Newsletter 52, 16/11/2017

Oñati-IISL eNewsletter - eBoletín del IISJ-Oñati No. 52
2017 / 11
Letter from the Scientific Director

Vincenzo FerrariAs this Newsletter reveals, the Oñati Institute is in good health.
The 2016-17 Master Course was no doubt successful. All our students proved very satisfactory and there are good chances that they may have access to further steps in the world of research. Some were indeed brilliant and produced works of significant interest, which might turn into publishable scientific contributions quite soon. Alexander Brandão and Florencia Radeljak scored very high, winning the prizes, respectively, as the best student of the Academic Year and as the author of the best final thesis.
A new master course has taken a promising start. Fourteen students from the most diverse parts of the world enrolled and are currently running their courses.
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The IISL's Scientific Director, Prof. Vincenzo Ferrari, was an invited lecturer at the University of Alicante and at University Carlos III in Madrid, where he met a delegation of Brazilian judges. [+info]

New staff members and some farewells...

Elvira Muñoz, Cristina Ruiz y José Antonio Goyenaga The IISL staff has had some changes. Some members have left, due to either retirement or new professional projects: José Antonio Goyenaga, our general manager since the very beginning; Elvira Muñoz, member of the founding team of the Institute and head of librarians; and Cristina Ruiz, the publications officer.
To all three of you, thank you for your work and your dedication to the Institute.

Maite Elorza Plazaola and Leire Kortabarria have joined the IISL; Maite is the new manager, and Leire is in charge of the Institute's publications. Welcome!

Maite Elorza and Leire Kortabarria.
International Master's in the Sociology of Law

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

One-year programme (60 ECTS) taught entirely in English. Accredited by the UPV/EHU (University of the Basque Country)

13 two- week courses + Master's Thesis Research Project

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

Remember you can also attend single courses of the programme.

Further information:


31 Jan 2018: Oñatiko Udala Grant [+info] [+application form]

9 Feb 2018: Call for 2019 Workshops [+info] [+application form]

9 Feb 2018: Socio-legal Master 2019 [+info] [+application form]

9 Feb 2018: Residence grants [+info] [+application form]


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The Friendship programme is running again!

Friendship programme opening party

De forma paralela al master, ha comenzado también otra edición del programa Friendship, cuyo objetivo es fomentar la amistad y el intercambio cultural entre los estudiantes y los autóctonos. Como cada año, se hizo una recepción en la residencia Antia. Este año participa en el programa Friendship gente de Oñati, Mondragón y Legazpi, entre otros sitios, y en todo momento está abierta la oportunidad de participar. Para ello, hay que contactar con Susana Arrese.

The 2016/17 term students pose together after having obtained their Master's degreeThe 2016/17 International Master students have all obtained their degree. Zorionak!

Florencia Radeljak, with the André-Jean Arnaud prize certificate.2016/17 André-Jean Arnaud Prize
Florencia Radeljak, from Argentina, has been awarded the André-Jean Arnaud Prize, given to the student who offered the best performance in the 2016/17 Master’s Program.



Student support fund

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

Donate via Paypal or other options through our web page [+info]
Workshop programme

Latest workshops and bilkuras

Workshop on 'The Policy of Cultural Rights: Socio-legal Perspectives on Cultural Diversity'
Workshop on 'Regulating Climate Change: Governance and Legal Mobilization'
20-21 Jul.: The Policy of Cultural Rights: Socio-legal Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
Chaired by Miren Manías Muñoz (University of the Basque Country) and Lucero Ibarra Rojas (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)[+]
27-28 Jul..: Regulating Climate Change: Governance and Legal Mobilization
Chaired by Anna-Maria Marshall (University of Illinois) and Susan Sterett (Virginia Tech). [+]
La viceconsejera Miren Gallastegi
12 Sept.: Lawyers in 21st Century Society
05 Oct.: Equipo Psicosocial Judicial del Gobierno Vasco
La viceconsejera de Justicia del Gobierno Vasco, Miren Gallastegui, inauguró el taller de trabajo. [+]
12-13 Sept.: Lawyers in 21st Century Society
Chaired by Ulrike Schultz (FernUniversität, Hagen), Ole Hammerslev (University of Southern Denmark), Hilary Sommerlad (University of Leeds) and Richard Abel (UCLA). [+]

