Archive of Conferences

 Conferences, Workshops & Special Events

 

FALL 2016

 

Book Event

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter
(Verso Books, May 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Wednesday, December 2nd 2016, 4:30-6:30PM
554 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Presented by editors:
Jordan T. Camp
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Christina Heatherton
Assistant Professor of American Studies, Trinity University

Facilitated by:
Rachel Herzing
Co-Director for the Center of Political Education, San Francisco

Co-sponsored with
The Center for the Study of Law and Society
The American Cultures Center
Department of Ethnic Studies
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

View the event flyer here

CSLS End-of-Semester Celebration & Visiting Scholars Speaker Series

An occasional series of presentations and discussion; end-of-Semester reception to follow

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Speakers from 2-3:30PM
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue
Celebration from 3:30-4:30PM
Kadish Library, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Speakers Include:

Anjuli Verma
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
“Policing the Silent War: Notes from the Field”

Yannick Ganne
Doctoral Candidate in Law, University of Strasbourg, France
“Is There a Relationship Between Scholars’ Educational Background and their Propensity to Do Empirical Research? A Quantitative Study”

Carrie Shang
Asst. Professor of Law, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
“Welcoming Lex Mercatoria through Resistance: Do Trade Customs Govern Contemporary Chinese Commercial Relationships?”

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

View the event flyer here

Book Event

Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State
(University of California Press, November 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016    5:15-7:00PM
554 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, California

With Author Jordan T. Camp
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Facilitated by Undergraduate History Student & Member of Critical Resistance, Chance Grable

Co-sponsored with
The Center for the Study of Law and Society
The American Cultures Center
Department of Ethnic Studies
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

View the event flyer here

Interdisciplinary Workshop

Between the World and the International: Thinking with Ottoman and Islamic Pasts
More on the workshop here

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Sessions from 9:30-10AM, 10AM-12PM, 1:30-4:30PM, 5-6:30PM
Sultan Room, Center for Middle East Studies, 360 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Friday, November 11, 2016
Sessions from 10AM-12PM, 1:30-4:30PM, 5-5:30PM
Rhetoric Conference Room, 7415 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Organized by:
The Department of Rhetoric
The Center for Middle East Studies

Co-sponsored with:
the Center for the Study of Law and Society
The Mellon Project Grant
The Office of the Dean of the Humanities
The History Department
The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Organized by
The Department of Rhetoric

View the event flyer here

Lauren Edelman Book Event

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Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights
(University of Chicago Press, November 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Thursday, November 10rd, 2016    4-5:30PM; Reception & Book Sales to follow
Selznick Seminar Room – 2240 Piedmont Avenue
UC Berkeley – Berkeley, California

With Author Lauren Edelman
Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology
UC Berkeley

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

Commentators Include
Catherine Albiston
Professor of Law and Sociology, UC Berkeley
Anna-Maria Marshall
Assoc. Professor of Sociology & Head of Dept. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)
Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Co-sponsored with
The Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (JSP)

View the event flyer here

Keramet Reiter Book Event

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23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement
(Yale University Press, October 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016    4-5:30PM; Reception & Book sales/signing to follow
The Center for the Study of Law and Society – 2240 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, California

With Author Keramet Reiter
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Law
UC Irvine

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

Commentators Include
Franklin Zimring
Rebecca McLennan
Francisco Casique

Co-sponsored with
The Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC)
The Human Rights Center (HRC)

View the event flyer here

Visiting Scholars Speaker Series

An occasional series of presentations and discussion; light lunch provided

Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:45-2:00PM
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Speakers Include:

Smadar Ben Natan
Human Rights Attorney and PhD Candidate, Tel Aviv University, Israel
“Enemy Criminal Adjudication: Criminal Law, Martial Law and Armed Conflict”

Helen Dancer
Senior Lecturer in Law, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK
“Community Leaders and Paralegals: Legal Empowerment, Capillary Power and Women’s Access to Justice in Tanzania”

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

View the event flyer here

290 Speaker Series

Redeemed on the Inside: Ecclesia Incarcerate in Ethnographic Perspective
With CSLS Visiting Scholar Jason Sexton, Lecturer, Cal State Fullerton
 
Thursday, October 17th, 2016; 2-4pm
221 Kroeber Hall
UC Berkeley, Department of Anthropology
 

Co-sponsored with
UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology

View the event flyer here

 

Visiting Scholars Speaker Series

An occasional series of presentations and discussion; wine and light refreshments provided

Friday, October 7, 2016
3:10-4:30PM
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Speakers Include:

Manoj Dias-Abey
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Queen’s University, Canada
“Sandcastles of Hope? Can Non-Traditional Labor Organizations Improve the Working Conditions of Migrant Farm Workers in North America?”

Amelia Thorpe
Senior Lecturer and Director of Environmental Law Programs, University of South Wales, Australia
“Hegel’s Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City”

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

View the event flyer here

BOOM: A Journal of California, “Correcting California”

An important conversation around California prison reform today

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With CSLS Visiting Scholar Jason Sexton, Journal editor and panelist, Cal State Fullerton
And CSLS Director Jonathan Simon, Panelist
 
Other Panelists include:
Josef Jacques
Paige St. John (LA Times)
Anna Challet (New America Media)
Anthony Williams (Afrikan Black Coalition)
Marisa Arrona (Californians for Safety & Justice)
Brant Choate (California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation)
 

Thursday, September 29th, 2016    Reception at 4pm; Program begins at 4:30
Warren Room, 297 Berkeley LawBoalt Hall
UC Berkeley, Boalt School of Law

Co-sponsored with
UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Law & Society
UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion
Boom: A Journal of California

New America Media

View the event flyer here

 

SPRING 2016

CSLS Miniseries in Empirical Research

With Steven Raphael, Professor of Public Policy, U.C. Berkeley
 
“Criminal Justice Data Analysis”
 

Friday, February 19, 2016    8:30 am – coffee and pastries, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Boalt Hall
Lunch follows at 2240 Piedmont Ave., Kadish Library

RSVP required, please email csls@law.berkeley.edu

 Description:
In this seminar, we will discuss the major public access criminal justice databases used by researchers in the United States. In addition to covering the two major sources of crime data (data from the Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the National Criminal Victimization Survey), we will also discuss other data sources that provide micro-level information on criminal procedure, including the State Court Processing Statistics, the periodic Survey of State and Federal Corrections Facilities, and the National Corrections Reporting Program. The seminar will highlight innovative uses of these data products and discuss potential for future research. We will also touch upon the use of administrative data from criminal justice agencies in non-experimental and experimental research, and the potential for linking criminal justice information to other administrative data sets such as vital statistics and employment data.
Steven Raphael is Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections. His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in U.S. incarceration rates. Raphael also works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing. Raphael is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are so Many Americans in Prison? and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record. He is also editor in chief of Industrial Relations and a research fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Pubic Policy Institute of California. Raphael holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.
About the Miniseries in Empirical Research Methods:
In this occasional series, ongoing since 2007, we invite leading scholars and practitioners of a range of qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods to introduce these methods specifically for legal and socio-legal scholars. The workshops are videotaped and posted on the CSLS website. This is the 22nd workshop in this popular series.

 

Special Speaker Event

Martin Krygier
Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory; Co-Director, Newtork for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law, University of New South Wales

“The Rule of Law: Pasts, Presents, and a Possible Future”

Abstract: The recent rise of the rule of law, from parochial and controversial legal ideal to unopposed international cliché, has given it a great boost in brand recognition. It has added less, actually nothing, to the concept’s clarity, which was in any event never its strongest suit. Indeed its now mandatory rhetorical presence has rendered increasingly murky what the concept might mean, what the phenomenon might be, and what it might be worth. Like the mission statements of many contemporary universities, the term threatens to become simultaneously compulsory and empty of significance.

Can anything be done about that? I hope so, since I take the phrase to point to important and enduring issues of politics and law. This paper seeks to defend that claim in a deliberately unoriginal way, by exploring some ageless intimations of old concerns. It identifies two venerable themes, related to each other as vexing problem and potential solution, namely arbitrary exercise of power, and its institutionalized tempering. It then moves to some past experiences with and without the rule of law understood this way, and then goes normative, to suggest the ideal of the rule of law is a THOROUGHLY GOOD THING, even if not every invocation of it is. The paper makes several criticisms of current discussions, to do with their temporal parochialism, and their inadequate treatment of ideals and of contexts. It concludes with two suggestions about future directions: a call for a social science that doesn’t exist, and a timid suggestion that, in order to pursue its own ideals, time might have come to move beyond the rule of law. 

Participants are encouraged to read the paper in advance.

Wednesday, March 2, 2:15 to 3:30 pm
Selznick Seminar Room, Reception to follow in the Kadish Library

Cosponsored with: the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs

 

Book Celebration – On the Publication of Harry and Jane Scheiber’s

Bayonets in Paradise: Martial Law in Hawai’i during World War II

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Bayonets in Paradise recounts the extraordinary story of how the army imposed rigid and absolute control on the total population of Hawaii during World War II. Declared immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack, martial law was all-inclusive, bringing under army rule every aspect of the Territory of Hawaii’s laws and governmental institutions. Even the judiciary was placed under direct subservience to the military authorities. The result was a protracted crisis in civil liberties, as the army subjected more than 400,000 civilians—citizens and alien residents alike—to sweeping, intrusive social and economic regulations and to enforcement of army orders in provost courts with no semblance of due process. In addition, the army enforced special regulations against Hawaii’s large population of Japanese ancestry; thousands of Japanese Americans were investigated, hundreds were arrested, and some 2,000 were incarcerated.

