraduate Conference which will take place on Thursday, 29th April, 2010. The conference is aimed at those who are undertaking postgraduate research in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and human rights.

The theme for this year’s event is “Borders of Justice: Locating the Law in Times of Transition.” The aim is to reflect upon how reactionary law making and the related rhetoric of crisis impact negatively on fundamental rights protection and the criminal law. We hope that this theme will encourage debate on the challenging and complex questions which arise when defining the remit of the law in changing and turbulent times.

This international one-day event will attract promising research scholars from Ireland, the UK and Europe in the areas of law, politics, philosophy and the related social sciences. We are especially interested in papers that relate to human rights, criminal justice, criminal law or the intersection of these fields. However, we also welcome papers dealing with issues outside these areas that fall within the broader theme of the conference. Papers will be streamed thematically, with previous years including such sessions as “Contemporary Discourse in Criminal Law”, “Civil Liberties, Technology and State Security Claims” and “International Law, Human Rights and Development Policy”.

The best paper of the conference will receive a prize of €200 which is sponsored by Griffith College, Cork.

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) to the organising committee by Friday, 12th February 2010. Successful conference submissions will be notified by Friday, 26th February 2010. Submissions and further enquires should be directed to ucclawconf@gmail.com.

Journal of Social Criminology: Launch and Call for Papers

January 7, 2010 3 comments

Liam Leonard and Paula Kenny of the Institute of Technology, Sligo have just established a new and very exciting publication entitled the Journal of Social Criminology. The Journal is a peer-reviewed international academic journal dealing with issues surrounding criminology, penology and rights and justice. It will publish edited collections of papers from an international pool of academics, relevant professionals and researchers on a twice yearly basis. The journal is an online free access journal aimed at facilitating academic knowledge sharing in the field of social criminology and is an exciting addition to Irish academic journals in this area.
The call for papers for Issue 1 has now been released:

The Journal of Social Criminology is now accepting submissions for its forthcoming edition. Submission details are as follows: Social Criminology will publish a collection of papers from an international pool of academics and researchers on a twice yearly basis.

Peer reviewed with contributions from a diverse range of perspectives, Social Criminology will address relevant criminological issues with a multidisciplinary approach which incorporates criminology, penology, law and rights perspectives. Word Limit: Manuscripts around 8,000 words in length.

Format: Borders of 1 inch all round. Font Times Roman 12pt. Double spaced. Anonymous Manuscript: To facilitate the refereeing process, please ensure that your paper is anonymous by including your name, contact details on a separate sheet. All contact details should also be given separately. Abstract. Include a summary of around 150 words with a list of key words.

Footnotes should be included at the end of the article. These should be numbered consecutively through the text, and presented on a separate sheet of paper, typed with double spacing. Bibliographic citations can appear in text or notes. These should include the author’s last name and the title or year of publication, and may include a page reference: (Leonard, 2009: 12). A separate list of references should be provided, in alphabetical order. Please do not abbreviate journal titles.

Copyright: The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes. Contributors are expected to assign copyright to the publisher; though they remain free to use material in subsequent publications provided Social Criminology is acknowledged as the original place of publication.

Submission of papers: Contributors should submit papers by email, as a Microsoft Word document, to Senior Editors liam_leonard@yahoo.com or Paula Kenny at kenny.paula@itsligo.ie

Inaugural Edition to be published in October 2009

Call for Papers: Global Ph.D/Post-Doctoral and Post Graduate Researchers Colloquium on Disability Law and Policy

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

A consortium of three leading national and international academic centers will host an inaugural colloquium for PhD candidates and post-doctoral/post-graduate researchers on disability law and policy.  The three centers are:

–          The Centre for Disability Law and Policy (National University of Ireland, Galway)

–          The Burton Blatt Institute (http://bbi.syr.edu, Syracuse University)

–          The Richard Crossman Chair of Social Welfare & Social Planning, University of Haifa (Israel).

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI, Galway, will host the initial colloquium from 26-27 April 2010.  It will rotate to the other centers thereafter.

Research on disability law and policy reform has never been more urgent given the imperative of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This two-day event will play a significant part in bringing together an emerging community of scholars in the disability field whose ideas will shape the reform agenda for years to come.

The consortium accordingly invites submissions for consideration from PhD candidates and post-doctoral/post-graduate researchers (including JDs) from around the world for papers for the two-day colloquium.  The focus will be on law and public policy challenges and opportunities in implementing the new UN convention.  It is likely selected papers will be published in an edited volume or special journal issue.

Depending on the response to the call for papers, the colloquium may include, but not be limited to, the following subject areas:

  • Implementation strategies for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and ties to state law,
  • Regional law reform and policy challenges in the field of disability (e.g. Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe),
  • Law reform options with respect to legal capacity law,
  • Legislative, regulatory and policy options to achieve in areas such as:
  1. Independent Living
  2. Economic Independence
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Social and Civic Participation
  5. Stigma and Discrimination
  • Development aid and disability – international co-operation,
  • Providing an effective legal and policy basis for inclusive education,
  • The information revolution and disability – achieving eAccessibility,
  • The built environment – access and universal design,
  • Assistive technology developments, research, and markets,
  • Employment and disability – the use/limits of non-discrimination and other social policy tools,
  • Immigration and asylum law and policy issues,
  • The mental health field and the disability field – continuities and discontinuities,
  • Issues facing war veterans with disabilities and their families.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2010.   Abstracts should be included in the application form below and emailed to disabilitycolloquium@nuigalway.ie.

