CFP: Fourth Annual Gloucester Summer Legal Conference

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Marking the 200th Anniversary of Britain’s
Abolition of the Slave Trade (1807)

Gloucester, England
July 19-21, 2007

Sponsored by:
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
University of Gloucestershire
Central Gloucester Initiative

We are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Gloucester Summer Legal Conference. The first three Conferences have been exceptionally successful, bringing together scholars and interested persons from a dozen countries to the beautiful Oxstalls Campus of the University of Gloucestershire. This year’s Conference is part of a year-long bicentennial celebration of one of the most momentous moments in legal history: the British Parliament’s passage of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807.

Much of the credit for abolition has been given to the zealous religious leaders and other reformers who made the moral case against slavery. But the Act was written and passed against the social, political and economic background of the day. This was an era, like our own, of rapidly changing transport, communications, and production. The 1807 Act was the result not merely of a moral crusade, but of a whole complex of cultural and economic factors.

Today we see a similar situation in our own globalizing social and economic systems. People around the world still struggle for justice, fairness, equality, and freedom, and those struggles are similarly bound up with powerful social and economic interests. Law, as the point where moral judgment and practical interests collide, necessarily plays a central role in the process. That role and its implications form the theme of this Conference.

We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics that are relevant to the Conference theme. We hope to present works from a multitude of perspectives:legal, economic, critical, historical, comparative, literary, political, sociological, philosophical, practical, and interdisciplinary. Possible panel/paper subject areas include – but are certainly not limited to – rights of immigrants; rights of cultural, religious, and racial minorities; the war on terror and civil rights and liberties; environmental justice; climate change and the impact on third world countries; sexual slavery; and reparations. The Conference has in the past been known for presenting works by scholars at all ranges of experience, and we especially encourage submissions by junior scholars. Proposals from those who would like to organize panels of multiple papers are welcome.

Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2007
Notification of Accepted Papers: May 11, 2007

More information here.

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