Based largely on archival sources, this comprehensive, authoritative study places the long-neglected and largely unknown history of martial law in Hawaii in the larger context of America’s ongoing struggle between the defense of constitutional liberties and the exercise of emergency powers.

Thursday, March 3, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Kadish Library, 2240 Piedmont Ave.

 

2nd ANNUAL ROBERT A. KAGAN LECTURE IN LAW AND REGULATION

R. Shep Melnick
Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics, Boston College

“Adversarial Legalism Meets Partisan Polarization”

The form of governance Robert A. Kagan has called “adversarial legalism” is in large part a consequence of the decline of the New Deal party coalition and  the executive-centered form of policymaking it engendered.  Adversarial legalism’s decentralized, entrepreneurial, litigation heavy policymaking style thrived in an era of party decline.  The post-1990 revival of parties that has gone hand-in-hand with intense partisan polarization has moderated adversarial legalism in some ways, but amplified it in others.  This lecture will examine the many ways in which partisan polarization is changing the character of American adversarial legalism.

Introduced by Jonathan Simon
Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society

Comments by 
Karen Tani, Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Sean Farhang, Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

 

Thursday, March 10, 2015     4:00-5:45pm
The Great Room, Bancroft Hotel 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Reception will follow

 

Stopping War Crimes Before They Happen:
Preventing Violations of the Law in Armed Conflict

BERKELEY LAUNCH OF
The International Review of the Red Cross on “Generating Respect for the Law”

During armed conflict, even the most basic tenets of the law are often violated. How can one ensure
that respect for human life and dignity remains a common concern by all sides to the conflict? What can
be done to encourage respect for the law and prevent violations? This year, the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing a series of conferences, including this Berkeley
launch event, on the theme of Generating Respect for the Law, in order to tackle a range of questions
related to improving respect for international humanitarian law. Two of the ICRC Review’s authors will
be joined by speakers from ICRC and the Office of the U.S. Judge Advocate General to highlight
measures being taken with and by armed forces, non-state actors, national courts and academia to
promote better respect for the law.

PANEL:
Tracey Begley, International Committee of the Red Cross, Washington (moderator)
Andrew Carswell, International Committee of the Red Cross, Ottawa
Richard Jackson, Colonel (Retired), Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters
Kate Jastram, UC Berkeley Blum Center for Developing Economies
Sharon Weill, Visiting Scholar, CSLS, Berkeley Law; Lecturer in international law at Sciences-Po (Paris) and Geneva

This event is co-sponsored by the ICRC, the American Red Cross, the American Society for International Law’s Lieber Society, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Berkeley Human Rights Center.

Thursday, March 106   5:00 – 6:30 pm
Room 132, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley (next to Café Zeb)

Reception to follow

 

Special Speaker Event

Tarun Khaitan
University of Oxford, Faculty of Law

“Wrong, Wrongfulness and Blame in Indirect Discrimination”

Tuesday, March 29, 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Selznick Seminar Room

Cosponsored with: the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs

 

Special Symposium

Sagit Mor
Senior Lecturer, University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel, and Teaching Fellow Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

“Towards a Disability Critique of Torts”

Comments by 
Steven Sugarman, Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Susan Schweik, Professor of English, U.C. Berkeley

Cosponsored with: Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, and Disability Studies Custer, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Wednesday, March 30, 2016     4:00-6:00 pm
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law

Reception will follow

 

Book Event – On the Publication of Karen Tani’s

States of Dependency
Welfare, Rights, and American Governance, 1935–1972

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Who bears responsibility for the poor, and who may exercise the power that comes with that responsibility? Amid the Great Depression, American reformers answered this question in new ways, with profound effects on long-standing practices of governance and entrenched understandings of citizenship. States of Dependency traces New Deal welfare programs over the span of four decades, asking what happened as money, expertise and ideas travelled from a federal administrative epicenter in Washington, DC, through state and local bureaucracies, and into diverse and divided communities. Drawing on a wealth of previously un-mined legal and archival sources, Karen Tani reveals how reformers attempted to build a more bureaucratic, centralized and uniform public welfare system; how traditions of localism, federalism and hostility toward the ‘undeserving poor’ affected their efforts; and how, along the way, more and more Americans came to speak of public income support in the powerful but limiting language of law and rights. The resulting account moves beyond attacking or defending Americans’ reliance on the welfare state to explore the complex network of dependencies undergirding modern American governance.

Comments by 
KT Albiston, Professor of Law and Sociology, U.C. Berkeley
Cybelle Fox, Associate Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley

Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 to 5:45 pm
Selznick Seminar Room, Reception to follow in Kadish Library (2240 Piedmont Ave.)

 

CSLS Special Speaker Event 

With Maurice Steirl,Visiting Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies, African American and African Studies, U.C. Davis
 
“Europe in Crisis: A Foucauldian Take on Border Violence and Mediterranean Acts of Escape”
 

Monday, April 25, 2016  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, U.C. Berkeley

 Description: The unauthorized mass-movements of 2015, when more than a million people crossed maritime borders into European space, demonstrated more clearly than ever before that Europe’s deterrence politics had failed. The necropolitical obstacle course created by its border regime proved unable to prevent these disobedient mobilities. What we witness today, while often termed a ‘migrant or refugee crisis’, is in fact a crisis of the European project. Current processes of internal re-bordering along sovereign nation-state lines and logics significantly undermine Europe’s supposed post-national ethos and trans-border imaginary. In this talk Stierl explores ‘Europe in crisis’ and relate to some of the experiences he made through his own activist involvement in ‘border struggles’, as part of the activist collective WatchTheMed Alarm Phone that has created a ‘hotline’ for people in distress at sea. Advocating the freedom of movement and seeking to democratize maritime border zones, the collective has created a presence in spaces seemingly reserved for sovereign state actors and has facilitated the safe arrival of thousands of travelers. In this talk he also draws from three ‘moments’ in Michel Foucault’s writing and thought that help us think conceptually through the relationship between (migrations’) excess and (borders’) control and prompt us to reflect on the ways in which ‘Mediterranean acts of escape’ transform the European socio-political landscape and community.

Dr. Maurice Stierl is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis. His research focuses on migration struggles in contemporary Europe and is broadly situated in the disciplines of (poststructuralist) International Relations, International Political Sociology, and Critical Migration & Border Studies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Globalizations, Movements, Citizenship Studies, and Antipode. He is a member of the activist project WatchTheMed Alarm Phone and the research collectives Kritnet, MobLab, and New Keywords Collective.

Co-sponsored by: The Center for the Study of Law and Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities: Course Thread on Law and the Humanities, and the Institute of European Studies.

 

Fall 2015

Conversations in Law and Society

With John and Jean Comaroff 
 
Interviewed by Calvin Morrill
Associate Dean for the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program;
Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law, and Prof. of Sociology at UCB
 

Friday, September 11, 2015    2-3:30p  (flier)
Boalt Hall 140
Reception follows at 2240 Piedmont Ave., Kadish Library

 

CSLS Book Event

Dan Berger
Assistant Professor, UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences will discuss his new book

Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era
(UNC Press, November 2014)

Moderated by
Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law & CSLS Director, UCB

Comments by
Pat Hilden, Professor Emerita, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley
Waldo Martin, Alexander F. & May T. Morrison Professor of American History & Citizenship
Tony Platt, Professor Emeritus, Sacramento State & CSLS Distinguished Affiliated Scholar

Thursday, September 24, 2015   4-5:30pm,
Berkeley Law South Addition 132

Co-Sponsored by: The American Cultures Center; Carceral Geographies Course Thread; and the Center for the Study of Law and Society

 

CSLS Special Workshop

Thomas Brudholm Associate Professor, Institute for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
and
Birgitte Schepelern Johansen
Assistant Professor, Institute for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

“On Hate, Prejudice, and Tolerance”

Tuesday, October 13, 3-5 pm,
Dean’s Seminar Room, Boalt Hall (Law School)

Cosponsored with: Townsend Center for the Humanities,  Graduate Assembly, French Department, History Department, and the Intellectual History and Theory Working Groups

 

The Legal Process and The Promise of Justice:

A Conference to Honor the Work of Malcolm M. Feeley

Thursday, October 22 – Friday, October 23, 2015
Warren Room & Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law

Program & Abstracts

 

Conversations in Law and Society

With Malcolm Feeley 
 
Interviewed by Jonathan Simon
Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law & CSLS Director, UCB
 

Friday, October 23, 2015    2-3:30pm
Boalt Hall 140
Reception follows at 2240 Piedmont Ave., Kadish Library

 

Special Speaker Event

Camille Robcis
Associate Professor, Cornell University Department of History

“The Biopolitics of Dignity”

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 4-6:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle

Cosponsored with: Townsend Center for the Humanities,  Graduate Assembly, French Department, History Department, and the Intellectual History and Theory Working Groups

 

Special Event

William Forbath
Associate Dean for Research; Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law, University of Texas Law

“Diaspora and Group Rights: The Jewish Constitutional Moment”

Monday, November 9th, 2015 Reception at 5:00 pm, Talk at 5:30 pm

Cosponsored with: Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Conferences, Workshops & Special Events 2014-15

Conversations in Law and Society

With Sally Engle Merry
Silver Professor of Anthropology, NYU
and faculty director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law
 
 
Interviewed by Calvin Morrill
Associate Dean for the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program;
Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law, and Prof. of Sociology at UCB
 
 

Friday, February 6, 2015    2-3:30p  (flier)
Boalt Hall 140
Reception follows at 2240 Piedmont Ave.

