15 December 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Doing Justice - Official and Unofficial ‘Legalities’ in Practice

Doing Justice: Official and Unofficial ‘Legalities’ in Practice

Juris Diversitas is organising, with the Centre Jacques-Berque (Rabat, Morocco), a colloquium to be held in Rabat from 15-16 June 2012. As a follow-up to last year’s launch of the Mediterranean Hybridity Project, its theme will be the relation of the diverse and lived ‘legalities’, both official and unofficial, in the region.

The event will also serve as the 2012 Juris Diversitas Annual General Meeting. Proceedings will be in English and French.

The Mediterranean Hybridity Project

The extraordinary legal and normative hybridity of the Mediterranean region was produced in a complex history of conquest, colonisation, and social and legal diffusion across shifting and porous political boundaries.

The objective of the Mediterranean Hybridity Project is, through a collaborative international and interdisciplinary network of experts, to produce and publish a comparative or cross-cultural collection on these ‘legalities’. On the basis of a questionnaire agreed with the participants, the outcome will be more accurate, useful, and accessible account of Mediterranean hybridity. The presentations made at the colloquium will assist us in this Project.

A draft discussion of the Mediterranean Hybridity Project is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1874095; a revised version will appear shortly in the Journal for Civil Law Studies.

Proposals and costs

While the primary focus of the colloquium is on the region, especially with respect to the Mediterranean Project, related proposals on ‘legalities’ beyond the Mediterranean are also welcome. Those interested in making a presentation should send a short (250 word) proposal to Baudouin Dupret (baudouin.dupret@cjb.ma) by 7 February 2012.

In general, transportation and accommodation costs are not paid by the organisers. There are, however, no conference fees for Juris Diversitas members and other invited speakers. The conference fee for other attendees will be €100. The Centre will support the costs of several invited speakers coming from Arab countries.

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