For further information, please see the contact details below.  If you have any specific requirements, do not hesitate to contact the Event Office.

Budget 2010: Live Blogging and Blog Carnival (Expressions of Interest)

November 4, 2009 4 comments

Lenihan BudgetHuman Rights in Ireland will be live blogging the Irish Budget 2010 on Wednesday 9 December 2009 (from about 3 p.m. onwards).

On Thursday 10 December 2009, International Human Rights Day, a mini Blog Carnival will assess the human rights impact of Budget 2010.

These postings could potentially include human rights analysis in the following areas:

  • Impact on human rights and equality institutions in the State, in particular after the draconian cut backs from Budget 2009;
  • The impact of potential cutbacks on economic, social and cultural rights at home (i.e. in the broad sense, from rise in taxes, to cuts in social welfare and other public programmes) and abroad (Irish Aid);
  • The right to work and budget measures in place that may assist in this right’s realisation;
  • The impact of the budget on sectoral groups: workers; the unemployed; the disabled; single parents; immigrants etc.
  • Other budgetary implications for human rights in Ireland.

Int Human Rights DayAs well as relying on the in-house expertise of Human Rights in Ireland bloggers, those  in the human rights, community, voluntary  and other related sectors are invited to submit proposals for commentary that they may wish to make on the budget. Blog posts should be between 400-1,000 words (max).

Those interested may contact me at lp.thornton@ulster.ac.uk (before 1 December 2009) so that a full Blog Programme can be ready to upload throughout International Human Rights Day.

Call for Papers: Economic and Social Rights Panel at the Irish Society of Comparative Law Conference

November 4, 2009 1 comment

The Irish Society of Comparative Law (ISCL) is pleased to invite submissions of conference abstracts (max. 250 words) for a core panel (or panels) on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. These papers will be delivered at the Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference on 5-6 March 2010 at Queen’s University Belfast.

The convenors of this panel would especially welcome papers which cover the following areas:

• Theoretical Implications of ESR,
• Welfare States and ESR;
• Courts and ESR;
• Public Services, Privatisation and ESR;
• The European Convention on Human Rights and ESR;
• Extraterritorial ESR obligations;
• Constitutions/Bills of Rights and ESR;
• Monitoring and Enforcement of ESR;
• Non-State Actors and ESR;
• Migration and ESR;
• Cultural Rights and ESR.

Dr. Aoife Nolan (QUB) and Mr. Liam Thornton (UU, Magee) will be convening this panel. Please forward all abstracts to Mr. Thornton (lp.thornton@ulster.ac.uk) by December 18th 2009.

Call for papers – Sibéal Listens: Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Gender and Women’s Studies

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Sibéal Listens:

Fresh Voices and New Directions in Feminist and Gender Research

Call for papers for a one and a half day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference on gender and women’s studies to be held on the 26-27 November 2009 at hosted by the Women’s Studies Centre, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin (Ireland).
The event will include panel discussions on diverse topics around gender and women’s studies as well as the launch of The Irish  Journal of Feminist Studies. We aim to create a space for dialogue about the links and tensions between different approaches to gender and feminist theory, analysis and research. The event will also provide an excellent networking opportunity for post-graduate students from different disciplines with a shared interest in gender and feminist issues. The conference will include time for discussion on how Sibéal can best promote and support postgraduate students in the years to come.

We welcome papers from post-graduate students from any discipline, but who is approaching their research from a gendered or feminist perspective.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts should be between 250-300 words. Please also include a brief bio (100 words) along with your name, contact address, and institutional affiliation.
Please send your complete abstract to info@sibeal.ie by 18th October 2009. We might be able to consider late submissions, but priority will be given to those who meet the deadline.
The Sibéal committee will contact you by end-October 2009. Please feel free to contact the conference organizing committee at info@sibeal.ie for any questions you may have.

Sibéal, Irish Postgraduate Gender & Women’s Studies Network, Ireland.
E-mail: info@sibeal.ie

Blog Carnival – Expressions of Interest Sought

October 12, 2009 2 comments

I would like to invite academic and NGO bloggers (we are interpreting the term broadly to include contributors to group blogs and occasional bloggers) who write about immigration issues to participate in our (hopefully) first blog carnival, entitled ‘Immigration and the Politics of Belonging in Ireland’. A blog carnival is a ‘blog event’: an edited collection of blog posts on a set theme, curated and organised by a host. Academics might think of it as a ‘mini symposium’ for bloggers. I would hope to curate a selection of 7-10 individual posts (more if I get a good response) as part of the carnival, together with an introductory ‘analysis piece’, drawing the contributions together. The posts would also be ‘cross-posted’ to the contributors’ own blogs. We hope that the carnival will provide an opportunity to promote writing on migrant integration and intercultural dialogue in Ireland, to assemble a number of insightful pieces in one place and to build an informal network of interested parties with a view to further collaboration. More details  overleaf.
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