Submissions are now open for the 2022 Global Meeting on Law & Society.


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AMHERST, Mass. – We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2022 Global Meeting on Law & Society that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal & virtually from July 13-16, 2022! Next year’s meeting marks the 7th global meeting on Law & Society. The meeting will be hosted at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon with institutional support from DINÂMIA’CET and CIES at ISCTE.

Upon submitting an abstract, you will be required to create an LSA profile or login to your existing LSA account. For those who already have an LSA profile in the system, a seperate Call for Papers email was sent to you as well with your Username and Email address we have on file. All scholars who need to create an LSA profile to participate in the Global Meeting can do so for free by selecting one of the non-member profile options on this page:
The conference is organized in partnership between LSA and other sociolegal associations around the world, including the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, the Asian Law and Society Association, the African Law and Society Network, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Japanese Association of the Sociology of Law, the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Brazilian Network on Empirical Legal Studies, the Brazilian Association for the Sociology of Law, and the Sociology of Law and Justice Section of the Portuguese Association of Sociology.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are currently planning for a hybrid meeting format, with some events taking place in-person in Lisbon, and other sessions taking place virtually through an online platform. We will be monitoring the situation and follow the guidance of local, national, and international public health authorities in the months leading up to the conference. Please refer to our 2022 conference webpage for more details about this year’s conference and its hybrid format. Additional information regarding the conference will be added to the website as we proceed with the organizing.   
The conference will look different than past meetings. Over the past couple years, LSA and our partner associations have had to adapt to the current circumstances posed by COVID-19. For the 2022 Global Meeting, we plan on implementing a mixed format to accommodate our attendees, including those who cannot make the trip to Portugal. We plan on offering a virtual meeting option and some sessions that will be available both in-person and online. More information about our 2022 conference format is detailed below and in our FAQs page available on our website!
The deadline for our Call for Submissions has been extended to November 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET (USA and Canada). The Program Committee welcomes any scholar studying sociolegal activities to submit an individual paper or session proposal. We recommend scholars interested in proposing a session with a creative format to consult with the Program Committee and the LSA Executive Office ( in advance of submitting their proposal. 

The default language for individual presentations will be English or Portuguese. The Program Committee also welcomes the submission of complete panels of four to five papers in languages other than English or Portuguese. Please include a brief English abstract with all proposals not
submitted in English.

>> Click Here to view the full Program Committee!

Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy

In these times, a shifting world is upon us—one that demands a close examination of equality, freedom, and humanity. At the center of that critical examination are issues of race, colonialism, and the legacies of slavery. As communities demand an end to racial inequality, the urgency to grapple with the pains and realities of the past comes front and center.
While the history of slavery has been robustly centered in the United States, in reality, these global enterprises flourished the world over, creating human subjects and chattel of men, women, and children, in North America, South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and other lands. Portuguese ships alone carried millions of Africans into slavery over a period of four centuries from the mid-15th century.
Even after slavery’s formal abolition, colonization became a rebranded form of human subjugation and subordination, seen vividly through the lenses of Europe’s imperial reaches into Asia and Africa, a precursor for modern forms of slavery and the predatory ways in which modern societies exploit the non-human environment. The violence and exploitation that resulted remains a point of social, legal, cultural and even ecological trauma today.
At the 2022 Global Law and Society meeting in Portugal, we will place these urgent issues at the forefront of our engagement, drawing upon law, history, art, sociology, psychology, politics and culture to give serious attention to the past, while drawing lessons and hope for the future.
Plenary sessions will take up these concerns and center important research and conversations about dismantling and reimagining social, legal, and political structures that perpetuate and instantiate racism and inequality in society. That is, even though slavery and colonialism are tragic common bonds and legacies in the modern world, this meeting will unpack how to move forward to forge more equitable societies.
Click Here to read more about our theme, Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy.

How to Submit

Click here to submit an abstract for an individual paper or session for the 2022 Global Meeting! You will be re-directed to our membership portal to login to your LSA profile first using your username and password. If you have not yet created an LSA profile, you can set one up for free by selecting one of our non-member or student non-member options here. If you would like to become an LSA member, 2022 memberships will be opening this fall.

When submitting your abstract or session, you will have an opportunity to specify whether you will be presenting Live and in-person or Virtually.

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