Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference


Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the 20th annual UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference. The Conference will be held at Allard Hall, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on May 7-8, 2015. This conference offers an academic forum for graduate students to consider and exchange innovative ideas that bridge law and other disciplines. It is a conference designed specifically for graduate students, and creates a safe and dynamic environment to stretch intellectual boundaries and build academic networks.

Conference Theme: Milestones provide an opportunity for reflection: 2015 marks the Centennial of the University of British Columbia, as well as the 20th anniversary of the UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference, making it the longest running graduate student conference of its kind in Canada. In addition, 2015 marks the 30thanniversary of the protection of equality rights under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Hence, the theme for this year’s conference is Law: Past, Present, and Future. We invite you to join us in reflecting on where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are going. As numerous social, political, economic, and environmental factors continue to shape and change our world, law is called upon to help make sense of the complexity of modern life. We are seeking a diverse range of papers and research projects which consider the origins or histories of different areas, systems, and conceptions of law; which synthesize or cast a critical eye on recent developments and trends; and which predict or illuminate future paths and directions. Can, or should, an understanding of law’s historical, jurisprudential, or philosophical origins influence our understanding of its meaning today? Can our present laws and institutions adapt to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing world, in which science and technology may not only redefine every form of human endeavour, but perhaps also reshape our very notions of what it is to be “human”? How can domestic laws respond to the inter-, trans-, or supra-national challenges in governance posed by the increasing mobility of human and financial capital? How will the decline of the political, economic, and cultural hegemony of the West change the relations between nation states and their citizens? We encourage scholars to view the theme as an open opportunity to explore diverse ideas and consider trends in their areas of interest, as part of a larger discussion about the proper role and place of law in our world: past, present, and future.

Submission guidelines: Proposals should include the title of the paper or project, a 250 word abstract, the student’s full institutional affiliation, email address and phone number. Presenters should be current graduate students or have recently completed graduate studies. (Exceptional proposals from final year LL.B./J.D./B.A. students may be accepted.) Abstracts must be submitted via email to The (extended) deadline for submissions is February 9, 2015 (PST; GMT – 8:00). For additional details, including other important dates, please visit the Conference website at:

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your submission.


Magdalena Wojda, BA, LLB
Chair, 2015 UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference

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