RC09's 2017 interim meeting will be held at the Univeristy of California, Irvine, June 25-27.  The conference theme is "Comparative Judicial Studies at the Crossroads: Mapping New Research Agendas and Exploring New Paths." The conference announcement is available at Call for Papers 2017.

Paper and panel proposals for the 2017 Interim Meeting of the Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies (RC09) are now being accepted. The meeting is open to all scholars interested in the study of law and courts from a comparative and national perspective, as well as those employing a case study methodology. Papers and panels devoted to the following topics (though not limited to) would be especially welcome:

  • Independence and Representation on High Courts.
  • Courts, Power-sharing, and Consociational Democracy.
  • The European Legal Order and Brexit.
  • Judicial Appointment and Security of Tenure.
  • Judicial Review in Authoritative Regimes, New Democracies, and Emerging Democracies.
  • Rule of Law at the National and Sub-national Level.
  • Judicial Institutions for Democracies:  The Role Justice-System Actors (Should) Play.
  • Mobilizing for Justice.
  • The Judicialization of Contentious Social and Moral Issues.
  • Methodological Approaches to the Study of Judicial Institutions.
  • The Role of Judicial Actors in the Protection of Rights.
  • National Sovereignty and International Courts.
  • Legal Reasoning and the Rule of Law.
  • The Judicial Branch in Latin American Politics.

Please submit your proposal (500 word abstract) via email by January 19, 2017 to RC09 at the following email addresses: tonysmithuci@gmail.com and  james.kelly@concordia.

Notifications of acceptance will be emailed and a draft conference program will be posted on RC09’s website http://rc09.ipsa.org by February 19, 2017.