FEMINISM, LAW AND CITIZENSHIP, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, Call for conference papers, 24-26 June 2020

Citizenship may be defined as the status of a citizen with its attendant duties, rights and privileges. It thus governs the relationship of individuals and the state they live in. Questioning the relationship between feminism, law and citizenship unsurprisingly builds on feminist legal theory, whose central claim posits the law as a fundamental tool in the historical subordination of women.

When the French Revolution pioneered “universal” suffrage in 1789, it was male-only and remained so until 1944, in spite of the struggle of feminist activists who immediately reacted to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen with the publication in France of the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen (Olympe de Gouges, 1791) and in England of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792). This (in)famous example illustrates but one aspect that may be encompassed in this relationship, which will vary according to each historical and geo-political context.

If women’s suffrage is now accepted in virtually all countries, the link between gender, law and citizenship is also paramount in terms of property rights, reproductive rights, protection against discrimination, including intersectional discrimination. When the Irish decided in May 2018 to remove the ban on abortion from their Constitution, Clare Daly TD underlined in the Irish Parliament that the relationship between women and society was being transformed, echoing a reaction to the decriminalisation of abortion in Victoria, Australia: “With that comes our full citizenship”.

This international conference thus proposes to explore contemporary issues in the field of feminism, law and citizenship and invites papers related, but not limited, to the following perspectives:

  • Democracy and the rise of populism
  • Feminist activism
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Gender equality
  • Intersectionality
  • Reproductive rights and reproductive justice
  • Women’s rights

The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals working in any discipline including law, philosophy, history, sociology, gender studies, politics, cultural studies and area studies. The conference will be both in French and English.

Proposals of up to 300 words in French or English and a brief biographical note should be sent by 30 September 2019 to:

Alexandrine Guyard-Nedelec (if in French): alexandrine.guyard-nedelec@univ-paris1.fr

or Rosemary Auchmuty (if in English): r.auchmuty@reading.ac.uk

International conference organized by University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and University of Reading, together with the Gender, Law and Society Working Group of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law (RCSL)


We want to let you know that the Call for Papers is now available for the RCSL/IISL Meeting “Linking Generations for Global Justice: http://www.iisj.net/en/workshops/congresos/linking-generations-global-justice

The deadline to apply for this Meeting is December 10, 2018

Non RCSL members,  can join before October 22, to benefit from the discount rates for RCSL members.

The RCSL was established in 1962 and is a free association of scholars active in sociology of law or socio-legal studies from all around the world, whatever their nationality, opinion and scientific or methodological tendency. Further information can be found here: http://rcsl.iscte.pt/rcsl_join.htm

On the theme of the Meeting, the call is as follows:

Humanity thrives on the emergence of new generations: each one adds fresh perspectives, new ways of thinking, and changes values, institutions and practices.  At times of rapid change on a global scale, new generations are vital in all fields of science and technology.  However, global change lays bare the tensions between generations and raises major questions for justice between generations: How can we make the environment safe for generations to come? How do we integrate and include first and second generations of migrants? How diverse should our legal and justice institutions be? What does a just distribution of welfare between generations look like?  How are generations linked in the digital revolution that will affect justice systems globally? How are younger generations given a voice and stake in decisions about their future? How are older generations protected in times of rapid social change?

These questions pose major challenges for the sociology of law, our theories and our tools of research. As new generations of scholars challenge established ways of thinking and theorizing, they also open up innovative pathways towards dealing with these problems. How can we best work together across generations in our discipline in addressing these challenges? How can we ensure and work for intergenerational justice across the globe?

Since its foundation in 1989, the International Institute of the Sociology of Law in Onati has been a space for exchange between generations of scholars. At its 30th anniversary, we will celebrate its achievements of intergenerational exchange and collaboration and prepare for the future by linking generations for the advancement of our field. The organisers will particularly promote and facilitate exchange and collaboration across generations of socio-legal scholars through panels and keynotes, and link generations from North and South for innovative research and theorizing.

We specifically welcome papers addressing the following themes:

  • Eco-justice and urban law across generations
  • Intergenerational justice in welfare regimes
  • Digital revolutions in law and access across generations
  • Spheres, cultural identities, and perceptions of justice
  • Development of lawyering and justice across space and time
  • Law, conflict and generational integration of migrant communities
  • Representation, access and voice for young and old generations
  • Innovation in legal education
  • (Inter-)generational perceptions of diversity
  • Representation, access and voice for young and old generations
  • Transnational dimensions of socio-legal studies







We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the forthcoming Biennial Meeting of the RCSL Working Group on Comparative Study of Legal Professions.  The meeting will take place in the Arthotel, Andorra la Vella, Andorra – the same venue as the last meeting in 2016 – on 10–13 July 2018.