Call for workshops

2018 workshop calendar - Call for workshops 2019
The workshop programme for next year is already closed. Check the full programme [+info].
The deadline to apply for 2019 workshops is 9 February. Check the regulations for applications [+info].
Contact person: Malen Gordoa (

Calendario workshops 2018 - Convocatoria de workshops para 2019
El programa de workshops del año que viene ya está cerrado. Consúltalo [+info].
El plazo para presentar solicitudes para organizar workshops en 2019 termina el 9 de febrero.
Vea las condiciones [+info].
Responsable: Malen Gordoa (

Latest publications

Oñati International Series in Law and Society

Transitional Justice and the Public Sphere. Edited by Chrisje Brants and Susanne Karstedt

Transitional Justice and the Public Sphere

Editors: Chrisje Brants, Susanne Karstedt

Transparency is a fundamental principle of justice. A cornerstone of the rule of law, it allows for public engagement and for democratic control of the decisions and actions of both the judiciary and the justice authorities. This book looks at the question of transparency within the framework of transitional justice. [+info]

Table of contents - Introduction: Chrisje Brants and Susanne Karstedt -
Book order at a 20% discount

Oñati Socio-Legal Series

Vol. 7, n. 3 - The place of apology in law

July-September 2017 - Issue edited by Prue Vines (University of New South Wales) and Robyn Carroll (University of Western Australia).

Robyn Carroll, Prue Vines: Special issue on Apologies: Introduction [+PDF]

Prue Vines: The Value of Apologising within a Moral Community: Making Apologies Work [+PDF]

Alfred Allan, James Strickland, Maria M. Allan: Interpersonal Apologies: A Psychological Perspective of How They Might Work in Law [+PDF]

Mandeep Dhami: An Empirical Note on Perceptions of Partial Apologies [+PDF]

James Strickland, Alfred Allan, Maria M. Allan: The Acceptance of Apologies in the Corrective Process: Implications for Research and Practice [+PDF]

Carrie Petrucci: Apology in the Criminal Justice Setting: An Update [+PDF]

John Charles Kleefeld: Promoting and Protecting Apologetic Discourse through Law: A Global Survey and Critique of Apology Legislation [+PDF]

Andrea Zwart-Hink: The Doctor Has Apologised. Will I Now Get Compensation for my Injuries? Myth and Reality in Apologies and Liability [+PDF]

Gema Varona: Apology and Spanish Criminal Law at the Post-Sentencing Level: the Gap Between Legal Provisions and Victims and Offenders’ Experiences in Cases of Terrorism [+PDF]

Jeff Berryman: Mitigation, Apology and the Quantification of Non-Pecuniary Damages [+PDF]

Colleen Murphy, Jennifer K. Robbennolt, Lesley Wexler: State Amends for Lawful Harm Doing [+PDF]

Robyn Carroll, Alfred Allan, Margaret Halsmith: Apologies, Mediation and the Law: Resolution of Civil Disputes [+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

IISL Library online catalogThank you to all the donors who sent us their publications from July to October:

Alberto José Olalde Altarejos, Angélica Cuellar Vázquez, Claudio Colaguori, Eduardo Jorge Prats, Giuseppe Campesi, Gloria Amparo Rodríguez, Jairo Vladimir Llano Franco, Joxerramon Bengoetxea, Juan Federico Arriola, Lucio D’Alessandro, Lynn Mather, María José Bernuz Beneítez, Mónica Acosta, Olimpia Giuliana Loddo, Sharyn Roach-Anleu, Ulrike Schultz and Vincenzo Ferrari.

FEDHAV (Fundación para el Estudio del Derecho Histórico y Autonómico de Vasconia = Euskal Herriko Zuzenbide Historiko eta Autonomikoa Aztertzeko Fundazioa), HEGOA (Instituto de Estudios sobre Desarrollo y Cooperación Internacional = Nazioarteko Lankidetza eta Garapenari Buruzko Ikasketa Institutua)

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

Open seminars - Seminarios abiertos
Seminario abierto sobre realización de entrevistas
The seminar on applying for a PhD took place at Antia
02 Nov.: Methodology: Interviews // Curso sobre Metodología: Entrevistas
Angela Melville ofreció un seminario abierto sobre entrevistas. Se reunieron más de 30 personas de 17 nacionalidades. [+]
07 Nov.: How to apply for a PhD // Cómo presentarse a un doctorado
Tuvo lugar en el Palacio Antía. [+]
Oñatiko Udala Grant -Deialdia - Convocatoria - Call

Helburua Oñatiko herriari ekarpena egiten dioten Gizarte Zientzien eta Zuzenbidearen alorreko ikerketa proiektuak sustatzea da. Epemuga: Urtarrilak 31 [+info].

