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

http://www.hotel-arthotelandorra.com/en/

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.

CONFERENCE RATES (ALL INCLUSIVE)

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

EXTRA NIGHTS?

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

STANDARD ROOM

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

SUITE

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

TRAVEL

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.

WORKING GROUP SUB-GROUPS AND LEADERS

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

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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)

r.auchmuty@reading.ac.uk

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.

http://www.hotel-arthotelandorra.com/en/?gclid=CJvrr8jm5sYCFRLMtAodEJsPRw

More details will follow.

This is a comparative report on access to justice in EU member states:
http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/cooperation/cepej/evaluation/2014/Rapport_2014_en.pdf

And this is about access to justice in Europe:

http://fra.europa.eu/en/call-for-tender/2014/negotiated-procedure-low-value-contract-drafting-handbook-access-justice-europe

For all those who missed the Frauenchiemsee meeting of the Legal Profession Group, here the link to the videostreams of presentations we have recorded. Maybe you can also use some of it in your teaching. As we could only record in one room, you find all the plenaries and the videostreams of the presentations in the bigger room we had. Sorry for all the pearls we could not collect. I also attach the agenda of the meeting and the list of the videostreams.

All the best
Ulrike

 

http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/videostreaming/rewi/ls_haratsch/legalprofession14.shtml

 

Legal Profession Group Meeting 2014

Frauenchiemsee July 6-9, 2014

1 Legal Profession

2 Legal Professional Values and Identities

3 Family Justice Procedure

4 Women/Gender in the Legal Profession

5 Author Meets Reader

 

Vom 6.-9.7.2014 hatte die International Working Group for the Comparative Studies of Legal Professions ihr zweijährlich stattfindendes Treffen in der Abtei Frauenwörth in Frauenchiemsee.  Organisiert worden ist es vom „Chair“ der Gruppe, Ulrike Schultz, Akademische Oberrätin am Lehrstuhl für Deutsches und Europäisches Verfassungs- und Verwaltungsrecht sowie Völkerrecht, Prof. Dr. Andreas Haratsch, tatkräftig unterstützt von Ina Schultz, Projekt JurPro. Sie hatten auch schon das vorhergehende Treffen vom 1.-4.7.2012 in Haus Schlesien in Königswinter organisiert. 61 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus 14 Ländern (Kanada, USA, Australien, Türkei, Syrien, Israel, Japan, Niederlande, Belgien, UK, Portugal, Frankreich, Finnland und Deutschland) hatten eine zum Teil um den halben Globus reichende Reise nach Bayern angetreten.

Diese Working Group der Internationalen rechtssoziologischen Vereinigung RCSL hat sich 1980 gegründet, die juristischen Berufe der Welt sowohl gesellschaftspolitisch und rechtlich wie aus professions- und organisationssoziologischer Sicht vergleichend zu studieren und zur Theoriebildung beizutragen. Bei den Treffen, dieses war das 16., werden aktuelle Entwicklungen referiert und analysiert. Es finden regelmäßig Sitzungen statt zur Praxis und zum Standesrecht der Berufe, zur Juristenausbildung, zum International Lawyering, zur Familienrechtspraxis, zur staatlichen Finanzierung von Rechtsbeistand und zu Genderfragen. Im Zeitalter von Diversity sind in den Fokus gerückt Fragen der Professional Values and Identities und im Zuge globaler Rechtshilfe und Demokratisierungsprozesse das Thema Lawyers and Legal Imperialism. Im Laufe der Zeit sind viele Publikationen aus der Arbeit der Gruppe hervorgegangen. Die Untergruppe Women/Gender in the Legal Profession, die seit vielen Jahren von Ulrike Schultz geleitet wird, hat zwei große Sammelbände zusammengestellt: Women in the World´s Legal Professions (2003) und Gender and Judging (2013), beide bei Hart Publications in Oxford erschienen. Hinzukommen viele kleinere Publikationen. Aktuell wird im Kontext des an der FernUniversität laufenden Projekts JurPro ein Sammelband zu „First Women Law Professors and Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy“ vorbereitet.

Einige der Sitzungen in Frauenchiemsee sind wie auch schon in Königswinter aufgezeichnet worden und werden als Videostreams ins Netz gestellt.

Weitere Informationen:
http://rcsl.iscte.pt/rcsl_wg_professions.htm

https://iwglp.wordpress.com/

http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/jurpro/

http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/videostreaming/rewi/ls_haratsch/20140627.shtml

 

 

 

 

Legal Profession Group Meeting

 

Frauenchiemsee July 6-9, 2014

 

 

Sunday, July 6th  

 

  1. 00 – 19.00 Registration
  2. 00 Dinner at “Inselhotel zur Linde”

 

 

Monday, July 7th

 

  1. 00 – 08.45 Breakfast at “Klosterwirt”

 

  1. 45 Welcome

 

  1. 50 – 10.20 Plenary 1

                                   

 

Legal Profession 1:

Professional Innovations and Influences: Agents of Change

 

Introduction

 

Matthias Kilian (Germany): The Legal Profession in Germany – an Update

 

Susan Le Mire, Zoe Rathus (Australia):

News from the Antipodes

 

Avrom Sherr (England):

“The Selfie, without Self-Regulation” Can Representative bodies see themselves as others see them?