CSLS Empirical Research Methods Workshop

Justin McCrary
Professor of Law and Director, Social Science Data Library (D-Lab), UC Berkeley

“What is D-Lab? And What Does It Have to Do With the Study of Law”

Friday, February 13, 2015   10a-12noon  (flier)
Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.
Coffee at 9:30a.

 

A Symposium on Law and Society in Israel

“The Private Sphere as Public Policy”

Tuesday, February 17, 2015   3-5p  (poster)
Reception precedes at 2p.
Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law

Video of event

Jointly sponsored with the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Studies (BIJLIS).

Co-sponsored Conference

Neoliberalism and Biopolitics” (website)

Friday-Saturday, February 27-28, 2015 (schedule)
Maude Fife Auditorium, Wheeler Hall 315,  UC Berkeley

The Neoliberalism + Biopolitics Conference is the culminating event in a series of working group meetings and presentations on neoliberalism and biopolitics that are also organized by graduate students William Callison and Zachary Manfredi. Information on the working group, including recordings of past sessions, can be found at criticaltheory.berkeley.edu.

Sponsors

The Neoliberalism + Biopolitics Working Group and Conference are generously supported by UC Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory, Divisions of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences, Center for the
Study of Law & Society, Cultural Services-French Embassy in the United States, Departments of English, Political Science, Rhetoric, and Sociology, The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

CSLS Book Event

Hadar Aviram
Harry and Lillian Hastings Research Chair, U. of California, Hastings College of the Law will discuss her new book from UC Berkeley Press entitled

Cheap on Crime:  Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Politics

Introduced by
Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law & CSLS Director, UCB

Comments by
Alessandro De Giorgi
, Assoc. Prof. of Justice Studies, San José
State University
Steven Raphael, Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, March 3, 2015   4-5:30p  (flier)
Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.

Co-Sponsored Symposium

Disability Incarcerated

Monday, March 9, 2015 (program flier)
Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley Law School

This event builds upon the recently published Disability Incarcerated (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), an interdisciplinary collection of scholarship (Forward by Angela Davis), that focuses on the “institutionalization and segregation of people with disabilities in the United States and Canada. The volume argues that disability is central to understanding the varied forms of incarceration and their manifestations through time and place.  The essays together reveal that a consideration of disability broadens the conceptualization of incarceration beyond prisons to a range of places that detain, segregate, and warehouse people with atypical and/or devalued minds and bodies…”

The Symposium brings together speakers, including three editors, local community activists, and academics involved in critical prison studies and prison abolition, with educators, students, and artists to open new avenues of dialogue in the age of mass incarceration, critical race
studies on ending the school-to prison pipeline, and disability studies on institutionalization and the role of disability incarcerative systems
generally.

Jointly sponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Haas Institute for Race, Diversity and Educational Disparities Cluster, Diversity and Democracy Cluster, and Disabilities Studies Cluster; Dean Judith Little, School of Education; Dean Carla Hesse, Division of Social Sciences; Dean Anthony J. Cascardi, Division of Arts and Humanities; Social and Cultural Studies Program, School of Education; Canadian Studies; The Doreen K. Townsend Center for the Humanities and by the Center for the Study of Law and Society.

Inaugural Robert A. Kagan Lecture in Law and Regulation

Cary Coglianese
Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at U. Penn. and Director of the Penn Program on Regulation

“Regulation and Inequality”

Introduced by Jonathan Simon
Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law;
Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society

with discussants
Susan Yackee,  Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science and
Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, U. Wisconsin-Madison

David Vogel, Solomon P. Lee Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, March 10, 2015     4:00-5:45p (poster)
Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall, Berkeley Law
Reception will follow.

To what extent has regulation, or the regulatory process more generally, contributed to economic inequality in the United States? Answering this question is vital for understanding what might be done to reverse or respond to current conditions of inequality.”

CSLS Book Event

Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness

Speaking on Appealing to Justice, Prison Grievances: Rights, and Carceral Logic

Tuesday, March 17      3:30p-5:00p (flier)
Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall, Berkeley Law

Co-sponsored Speaker

Aaron Dhir
Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

“Norway’s Socio-Legal Journey:  A Qualitative Study of Boardroom Diversity Quotas”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Boalt Hall 100      5-6:00p

The lack of gender parity in the governance of business corporations has ignited a heated global debate, leading policymakers to wrestle with difficult questions that lie at the intersection of market activity and social identity politics.  Drawing on semi-structured interviews with corporate board directors in Norway and documentary content analysis of corporate securities filings in the United States, Aaron Dhir empirically investigates two distinct regulatory models designed to address diversity in the boardroom: quotas and disclosure.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) General Speaker Series.

Co-sponsored Speaker

Jennifer Carlson
Assistant Professor of Sociology, U. of Toronto

“Citizen-Protectors: Race, Masculinity & Moral Politics in Contemporary American Gun Culture” (flier)

with respondent Michael Musheno, Adjunct Professor of Law
and Faculty Director of the Legal Studies Program, Berkeley Law

Thursday, April 2   3:30-5p
Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change, the Department of Sociology, the Center for the Study of Race and Gender, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society

Co-sponsored Speaker

Melanie  Randall
Professor of Law, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

“Consent and Sexual Assault Law”

Monday, April 20    4-5:30p
134 Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law

Co-sponsored by Canadian Studies

FALL 2014

A Special Book Event

Martin Krygier
Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory; co-director of the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

“Philip Selznick’s The Organizational Weapon: A Study of Bolshevik Strategy and Tactics
(Quid Pro Books, 2014)”

with a new forward by Martin Krygier

Wednesday, January 14, 2015   4-5:30p
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue
Reception follows

A Special Speaker Event

Ian Loader
Professor of Criminology and Professorial Fellow of All Souls College University of Oxford, Faculty of Law

Private Security and Regulatory Space: In Search of the Public Interest

Thursday, December 11    12:30-1:45p (flier)
Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley Law

Space is limited: Box lunch provided. To rsvp and receive a copy of paper, please email rgreenspan@law.berkeley.edu (pls note if vegetarian)

(co-sponsored with the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology)

A symposium

(co-sponsored with the Canadian Studies Program, UCB; the Disbility Studies Cluster and the Diversity  and Democracy Cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UCB; the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS), UCB; and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Canada)

Dr. Laverne Jacobs
Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, Canadian Studies & Visiting Scholar, CSLS, UCB
and Associate Professor of Law, University of Windsor, Canada

Friday, December 5, 2014  (Agenda)
Warren Room (295 Simon Hall)
Registration is now full.

Exploring Law, Disability and the Challenge of Equality in Canada and the United States

Rights of equality for persons with disabilities have long held the imagination of those aiming to defeat disability discrimination.  During the almost 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, disability advocates in North America have pushed for the development of additional legal tools such as accessibility standards legislation in Canadian provinces, the continued evolution of domestic civil rights and human rights, and the reception of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Yet, the struggle continues.

This symposium brings together scholars interested in the field of law to discuss the achievements and the challenges that continue to face persons with disabilities in their social struggle for equality in both Canada and the U.S. The symposium will showcase and interrogate methods, theoretical and practical perspectives, and research findings in the pursuit of equality through disability legal studies research in the US and Canada.  The conveners anticipate that the papers from this symposium will be published.

Workshop

(co-presented by the Program in Critical Theory; the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law;
and the Center for the Study of Law and Society)

Chantal Thomas
Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School and Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School

“Disciplining the Global Social Body: Criminalization, Political Economy and International Law”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    6-8pm

Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley

To register for this workshop and receive the pre-circulated paper,
please contact critical_theory@berkeley.edu

Policing of illegal markets has contributed significantly to the
strengthening of international law as an institutional presence. Such
policing efforts both mediate and contribute to anxieties related to
globalization. They also generate other significant effects in
international space–including the formation of a global demos that may
lay the groundwork for greater levels of global regulation in the
future. The implications of this dynamic are strikingly at odds with
traditional liberal theories of governance and of internationalization,
suggesting that the foundation for governance is not contractarian but
security-based. This project considers particular instances of this
phenomenon, such as the growing international legal framework against
trafficking in persons. It suggests that cultural and historical
conceptions of gender and sexuality may be informing how policing and
punishment tactics engage with disparate, feminized, precarious labor
markets in the globalized economy. (Thomas)

Chantal Thomas is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she
directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East
and North Africa. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between
international law, political economy, and global social justice in a
variety of contexts. With Joel Trachtman, she is the author of Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (Oxford University Press 2009).

