IISL Newsletter 54 - April 2018

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No. 54 - 03-04 / 2018

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Letter from the Scientific Director

Vincenzo FerrariWe are approaching the end of the Academic Year, 2017-18, and the Oñati Institute is in good shape. A brilliant group of master students completed their curricular courses and are currently preparing their final theses, all of them of remarkable interest and indeed promising, also as further steps of the authors along their hard footpaths of research.

The Institute will soon host 16 workshops between April and July. Workshops have always been both an occasion for many scholars to meet and the source of publications of high quality in either English or Spanish, as the series of the Institute’s books, as well as its qualified on-line journal, significantly demonstrate. [Read more]

The IISL's Scientific Director, Prof. Vincenzo Ferrari, delivered the opening lecture of the Doctorate program in Legal and Political Sciences of the Pablo de Olavide University, in Seville (Spain). Prof. Ferrari delivers an opening lecture at UPO, Seville.

International Master's in the Sociology of Law - New deadline!

Programa máster 2018/19 2018-2019 - 29th Master Programme

The Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law announces that
the deadline for applications to its prestigious International Socio-Legal Master
will be open until 30 May.

[Courses & teachers] [Leaflet] [Poster] [Application form]

Remember you can also attend single courses of the programme.

Further information: susana@iisj.es

Do you often get asked what Sociology of Law is? Prof. Ferrari can help you with this video:

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The IISL and Deusto students pose together.Students of the University of Deusto visited the IISL

19 students from the University of Deusto: Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy and Practice MA visited the IISL on 26 February, Monday, and spent the day with our master's students.

Our Scientific Director, Prof. Ferrari, talked about the Sociology of Law and about the activities of the IISL. Students from both centers shared about their fields of research. Our visitors also had a guided tour University and the town and a lunch with the master's students.

This visit is a result of the agreement signed by the University of Deusto and the IISL in February 2017.

The master's students, with Ruth Mestre.
Jill Hunter poses with some of the students.
05 Feb. to 16 Feb.: Migration. Profs.: Ruth Mestre (University of Valencia) and Iker Barbero (UPV/EHU)
Both Ruth Mestre (Universitat de València) and Iker Barbero (Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) are IISL Master's graduates, and now they have come back as teachers. [+]
19 Feb. to 2 Mar.: Criminal Justice: Global Perspectives. Prof.: Jill Hunter (University of New South Wales (Australia)
The group explored criminal justice processes and institutions within society, paying particular attention to participants in the process and either relying on current issues, or looking at differences across nations and across time through architecture. [+]
A moment of Boaventura de Sousa Santos's class.
Lynn Mather, with this year's students.
05 Mar. to 16 Mar.: Social Theory of Law. Profs.: Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Vincenzo Ferrari
A two-week course in which students first learned more about the South, with prof. Santos [+], and later discussed the most important currents of modern sociological thought, with prof. Ferrari. [+]
19 Feb. to 2 Mar.: Socio-legal Perspectives on Litigation Prof.: Lynn Mather (SUNY Buffalo Law School - US)
Lynn Mather led the students as they examined the politics, culture, sociology and economics of filing claims in court, as well as the processes and outcome of litigation in various countries.[+]

Student support fund

Donations are used to support our student grants [+], and are always very welcome.

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Workshop programme

2018 workshop calendar
Check the full programme [+info].

Calendario workshops 2018
Consulta el programa de este año [+info].

Latest publications

Oñati Socio-Legal Series

Vol. 8. n. 1 - Human Trafficking: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century

December 2017-March 2018. - Issue edited by Jackie Jones (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and John Winterdyk (Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada).

