Concepts of Justice in Legal Research

An International Conference and PhD Workshop Organized by Retfærd

Thursday 16 September to Friday 17 September 2010.

Host: University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, Odense, Denmark

Retfærd. Nordic journal of law and justice invites to a two-day international workshop/Ph.D.-course for senior researchers and Ph.D.-students on concepts of justice in legal research. This workshop will focus on the role of justice in legal research, i.e. the relationship between positive law and justice, and it will discuss if it is possible to apply an empirical notion of justice.

The background of the workshop/Ph.D.-course is that the concept of justice almost has disappeared from legal research. Legal realism explicitly pointed out that concepts of justice and rights are linguistic constructs which do not correspond with any tangible phenomena in the ‘real’ world. In dogmatic methodology the distinction between legal science and legal politics might be the clearest example showing the lack of legitimacy of incorporating normative standpoints in dogmatic research. Only legal philosophy and philosophy in general have discussions about the concept of justice and its role in legal systems be found.

The workshop will invite Ph.D. students and younger researchers to present papers in workshops.


Thursday 16 September:

9.00-12.00 Retfærd. Nordic editorial board meeting (everybody is welcome) (Room O97)
12.00-13.00 Arrival and registration + lunch (Main entrance hall/Panoramaen)
13.15-13.45 Introduction by Ole Hammerslev & Reza Banakar (Room O100)
13.45-15.00 Reza Banakar ‘Studying Rights in Context: Law and Justice in Late modern Society’ Discussant Håkan Hydén (Room O100)
15.00-15.15 Coffee and cake
15.15-16.30 Gunther Teubner ‘Self-subversive Justice: contingency or transcendence formula of law?’ Discussant Inger-Johanne Sand (Room O100)
16.30-16.45 Break
16.45-18.00 Henrik Palmer-Olsen ‘Justice: Conceptual and Constitutional Issues’ Discussant Kaarlo Tuori (Room O100)

18.00-19.00 Reception (Main entrance hall/Panoramaen)
19.00 – Dinner at Restaurant SDU

Friday 17 September

9.15-9.30 Introduction (Room O100)
9.30-10.45 Melanie Williams ‘Martha Nussbaum, Justice and Virginia Woolf’ Discussant Hanne Petersen (Room O100)
10.45-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.00 Mikael Rask Madsen ‘Justice Reconsidered: The Need for an “Epistemological Break”’ Discussant Margareta Bertilsson (Room O100)
12.00 -12.45 Lunch (Restaurant SDU)
12.45-15.00 Parallel sessions

Session 1: Justice and courts (Room O77)

Chair: Emily Hartz, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark

Søren Andersen – Justice and other juridical virtues
Chilenye Nwapi – Palm Tree Justice and Jurisdictional Standards

Discussant: Inger-Johanne Sand, Professor, University of Oslo

Session 2: Justice and welfare state rights (Room U70)

Chair: Janne Rothmar Herrmann, Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen

Chen Jingrong – Right to Education for All The Challenge of Realizing the right to education for Children
Eva Jensen – Narrowing the scope of legal guardianship in the effort to ensure self-determination
Sanna Koulu – Justificatory conceptions behind custody agreements – Bridging the legal and the real

Discussant: Håkan Hydén, Professor, University of Lund

Session 3: States, rights and justice (Room O79)

Chair: Annika Staaf, Associate Professor, Malmö University

Annette Olesen – Struggles over legitimate capital at the bottom of society
Rustamjon Urinboyev – Social Norms, Law and the Welfare as Means of Social Control – Case Study of Mahalla Institutions in Uzbekistan
Lennart Erlandsson – Realisation of justice in social and welfare legislation

Discussant: Reza Banakar, Professor, University of Westminster

15.00-15.15 Conclusion (Room O100)