 

Mavis Maclean (England):

Delivery of Family Justice in Late Modern Societies.

 

 

  1. 20 – 10.35 Coffee break

 

  1. 35 – 12.05 Plenary 2

 

 

Legal Profession 2:

Professional Innovations and Influences: European and International Aspects

 

Helen Hartnell (USA/Germany):

European Legal Elites: Building the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: Amsterdam, Tampere and Civil Justice

 

 

Ole Hammerslev (Denmark):

Assisting State Reform in Post-Cold War Eastern Europe: Western lawyer involvement in Eastern Europe

 

Sara Dezelay (France/Germany):

Law professionals and legal practices on the African continent: colonial legacies and dynamics of internationalization

 

Bev Baines (Canada):

Refusing to License Evangelical Christian Law Graduates, Feminism, and the Constitution: Canada’s 21st Century Controversy.

 

 

 

  1. 00 – 13.00 Buffet Lunch at “Klosterwirt” (the Subgroup heads meet over lunch)

 

  1. 00 – 14.30 Parallel sessions

 

Maybe we have to switch rooms with these 2 sessions

Women/Gender in the Legal Profession 1

 

Chair: Harriet Silius (Finland)

 

Ligia Afonso (Portugal):

Gender Aspects of Work Experiences and Job Satisfaction of Legal Practitioners. Evidence from Portugal

 

Margaret Thornton (Australia):

The conundrum of balancing work and life in large law firms in Australia

 

Richard Collier (England):

Rethinking Wellbeing in the Legal Profession (Or what do we talk about, when we talk about ‘wellbeing’ in law?)

Legal Profession 2:

A New Period of Change in the English Legal Profession

 

Chair: Matthias Kilian

 

Linda Haller (Australia):

Abolition of Immunity in the UK in 2000 and its effects on legal practice

 

Arnold Rose (England):

The English Legal Profession: slow change

 

Lisa Webley (England):

Legal professional deregulation, new entrants and legal ethics in England and Wales

 

Matthias Kilian (Germany) (comments):

Comparative Aspects: lawyers´ liability, legal protection insurance and third party financing of lawyers´ fees in Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 30 – 15.30 Short tour around the island and coffee break

 

 

 

  1. 30 – 17.00 Parallel sessions

 

Legal Education / Women/Gender in the Legal Profession 

Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy

 

Chair: Erika Rackley (England)

 

Fiona Cownie (England):

Claire Palley, the first female law professor in the UK: an Archerian analysis

 

Leny de Groot (The Netherlands):

The first female law professor in the Netherlands

 

Ulrike Schultz (Germany):

Gender constructions and traditions: The stony way for women in the legal academy in Germany

 

Legal Aid

 

 

 

 

Chair: Alan Paterson (Scotland)

 

Avrom Sherr (England):

Never mind the quality, feel the width

 

Ab Currie (Canada):

What Everyday Legal Problems Cost

 

Alan Paterson (Scotland):

Joined up thinking: Quality assurance and the regulation of legal aid lawyers

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 00 – 17.15 Coffee Break
  2. 15 – 19.00 Parallel sessions

 

Legal Professional Values and Identities 1

Transformations

 

Chair: Rosemary Hunter (England/Australia)

 

Hillary Sommerlad (England):

Pussy Riot: show trials and the New Lawyer

 

Simon Rice (Australia):

Resilience and motivation among community legal centre lawyers in Australia

 

Rakesh Anand (USA):

On the legitimacy of religious lawyering

 

Susan Carle (USA):

Consequences of the Exclusion of African American Women from the Legal Profession prior to 1920

 

Judiciary

       Chair: Tony Bradney

 

Nienke Doornbos (The Netherlands):

Loyalty within the judiciary

 

Verda Irtis (Turkey).