Jackie Jones, John Winterdyk: Introduction. Human Trafficking: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century [+PDF]

Trafficking for the Purpose of Labour Exploitation

Luz María Puente Aba: The Fight against the Least Visible Form of Human Trafficking: Trafficking for Child Labour Exploitation [+PDF]

Benjamin Thomas Greer: Opaque Transparency: Why California’s Supply Chain Transparency Act is Unenforceable [+PDF]


Liz Hales: The Criminalisation and Imprisonment of Migrant Victims of Trafficking [+PDF]

Jackie Jones: The BAWSO Diogel Project. A conversation with Imogen Gunner, BAWSO Trafficking Senior Support Worker [+PDF]

Jeanne Sarson, Linda MacDonald: No Longer Invisible: Families that Torture, Traffic, and Exploit their Girl Child [+PDF]

New Ways of Working

John Winterdyk: Combating (Child) Human Trafficking: Building Capacity [+PDF]

Bernie Bowen-Thomson: The Needs of Child Victims of Trafficking: Practitioner Perspective on Supporting Children Through Partnership in Wales [+PDF]

Silvia Rodríguez-López: Perpetrators or Preventers? The Double Role of Corporations in Child Trafficking in a Global Context [+PDF]


Jackie Jones, John Winterdyk: Human Trafficking: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century. Outcomes and Proposals [+PDF]

Sortuz: call for papers

Sortuz. Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies holds a permanent call for papers. [+info]

La revista Sortuz. Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies mantiene abierta durante todo el año la convocatoria de artículos.  [+info]

Library and Documentation Centre

Books on the Ayotzinapa case, donated by Angela Buitrago.Thank you to all the donors who sent us their publications from December to February:

Ángela María Buitrago, Anna Rosa Favretto, Antonio Carlos Wolkmer, Francesca Zaltron, Iker Barbero, Izabela Zonato, José Luis de la Cuesta, Joxerramon Bengoetxea, Lorenzo Scillitani, Lucero Ibarra, Luisa Vierucci, Raúl Márquez, Ruth Mestre, Sol Picciotto, Stefania Fucci, Vincenzo Ferrari.


[+Access the library catalogue] [+Visite el catálogo de la biblioteca]

Presentations - Charlas
Charla de Ángela Buitrago sobre el 'caso Iguala'.
A moment of Fiammetta Bonfigli's presentation.
16 ene.: El contexto social de la desaparición de 43 jóvenes en Iguala (México)
La noche del 25 de septiembre de 2014 ocurrió en México un suceso trágico que conmovería al mundo: la desaparición forzada de 43 jóvenes, estudiantes de la Escuela Normal de Ayotzinapa (estado de Guerrero), y el asesinato de otras ocho personas. Sobre este suceso y su contexto social y político ofreció una charla la profesora Ángela Buitrago. La charla contó con un extenso público. [+]
25 Jan.: Social Movements and the Law in Brazil, the case of the 2013 Protests in Porto Alegre
Former IISL Master's student Fiammetta Bonfigli addressed the topic of Social Movements and the law in Brazil. The case of the 2013 protests in Porto Alegre. In 2013 several cities in Brazil were the theatre of mass protests against the increasing bus fares. The protests became known as the June days and were questioning various aspects of Brazilian social and political life inside the context of the World Cup and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games. [+]
Tomas Ledvinka, at the IISL library.
Julia Carceller, after her presentation.
01 Feb.: Law Based on Reciprocity: How can we Recognize Legal Otherness in Terms of Modernity?
Tomáš Ledvinka, who had been doing research at the Institute library through a Residence grant, gave a presentation on one of his main research topics: Law based on reciprocity: How can we recognize legal otherness in terms of modernity?. [+]
21 Feb.: From better regulation to smart regulation. Regulatory impact assessement and its introduction in Spain. Thoughts about an renewed rationalism in sociological evidence
Lawyer and researcher Julia Carceller Stella presented a relatively new field of research within Sociology and Law, such as Regulatory Impact Assessment. [+]
Paola Bergallo (R), during her presentation.
La profesora de la UNAM Angélica Cuéllar dio su charla en Antia.
28 Feb.: The other legalization of abortion in Latin America
Professor Paola Bergallo summed up and illustrated the different legal contexts around abortion across the continent, and the different dimensions that the issue presents, from a legal perspective as well as from a social and political perspective. [+]
09 Mar.: Métodos cualitativos en sociología jurídica
La profesora mexicana Angélica Cuéllar explicó que "la metodología cualitativa resulta útil para estudiar las prácticas de los operadores jurídicos" y que a través de ella se puede llegar a "encontrar el sentido oculto de los discursos". [+]
Momento de la charla de José Antonio Azpiazu.
Domenico Carzo, a la izquierda, con Vincenzo Ferrari.
12 Mar.: Magallanes y Elcano: la primera vuelta al mundo (1519-1522)
Muchos estudiantes del máster internacional y muchos oñatiarras acudieron a la charla que ofreció el antropólogo y escritor José Antonio Azpiazu acerca de Magallanes, Elcano y la primera vuelta al mundo (1519-1522). [+]
13 Mar.: Reflexiones sobre el derecho represivo y el derecho restitutivo justo cien años después de la muerte de Emile Durkheim: una investigación participativa de la población de los Guajiros
De la mano del profesor italiano Domenico Carzo. [+]
A moment of Valerio Pocar's presentation.
Cecilia Hopp, during her presentation at Antia palace.
15 Mar.: Differences and Equality. The Animal Question
By Valerio Poca, a lawyer, sociologist and lecturer at the universities of Messina and Milan. He is the former president of the Bioethics Committee. Since 2002, he is a member of the Executive Committee of Italy's Antispecist Movement. [+]
19 Mar.: Prosecuting 'bad mothers' in Argentina: from victims to perpetrators
Presentation by the visiting researcher and student Cecilia Hopp (Argentina). [+]
Mateja Čehulić, during her presentation.
Marcin Wróbel, during his presentation.
22 Mar.: Toward a (Re)conceptualization of Legal Culture
By Mateja Čehulić, research assistant at the Chair of Sociology at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, and a PhD student at the same institution. She has worked as an associate at the Centre for Educational Research and Development of the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb. [+]
23 Mar.: Community shepherding in Poland: network dynamics and temporal territorialization
By Marcin Wróbel. is a JD candidate in the Department of Sociology of Law, Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow. He is also a part-time lecturer at the same institution. [+]
Oñatiko Udala Grant

Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena and Samara Velte are the two new awardees. Zorionak!

Leopoldo Cruz y Samara Velte.

The jury awarded this year's Grant, ex aequo, to the projects 65 women: an inquiry on the retired women and their contribution to the Identity, Culture, Society and Economy of Oñati, by Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena, and Oñati's youth facing the armed conflicto: analyzing the discourses of the first post-conflict generation, by Samara Velte.

Cruz Balbuena (Mexico) is a master's graduate from the IISL and is currently doing his PhD program at the Basque Country University. Samara Velte (Donostia-San Sebastian) has a degree in Audiovisual Communication and is doing her PhD in Society, politics and culture, at the Basque Country University.

Nicolas Perrone.Professor Nicolas Perrone, awardee of the Juan Celaya grant in 2015, has just had his grant-winning work published. The article is entitled UNCTAD's World Investment Reports 1991-2015: 25 Years of Narratives Justifying and Balancing Foreign Investor Rights, and it has been published by the specialised publication Journal of World Investment & Trade.

Nicolas Perrone is Assistant Professor of International Law at Durham Law School (UK).

Oñati Community

There will be sessions especially organised so members of the Oñati community share their research findings in the following events. You can find more information about these sessions in the Forum section of the Oñati Community website.

To join the discussion on the organisation of the Oñati Session in:

• LSA, Law at the Crossroads: Le Droit a la Croisée des Chemins, 7-10 June, Toronto (Canada), click here.
• 10th international EFRJ (European Forum for Restorative Justice) Conference, 14-16 June,
Tirana (Albania), click here.
• ISA, Socio-Legal Issues in the Age of IT, 15-21 July, Toronto (Canada), click here.
• RCSL, Law and Citizenship Beyond the States, 10-13 September, Lisbon (Portugal), click here

The Oñati Sessions aim to open a new window of interaction between the IISL and the socio-legal community in general.

Are you interested in keeping future links with Oñati, the Oñati Institute Community worldwide and with the Basque Country ? If so, you may be interested in the Oñati Community. Join us!

Oñati Community logo.

Recent Visitors to the Institute / Han visitado el Instituto

You will find an unique atmosphere to research or write, with the best Library and Documentation Center [+] on Law and Society to make research.