Andorra is a small European country in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, known for skiing (in winter) and walking (in summer) and for duty-free shopping.  The main language is Catalan but French, Spanish and Portuguese are also spoken – and, in the tourist areas, English.  The currency is the euro although Andorra is not in the European Union.  There is no airport in Andorra, so to reach the venue you must take a coach from Barcelona or Toulouse.  The hotel is extremely comfortable and the food excellent.

Papers are invited on any aspect of the sociology of the Legal Professions.  The Working Group has 13 sub-groups covering a range of topics from Legal Education to International Lawyering and from Legal Histories to Gender in the Legal Profession.  A number of comparative projects have been produced, and Working Group members are currently working on a major international survey of Lawyers and Society.

If you are interested in joining the Working Group and/or attending the Meeting in Andorrra, please email the Chair, Rosemary Auchmuty, for details:


IWGLP 2018

Hold the dates! Andorra, 10-13 July 2018

Special Issue “Where Are the Legal Professions Heading? Selected Papers of the International Working Group for Comparative Studies of Legal Professions”
A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X)

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 July 2017

Special Issue Information:

This Special Issue represents a collection of selected papers of the International Working Group for Comparative Studies of Legal Professions.

This call is addressed to all members of the different sub-groups:

1. Ethics, Deontology;
2. Family, policy and the Law;
3. International Lawyering and Large Law Firms;
4. Judiciary;
5. Lawyers and Clients;
6. Legal Aid;
7. Legal Education;
8. Legal Professional Values and Identities;
9. Regulatory Reform;
10. Women/Gender in the Legal Profession;
11. Project 2018;
12. Histories of Legal Professions;
13. Lawyers and Imperialism.

This Special Issue is centred on a fundamental research question that characterises the comparative studies on these topics: where are the legal professions heading? The focus is therefore on past, present, and, especially, future of the legal professions, both in Europe and outside Europe, in civil law and common law systems, in the north and south of the world. The legal professions, in fact, are facing important challenges, as especially the issue of their internal heterogeneity – e.g., the gap between the now dominant business lawyers and the judicial bar, each one with different interests, ethics and regulations. This Special Issue aims to contribute to the current interdisciplinary debate on the legal professions, which represent the pivotal “protagonists” of interpretation and application of law, delivery of justice and protection of people’s rights.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Benoit Bastard
Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique, CNRS/ENS, France.

Dr. Luca Verzelloni
Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Journal Contact:
Laws Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052
Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 616837734
Fax: +41 613028918
More information at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/laws


To all interested colleagues, please note registration is closed an no further bookings can be taken.

Organiser: Ulrike SCHULTZ, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany, 




Project Outline


The past fifteen years have shown an increase in empirical research and resulting publications on the professional situation of women in the field of law. The lives and careers of women in legal practice and the judiciary along with various related gender issues have been documented in many countries. Amongst these in particular the question whether the presence of women in this field has made and will continue to make a difference to its workings.


What yet needs and deserves a closer look is the situation of women and gender in general in the legal academy. An international network of scholars (as yet informal) has now been set up for the purpose of a comparative historical study of women in the academy. They will focus on two aspects: the story of the pioneers, their biographies and autobiographies on one hand, and careers and organizational and cultural issues on the other.


A variety of conceptual frameworks and methodologies will be used. Questions to be addressed will include:

  • women’s experience of entering the academy (barriers to entry, organisational,  political and personal factors).
  • career patterns and their impact on women’s professional success or otherwise (obstacles and disadvantages relating to both women’s rise to leadership positions generally, and to such positions in the academy in particular)
  • the impact of the presence of women on the academy as well as on the field of legal education
  • academic women’s contribution to legal developments.
  • the impact of masculinities and socially dominant groups for law faculties and in the content and processes of legal education
  • issues about inclusivity and diversity among both faculty and students, including citizenship, ethnicity, race, class, religion, sexual orientation, dis/ability, language and others
  • other cultural issues, i.e. the relation between legal academy, legal education and society at large.



Aim and Expected Scholarly Outcomes


A first meeting will take place in Schönburg/Oberwesel in Germany from 8-11 May 2016.

This application aims to give more colleagues the possibility to present and publicize research on the subject at the upcoming LSA conference in New Orleans in June 2016 and at the big international socio-legal meeting in Mexico City in June 2017. We also hope to inspire more colleagues from other countries, namely developing countries, to join in the work.

A substantial publication is planned. It is to complement the two existing international comparative collections edited by Ulrike Schultz and Gisela Shaw:(Women in the World´s Legal Profession. Oxford. Hart 2003; Gender and Judging. Oxford. Hart 2013). as well as their three special issues of the International Journal of the Legal Profession (Women in the Legal Profession; Women in the Judiciary and Gender and Judicial Education).[1]

Additionally, it is planned to use conference presentations as a basis for one or more special issues of socio-legal journals and journals on legal education.