Does a court create an identity? A study on the juvenile court judges in Turkey

 

Gözde Aytemur (Turkey):

The interdependency between professional identity of prosecutors and social relations in Turkey: an isolation story

 

Bruce Green (USA):

Reforming the regulation of the prosecutors: A slightly comparative perspective

 

  1. 00 – 20.30 Buffett dinner at “Klosterwirt”
  2. 30 – 21.30 Evening Meeting: 30 years after Bellagio – The history of the legal profession group – Report on the past 4 years

Election of new chair, planning of future work and next meeting

           

                                                                              

Tuesday, July 8th

 

  1. 00 – 08.45 Breakfast at “Klosterwirt”

 

  1. 45 – 10.15 Parallel sessions

 

Legal Profession 3

Aspects of Practice

 

Chair: Avrom Sherr (England)

 

Wes Pue (Canada):

Professional innovations from outside the metropolis: 19th century Birmingham and early 20th century Winnipeg

 

Eyal Katvan (Israel):

Solo Dancers: Solo Practitioners in Israel

 

Ina Pick (Germany):

Lawyer-client interaction from a linguistic point of view

 

Ethics, Deontology 1           

General Issues

 

Chair: Leny de Groot (The Netherlands)

 

Stefan Rutten, Bernard Hubeau, Jean van Houtte (Belgium):

Misconduct of Lawyers: The discipline of a legal profession (Belgium)

 

Lynn Mather (USA):

A new look at lawyers´ ethics in the U.S.

 

Rob Rosen (USA):

Legal Independence and Legal Ethics

 

 

 

  1. 15 – 10.30 Coffee break
  2. 30 – 12.00 Plenary 2

 

 

Author meets Reader

 

Author: Alan Paterson (Scotland):

Final Judgment. The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court. Oxford: Hart 2013

 

Chair: Ulrike Schultz

 

Readers:

Tony Bradney, England

Mavis Maclean, England

Margaret Thornton, Australia

Ulrike Schultz, Germany

Ole Hammerslev, Denmark

 

  1. 00 – 13.00 Buffett Lunch at “Klosterwirt”
  2. 45 – 14.15 Parallel sessions

 

 

Ethics, Deontology 2

Work Climate

 

Chair: Lynn Mather (USA)

 

Christine Parker (Australia):

Ethical Well-being in the Legal Profession: Let´s make the personal politics

 

Gabriele Plickert (Germany), Benoit Bastard (France), Anne Boigeol (France):

A Comparative study of the legal profession in France and Germany through the lens of ethics

 

Susan Le Mire (Australia):

Are Lawyers Bullies? Interacting in a professional workplace

 

Legal Education

 

 

Chair: Fiona Cownie (England)

 

Rosemary Auchmuty (England):

Paradoxes of the English Law School

 

Maureen Spencer (England):

The state, the university and liberal legal education.

 

Stefan Machura (England and Wales/ Germany):

Law students’ trust in the courts and the police

 

  1. 15 – 14.30 Coffee break
  2. 30 – 16.00 Parallel sessions

 

 

Legal Professional Values and Identities 2   

“New” Lawyers and Judges

 

Chair: Hillary Sommerlad

 

Rosemary Hunter:

Judicial Diversity and the New Judge

 

Steven Vaughan:

Gay lawyers and the English legal profession

 

Theresa Lynch:

Black and Minority Ethnic Students and Mooting at Birmingham Law School: A Discussion Inspired by Basil Bernstein

 

Women/Gender in the Legal Profession 3

Gender (In)Justice

Chair: Margaret Thornton

 

Harriet Silius (Finland):

Is intersectionality the solution to make sense of addressing inequalities?

 

Yayo Okano (Japan):

Constitutionalism in a Crisis: Reactionary Politics and its Effects on Gender Politics in Japan

 

Atsuko Miwa (Japan):

Gender Justice or Retention of Public Order and Morals? From Cases of Japanese courts

 

Yoko Naito (Japan):

Solo-Mothers living with the Fear of “State of Nature”: the Influence of Family Law and Images of Marriage in Japan

 

  1. 15 Meeting at the Boat Landing
  2. 25 Departure for Herrenchiemsee
  3. 35 Arrival at Herrenchiemsee

15 mins walk to the castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Those who have problems to walk can take a horse carriage.
There are also wheel chairs available at the Information Desk at the landing.

We recommend those to rather take the boat at 15.35.

 

  1. 00 Guided Tour in English Language through the castle
  2. 00 Walk through the park to “Schlosshotel”
  3. 30 Welcome drinks
  4. 00 Dinner at “Schlosshotel” (3 choices: meat, fish, vegetarian)
  5. 45 Walk from “Schlosshotel” to Boat Landing
  6. 00 Boat back to Frauenchiemsee

 

 

Wednesday, July 9th

 

  1. 00 – 08.45 Breakfast at “Klosterwirt”
  2. 45 – 10.15 Parallel sessions

 

Family, Policy and the Law

Session Family Justice Procedure

 

Chairs: Benoit Bastard (France) and Mavis Maclean (England)

 

Mavis Maclean (England):

Lawyers and mediators: conflict or convergence?

