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  • 28 Apr 2020 11:37 | Dota Szymborska

    We started our text by being underling that we are veterans, that's true. According to VO2MAX (calculations from my fancy watch) I am twenty-two years old so I will not write in which year Prof Tomasz Kitlinski and I attended the NS's summer school. TCDS allowed us to meet wonderful professors, I got a book's grant from Ann Snitow, but most of all I made new friends, you know those ones for life…. 

    After this long introduction, here is a link to Tomek's and my text/impression about courage in these hard times. 


  • 19 Feb 2020 19:40 | Pável H. Valer Bellota

    La Revista de la Facultad de Derecho de la UNSAAC (Perú) ha abierto la Convocatoria de Artículos para el dossier “Derechos Lingüísticos y Políticas Públicas” , con el objetivo de reunir artículos académicos, productos de investigación, sobre el fenómeno del plurilingüismo moderno/post colonial de los Estados de América Latina y otras realidades. Los artículos escudriñarán la subsistencia del modelo lingüístico colonial orientado a extinguir el uso de los idiomas originarios mediante la castellanización o la imposición de lenguas imperiales en América, así como en otras realidades geográficas.  Mayor información en: CONVOCATORIA DE ARTÍCULOS

    Call for Papers  “Linguistic Rights and Public Policies”

    The JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF LAW AND POLITICAL SCIENCES (UNSAAC. Peru) is proposing fir its next issue the topic “Linguistic Rights and Public Policies”  with the aim of gathering academic articles, research products, about the phenomenon of modern / post colonial multilingualism of the Latin American States and other realities. The articles will scrutinize the subsistence of the colonial linguistic model aimed at extinguishing the use of native languages through Spanish, or the imposition of imperial languages in America as well as in other geographical realities. More information at: CALL FOR PAPERS

  • 28 Jan 2020 14:14 | Pável H. Valer Bellota

    Estimadas amigas y amigos, con mucha alegría les comunicamos que el dossier "Mujeres, Derecho y Poder" de nuestra Revista de la Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas, Nro. 11 (UNSAAC-Perú) , ya está disponible en su edición en papel. Quienes quieran un ejemplar pueden solicitarlo a pavel.valer@unsaac.edu.pe

    También les invitamos a leer la revista en su edición digital en el siguiente link http://revistas.unsaac.edu.pe/index.php/RFDCP/


    Dear friends, with great joy we inform you that the dossier "Women, Law and Power" of our Journal of the Faculty of Law and Political Science, No. 11 (UNSAAC-Peru), is now available in its paper edition. Those who want a copy can request to pavel.valer@unsaac.edu.pe 

    We also invite you to read the magazine in its digital edition in the following link http://revistas.unsaac.edu.pe/index.php/RFDCP/

  • 13 Dec 2019 11:50 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    Bill swept into the American Bar Foundation (ABF) as Director in 1986 and things were never the same again. Decisive, forward-looking, gregarious, smart, adventurous, sociable, mischievous - Bill has it all and the ABF got his all in full measure.

    The ABF was at a decisive moment. Jack Heinz, the outgoing director, had commissioned an external review that declared the institution needed a sharp turn if it were to become a world class research center. Yet, at the very moment when resources were critical a Supreme Court case led to a radical drop in funding at the ABF. Undaunted, Bill treated this as an opportunity. This former US navy officer began to clear the decks, an unenviable task that had to be done if the ABF were to survive and thrive.

    Bill had a terrific nose for first-class sociolegal scholarship, being a first-class scholar himself. He loved Oxford and immensely admired Wolfson’s Centre for Sociolegal Studies. He determined the ABF would set its sights on similar glory.

    Bill being Bill of course required that a new vision for the ABF required travel—a fact-finding mission that took his polyglot stellar wife, Gray, and me to London, Oxford and Paris, somehow involved the Orient Express, and took us via Vienna and Bucharest eventually to Sofia, Bulgaria. Maybe this was Bill’s maiden voyage with the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law and the Working Group On the Legal Profession.

    Bill’s enthusiasm was contagious and it spread fast at the ABF. Ever sociable, Bill would walk the hallways at lunchtime, dragging us out of our offices to enjoy community meals together.

    His sense of mischief and great humor seeded ABF events where he shamelessly dressed in outrageous costumes, found any excuse for a party, and cooked up fun schemes with complicit grad students.

    Broken fingers. Yes, we can blame Bill for those too. He decided ABFers should play softball weekly during the summer in a park just across the road from our offices. The softball was surprisingly hard and about the size, it seemed, of a soccer ball. Funnily enough it turned out quite a few of us were competitive. Injuries followed, but the game went on.

