Law and Citizenship beyond the States
Does the law at the present time still contribute to the production of citizens’ power? Starting from this question, we aim to focus on the institutional conditions enabling individuals to participate effectively in the construction of the communities to which they belong, whether by the means of their own agency, by establishing relationships of cooperation or by forming organized groups. Indeed, these conditions are experiencing profound changes, at a time when communities below and above the states are gaining relevance; ie communities which assume themselves somehow to be complementary or even an alternative to the states. The current process of Europeanization is an obvious example of this trend. This meeting aims at promoting discussion of the challenges that such changes bring for the plural set of norms constituent of these institutional conditions. It is our conviction that the sociology of law and justice has a key role to play in the analysis and debate of these issues which are of the utmost importance for democracy.
Specific topics devolving from this main topic could include:
-The lay perception of law and rights and of their possible mobilization within and beyond state level
- The role, in this mobilization of law and rights, of collective players of all kind – e. g., going beyond states, to NGOs, corporations, and social movements active in regional and global arenas;
- The role, today, of the legal professions, in particular through their participation in the design of new ways of using law and rights, in the legal education regional and global epistemic communities;
- The potential of interaction, from the local to the global level, between legal professions and other epistemic communities, such as artists, scientists, journalists, IT-specialists, in the development of new cultural tools likely to empower citizens;
- Recent transformations of social norms, at all levels, as a result hand, of new forms of common sense linked to bottom up social dynamics;
Abstract proposals for sessions and papers should be submitted, in English or Portuguese, from 15 October to 15 December 2017.