MEETINGS - Around the World

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  • 21 Feb 2023 08:41 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    The 7th Global Meeting on Law and Society took place in Lisbon from July 13 to 16.

    Members of the Oñati Community participated in different sessions presenting their research. Here are some of the abstracts of the papers presented:

    Translocal legalities: local encounters with transnational law. Marisa N. Fassi (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina), together with Matthew Canfield, Giulia Fabini, Emma Nyhan and Mariana Prand ini

    The presentation was based on an article published in Transnational Legal Theory, which presents what we term translocal legalities –emergent forms of normativity constituted through grounded encounters with local and transnational legal practices, discourses, subjectivities, resistance. We shift the gaze of transnational legal scholarship away from a top-down mapping of the structures of global law, towards the situated forms of legality that are produced as legal norms from different scales and contexts circulate, interact, and encounter one another. Analyzing the phenomenology of the encounter, we develop an analytical and empirical approach to understanding these encounters by focusing on how law is constituted not solely within traditional legal organizations and institutions, but through the everyday practices, discourses, subjectivities of those mediating local, national and transnational norms.

    Fostering a methodological “evergreen”: the Socratic debate into educational environments and public contexts. A practice to forge a more participatory, honest, and responsible society. Ivan Daldoss (Università degli Studi di Padova)

    My contribution shows a methodological path to improve the educational environments through a specific linguistic practice, namely, the debate, conceived as a regulated relationship between opposing parties. Firstly, its great similarities with the game of chess stand out. Indeed, every chess match is played according to predetermined rules and within clear boundaries: the chessboard is the only space where black and white pieces can interact dialectically. Similarly, during a debate, opposite theses clash to confront their best arguments and thus identify which position is the prevailing one.

    Secondly, in the wake of this parallel, the purpose of implementing educational processes through the Socratic debate finds inspiration in concrete learning experiences: the specific case of a debating tournament is illustrated, recently held in digital form, which has been involving Italian high school students and teachers for over a decade, registering considerable participation and results. Starting from similar realities, my paper holds that new educational avenues can be imagined and developed both in higher educational institutions –such as universities– and public contexts as well, precisely because the debate is one of the ‘best practices’ to be promoted for the creation of stimulating environments. Thirdly, the article particularly argues for the need to exercise Socratic debate as a method to reach a personal dimension of truth –the goal of ‘Parrhesia’– and thus make rationally based decisions (‘choice-based learning’). Its dialectical dynamic allows for a selective comparison among the various linguistic alternatives at stake. Moreover, the ‘socratically oriented’ debate is presented to be the ideal tool for developing in those who experiment with it a sense of community belonging, as well as a set of skills that are increasingly relevant for social participation and the public dimension of existence (‘soft skills’). Furthermore, this kind of practice favors the emergence of mediative spaces (‘common grounds’) between the positions involved in the dialectical contest, thus contributing to building a more inclusive and pluralist society. Hence, the Socratic debate is displayed as a fundamental approach to forging a more participatory, honest, and responsible society.

    Women prosecuted for terrorism in the Basque Country: Deconstructing judicial, media, and NGOs discourse from a feministperspective . Malena Maceira (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

    The aim of my research is to observe how ‘women terrorists’ are produced as subjects by existing discourses (Foucault,1986) and if that production implies an extra element of punishment in the convictions that these women obtain. Theproduction of subjects was observed through the critical analysis of discourses such as the ones that the justice systemproduces, the media, or the statements published by victims of terrorism’s organizations.

    In the research, I selected three cases where women took part in events that were –and still are, with nuances– consideredpolitical violent acts or acts of terrorism. By using Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis (Lazar, 2007) I gathered judges’ rulingsfrom the Audiencia Nacional and the Tribunal Supremo in Spain that involved these three women. As well, as newspaperarticles from four newspapers (two regional from the Basque country and two at the national level). Finally, I gathered thevictims of terrorism’s organizations statements that were made regarding these three women.

    As for the fi ndings of the research I have obtained strong evidence that women are produced as subjects that are locatedremotely from the idea of subject ‘women’ without the element of violence. It seems to prevail the idea that women are nocapable to exercise violence without being considered as a monstrosity. This viewpoint is more nuanced in the rulings butvery much openly debated within the newspapers articles and even more when observing the victims’ organizations. Inaddition, I can say that in part, the extra component of punishment that society applies to women that are considered‘deviant’ exists, and it is easily observed through how the media refl ects on the amount years of punishment that thesewomen received.