Disfruta de un ambiente único para investigar o escribir, en la mejor Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación [+] sobre sociología jurídica para desarrollar tu investigación

Residence Grants / Becas de residencia

Tomáš LedvinkaTomáš Ledvinka (Czech Republic): 12/01/2018 - 02/02/2018

I received a Residence grant to spend some time as a guest researcher in the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati. I am extremely grateful to the Institute for allowing me to stay in the ancient and quaint residence of the Institute. During my stay I had the privilege of accessing the library at the historical building of the Institute... [+]

Jhuma SenJhuma Sen (India): 04/12/2017 - 30/01/2018

Marcin WróbelMarcin Wróbel (Poland): 10/02/2018 - 31/03/2018

Visiting scholars / Investigadores visitantes

Jacinta OparaJacinta Opara (Kampala International University, Uganda): 17/12/2017 - 22/12/2017

Born in Southern Nigeria, Professor Jacinta A. Opara, a leading international environmental scholar, scientist, educator, health researcher, consultant and development activist with the combined power of management and human rights is a full-ranked Professor of Environmental Health, Population and Management at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Kampala International University(KIU), Kampala-Uganda... [+]

Ángela María Buitrago RuizÁngela María Buitrago Ruiz (Universidad Externado de Colombia): 02/01/2018 - 19/01/2018

Beinat Echavarri:
29/01/2018 - 01/02/2018

Albert Noguera Fernández (Universidad de Valencia): 15/02/2018 - 17/02/2018

Julia Carceller StellaJulia Carceller Stella (Universidad Jaume I de Castellón):
08/07/2017 - 28/07/2017

Laís GorskiLaís Gorski (Universidade La Salle, Canoas, Brazil): 20/02/2018 - 03/03/2018

Cecilia HoppCecilia Marcela Hopp (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina): 19/01/2018 - 20/03/2018

Mateja Cehulic.Mateja Čehulić (University of Zagreb, Croatia): 15/01/2018 - 15/03/2018

Juan Jesús Garza Onofre (Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, México):
16/02/2018 - 15/03/2018

Paola BergalloPaola Bergallo (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella y CONICET, Argentina):
27/02/2018 - 28/02/2018

Angélica Cuéllar (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): 08/03/2018 - 10/08/2018

Domenico Carzo (Università degli Studi di Messina):
12/03/2018 - 16/03/2018

Valerio Pocar:
12/03/2018 - 16/03/2018

Caio Santiago Fernandes Santos (University of Coimbra):
04/03/2018 - 18/03/2018

Erhard Blankenburg: in memoriam

Erhard Blankenburg.The Institute's friend and staunch supporter Erhard Blankenburg passed away on 28 March. He would have been 80 in October. He was a staunch supporter of Oñati from the start and was co-organizer of a series of workshops on legal culture. Here is Vincenzo Ferrari's homage to him:

"A German national, born 1938, he had studied Philosophy, Sociology and German Culture in Freiburg i.B. He gained his PhD in Basel in 1966 and his Habilitation in Freiburg in 1974. A researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut in the same city and, later, of the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin, he got a tenure as professor of Sociology of Law at the Free University of Amsterdam, where he taught until his retirement due to age limits. Erhard has been among the protagonists of a new phase in the history of post-WW2 sociology of law, which he saw as a study field in which theory and observation should go hand by hand. His scientific production has been remarkably rich. Suffice to say that the Oñati library counts with 134 titles in which he appears as author or editor. What is even more impressive is the variety of the subjects he has dealt with, such as litigation and litigation rates, alternatives to justice, legal needs and legal aid, legal professions, legal cultures, labour conflicts the limits of socio-legal high theorising, etc. His theory of law’s implementation is still a cornerstone for those who wish to tackle this theme, currently less popular than decades ago despite its undisputable importance. A member of the ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Law for many years, Erhard was an active participant at many of its meetings. He immediately understood the potentials of the Oñati Institute, of which he was among the founders, first collaborators and teachers in the very first years of its existence. He was a discreet man, who seemed to distance himself from centre stage. Still, the community of legal scholars was well aware of his scholarly merits and acknowledged them openly on many occasions, among them, symbolically, the Podgórecki Prize he received in 2005 during the RCSL Annual Conference in Paris".

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