12 October 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized (Barbados, 11-13 July 2018); DEADLINE 15 JANUARY 2018

A call for papers for a conference on “Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized” has been announced.

The conference is jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Humanities and Education of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and an international group of legal historians and historians of the law.

This conference follows the successful conference on the Legal Histories of the British Empire held at the National University of Singapore in 2012, and is similarly designed to bring together senior and emerging scholars working in the fields of imperial and colonial legal history.

We invite paper or panel proposals addressing legal histories of empires broadly, and encourage participants to think in particular how their research connects with the theme of the conference: perspectives from the colonized.

Without in any way limiting the range of proposals topics and themes might include:  
  • relations between Empires;
  • histories from the peripheries of empire;
  • mobilities, networks and transplants;
  • law and gender;  
  • Indigenous histories and the law;    
  • Slavery and indentured labour;  
  • Regulation of labour;  
  • Histories of immigration law;
  • Administration of justice and rule of law; 
  • Histories of public or private law;
  • Colonial law and local circumstances;
  • Settler colonialism;
  • Crime;    
  • The professions.

Individual paper proposals should be maximum 300 words (and include a bio of no more than 100 words); panel proposals should consist of an overall panel theme (300 words), the titles of individual papers and short bios (no more than 100 words) of each presenter. Panels may include commentators.

Proposals should be sent to Prof Shaunnagh Dorsett, University of Technology Sydney ( by 15 JANUARY 2018.

General inquiries about the Conference should be addressed to Dr. Asya Ostroukh, UWI, Cave Hill (

A website will be available with all information, including accommodation options and additional optional activities on the 10th and 14th July.

More information can be found at the page of the Law Faculty of the University of the West Indies

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