    Therefore, from this starting point, I believe that further discussions remain regarding how these women are convicted andin which way their conviction is being executed. This translates into a research project that would shed light on theexecution of punishment from a feminist perspective.

    Specters of Abolition: A Decolonial Reading of Slavery, Race and Law in Catalonia.

    Deo Szpiga (International Institute for theSociology of Law, UPV/EHU)

    My paper presents the main arguments and fi ndings of my Master’s dissertation. I examine the contribution of Catalonia tothe production of the current modern/colonial world-system. Through a genealogical analysis, and from postcolonial andpoststructuralist epistemologies, I take the case of Catalan participation in the transatlantic slave trade to reveal how lawand coloniality have co-produced a triumphalist narrative of abolition and end of slavery, while simultaneously(re)producing the ontological coloniality that was the basis for slavery in the fi rst place, and concealing its contemporarycontinuities. In this sense, understanding law as a dispositif which produces subjects of colonial governmentality, thusjustifying the dispossession and appropriation of knowledges, resources, and bodies in the Global South; the sametechnologies that, coincidentally and since late-modernity, have been employed by the imperial-colonial Spanish regime toconstitute and perpetuate the status of Catalonia as a stateless nation. The paper is structured in four main axes, with asingle unifying thread (i.e. the relationalities between race, power, and law): 1) law as a race-making regime; 2) slavery andthe law; 3) abolition and emancipation in the 19th century; and, fi nally, 4) law as abolition. In this context, the interrogationsthat drive the dissertation are the following: 1) What role did the law play in creating, defi ning, and sustaining theManichean subjectivities of slave/slave owner, colonized/colonizer?; 2) Why did the formal abolition of slavery and the slavetrade through law fail to put an end to such practices?; 3) What are the paradoxes and myths of law-as-abolition, and whichinterests did law as a discourse of abolition serve?; 4) How does Catalonia, specifi cally, fi t into these contradictoryontological modalities, being —at times inconcurrently, at times simultaneously— both a colonizing power and a colonizedpeople itself?

    The coloniality of international law: The Agreement between Argentina and the IMF as a case study to critically rethink therelationship between law, power and politics.

    Juan Martín Liotta (International Institute for the Sociology of Law (UPV/EHU),Universidad de Buenos Aires)

    My presentation shares to my Sociology of Law master´s dissertation. I seek to contribute to the critical legal studies oninternational law and colonialism. I focus my analysis on the agreement signed between Argentina and the IMF in July 2018.This agreement has been strongly criticized for being contrary to the institution`s regulations and for supportingpresidential electoral chances of a political party in 2019.

    I use this Agreement, as a case study to argue that international law legitimizes and reproduces neocolonial relationsbetween Global North and Global South states. This research is guided by the following questions: what role doesinternational law play in regulating relations between states in the global North and South? How does transnational actorsmanage to impose their private interest and refl ect them into public policies?

    From a postcolonial and poststructuralist understanding of law and power, I will refer to Enrique Mari´s body of work.Especially to his concept of law as a part of a dispositif that legitimizes and reproduces power relations. I further highlightthe “colonial legacies” of modern law. This is, during the last centuries, law evolved pierced by political and social context ofcolonial expansion and adopted the strategic function of legitimizing these relations. The legal discourses refl ect anideology which aims to perpetuate dynamics of power and dominance that favor Global North states, transnational privateactors and local elites. In this context, the International Monetary Fund played a necessary and key role since de 1970s inimposing neoliberal policies in Global South states, promote a transnational governance and reduce local sovereignty. Therulemakers role was then adopted by private actors, according to its own interests. This process had as a consequence theprivatization of democracy.

    The case study will be helpful to notice how this process has placed in the Argentinean context in the 21st century. I aim toreveal how international law adapts itself to legitimize neocolonial domination.

    Pluralism of sources and human rights of children and adolescents . Laura Lora (Instituto Ambrosio L. Gioja, Universidad de Buenos Aires).

    Following the 1994 constitutional reform in Argentina, Article 75, paragraph 17 of the Constitution establishes that Congresshas the power to "recognize the ethnic and cultural pre-existence of Argentina's indigenous peoples" and "guaranteerespect for their identity". It follows that the culture and, therefore, the identity of such communities must be safeguardedand that there is not only a legal interest in this, but also a constitutional interest. And, obviously, this culture can bemanifested through written (laws) or unwritten (customs) norms.