    Bill, educated in America’s most elite institutions, has a splendid egalitarian impulse. He decided the ABF needed doctoral students to inject their creative energy into the place. He took grad students seriously as intellectuals. He didn’t play normal status hierarchies. Bright ideas, first-rate research was what mattered from whomever it originated.

    I loved our walks and talks. The ABF overlooks Lake Michigan and Bill and I discovered we could have a delightful midday walk along the shore to a small lighthouse. I soon learnt that Bill was open to any idea under the sun and if he liked it he would move with blinding speed to make it happen.

    Innovations blossomed under Bill’s leadership. The ABF Research Journal  published by the ABF became Law and Social Inquiry published by the University of Chicago Press. A predoctoral program brought the best and brightest future sociolegal scholars to the ABF. Bill had a vision for minority undergrads and he instituted a diversity program for promising students, a program that endures with great success to this day.

    Bill had a global sensibility before it was fashionable. India, the headwaters of the Euphrates River, the high seas, Bill had lived there or passed by or wanted to pass by. This true cosmopolitan invested the ABF heavily in the first joint international conference of the LSA and RCSL in Amsterdam.

    Bill and travel. I once asked him what was the secret that somehow had him doing good works and fine research in all sorts of appealing foreign places. His superb advice: first, think of places you want to go, then, figure out a project that gets you there! I’ve tried to follow in his footsteps ever since.

    His notion of exotic spots was a bit warped though. For me it would have Involved beaches and exotic food or at least elegant charm, Aix-en-Provence, for example. For Bill no place was more wonderful than Peyresq. I still recall his great triumph at finding this once deserted, now rebuilt village, in about as remote a place as it’s possible to be in the mountains of France.

    And speaking of travel, later in his time at the ABF Bill noticed that I spent a lot of time at an unknown place called Onati. It had it all—hiking, great food, wonderful people, unique language, young scholars. For Bill Onati became his great new adventure. Now the ABF had been propelled into hyper-Bill-speed, the Basque Country awaited. And the rest, as Johannes tells us, is history!

    Congratulations to Bill on his 90th from his many Mid-Western friends, past and present!

    Terry Halliday

  • 13 Dec 2019 11:48 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    Bill is not one of your everyday, run-of-the-mill, sociolegal scholars.

    Over the decades, he has practiced law, conducted empirical research, taught law, political science and sociology. He held positions at the Rand Corporation, the American Bar Foundation, at Cardiff University, Northwestern University, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Yale. He published in fields as diverse as dispute resolution, divorce lawyering, asbestos litigation and the legal culture of global business transactions. In the words of one of his children, he seemed "unable to hold a job for very long".

    In 1991, he organised the first International conference of the Law&Society Association in Amsterdam, together with Erhard Blankenburg from the RCSL. For the RCSL he ran the influential Working Group of Legal Professions from 1994-2000. With this background, he was the obvious choice for becoming Scienctific Director of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati. He is still the only one, to have held this job jointly, alternating with another colleague (Manolo Calvo), for three years.

    In Onati, he left his mark by initiating rather revolutionary changes, e.g. depriving the teachers of the Masters Program of their stipends, in order to provide scholarships and thereby attracting students from poorer parts of the world tot he Masters Program. He also managed to transform the publications coming out of Onati workshops from a rather amateurish affair into an internationally recognized, duly peer-reviewed, series published in Oxford, England. 

    His extra-curricular activities span boating, fishing, golfing, mountain climbing, voter registration (for Obama), organising shelters for the homeless (after Catrina), the founding and funding of a non-profit NGO (to aid refugees in Africa). In his late eighties, Bill brought together end edited an admirable collection of narratives from his Yale School class of 1958 (What Lawywers Do). Still in the Pipeline is his long-standing work on the highest and lowest places on earth. 

    In Germany you would call a guy like him a Tausendsassa. In Spanish this untranslatable term is rendered as hombre habil para todo, in English as man of all trades (but without catching the artistic and adventurous flamboyance indicated by the suffix "sassa"). Maybe the French dictionaries come close, when they suggest as translation "diable d'homme".

    Bill has survived anti-submarine-warfare during the Korean War and several floods and fires in California.There is no way of predicting what he will come up with and survive next. We can only wait in awe and admiration and wish him the best of luck.

    For more details cf. the Wikipedia articles in English, Euskera, French, German and Spanish.

    Johannes Feest

  • 23 Oct 2019 09:52 | Esen Ezgi Tascioglu

    Today marks the 30th anniversary of Susana Arrese Murguzur working for the IISL.