 

Bregje Dijksterhuis (The Netherlands):

Users´ opinion about online self-help tools on alimony payment

 

Zoe Rathus (Australia):

The unscientific use of science by lawyers in the family law system in Australia

Women/Gender in the Legal Profession 3

Gender and Judging

Chair: Atsuko Miwa

 

Rosemary Hunter (England) and Erika Rackley (England):

When to be a Feminist: Lady Hale´s Judgments on the UK Supreme Court

 

Monique Cardinal (Canada/Syria):

Challenging the System: Women judges and public prosecutors before and after the Syrian Revolution of 2011

Keiko Sawa (Japan):

The Role of Women Lawyers in Gender Issues in Japan

 

 

  1. 15 – 10.30 Coffee Break
  2. 30 – 11.45 Last session

 

Women/Gender in the Legal Profession 4

Images of Women Lawyers

Chair: Ulrike Schultz (Germany)

Stefan Machura ( England and Wales/ Germany):

Liberalism and Law in the TV-series “The Good Wife”

 

 

Peter Robson (Scotland):

The analysis of the representation of women lawyers on TV to contrast 21st century portrayals in the UK

 

  1. 00 End of the Meeting

 

The sub-group was established by Hilary Sommerlad and Kim Economides in 2006 at the bi-annual meeting of the Working Group on Legal Professions, held that year in Peyresq, France. The sub-group’s theme reflected Hilary’s research into professional identity formation, and Kim’s work on legal ethics.

Since 2006 the sub-group has generated a wide ranging and lively engagement with its themes from speakers in many different jurisdictions.  Its first meeting was held in 2007 at the International Congress of Sociology of Law, Humboldt University, Berlin. There were 2 sessions, and papers were presented by Leny de Groot; Ernestine Kohne; Kim Economides; Lisa Webley; Cynthia Epstein; and Hilary Sommerlad, addressing a range of topics from identity formation and ethics amongst judges and ’cause lawyers’ to the role of narrative in law firms in forming ethical behaviour.

At the 2010 Meeting of the Working Group (held in Gif sur Yvette, Paris) there were presentations from Adrian Evans, Lisa Webley, Adelheid Kühne; Hilary Sommerlad; Ruth Djordjevic and Paula Fernando. The papers addressed a range of themes including how ethical behaviour amongst lawyers might be assessed, the casualisation of legal labour markets and the impact on identity, and stress and strain experienced by civil and family lawyers.

In 2011, as a result of his re-location to New Zealand and the responsibilities of his new post, Kim left the group; he is now Dean of Flinders Law School, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia: kim.economides@flinders.edu.au

The sub-group had one session at the 2012 Meeting (Haus Schlesien, Bonn), in which the following papers were presented: Hilary Sommerlad: ‘Bleached out’ professionalism versus white macho masculinities, pathologies of black masculinities or black professionalism? How to succeed as a black male solicitor’; Anna Krajewska: ‘Law experts? The role of lawyers providing service to local governments in Poland’; Lisa Webley: ‘Diversity and the Legal Profession: The Importance of the ‘Right’ Academic Background’; Rob Rosen: ‘The Law: Business or One of the Professions?’

At this year’s meeting in Frauenchiemsee July 6-9, 2014, the panel will have two sessions:

1)       

  • Hilary Sommerlad: Pussy Riot: show trials and the New Lawyer
  • Simon Rice: Resilience and motivation among community legal centre lawyers in Australia
  • Rakesh Anand: On the legitimacy of religious lawyering
  • Susan Carle: Consequences of the Exclusion of African American Women from the Legal Profession prior to 1920

2)       

  • Rosemary Hunter: Judicial Diversity and the New Judge
  • Steven Vaughan: Gay lawyers and the English legal profession
  • Theresa Lynch: Black and Minority Ethnic Students and Mooting at Birmingham Law School: A Discussion Inspired by Basil Bernstein

Steven Vaughan and Theresa Lynch are members of the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER), Birmingham Law Schoolhttp://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/CEPLER/index.aspx,   which Hilary moved to as Research Director in April 2013.  Professional identity and values are key themes of the Centre, and we are always pleased to hear from colleagues who would like to visit us.  The Centre’s first book is due to be published in late 2014 by Hart:  The Futures of Legal Education and the Legal Profession http://www.hartpublishingusa.com/books/search.asp?st=2&s=The+Futures+of+Legal+Education+and+the+Legal+Profession, and pre-orders can now be made on Hart’s website.  Hilary is also Articles Editor of Legal Ethics – see http://www.hartjournals.co.uk/le/index.html – and of course welcomes submissions on professional values and identities.

Ideas for panels at future meetings or research collaborations on any issue relating to professional identity and professional values would also be most welcome – to be sent to Dr. Hilary Sommerlad, Professor of Law, Research Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TT, United Kingdom

E. H.A.K.Sommerlad@bham.ac.uk;     T. +44 (0) 1214144030