    Likewise, Article 75, paragraph 22 grants Constitutional hierarchy to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child,which in its Article 3, paragraph 1, establishes that "In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public orprivate social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of thechild shall be a primary consideration".

    I propose to refl ect on the narratives of rights based on a concrete case involving the human rights of a girl living in a Wichicommunity in Tartagal, where the conduct of a member was judged, accused of having repeated carnal access with hisstepdaughter, since her menarche, which took place when she was 9 or 11 years old, and whom he impregnated a yearlater.

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  • 17 Oct 2018 15:23 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    On Monday, September 10th,  45 Oñati students, professors and scholars gathered for a dinner which aim celebrates what we have in common beyond our idiosyncrasies and particular biographies – our special and enduring Oñati Bond. All 45 of us, gathered around great food and wine, celebrated with enthusiasm, laughter, great discussions and found memories, the experience of being part of the Oñati Community. It is through these informal gatherings that bounds are heartened between old and new friends and our own Oñati experience is expanded with new and vivid memories and interactions. Academically, all Onati Session at the RCSl Lisbon Conference were significantly plural with pertinent topics tackling diverse research interests. And because session were organized under broader frames, it allowed that in the same session papers apparently with no connection could dialogue enhancing and enriching the debate. The high quality of the researches presented in the Onati Session is also worth of mentioning. In my perspective it is unquestionable that the plurality of the works presented as well as their high quality are a reflexion of the Onati academic Standards. But not only that. The organization of the Onati Session was only achievable due to the fact that the young scholars, regardless if their master degree was achieved this year, 5 or 10 years ago, continue committed to the Onati community and to the Institute. We might be independent or affiliated to different institutions, but nevertheless decided to use the Onati forum to share our research projects. There is something about how the Onati students are welcomed in the institute and live the personal and academic experience of belonging to that community that fosters alliances, networks and lasting friendships.

     This sense of belonging to the Onati Community is transversal and intergenerational and it feels great to know that I am part of it. 

    (RCSL)Annual Meeting  “Law and Citizenship Beyond the States"

    RCSL Meeting in Lisbon: September 2018: 5 Oñati Sessions (room 25)
    Informal dinner: 10  September
    Oñati Session I - The Local and its Multidimensionality
    Oñati Session II - Beyond State Law: the power of Normativities and Discourse
    Oñati Session III - Courtrooms and the Judicial Field: a locus for enforcement or contestation?
    Oñati Session IV - The subjective and collective other: recognition, precariousness and reflexivity
    Oñati Session V - Struggling from within: The use of legal and political frameworks by grassroots movements.

  • 17 Oct 2018 15:22 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

     "Socio-Legal Issues in the Age of IT
    Place:206F(MTCC North Building)

    10:30 to 12:20
    Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

  • 17 Oct 2018 15:20 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)


    - Law at the Crossroads: Le Droit a la Croisée des Chemins

    Oñati Dinner - Saturday 9 June, 2018

    Oñati Community members came together at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association in Toronto on June 7-10, 2018. In addition to the Oñati sessions where the Community members had the opportunity to share their latest research with conference participants, social dinner organised during the conference provided a perfect occasion for the members to get together and strengthen ties.

    You can read more about the Toronto meeting in June in Tanya Monforte’s report on our blog.

  • 21 Jun 2017 15:38 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    "Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an
                       Inter-Connected World" (MEXICO)

    The Oñati Sessions aim to open a new window of interaction between the IISL and the socio-legal community in general. The papers in this session introduce us to different incluences of globalization in local contexts, showcasing the richness of the research currently carried  by the Oñati Community.

     Day: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 /  Place: Sheraton Maria Isabel -  Room Sala 457, Danubio Tower (4th Floor) / Chair: Masayuki Murayama, Japan 


     Ø  "Building a Bridge between Men and Women in Advertising: Abel’s “third way” Linda Della Ragione, Italy

     Ø  “Globalization of Small Law Firms: Boutique Globalization and Liquidity in Legal Profession” Murat Burak Aydin, Turkey

     Ø  “Infranormativity. A spatial approach to normativity” - Marisela Lopez Zaldivar, México

     Ø  “Law and Globalization: the ‘multi-sited” uses of Transitional Justice by indigenous peoples in Colombia (2005-2016)” – Mónica N.Acosta García, Colombia

     Ø  “New Borders of Humanitarian Action? The case of Restoring Family links among Migrants” Arianna Jacqmin, Italy

     Ø  “The Discursive Constrution on Children. Analysis of Socio legal Discourse on Children and Adolescents in Argentina” Mariana Brizuela Ambrosius, Argentina

     Ø  “The Growing Divide Between Students and Institutions in Legal Education” Patara Mckeen, Canada (& Karolina Kocemba, Poland – Eleonora Maresca, Italy)

     Ø  “The Indigenous Community Movement and Law Reform in Indonesia” Yance Arizona, Indonesia

    All the "Oñati friends" enjoyed a dinner in the Restaurant "Fonda Fina" where there was a raffle with the presents given by the Oñati townhall.