CSLS Special Speaker Event

(co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues’ Center for Research on Social Change)

Rose Cuison Villazor
Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr., Hall Research Scholar
UC Davis School of Law

“Non-Citizen Nationals:  Neither Citizens nor Aliens”

Monday, October 20, 2014     4:00-5:30p
Boalt Hall, Room 240

CSLS Speaker Event

Lynette Chua
Assistant Professor of Law

National University of Singapore

“Myanmar’s Sexual Minority Rights Movement
and
the Cultural Processes of Translating and Mobilizing Human Rights”
(flier)

Monday, September 22, 2014
4-5:15p.

Reception follows
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and
Society, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the Center for
Southeast Asia Studies, and the Department of Gender and Women’s
Studies.

CSLS Book Event

(co-sponsored with Jurisprudence and Social Policy and the Carceral Geographies Course Thread)

Jonathan Simon
Adrian A. Kragan Professor of Law and
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley

speaking on his recent book from The New Press (2014)

Mass Incarceration on Trial

Wednesday, September 17, 2014     4:30-6:00p
Goldberg Room, Simon Hall, Berkeley Law

Moderated by Calvin Morrill
Associate Dean, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program
Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology

With responses by
Rebecca McLennan, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley
Tony Platt, Professor Emeritus, CSU-Sacramento

 

 

 

Conferences, Workshops & Special Events 2013-14

Conference

Breaking Barriers, Building Community: 35 years of Training Social Change Scholars

Co-sponsored by Division of Equity and Inclusion; Departments of Sociology, Anthropology,
and Ethnic Studies; College of Environmental Design; School of Social Welfare;
Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program; Center for the Study of Law and Society;
Center for Race and Gender; American Cultures; and The Graduate School of Education

Friday, May 2, 2014     8:30am – 4:30pm

Alumni Hall, 2537 Haste St.
(between Telegraph Ave. and Bowditch St.)

What does it mean to be a social change scholar? What is the relevancy of the academy to achieving social justice? How can the academy be (re)made to reflect the diversity and complexity of society, where students and communities have active voices and roles in shaping the pedagogy, research approaches, and policy production of the research university?

(Register here by April 27 for a free lunch and the program)

Workshop and Reception

DR. BIRGIT LANGENBERGER
University of Vienna

“SLAVERY, COLONY AND NATURAL RIGHTS–Performance Maneuvers
of ‘Natural Lawfare’ in the American Declaration of Independence (1776)”

Thursday, April 24, 2014  5:30-7:30p
7415 Dwinelle Hall

At the founding of the American republic there is an uncanny co presence of natural rights, slavery, and colony. Are the latter just a matter of historical coincidence or does it reflect a more intricate correlation between the liberal political principles of the Enlightenment and the oppressive state of human enslavement and colonialism than hitherto presumed? In other words, is it possible that the very principle of natural rights is in some ways conducive to the justification of oppression? First, how can the American Declaration of Independence (1776), a paradigmatic document of colonial resistance that successfully underpinned the American colonies’ striving for independence from the motherland Great Britain in turn legitimize colonial conquest in the name of natural rights? Hence what is puzzling is the fact that this result comes about despite the presumption of the equal human nature of Native Americans. Second, how can one explain the shift from Jefferson’s plea for the “most sacred rights of life & liberty” of African slaves in his original rough draft of the DI to his pessimism as to an ‘inevitable’ race-war, and therefore to the supposedly legitimate criminalizing of blacks in the final draft of the DI? This paper intends to show that more than a coincidental co-presence of rights and oppression is at work. By tracing the speech-act- performative maneuvers of naturalization and dehistoricization, it attempts to demonstrate how the conceptual and philosophical tension of the principles of rights (“laws of nature” and “nature’s God”) turns the terrible exceptions of slavery and colony into American specific justifications of “natural lawfare.”

We will circulate the paper to those interested. The paper should be read in advance. The presenter will speak for 10 or 15 minutes, followed by discussion.

Co-sponsored by CSLS, the Department of Rhetoric, and the Townsend Center Working Group on Law and Contemporary Theory.

Workshop and Reception

PETER SCHNECK

Professor of American Literature and Culture
University of Osnabruck, Germany

“WHO OWNS UNCLE TOM’S CABIN?  On Religion, Property and Personhood”

Thursday, April 17, 2014   5:30-7:30p
7415 Dwinelle Hall

Peter Schneck received his PhD from the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin, and presently holds the professorship for American Literature and Culture at the University of Osnabruck, where he directs the Osnabruck Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law (OSI).

We will circulate the paper to those interested. (Please email to request the paper) The paper should be read in advance.  The presenter will speak for 10 to 15 minutes, followed by discussion.

Co-sponsored by CSLS, the Department of Rhetoric, and the Townsend Center Working Group on Law and Contemporary Theory.

GALA/CSLS Speaker Event

(co-sponsored with the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice)

SONIA BISHOP

Assistant Professor of Psychology, U.C. Berkeley

“A Conversation about Neuroscience and the Law”

Thursday, April 17     12:30-1:55p
(light lunch served at 12noon)

Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

 

CSLS Book Event

(co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
and the Carceral Geographies Course Thread)

DORAN LARSON
speaking on

FOURTH CITY: THE AMERICAN PRISON WRITER AS WITNESS (flier)
with Responses by
JONATHAN SIMON & PATRICIA HILDEN

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014   4-5:30p

Wildavsky Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Mass incarceration in the United States is the largest, most luctrative, most racialized, and most destructive social experiment in recent history.  Only the men and women who live behind bars are fully invested in the truth, are willing and able to bear witness to the state of our prisons, and are subjects of sufficient public fascination to be heard by a broad public.

This talk will present Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America, a collection of 71 essays from writers incarcerated in 27 American states. Fourth City is the largest collection to date of first-person witness to how the American prison is experienced by those living inside it. Fourth City presents the prison population as it sees itself: not as regrettable abstraction or liability of the neoliberal state, but as an extant community of 2.26 million living under hostile supervision.

Doran Larson is Professor of English at Hamilton College. He has led The Writing Workshop inside Attica Correctional Facility since 2006, and is the founder of two college-in-prison programs. He publishes essays on prison writing and teaching, and edited a special issue of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (UK), in which incarcerated writers, prison teachers, and prison critics imagine what the American prison would look like if transformed into a socially constructive institution.

COLLOQUIUM

ISSI’s Center for Research on Social Change presents:

KELLY LYTLE HERNANDEZ
Associate Professor of History, UCLS

“Not Imprisonment in the Legal Sense”:
The Invention of Immigrant Detention: 1892-1896 
(flier)

with Leti Volpp as respondent

Thursday, March 20, 2014    3:30-5:00p

Warren Room, Simon Hall (Room295)

Co-sponsored by The Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice,
Center for the Study of Law and Society, Carceral Geographies Course Thread,
Graduate Students de La Raza, Sociology Department, Ethnic Studies Department,
and Department of History

Conversations in Law and Society

ROBERT A. KAGAN interviewed by Calvin Morrill

March 14, 2014   2-3:30pm

140 Boalt Hall

CSLS BOOK EVENT

ROSS CHEIT

speaking on

The Witch Hunt Narrative” in Conversation with Catharine McKinnon

March 6, 2014   4:30-5:30pm

100 Boalt Hall

 

Special Presentation

(co-sponsored with the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice)

Mark Halsey
Professor and ARC Future Fellow
Intergeneratational Incarceration Project

Flinders University Law School, Adelaide, South Australia

Monday, November 25, 2013   3:30-5pm
Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall, Berkeley Law
(Refreshments will be served)

“Intergenerational Incarceration:  Results of a Statewide Survey”

This presentation highlights the key results of a survey aimed at capturing the “depth” of intergenerational incarceration in one Australian state. Results are presented in accordance with respondents’ age, gender, Indigenous status, total length of custodial time, and like factors.  A critical analysis of the social, political and economic issues appearing to impact intergenerational incarceration is also engaged.  The presentation concludes with a brief overview of how these results (will) inform the second (interview- based) stage of the research.

Mark Halsey has published widely on such issues as the lived experience of imprisonment and the challenges of post-release life. He is in the final stages of a 10-year study of the desistance process as played out in the lives of young male (ex)prisoners and their nominated significant others.

 

Special Seminar

David M. Trubek

TOWARD A NEW LAW AND DEVELOPMENT:
40 YEARS AFTER

Scholars in Self-Estrangement

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:30-5p.m.
in Boalt Room 141

Forty years after the famous critique of law and development “Scholars in Self-Estrangement,” Trubek rejoins the field, re-visits Brazil in one new article, reflects on the 1974 critique in another, and invites faculty, scholars and students to engage with his new ideas and reflections. David M. Trubek has played major roles in the fields of law and development, globalization, law and society, and critical legal theory for decades.

Please email rgreenspan@law.berkeley.edu to RSVP and receive readings.

November 6-8, Dave and Louise Trubek will be honored guests of the Center for the Study of Law and Society, with several public appearances, culminating in A Conversation in Law and Society – David Trubek & Louise Trubek in conversation with Jonathan Simon, in the afternoon of Friday, November 8 at 2-3:30p in Boalt 140.

