3rd Global Conference: Evil, Law and the State

Venue: Salzburg

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Event Date/Time: Mar 13, 2009 End Date/Time: Mar 13, 2009
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3rd Global Conference Evil, Law and the State Friday 13th March - Sunday 15th March 2009 Salzburg, Austria Call for Papers This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference will explore issues surrounding evil and law, with a focus on state power and violence. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in any field relevant to the study of law and legal culture: anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, government/politics, history, legal studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion/theology, and sociology, as well as those working in civil rights, human rights, prison services, politics and government (including NGOs), psychiatry, healthcare, and other areas. Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to the following themes: * when and why is law evil or a source of evil? * state violence and coercion * enforcement of criminal law and other legal prohibitions * law, citizenship, and political identity * justifications for punishment, including capital punishment * whether and under what circumstances the adversary or inquisitorial models of legal process generate, tolerate, or allow evil outcomes * issues of equality and distributive justice in law * the consequences of legal error * the intersection of law with issues of choice, responsibility, and diminished responsibility