  • 6 Apr 2017 17:49 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    "Greetings from Accra, Ghana. I arrived in Accra yesterday and spending a night here on my way to Freetown, from Tokyo. Because of the Onati facebook group you created , I identified Elijah Tukwarlba Yin, an IISL Alumni and a citizen of Ghana and based in Accra. So I decided to contact him for us to do dinner before I head home, So we met at Central Hotel where I stay and we both talked about times at the IISL and Onati.
    I am off to Monrovia, Liberia in April, I look forward to meeting more IISL families there. "

    (Beamie-Moses Seiwoh II - Sierra Leona)  

  • 4 Jun 2016 10:33 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    Very grateful to our students and professors who give us ideas about how to improve the "Oñati Association". And thanks to "Oñati turismoa" for the presents. The Oñati souvenirs will go to Puerto Rico, Uk, Finland, Colombia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, Canada, France, Argentina.
    Eskerrik asko. Oraingoan ere "Oñati herria" mundu osoan zabalduko dugu.


  • 30 May 2016 10:29 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    This time, members of the Oñati Community met in Georgia, thanks to the organisation of Lasha Bregvadze. 

  • 29 Apr 2016 10:25 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    Prof. Sol Picciotto, Ezgi Tascioglou, Turkey, and Santiago Amietta, Argentina, met in London

  • 27 Oct 2015 09:46 | Susana Arrese (Administrator)

    1er Congreso de Ciencia Política y Sociedad  (27-29 Octubre 2015) Encuentro de egresados puertorriqueños del IISJ, Myrta Morales-Cruz, José Atiles Osoria y César J. Lizasuain, en la de Mesa de Teoria, Política y Derecho en el Primer Congreso de Ciencia Política y Sociedad celebrado en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayaguez. Las ponencias fueron: 1- "Abogacía y Movimientos Sociales: La historia de la Coalición Cero Desalojos en Puerto Rico" de Prof. Myrta Morales-Cruz 2- "Colonialismo, Estado de Excepción y Resistencia: Un estudio del papel del derecho en el conflicto colonial puertorriqueño" del Dr. José Atiles-Osoria 3- "Entre el Estado-de-Rebelión y el Estado de Excepción: Pensar la política y el derecho desde la razón neoliberal" del Dr. César J Pérez-Lizasuain Info del Congreso: http://www.ccpsrum.com/ El programa de Ciencia Política, adscrito al Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayagüez está desarrollando el Primer Congreso de las Ciencias Políticas y Sociedad. El mismo es organizado por el Programa de Ciencia Política en coordinación con el Departamento de Ciencias Sociales y el auspicio del Decanato de Artes y Ciencias. De igual forma es auspiciado por el Instituto Nacional de Energía y Sostenibilidad Isleña (INESI) y la Oficina de Política Pública Energética (OPPE). De tener algún inconveniente accesando a la dirección, puede descargar la solicitud en la siguiente dirección y enviarla completada a CCPSRUM@gmail.com: El mencionado Congreso tiene como fin desarrollar un congreso interdisciplinario dirigido a la exposición de investigaciones en el área de las Ciencias Políticas y disciplinas afines. Además esperamos abordar la discusión de temas relacionados a la problemática social-nacional e internacional desde la óptica de las Ciencias Políticas y las disciplinas que la comparten. Según lo indicado, el Congreso entrelaza los temas de la administración pública, opinión pública,  estado y gobernanza, proceso electoral y elecciones; relaciones internacionales, política energética, economía política, género y sociedad, y seguridad pública. Para estos propósitos es necesario preponderar la exposición de las investigaciones realizadas por los estudiantes y a su vez la presentación de publicaciones de académicos destacados. Además se presentarán una serie de conferencias magistrales y paneles con reconocidos académicos del campo tanto a nivel nacional como internacional.  

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