    Here is a little thank you from the Oñati Community to Susana: https://bit.ly/2N5Ujze

    Zorionak Susana!

  • 19 Jun 2019 09:22 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    I first visited Onati, and the Institute, for the first Socio-Legal Conference in 2005. The beautiful buildings immediately impressed me, and also the lively conference discussions between international socio-legal scholars. This welcoming and open atmosphere seems to be the hallmark of the Institute.

    Since then I've been fortunate to take part in two workshops:
    Alternative Property Practices, in 2014;
    The Precarious Home: perspectives on the home in insecure times, in 2015.

    The Institute provides a wonderful space, and impeccable administration, enabling those attending the workshop to make the most of their time together. These were very productive and enjoyable meeetings, in a lovely setting.

    I've also spent periods of time as a visiting scholar at the Institute, in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The collection of socio-legal literature in the library is unique; its tempting breadth makes it difficult to resist reading far beyond the topic you're researching! The library is an ideal place to work, being both peaceful and sociable - there are always interesting people to go for a coffee break with. I've really enjoyed staying in the Residencia with the postgrad students, the international socio-legal scholars of the future, and other visiting scholars. I've learnt a lot from conversations with them while preparing and eating meals together.

    The town of Onati is of course an architectual treasure with a very distinguished history, but the hospitality of the Basque people also makes it a wonderful place to spend time in.

    I congratulate the Institute and the staff on your 30th anniversary, and wish you many more successful years.  

    Sarah Blandy (friend of the Oñati Community)



  • 27 May 2019 17:11 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    I love Oñati and the Oñati community. It is not only about the fabulous setting, but also about the fantastic people at the IISL, who are there to help in any way they can to make the workshop and visit as perfect as possible. These photos were from the last visit, at dinner with colleagues Sigrun Valderhaug (l.) and Marie Rae (r.). We were participants in the July 2015 workshop ''Moving On'? Official Responses to Mass Harm and the Question of Justice' organised by Jennifer Balint, Julie Evans, Mark McMillan, Mesam Mcmillan. After a day of hard work, it was time to enjoy a wonderful meal and unwind. I think that our faces say it all.



  • 26 Jan 2019 13:12 | Pável H. Valer Bellota

    La Revista de la Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas de la UNSAAC ya está en linea. Hemos lanzado nuestra publicación en Sistema Abierto y accesible por la web. Les invitamos a visitarnos y a leer los artículos de la edición Nro. 9:"Derecho y Politica en Sociedades Multiculturales":

    La Revista de la Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas (Cusco) es publicada desde 1948 por la Universidad de San Antonio Abad. Está abierta a trabajos intelectuales originales, no publicados anteriormente, con una amplia visión teórica desde las variadas ópticas de las ciencias del Derecho, y desde una perspectiva plural. Prioriza la producción académica sobre temas trascendentales para la realidad Andina y Latinoamericana.

  • 18 Dec 2018 15:57 | Monica Natalia Acosta Garcia (Administrator)

    The conference aims to investigate the plural nature of law and development as a field of study, meaning and practice. As in prior conferences, it shall bring together a variety of researchers from the Global South and North who share an interest in law and development. We particularly encourage speakers from the Global South to participate and further pluralize the field and the network. We invite contributions to two tracks of themes:

    A specific track will focus on reflections about the ‘field’ of law and development including on:

    - Histories of law and development
    - Bridging theory and practice in law and development
    - Teaching law and development
    - Intra- and inter-disciplinarity in law and development
    - Dealing with plurality in our research

    A general track is open to any issue raised by proposals including on themes such as: - Human rights, access to justice, and legal empowerment - Diversity, gender, and non-discrimination - Non-state law and legal pluralism - International law and development (e.g. economic law, institutional law of development cooperation) -Technology and digitalization

    SUBMISSIONS: We invite proposals on any theme within the two tracks. Proposals can be for fully formed panels or individual papers. The organizers also invite expressions of interest for two additional formats, namely ‘Practitioner Conversations’ and ‘Book Launch Conversations’. DEADLINE: Proposals and expressions of interest should be submitted by 15 February 2019 - in accordance with the formats described on our webpage (see below).

    CONTACT: Please e-mail your submissions or questions to berlinconference.rewi@hu-berlin.de

    TRAVEL STIPENDS: A limited number of travel stipends for speakers based in countries of the Global South will be available. Applications should be submitted together with paper proposals.

    DECISIONS about papers and funding applications will be announced in April 2019.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on conference themes, submissions and stipends see https://ldrn2019berlin.wordpress.com/ For more on the network see https://lawdev.org/

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