David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School.  He received the Law & Society Association’s Kalven Prize in 2002 and was appointed Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Government in recognition of his work on globalization. He has written extensively on international and comparative law, on the role of law in development, human rights, European integration, the changing role of the legal profession, and the impact of globalization on legal systems and social protection schemes, as well as on critical legal theory, the sociology of law, and civil procedure.  He is co-Director of GLEE, the Project on Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies.

 

Colloquium and Reception

Leif Dahlberg
Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Communications
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm

“Factoring Out Justice: Imaginaries of Community, Law and the Political
in Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Niccolo Machiavelli”
  (Abstract)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013  5:10-6:30p
7415 Dwinelle Hall

 

Conferences, Workshops & Special Events 2012-2013

A Lunchtime Talk

Lia Kent
Research Fellow, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program,
Australia National University

Friday, May 17, 2013  12-1:00p
2850 Telegraph Avenue, Conference Room #351

The Dynamics of Transitional Justice:
International Models and Local Realities in East Timor

Transitional justice mechanisms have become firmly entrenched as part of the United Nations “tool-kit” for successful post-conflict recovery, promoted as a means of assisting both individuals and societies to “come to terms” with complex legacies of violence. Focusing on a case study of East Timor, this presentation interrogates these claims. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in 2007 and 2008, I chart the complex interplay between international transitional justice narratives promoted by the United Nations, national narratives of justice and nation-building promoted by East Timor’s political elite, and local narratives of injustice promoted by East Timorese survivors. I argue that the transitional justice process has been unable to fully respond to local expectations of justice, which are culturally and historically situated. Nonetheless, it has contributed to an ongoing, locally grounded, conversation about how best to ‘deal with the past’. The dynamic nature of these developments suggests that transitional justice might best be understood as a continuing and productive interaction between multiple actors with varying degrees of political power.

CSLS Roundtable Discussion

Mark Fathi Massoud
Assistant Professor in the Politics Department
and Legal Studies Program, UC, Santa Cruz

Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:30-4:45p
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan
(forthcoming from Cambridge University Press)

Co-sponsored by Rachel Stern’s class on Judicial Politics in Non-Democracies
and the Institute for East Asian Studies

Berkeley Workshop on Law:  A Socio-Legal Perspective

(with funding from James Wright, editor-in-chief, International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, and Elsevier Publishing Company)

Friday, March 1, 2013, 2-5p

CSLS Executive Director Rosann Greenspan is serving as co-editor, with fellow JSP graduate Professor Kay Levine of Emory Law School, of the Section on Law of the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (IESBS), Second Edition.  They have commissioned some 140 chapters by leading US and international scholars; when completed in 2015, the Encyclopedia will incorporate over 5,000 entries.  Lauren Edelman and Marc Galanter, who co-edited the Law Section for the 1st Edition (published 2001), were invited to prepare a major overview chapter for the 2d edition, which they have titled “Law: A Socio-Legal Perspective.”  This chapter will replace the chapter “Law: Overview” from the 1st edition.   The authors  proposed convening a group of Bay Area law and society “informants”to react to the original text and discuss new developments in law and society that will inform the new article. Fifteen scholars gathered in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room to participate in the workshop.

 

 

Special Lecture by John and Jean Comaroff

Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:15-1:30p
140 Boalt Hall
(announcement)

“THE RETURN OF KHULEKANI KHUMALO, ZOMBIE CAPTIVE”

Imposture of various kinds has become strikingly common in post-apartheid South Africa, which is increasingly afflicted by, among other things, identity theft, plagiarism, fakery, even counterfeit crime. Taking a case – the alleged impersonation of a famous Zulu musician, deceased two years ago – this lecture asks why this has happened, what the resort to imposture tells us about postcolonial self-fashioning, about personhood under contemporary economic, social, and cultural conditions, and about the difficulties faced by the law in dealing with twenty-first century imposture.

Special Seminar and Dinner for JSP Students and BELS Fellows

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5:30-8p.

Jean Comaroff
Professor of African and African and American Studies and of Anthropology
and Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies, Harvard University
and
John Comaroff
Professor of African and African and American Studies and of Anthropology
and Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies, Harvard University

“DIVINE DETECTION”

Walter Benjamin famously insisted that modern police wielded a “ghostly,” all-pervasive violence, called upon at points where the state was unable to govern by legal means. Yet many African postcolonies are haunted by a different specter: the waning efficacy of enforcement, the ambiguity of authority, and the apparent abandonment of subjects by the state. This paper, part of a larger work entitled “Policing the Postcolony,” examines the problematic relation of law, theology, and sovereignty in contemporary African polities, especially in post-apartheid South Africa. It focuses on the “metaphysics of disorder” that is palpable in popular culture here, and the kinds of forensic fetishes that seem to be conjured in its wake.

 

 

 

 

Conferences, Workshops & Special Events 2011-2012

Dedication of the Sanford H. Kadish Library
Reception to Honor Sandy Kadish

Monday, November 5, 2012, 4-5pm
2240 Piedmont Avenue
(Photos)

Since arriving on the Berkeley campus in 1964, Sanford H. Kadish has been associated with the Center for the Study of Law and Society (founded 3 years earlier by Philip Selznick). In 1976, as Dean of Boalt Hall Law School, Sandy co-founded the path-breaking Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program with Philip Selznick. The first PhD students arrived in 1978; next fall we will welcome the 35th class of JSP students. On October 5, 2012, Sandy honored us with a wonderful interview (conducted by David Lieberman) in the CSLS Conversations in Law and Society Series in which he described the early days at the Center and the founding of JSP. The videotape will soon be available on the web. Join us as we raise a glass to our friend and founder Sandy Kadish, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, and admire the beautiful new sign over the entrance to the Sanford H. Kadish Library.

BERKELEY-NSF WORKSHOP

On the Interpay Between Social Sciences and Law Schools:
Visions, Challenges and Trajectories

(FUNDING FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION,
LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCES PROGRAM)

Thursday, May 3rd-Friday, May 4th

50th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE (1961-2011)

The Future of Law and Society

A Conference on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary
Of the Center for the Study of Law and Society
University of California, Berkeley

November 3-4. 2011
Bancroft Hotel

 

Conferences, Workshops & Special Events 2009-2011

 

A TALK BY SHELDON L. ZEDEK

Date: February 4, 2010, 12:30-1:45p
Location: Goldberg Room
Title: “Ricci v. the City of New Haven”

 

 

Bay Area Law and Society Scholars (BALSS)

 

 
 

The Balss meeting was held in conjuction with Conversations in Law and Society
Friday, April 23, 2010
2-3:30p
Location: 140 Boalt Hall
Reception in CSLS Library, 2240 Piedmont Avenue.

Constitution Day Colloquium

(Program flier)
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: The Constitution in Crisis Times
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Program 12:15p – 1:50p with a light lunch available 11:45a – 12:15p
Location: Boalt 110

Constitution Day itself is September 17th. This colloquium on September 15th is part of a week of events in celebration of the Constitution of the United States. The Welcome will be given by Calvin Morrill, the Director at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. The panel will be chaired by Malcolm Feeley. The first of two papers to be presented is by Willoughby Anderson, Law Clerk, Chambers of Senior Judge John T. Nixon, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, and is entitled “Constitutional Crisis in Birmingham: the Civil Rights Movement and Beyond.” The discussant will be Goodwin Liu, Berkeley Law. The second paper is “Martial Law and Military Courts: Hawaii in WWII” and will be presented by Harry Scheiber and Jane Scheiber, UC Berkeley. The discussant for this paper is Gordon Silverstein, UC Berkeley.

 

Conferences, Workshops & Special Events 2008-2009

 

A CONFERENCE ON BUILDING THEORY THROUGH EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES

 

Friday, April 24, 2009
(website) (info for presenters)

Empirical Legal Studies is often associated with sophisticated quantitative work and less often associated with theory. This conference is designed to highlight the ways in which empirical legal studies (both quantitative and qualitative) can and should be integrated with theoretical work. The conference, building on a long tradition of empirical legal studies at Berkeley, will show how empirical legal studies can be grounded in socio-legal theory and can be used to generate, test, and elaborate socio-legal theory. Invited speakers from both the legal academy and the social sciences will foster a productive dialog about the intersection of empirical legal studies and law and social science theory. The conference will consist of three panels scheduled consecutively to allow for full participation. We also hope to foster connections across disciplines and among scholars in this area that will continue long after this initial conference.The conference will feature a Keynote Address by Richard Lempert, Stein Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Law and Sociology at the University of Michigan and former director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at the National Science Foundation. Panelists and discussants include: Katherine Albiston (UC Berkeley), Kitty Calavita (UC Irvine), Lauren Edelman (UC Berkeley), Yuval Feldman (Bar Ilan University), Tristin Green (Seton Hall), John Hagan (Northwestern), Daniel Ho (Stanford), Valerie Jenness (UC Irvine), Alexandra Kalev (Arizona), Stephanie Lindquist (Vanderbilt), Orly Lobel (University of San Diego),Calvin Morrill (UC Irvine), Anne Joseph O’Connell (UC Berkeley), Kevin Quinn (Harvard), Margo Schlanger (Washington University), Mark Suchman (Brown University), Christopher Zorn (Pennsylvania State).

