02 February 2012

NOTICE: BACL Postgraduate Workshop and Conference on Comparative Law.

British Association of Comparative Law (BACL)
Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Law
Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law
Kent Law School
Canterbury, UK
19–20 June 2012

The Kent Centre forEuropean and Comparative Law (KCECL) will host the British Association of ComparativeLaw (BACL) “Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Law” on 19-20 June 2012. The workshop will precede an international conference on “Comparative Law: Engaging Translation” on 21-22 June 2012. Both events are scheduled to take place at Kent Law School, Canterbury, Kent, UK.

The BACL Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Law is designed for doctoral students working on dissertations in the field of comparative legal studies and related subjects. In a round-table setting, the 2-day workshop will address both the benefits and methodological problems of postgraduate research in comparative law.

The workshop will start on Tuesday early afternoon with a welcome from the Chair of BACL, Professor Paula Giliker, and a series of plenary lectures, followed by a dinner at a nearby restaurant. Wednesday morning will be given over to student presentations and group discussion, followed by a final plenary session.

Confirmed Speakers:

• Dr Raluca Bercea, University of Timisoara, Romania
• Professor Paula Giliker, University of Bristol, UK
• Dr Simone Glanert, University of Kent, UK
• Professor Geoffrey Samuel, University of Kent, UK

BACL and KCECL are subsidising most of the costs of this event. However, a
contribution, which covers refreshments, the conference dinner on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 and a sandwich lunch on Wednesday, 20 June 2012, will be required (£30 for postgraduate students whose institutions are members of BACL, £40 for students whose institutions are not members of BACL, £45 for full-time academics). The fee is payable in cash at the beginning of the workshop.

Participants will be expected to organise and pay for their own transport to and from Canterbury. Canterbury is easily reached by fast train out of London St Pancras (1 hour) or out of Paris (2 hours on the Eurostar to Ashford International and 20 minutes on a local connecting train). Participants will also be expected to pay for their overnight accommodation, which can readily be found in the University’s halls of residence if so desired. Bookings must be arranged independently through the Internet: http://kenthospitality.kent.ac.uk/kxBnB/. A single standard room will cost £30 per night and an en-suite single room £45 per night (plus VAT). If preferred, a number of B&Bs and small hotels are to be found in the city centre within a few minutes’ reach of the university campus: http://www.guesthousesincanterbury.co.uk/.

Students interested in participating in the workshop should submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a short biographical note by 1 March 2012. All inquiries and materials should be addressed to Dr Simone Glanert (S.Glanert@kent.ac.uk), Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK. Formal invitations to selected candidates will be issued before 15 March 2012.

Students invited to join the workshop may want to consider attending the international conference on “Comparative Law: Engaging Translation” to take place on 21-22 June 2012. This conference will bring together leading scholars from various disciplines, including translation studies, linguistics, postcolonial studies, sociology and law with a view critically to reflect upon the many issues arising from legal translation in the context of comparative legal studies. For a detailed conference programme and information regarding the registration process, please see: http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/cecl/News.html.


The following institutions are members of BACL: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckingham, Cambridge (TBC), Derby, Edinburgh, Essex, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull, KCL (TBC), Kent, Leicester, Liverpool JMU, Manchester, Nottingham, Nottingham, Trent, Northumbria, Oxford, Sheffield, Strathclyde, UCL, UEA, Warwick.

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