European Sociological Association Conference, Murcia, Spain Sept 23-26 2003



The stream on sociology of law and sociology of human rights invite papers which are concerned with exploring the issues related to law, justice and social control. We would in particular welcome papers investigating the transformation of state, democracy, human rights or criminal justice. We would also be interested in theoretical papers which will look at different perspectives on the relationship between law and social theory, and how ideas and analytic resources from different social theoretical traditions can be applied in studying law and legal topics, including that of human rights.  We would particularly welcome contributions by those applying different critical traditions such as feminism and postmodernism to law, by ethnomethodologists, and those with interests in autopoiesis and legal pluralism. Also, we welcome scholars or other experts who have a considerable practical experience with the implementation of legal regimes in different cultural environments.

Deadline for abstracts (200 words) is February 28, 2003. Please mail abstracts to the co-chairs of the stream:

Reza Banakar:
Mikael Rask Madsen:



Registration should be made on the form at:

Please note that a reduced rate conference fee is available for those registering by June 15th 2003. More information concerning the conference will be available on the same website (