THE VIRTUES AND VICES OF LEGALISM: A CONFERENCE HONORING THE WORK OF ROBERT A. KAGAN

 

(Program) (Presenter Information) (Photo Gallery)
Friday, September 19, 2008

Beginning with the publication of Regulatory Justice in 1974, Bob Kagan has made far-reaching contributions to the study of courts, regulatory decision-making, and the legal profession. Richly comparative, his work spans disciplinary and national boundaries. Through detailed empirical observation Kagan’s writings shed new light on the day-to-day reality of legal actors and institutions. His work has been particularly influential in the study of regulation, where his studies have shaped contemporary understandings of what constitutes reasonable and effective regulation. His insights have brought attention to the special problems of the American legal order, where he argues that an exceptionally adversarial system, while very useful in some respects, diminishes the accountability, efficiency and fairness of the U.S. system. Bob Kagan’s work is original and provocative. In the law and society tradition, Bob’s empirical studies get to the core of the law in action. And in the jurisprudence and social policy tradition, he draws normative implications that challenge scholars and policymakers alike to seek reason and justice in law. Inspired by this model and his generous mentorship, scores of graduate students have sought to follow in his path. The sessions will include: 1) Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance, 2) Comparative Legal Institutions, and 3) Adversarial Legalism. In the final session — The Virtues and Vices of Legalism — Malcolm Feeley will take the long view of Bob’s work and the themes that weave throughout, and Bob will be invited to respond.

It is anticipated that the papers will be published as an edited volume as soon as possible after the conference.
Organizing Committee: Malcolm M. Feeley (Chair), Lauren Edelman, Rosann Greenspan, Tom Burke (Wellesley College), Noga Morag-Levine (Michigan State-College of Law)

 

BAY AREA LAW AND SOCIETY GATHERING

Stanford Law School will host the next Bay Area Law and Society Scholars (BALSS) gathering on Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

 

Stanford Law School will host the next Bay Area Law and Society Scholars (BALSS) gathering on Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

 

MELLON-SAWYER SEMINAR PLENARY CONFERENCE

 

November 7-8, 2008

During 2007-2008 the Center for the Study of Law and Society hosted a year-long seminar funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Grant. Entitled “The Dilemmas of Judicial Power in Comparative Perspective, the seminar was administered by Gordon Silverstein (Political Science), Principal Investigator, and Robert A. Kagan (Political Science and Law), Malcolm F. Feeley (Jurisprudence and Social Policy, School of Law) and Martin Shapiro (Law), co-prinicipal investigators. Also assisting were Diana Kapiszewski (Post-doctoral Fellow), Manoj Mate (Political Science), and Pablo Rueda (Jurisprudence and Social Policy). A complete calendar of speakers and participants is available on the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar website.November 7-8, 2008During 2007-2008 the Center for the Study of Law and Society hosted a year-long seminar funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Grant. Entitled “The Dilemmas of Judicial Power in Comparative Perspective, the seminar was administered by Gordon Silverstein (Political Science), Principal Investigator, and Robert A. Kagan (Political Science and Law), Malcolm F. Feeley (Jurisprudence and Social Policy, School of Law) and Martin Shapiro (Law), co-prinicipal investigators. Also assisting were Diana Kapiszewski (Post-doctoral Fellow), Manoj Mate (Political Science), and Pablo Rueda (Jurisprudence and Social Policy). A of speakers and participants is available on the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar website.

All the Sawyer Seminar speakers and participants will be returning for the Plenary Conference on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, where they will review and discuss the papers presented during the seminar. Authors will revise their papers in light of the theoretical framework developed through an iterative process and contribute them to a volume for publication. The Plenary Conference website has links to the current versions of the papers.

CELEBRATING PHILIP SELZNICK’S NEW BOOK

November 18, 2008
(program front, back)

Philip Selznick, Professor of Law and Sociology, Emeritus; Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society; Founding Chair of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Program; and Former Chair of the Department of Sociology, in his 90th year, has just published a new book with Stanford University, Press, A HUMANIST SCIENCE: VALUES AND IDEALS IN SOCIAL INQUIRY. In honor of Philip, and in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the JSP Program he envisioned and established, the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program will host a reception and discussion, on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Goldberg Room (Simon Hall). Marianne Constable (U.C. Berkeley), Sanford Kadish (U.C. Berkeley), Martin Krygier (University of New South Wales), and Philippe Nonet (U.C. Berkeley) will provide comments, followed by a reply by Philip Selznick.

 

 

 

Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events 2007-2008

 

2008 BCLT PRIVACY LECTURE: DAVID COLE
The Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored the 2008 BCLT Privacy Lecture by David Cole of Georgetown University, with responses by John Yoo and David Kris, on April 14, 2008. The topic of Professor Cole’s lecture was: “Would You Rather Be on Closed Circuit TV or in Jail ? Trade-offs between Liberty and Privacy in the U.S. and the U.K.”

 

CSLS BAY AREA LAW AND SOCIETY GATHERING
On October 17, 2007, Bay area law and society scholars gathered for an evening of conversation, starting with a brief presentation by Lawrence Friedman of Stanford Law School, long a leading light in our field.

The second BALSS gathering took place on March 19, 2008 at UC Hastings (200 McAllister Street, San Francisco). After an informal reception, the group gathered to discuss Hiring and Career Choices in Law and Society, featuring: Nell Newton (Dean and Chancellor, UC Hastings College of the Law) and Jonathan Simon (Chair, JSP Program, and Associate Dean, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley). David Levine (UC Hastings College of the Law) facilitated the discussion.

Stanford Law School will host the next Bay Area Law and Society Scholars (BALSS) gathering in Fall 2008.

CSLS MINI-SERIES ON EMPIRICAL RESEARCH METHODS
CSLS has launched a new series of methodology seminars presenting aspects of empirical research methods by and for legal and sociolegal scholars. To go to the webpage of any of the workshops in the mini-series, click on the seminar title below. There you will find the videos of each 3-hour seminar; handouts; powerpoint slides; bibliographies; and other course materials.

The first seminar was a Workshop in Systematic Qualitative Fieldwork led by Calvin Morrill of UC Irvine on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

The second seminar was a Workshop in Historical-Comparative Methods led by Robin Stryker of the University of Minnesota, on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

The third seminar was an Introduction to Survey Research led by Tom Piazza of U.C. Berkeley’s Survey Research Center, on Thursday, February 21, 2008, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

The fourth seminar, The Art and Science of Interviewing, led by Kristin Luker, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley, took place on Thursday, April 10, 2008, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

JIRI PRIBAN, “IS THERE THE SPIRIT OF EUROPEAN LAW?”
Jiri Priban, Professor of Law at Cardiff University, University of Wales, presented a public lecture on Wednesday, September 26, 2007. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Institute of European Studies.

Recent Conferences and Workshops

 

2007

 

LAW AND THE EMOTIONS
The Center for the Study of Law and Society is pleased to be a co-sponsor of Law and the Emotions: New Directions in Scholarship, February 8-9, 2007.
Conference Website

 

2006

 

CONFERENCE TO HONOR THE WORK OF HARRY N. SCHEIBER

Friday, September 15th, 2006
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Boalt Hall School of Law
Conference Website
Conference Photos by James Block
Conference Photos by Victoria Woeste
David Lieberman presents signed poster to Harry Scheiber

 

2005

 

WEST COAST LAW AND SOCIETY RETREAT
Friday, Saturday, March 11-12, 2005.
Doubletree Hotel / Berkeley, CAFriday, Saturday, March 11-12, 2005.Doubletree Hotel / Berkeley, CA

A highlight of the year’s activities was the highly successful, inaugural West Coast Law and Society Retreat, initiated by CSLS Director Lauren Edelman, and organized and hosted by CSLS, with major funding from Boalt Hall, as well as the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Dean of Social Sciences, Stanford Law School and the University of Washington. Some 80 invited scholars in a range of academic fields from about 20 universities and law schools participated in intensive discussions about the state of sociolegal scholarship in a variety of substantive areas, as well as about teaching law and society in undergraduate, graduate and law school programs.

 

2004

 

PROTECTING HUMAN SUBJECTS VS. PRESERVING SOCIAL RESEARCH
Thursday, April 8, 2004.
Jack Katz, Professor of Sociology, UCLA

 

2003

CONFERENCE TO HONOR THE WORK OF MARTIN SHAPIRO
March 6, 2003
(see agenda)

 

March 6, 2003

Martin Shapiro has profoundly shaped the study of public law in the United States His work has influenced the study of American constitutional and administrative law, the politics of European integration, and comparative constitutional law. His 1981 book Courts was described (by Sam Krislov) as “the most significant single contribution in the field” of public law in political science. He is the recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association. To further honor his career, of which the last 25 years have been spent at Boalt Hall, this conference brought together colleagues, admirers, and former students.