The proposed members of this IRC are the following:

(Please note that we may add to our list over the next several months.)


Lígia AFONSO                                                              Sociology

University of Porto




Elizabeth ARCHAMPONG                                         Gender and Law, Customary Law,              C-COUNTRY

Equality Effect, Toronto                                                                        Law and Development


Canada, Ghana


Rosemary AUCHMUTY                                              Law, Women´s Studies, Feminist Legal Studies

University of Reading




Susanne BAER                                                             Law, Sociology of Law

Humboldt Universität, Berlin

Judge at Federal Constitutional Court                  




Beverley BAINES                                                         Law, Gender Studies

Queen’s University Kingston Ontario




Swethaa BALLAKRISHNEN                                       Law and Sociology                                      C-COUNTRY

Stanford University


USA, India


Susan BARTIE                                                              Law
University of Tasmania




Maria Rita BARTOLOMEI                                         Anthropology of Law

University of Macerata





Maria da Gloria BONELLI                                          Sociology                                                       B-COUNTRY

Universidade Federal de São Carlos




Anja BÖNING                                                              Law, Legal Education

FernUniversität in Hagen




Judith BOURNE                                                           Law

St Mary’s University, Twickenham




Susan CARLE                                                               Law, Legal Ethics, Legal History

American University Washington




Richard COLLIER                                                         Law and Social Theory

Newcastle University




Fiona COWNIE                                                            Law, Sociology of Law

University of Keele




Josephine DAWUNI                                                   Political Science

Howard University, Washington


USA, Ghana


Bregje DIJKSTERHUIS                                                Law, Sociology of Law

University of Amsterdam


The Netherlands


Liz DUFF                                                                       Law

University of Westminster, London




Cynthia Fuchs EPSTEIN                                             Sociology, Legal Profession

Graduate Center, City University of New York




Leny de GROOT-VAN LEEUWEN               Sociology, Legal Ethics, Legal Profession

Radboud University, Nijmegen


The Netherlands


Ruth HALPERIN-KADDARI                                        Law, Women´s Rights, Legal Profession

Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan




Seda KALEM                                                                Sociology, Legal Profession

Bilgi University, Istanbul

Seda Kalem seda.kalem@bilgi.edu.tr



Puja KAPAI                                                                  Law, Comparative Law

The University of Hong Kong




Eyal KATVAN                                                               Law, Legal Ethics, Legal Profession, Legal History

Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Ramat Gan




Haesook KIM                                                              Asian Studies, Sociology

Long Island University, New York


USA, South Korea


Beatriz KOHEN                                                           Sociology                                                       B-COUNTRY

University of Palermo, Buenos Aires




Xiaonan LIU                                                                Law, Gender Studies, Legal Profession         B-COUNTRY

China University of Political Science and Law





Carrie MENKEL-MEADOW                               Law, Legal Profession, Political Science, Women´s Studies

University of California, Irvine Law School




Kayo MINAMINO                                                       Law, Cultural Studies

Kyoto Women’s University




Mary Jane MOSSMAN                                               Law, Feminist Legal Studies

York University, Toronto,




Konstanze PLETT                                                       Law

Universität Bremen




Erika RACKLEY                                                            Law, Feminist Legal Studies

University of Birmingham




Merike RISTIKIVI                                                        Law, Legal Profession

University of Tartu




Peter ROBSON                                                            Law, Law and Media

University of Strathclyde, Scotland




Marion RÖWEKAMP                                                 History

Freie Universität, Berlin




Kim RUBENSTEIN                                                       Law

Australian National University, Canberra




Emily SANCHEZ SALCEDO                                         Law

De La Salle University Manila




Keiko SAWA                                                                Sociology, Women´s Rights

Kyoto´s Women University




Ulrike SCHULTZ                                                          Law and Gender, Legal Profession, Legal Education 

FernUniversität in Hagen,                                       




Gisela SHAW                                                               Philosophy, Language Studies, Legal Professions
University of the West of England




Harriet SILIUS                                                             Women’s/Gender/Feminist Studies

Åbo Akademi



Hilary Ann SOMMERLAD                                          Law, Legal Profession

University of Birmingham




Nadia SONNEVELD                                                     Islamic Law, Sociology of Law

Radboud University Nijmegen


The Netherlands


Wendy STEEL                                                              Law

University of Chester




Margaret THORNTON                                               Law, Legal Profession

Australian National University, Canberra




Annalisa TONARELLI                                                  Sociology

University of Florence




Hans den TONKELAAR                                              Law

Radboud University, Nijmegen


The Netherlands


Lisa WEBLEY                                                                Law

University of Westminster, London




Celia WELLS                                                                 Law

University of Bristol





[1] Additionally Dermot Feenan has edited a special issue of the Journal of Feminist Studies with contributions presented on Gender and Judging panels at the international conference in Berlin 2007.


