Transitions from Conflict: The Role and Agency of Lawyer

Anna Bryson

Despite the centrality of the rule of law to the contemporary theory and practice of transitional justice, there is little emphasis in the relevant literature on the role of lawyers outside the courts – or indeed as ‘real people’ at work in the system.

This stream takes a holistic approach to the role and agency of lawyers in conflicted and transitional societies. As such it straddles the fields of transitional justice and the sociology of the legal profession.

Proposals may address, but are not limited to:

  • the evolving role of 'cause’ or ‘struggle’ lawyers
  • legal and ethical boundaries
  • strategic litigation
  • the role and function of legal collectives in the context of conflict and transition
  • cause lawyering and social movements
  • opportunities and challenges associated with shifts from opposing to upholding the state
  • the intersection of gender with political and legal conflict
  • the appropriateness of human rights discourses and practices
  • human rights and the rule of law
  • the role of lawyers in dealing with a conflicted past
  • attitudes towards victim participation in international tribunals and truth recovery mechanisms
  • law as an instrument of oppression
  • legalisation of politics

For an informal discussion please contact Anna Bryson.

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair Platform. They must be no longer than 300 words and should include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.