The conference featured three panels with papers prepared especially for the occasion and a discussant commenting on each session’s papers. The sessions include: 1) Law and Politics in the United States, 2) Comparative Law and Courts, and 3) The Politics of European Integration. Papers and commentary were presented by Lief Carter, Javier Couso, Paul Craig, Howard Gillman, Tom Ginsburg, Carol Harlow, Lynn Mather, Shep Melnick, Bronwen Morgan, Brad Roth, Alec Stone Sweet, and Joseph Weiler. Martin provided commentary at the conclusion of the three substantive sessions. The papers were published as an edited volume in 2005, Tom Ginsburg and Robert Kagan, editors.

LAW & SOCIETY ASSOCIATION SUMMER INSTITUTE
July 16-20, 2003
Clark Kerr Campus

The Institute was co-sponsored by CSLS and the Law & Society Association, with additional support from Boalt Hall and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The theme of the Institute was “(Studying) Justice in a Changing World:” Some 26 participants drawn from 120 applicants – advanced graduate students and junior faculty from across the U.S. and abroad – had the opportunity to engage with senior law and society scholars. Faculty included 6 CSLS affiliates: Robert Kagan, Lauren Edelman, Robert MacCoun, Philip Selznick (emeritus) Harry Scheiber, and Jonathan Simon, as well as 10 other distinguished law and society scholars.

 

2002

 

LAW AND SOCIETY IN CHINA
September 20-21, 2002

A conference on law and society in China was held at the School of Law (Boalt Hall), sponsored by the School, the Institute of East Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Center for Chinese Studies. All of the participants had recently engaged in field research in China that promised insights into the operation of a range of institutions, with implications for state-society relations. The conference was organized by Stanley Lubman, visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and lecturer at Boalt Hall, Kevin J. O’Brien, professor of political science, UC Berkeley and Neil Diamant, assistant professor of political science, Dickinson College. The papers were published as an edited volume in 2005, Diamant, O’Brien and Lubman, editors.

 

Other Highlights 1996-2000

 

CONFERENCE ON PHILIP SELZNICK AND THE STUDY OF LEGALITY
In April 2000 the Center sponsored a two-day symposium honoring founding director Philip Selznick’s contribution to socio-legal studies. Focusing on the concept of legality, law and society scholars from across the United States and from abroad presented papers that demonstrated the influence of Selznick’s scholarship on their work and on the field. Papers representing a wide range of topics and methodological approaches attested to the breadth and depth of Selznick’s impact. Collected papers were published as Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, Robert Kagan, Martin Krygier and Kenneth Winston, editors).

U.S. AND JAPANESE LAW CONFERENCES.
In May, 1997, the Sho Sato Fund and the Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored a two-day conference, “Sociolegal Perspectives on Governmental Regulation in Japan and the U.S.” Conference papers by American and Japanese scholars covered comparative regulation of pollution, workplace safety, financial services, gender equality in the workplace, and tobacco use) in the two countries; they are forthcoming in the journal Law in Japan.

In April, 1998, the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Sho Sato Fund presented a conference, “The Role of the Criminal Defense Counsel in Japan and the U.S,” organized by Professor Malcolm Feeley and Center Visiting Scholar Setsuo Miyazawa. Scholars from U.S. and Japanese universities and leading Japanese defense lawyers discussed structural differences between Japanese and American criminal justice and judiciaries and prospects for more adversarialism in Japan. The conference papers will be published (MacMillan, forthcoming).

A third Sho Sato conference on “Legal and Judicial Reform in Japan,” directed by Professor Scheiber and Visiting Professor Kahei Rokumoto met in November 1999. The conference papers were be published as a symposium in the American Journal of Comparative Law (Fall, 2001).

The Center continued to co-sponsor annual Sho Sato Fund conferences, including, in February 2005, “Emerging Concepts of Rights in Japanese Law,” organized by Harry Scheiber, with papers by several affiliated faculty and visiting scholars.

OCEAN LAW AND POLICY.
In October, 1998, the Center, under the leadership of Professor Harry Scheiber, organized and hosted a conference on The Law of the Sea, with major support from the LUSO-American Development Foundation, and the California Sea Grant program, UCB International and Area Studies. The conference papers have been published in Law of the Sea: The Common Heritage and Emerging Challenges, edited by Harry Scheiber.

Together with Professor David Caron (Law) and Chris Carr ( Ph.D., JSP), Scheiber has been active in the Ocean Governance Study Group, a national scholarly consortium. The Center has hosted several meetings of the group, and Center scholars have contributed articles to special journal issues edited by Study Group members. The proceedings of the 1999 meeting were published as Emerging Issues in National Ocean and Coastal Policy, edited by Harry Scheiber. Papers from the April 2002 meeting, “Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters,” were published in 2004 as Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters (M. Nijhoff Publishers, edited by David D. Caron and Harry N. Scheiber).

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND THE LAW.
In April, 1997, the Center served as the organizational hub for a conference on Social Science and the Law, sponsored jointly with the Russell Sage Foundation and Amherst College and held at Yale Law School. Bringing together leading sociolegal scholars from the US and abroad, the conference led to the publication of Patricia Ewick, Robert A. Kagan, & Austin Sarat, eds, Social Science, Social Policy,and the Law (1999).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY.
The Center for the Study of Law and Society provided support, together with Boalt Hall, for two conferences organized by the student editors of the Ecology Law Quarterly. Papers by legal practitioners, academics, governmental officials, environmental activists at the February, 1997, conference were published as a symposium issue in the Ecology Law Quarterly, “The Ecosystem Approach: New Departures for Land and Water.” The February, 1998 conference led to the publication of a symposium issue, “Power, Politics, and Place: Who Holds the Reins of Environmental Regulation?”

In February, 1997, the Center also hosted the “Third Space Workshop on Environmental Regulation,” organized by Dr. Larry Ruth (Ph.D, JSP) addressing collaborative regulatory governance, attended by a new working group of sociolegal scholars from Berkeley and five other universities.

In 1996-97, the Center for the Study of Law and Society conducted a Workshop on Environmental Law Enforcement, in which Berkeley faculty initiated discussion among state and federal regulatory officials and prosecutors on practices and standards concerning criminal prosecution in implementing environmental law. The Workshop reflected the Center’s interest in creating ongoing links between Berkeley scholars and practicing legal officials.

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.
In September, 1996, the Center sponsored a conference, organized by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, entitled “Comprehensive Strategy on Juvenile Crime.”

LAW AND SOCIETY SUMMER INSTITUTE.
In July, 1996, the Center for the Study of Law and Society helped host the Summer Institute of the Law and Society Association, a two-week program on sociolegal studies. The Center held a reception for Institute faculty and participants, and presented a lecture by Philip Selznick.

LEGAL CULTURE AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION.
In 1997 the Center sponsored a conference with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (principal sponsor) and the University of California Institute for Humanities Research on Legal Culture and the Legal Profession. The conference papers were published as Legal Culture and the Legal Profession, edited by Lawrence M. Friedman and Harry N. Scheiber.

 

Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events 2007-2008

 

2008 BCLT PRIVACY LECTURE: DAVID COLE

The Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored the 2008 BCLT Privacy Lecture by David Cole of Georgetown University, with responses by John Yoo and David Kris, on April 14, 2008. The topic of Professor Cole’s lecture was: “Would You Rather Be on Closed Circuit TV or in Jail ? Trade-offs between Liberty and Privacy in the U.S. and the U.K.”

CSLS BAY AREA LAW AND SOCIETY GATHERING

On October 17, 2007, Bay area law and society scholars gathered for an evening of conversation, starting with a brief presentation by Lawrence Friedman of Stanford Law School, long a leading light in our field.

The second BALSS gathering took place on March 19, 2008 at UC Hastings (200 McAllister Street, San Francisco). After an informal reception, the group gathered to discuss Hiring and Career Choices in Law and Society, featuring: Nell Newton (Dean and Chancellor, UC Hastings College of the Law) and Jonathan Simon (Chair, JSP Program, and Associate Dean, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley). David Levine (UC Hastings College of the Law) facilitated the discussion.

Stanford Law School will host the next Bay Area Law and Society Scholars (BALSS) gathering in Fall 2008.

CSLS MINI-SERIES ON EMPIRICAL RESEARCH METHODS

 

CSLS has launched a new series of methodology seminars presenting aspects of empirical research methods by and for legal and sociolegal scholars. To go to the webpage of any of the workshops in the mini-series, click on the seminar title below. There you will find the videos of each 3-hour seminar; handouts; powerpoint slides; bibliographies; and other course materials.

CSLS has launched a new series of methodology seminars presenting aspects of empirical research methods by and for legal and sociolegal scholars. To go to the webpage of any of the workshops in the mini-series, click on the seminar title below. There you will find the videos of each 3-hour seminar; handouts; powerpoint slides; bibliographies; and other course materials.

The first seminar was a Workshop in Systematic Qualitative Fieldwork led by Calvin Morrill of UC Irvine on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

The second seminar was a Workshop in Historical-Comparative Methods led by Robin Stryker of the University of Minnesota, on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

The third seminar was an Introduction to Survey Research led by Tom Piazza of U.C. Berkeley’s Survey Research Center, on Thursday, February 21, 2008, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

The fourth seminar, The Art and Science of Interviewing, led by Kristin Luker, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley, took place on Thursday, April 10, 2008, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.

