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Transitions from Conflict: The Role and Agency of Lawyer


Anna Bryson

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

Despite the centrality of the rule of law to the contemporary theory and practice of transitional justice, there is little emphasis in the relevant literature on the role of lawyers outside the courts – or indeed as ‘real people’ at work in the system.

This stream takes a holistic approach to the role and agency of lawyers in conflicted and transitional societies. As such it straddles the fields of transitional justice and the sociology of the legal profession.

Proposals may address, but are not limited to:

• the evolving role of ‘cause’ or ‘struggle’ lawyers
• legal and ethical boundaries
• strategic litigation
• the role and function of legal collectives in the context of conflict and transition
• cause lawyering and social movements
• opportunities and challenges associated with shifts from opposing to upholding the state
• the intersection of gender with political and legal conflict
• the appropriateness of human rights discourses and practices
• human rights and the rule of law
• the role of lawyers in dealing with a conflicted past
• attitudes towards victim participation in international tribunals and truth recovery mechanisms
• law as an instrument of oppression
• legalisation of politics

For an informal discussion please contact Anna Bryson

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Wednesday: Session 4: Social Sciences Room S0.10

Session Title:

Papers: Paper: Swapping Sides? Political Transitions and Cause Lawyers within the State - Louise Mallinder.

Paper: The Gendered Professional: Lawyers in Conflict & Transition - Anna Bryson.

Lawyers, Clients and Political Causes in Conflict and Transition - Kieran McEvoy

Wednesday: Session 5: Social Sciences Room S0.10

Session Title:

Papers: Working for and with Victims in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. - Rachel Killean.

Legal Culture and the Interpretations of Post-Justice in Rwanda - Nicola Palmer.

Lawyers, 'Revolution' and Transitional Justice: The Case of Tunisia - Marny Requa.

Wednesday: Session 6: Social Sciences Room S0.10

Session Title:

Papers: Lawyers, the CCRC and Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland - Hannah Quirk

General problems of the post-national human rights regime and its socio-legal implications in the case of the crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s Dictatorship - Ainhoa Martinez