We are pleased to announce the details of the next Working Group meeting at the Acta Arthotel, Andorra la Vella, 6-9 July 2016.


The hotel, which is family-run, has given us a package deal, with full board and conference facilities covering everything except  travel to Andorra.  There is a choice of standard room or suite for the three nights, which can be occupied as singles or doubles (or twins – they just separate the beds).  Both types of room are extremely comfortable and all rooms have free wifi.  The food is good and includes vegetarian and special dietary options.


Here are the package prices, per person.  Please note that these prices are for the full package (NOT per night), and include full board, conference rooms and facilities, and a gala dinner.

STANDARD DOUBLE ROOM                         €200.37

SINGLE STANDARD ROOM                           €236.37

SUITE, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY                      €268.37

SUITE, SINGLE OCCUPANCY                        €322.37


Here are the rates for those wishing to add a day or two to their visit.


Week (Monday to Friday)

Double room with breakfast: 27€/ person/ night

Single room with breakfast: 39€/ person/ night

Saturday night

Double room with breakfast: 31,20€/ person/ night

Single room with breakfast: 46,40€/ person/ night


Week (Monday to Friday)

SUITE -Double room with breakfast: 54€/ person/ night

SUITE -Single room with breakfast: 78€/ person/ night

Saturday night

SUITE -Double room with breakfast: 62,40€/ person/ night

SUITE -Single room with breakfast: 92,80€/ person/ night


There is no airport in Andorra.  The best way to travel there is to get a plane or train to Barcelona or Toulouse (whichever suits you better) and then take a coach up to Andorra la Vella, which takes about 3 hours.  The hotel is five minutes’ walk from the bus station.  It is also possible to drive, e.g. from Perpignan, but you will have to pay to park at the hotel.


Subgroup 1: Ethics, Deontology

Leader: Leny de Groot-van Leeuwen<L.deGroot@jur.ru.nl>

Subgroup 2: Family, policy and the Law

Leaders: Benoit Bastard < benoitbastard1@gmail.com>

Mavis Maclean <mavis.maclean@spi.ox.ac.uk>
Subgroup 3: International Lawyering and Large Law Firms

Leader: Gabriele Plickert<gplickert@tamu.edu>

Subgroup 4: Judiciary

Leader: Tony Bradney <a.bradney@keele.ac.uk>

Subgroup 5: Lawyers and Clients 

Leader: Avrom Sherr<Avrom.Sherr@sas.ac.uk>
Subgroup 6: Legal Aid

Leader: Alan Paterson <prof.alan.paterson@strath.ac.uk>
Subgroup 7: Legal Education

Leader: Fiona Cownie <F.Cownie@keele.ac.uk>
Subgroup 8: Legal Professional Values & Identities
Leaders: Hilary Sommerlad <H.A.K.Sommerlad@bham.ac.uk>

Steven Vaughan <s.vaughan@bham.ac.uk>
Subgroup 9: Regulatory Reform

Leader: Christine Parker <christine.parker@monash.edu>
Subgroup 10: Women/Gender in the Legal Profession

Leader: Ulrike Schultz <Ulrike.Schultz@FernUni-Hagen.de>

Subgroup 11: Project 2018

Leaders: Ole Hammerslev <ohv@sam.sdu.dk>

Hilary Sommerlad <H.A.K.Sommerlad@bham.ac.uk>

Subgroup12: Histories of Legal Professions

Leaders: Wes Pue pue@law.ubc.ca

Susan Carle: scarle@wcl.american.edu;

Sub-group 13: Lawyers and Imperialism

Leader: Sara Dezalay sara.dezalay@gmail.com


If you are interested in attending, please contact Rosemary Auchmuty at r.auchmuty@reading.ac.uk as soon as possible and let me know

  • If you intend to attend the meeting
  • What sort of room you want (standard or suite, single or double)
  • If double, the name of your companion in the room
  • If you plan to present a paper, in which sub-group you intend to present (and please also let the leader of the sub-group know)
  • Whether you would like to stay additional days before or after the meeting and, if so, which days.

This expression of interest will not constitute a firm booking.  It is just so that the hotel and I can plan.  I will call for FIRM RESERVATIONS in January 2016.

PLEASE DO NOT BOOK DIRECTLY WITH THE HOTEL; I will assemble the list of names and room requirements.

Likewise, PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME ANY MONEY.  Your contract will be directly with the hotel, and you will register on arrival and pay your bill on departure (the cost of the package plus additional purchases such as drinks from the bar).

We look forward to seeing you there!


Rosemary Auchmuty (Chair)


The next meeting of the RCSL Working Group on Comparative Studies of Legal Professions will take place 6-9 July 2016 at the Acta Arthotel, Andorra la Vella.


More details will follow.

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