JIRI PRIBAN, “IS THERE THE SPIRIT OF EUROPEAN LAW?”
Jiri Priban, Professor of Law at Cardiff University, University of Wales, presented a public lecture on Wednesday, September 26, 2007. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Institute of European Studies.

Recent Conferences and Workshops
2007
LAW AND THE EMOTIONS
The Center for the Study of Law and Society is pleased to be a co-sponsor of Law and the Emotions: New Directions in Scholarship, February 8-9, 2007.
Conference Website

2006
CONFERENCE TO HONOR THE WORK OF HARRY N. SCHEIBER
Friday, September 15th, 2006
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Boalt Hall School of Law
Conference Website
Conference Photos by James Block
Conference Photos by Victoria Woeste
David Lieberman presents signed poster to Harry Scheiber

2005
WEST COAST LAW AND SOCIETY RETREAT
Friday, Saturday, March 11-12, 2005.
Doubletree Hotel / Berkeley, CA

A highlight of the year’s activities was the highly successful, inaugural West Coast Law and Society Retreat, initiated by CSLS Director Lauren Edelman, and organized and hosted by CSLS, with major funding from Boalt Hall, as well as the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Dean of Social Sciences, Stanford Law School and the University of Washington. Some 80 invited scholars in a range of academic fields from about 20 universities and law schools participated in intensive discussions about the state of sociolegal scholarship in a variety of substantive areas, as well as about teaching law and society in undergraduate, graduate and law school programs.

2004
PROTECTING HUMAN SUBJECTS VS. PRESERVING SOCIAL RESEARCH
Thursday, April 8, 2004.
Jack Katz, Professor of Sociology, UCLA

2003
CONFERENCE TO HONOR THE WORK OF MARTIN SHAPIRO
March 6, 2003
(see agenda)

Martin Shapiro has profoundly shaped the study of public law in the United States His work has influenced the study of American constitutional and administrative law, the politics of European integration, and comparative constitutional law. His 1981 book Courts was described (by Sam Krislov) as “the most significant single contribution in the field” of public law in political science. He is the recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association. To further honor his career, of which the last 25 years have been spent at Boalt Hall, this conference brought together colleagues, admirers, and former students.

The conference featured three panels with papers prepared especially for the occasion and a discussant commenting on each session’s papers. The sessions include: 1) Law and Politics in the United States, 2) Comparative Law and Courts, and 3) The Politics of European Integration. Papers and commentary were presented by Lief Carter, Javier Couso, Paul Craig, Howard Gillman, Tom Ginsburg, Carol Harlow, Lynn Mather, Shep Melnick, Bronwen Morgan, Brad Roth, Alec Stone Sweet, and Joseph Weiler. Martin provided commentary at the conclusion of the three substantive sessions. The papers were published as an edited volume in 2005, Tom Ginsburg and Robert Kagan, editors.

LAW & SOCIETY ASSOCIATION SUMMER INSTITUTE
July 16-20, 2003
Clark Kerr Campus

The Institute was co-sponsored by CSLS and the Law & Society Association, with additional support from Boalt Hall and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The theme of the Institute was “(Studying) Justice in a Changing World:” Some 26 participants drawn from 120 applicants – advanced graduate students and junior faculty from across the U.S. and abroad – had the opportunity to engage with senior law and society scholars. Faculty included 6 CSLS affiliates: Robert Kagan, Lauren Edelman, Robert MacCoun, Philip Selznick (emeritus) Harry Scheiber, and Jonathan Simon, as well as 10 other distinguished law and society scholars.

2002
LAW AND SOCIETY IN CHINA
September 20-21, 2002

A conference on law and society in China was held at the School of Law (Boalt Hall), sponsored by the School, the Institute of East Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Center for Chinese Studies. All of the participants had recently engaged in field research in China that promised insights into the operation of a range of institutions, with implications for state-society relations. The conference was organized by Stanley Lubman, visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and lecturer at Boalt Hall, Kevin J. O’Brien, professor of political science, UC Berkeley and Neil Diamant, assistant professor of political science, Dickinson College. The papers were published as an edited volume in 2005, Diamant, O’Brien and Lubman, editors.

Other Highlights 1996-2000
CONFERENCE ON PHILIP SELZNICK AND THE STUDY OF LEGALITY
In April 2000 the Center sponsored a two-day symposium honoring founding director Philip Selznick’s contribution to socio-legal studies. Focusing on the concept of legality, law and society scholars from across the United States and from abroad presented papers that demonstrated the influence of Selznick’s scholarship on their work and on the field. Papers representing a wide range of topics and methodological approaches attested to the breadth and depth of Selznick’s impact. Collected papers were published as Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, Robert Kagan, Martin Krygier and Kenneth Winston, editors).

U.S. AND JAPANESE LAW CONFERENCES.
In May, 1997, the Sho Sato Fund and the Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored a two-day conference, “Sociolegal Perspectives on Governmental Regulation in Japan and the U.S.” Conference papers by American and Japanese scholars covered comparative regulation of pollution, workplace safety, financial services, gender equality in the workplace, and tobacco use) in the two countries; they are forthcoming in the journal Law in Japan.

In April, 1998, the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Sho Sato Fund presented a conference, “The Role of the Criminal Defense Counsel in Japan and the U.S,” organized by Professor Malcolm Feeley and Center Visiting Scholar Setsuo Miyazawa. Scholars from U.S. and Japanese universities and leading Japanese defense lawyers discussed structural differences between Japanese and American criminal justice and judiciaries and prospects for more adversarialism in Japan. The conference papers will be published (MacMillan, forthcoming).

A third Sho Sato conference on “Legal and Judicial Reform in Japan,” directed by Professor Scheiber and Visiting Professor Kahei Rokumoto met in November 1999. The conference papers were be published as a symposium in the American Journal of Comparative Law (Fall, 2001).

The Center continued to co-sponsor annual Sho Sato Fund conferences, including, in February 2005, “Emerging Concepts of Rights in Japanese Law,” organized by Harry Scheiber, with papers by several affiliated faculty and visiting scholars.

OCEAN LAW AND POLICY.
In October, 1998, the Center, under the leadership of Professor Harry Scheiber, organized and hosted a conference on The Law of the Sea, with major support from the LUSO-American Development Foundation, and the California Sea Grant program, UCB International and Area Studies. The conference papers have been published in Law of the Sea: The Common Heritage and Emerging Challenges, edited by Harry Scheiber.

Together with Professor David Caron (Law) and Chris Carr ( Ph.D., JSP), Scheiber has been active in the Ocean Governance Study Group, a national scholarly consortium. The Center has hosted several meetings of the group, and Center scholars have contributed articles to special journal issues edited by Study Group members. The proceedings of the 1999 meeting were published as Emerging Issues in National Ocean and Coastal Policy, edited by Harry Scheiber. Papers from the April 2002 meeting, “Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters,” were published in 2004 as Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters (M. Nijhoff Publishers, edited by David D. Caron and Harry N. Scheiber).

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND THE LAW.
In April, 1997, the Center served as the organizational hub for a conference on Social Science and the Law, sponsored jointly with the Russell Sage Foundation and Amherst College and held at Yale Law School. Bringing together leading sociolegal scholars from the US and abroad, the conference led to the publication of Patricia Ewick, Robert A. Kagan, & Austin Sarat, eds, Social Science, Social Policy,and the Law (1999).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY.
The Center for the Study of Law and Society provided support, together with Boalt Hall, for two conferences organized by the student editors of the Ecology Law Quarterly. Papers by legal practitioners, academics, governmental officials, environmental activists at the February, 1997, conference were published as a symposium issue in the Ecology Law Quarterly, “The Ecosystem Approach: New Departures for Land and Water.” The February, 1998 conference led to the publication of a symposium issue, “Power, Politics, and Place: Who Holds the Reins of Environmental Regulation?”

In February, 1997, the Center also hosted the “Third Space Workshop on Environmental Regulation,” organized by Dr. Larry Ruth (Ph.D, JSP) addressing collaborative regulatory governance, attended by a new working group of sociolegal scholars from Berkeley and five other universities.

In 1996-97, the Center for the Study of Law and Society conducted a Workshop on Environmental Law Enforcement, in which Berkeley faculty initiated discussion among state and federal regulatory officials and prosecutors on practices and standards concerning criminal prosecution in implementing environmental law. The Workshop reflected the Center’s interest in creating ongoing links between Berkeley scholars and practicing legal officials.

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.
In September, 1996, the Center sponsored a conference, organized by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, entitled “Comprehensive Strategy on Juvenile Crime.”

LAW AND SOCIETY SUMMER INSTITUTE.
In July, 1996, the Center for the Study of Law and Society helped host the Summer Institute of the Law and Society Association, a two-week program on sociolegal studies. The Center held a reception for Institute faculty and participants, and presented a lecture by Philip Selznick.

LEGAL CULTURE AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION.
In 1997 the Center sponsored a conference with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (principal sponsor) and the University of California Institute for Humanities Research on Legal Culture and the Legal Profession. The conference papers were published as Legal Culture and the Legal Profession, edited by Lawrence M. Friedman and Harry N. Scheiber.