Thursday, December 1, 2011

Write On! "Legal Methodologies" @ Cornell

(Delighted to welcome back alumna Anna Dolidze, who contributes this Write On! guest post)

Papers are being sought for the 8th Cornell Law School Inter-University Graduate Conference, entitled “Changing Faces in Legal Thinking: Revisiting Legal Methodologies.”
The conference, which seeks submissions from graduate students -- particularly those from J.S.D., S.J.D., and Ph.D. programs -- will be held April 13 to 14, 2012, at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York.
Selected papers may be published electronically at the Cornell Law School digital repository Scholarship@Cornell Law, which provides open, global access to the scholarship of Cornell Law School faculty, students, and visiting scholars. The conference will be launched with a roundtable at which Cornell Law faculty members will discuss interdisciplinary methodological approaches to the study of law.
Organizers, among them yours truly, write:

'This conference aims to further a more refined and sophisticated understanding of the use of interdisciplinary methodological tools. We can now critically reflect on the limitations, shortcomings, and challenges of employing interdisciplinary methodologies in the analysis of law. To that end, this conference hopes to stimulate a discussion that will reevaluate and refine our methodological techniques, addressing questions such as:
► Are there certain research methods that are privileged, and if so why?
► What sources do we rely on for our data?
► Are there sources and voices that are being excluded?
► How do our methods impact on and shape our research agendas?
We seek papers that combine substantive legal scholarship with a clear use of methodological tools. ... We expect authors to be able to explain the methodological approach used in their papers, critically reflect on the choices made, and elaborate on how such methodological commitments have influenced some of the substantive points made.'

Papers from all areas of legal scholarship are welcome, yet the organizers will prefer submissions that touch upon the topics of Law & Economy, Law & Science & Technology, Law & the Natural Environment, Law & the Person, Law & Development, and Law & Dispute Resolution.
Please send a 250- to 500-word abstract to The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2012. The full call for papers can be found here.

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