Convocatoria de beca para proyectos de investigación de Ciencias Sociales y de Derecho que supongan una contribución para el pueblo de Oñati. Fin de plazo: 31 de enero [+info].

Social science and Law-related projects contributing to the town of Oñati and with a close relation to the socio-legal aspects of local self-government, civic activity and/or national identity will be funded. Deadline: January 31 [+info].

Forthcoming Oñati Sessions - Próximas Oñati Sessions

There will be sessions especially organised so members of the Oñati community share their research findings in the next conferences organised by the Law and Society Association in Toronto (June 7-10, 2018), International Sociological Association in Toronto (July 15-21, 2018), and the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law in Lisbon (September 10-13, 2018). You can find more information about these sessions in Forum section of the Oñati Community website.

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

• LSA, June 7-10, Toronto, click here
• ISA, July 15-21, Toronto click here
• RCSL, September, Lisboa click here

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

Oñati Session in Lisbon – 10-13 September 2018

RCSL will organize its Annual Meeting in Lisbon, on the general theme “Law and Citizenship Beyond the States”.
The meeting is co-sponsored by the Sociology of Law and Justice Section of the Portuguese Sociological Association, and is organized by Dinâmia’CET, a research unit of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), with the support of CES (Coimbra), CICS.NOVA (Braga, Lisbon), CIES (ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon), and CRIA (Lisbon, Braga).

The call for sessions and papers will be open from 15 October to 15 December.

Oñati Session in Toronto – June 2018

From June 7-10, 2018 will be held in Toronto, Canada, the Annual Meeting on Law and Society with the theme "Law at the Crossroads -Le Droit a la Croisée des Chemins".

Oñati Session in Toronto – July 2018

A Oñati Session wil be organized by Vincenzo Ferrari during the ISA WORLD Congress.

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

Emma Nyhan (Ireland): 03/10/2017 - 19/12/2017

Visiting scholars / Investigadores visitantes

Angela MelvilleAngela Melville (Flinders University, Australia): 09/10/2017 - 11/11/2017

Rosalvina Otálora CortésRosalvina Otálora Cortés (Universidad Libre de Colombia): 01/11/2017 - 07/11/2017

Francisco Rafael Ostau de Lafont de León (Universidad Católica de Colombia):
01/11/2017 - 07/11/2017



Ruth Mestre i MestreRuth Mestre i Mestre (Universidad de Valencia): 26/06/2017 - 26/07/2017

Daniel García UrbinaDaniel García Urbina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México):
08/07/2017 - 28/07/2017

Gustavo Eduardo Castañeda CamachoGustavo Eduardo Castañeda Camacho (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): 08/07/2017 - 28/07/2017

Francisco VértizFrancisco Vértiz (LaTrobe University, Australia): 02/01/2017 - 26/09/2017

Antonia CavaAntonia Cava (Università degli Studi di Messina): 18/09/2017 - 27/09/2017

"Mi estudio tiene por objeto analizar la situación de las mujeres criminales en Europa, especialmente las mujeres que matan los hombres. Las mujeres criminales ocupan un lugar marginal en nuestra cultura." [+info]

Jairo Vladimir Llano FrancoJairo Vladimir Llano Franco (Universidad Libre de Colombia):
23/09/2017 - 28/09/2017

"La visita al IISJ tiene como objetivo consolidar la relaciones académicas para que en el primer semestre del 2018 realice la estancia postdoctoral, pretension que incia su proceso y con una primera aceptación por parte del profesor Joxerramon Bengoetxea, al mismo tiempo..." [+info]

Daniela GaddiDaniela Gaddi (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona):
25/09/2017 - 29/09/2017

Yane SvetievYane Svetiev (Bocconi University, Milan): 03/09/2017 - 01/10/2017

Juan Federico Arriola Cantero Juan Federico Arriola Cantero (Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México): 03/10/2017 - 07/10/2017

Orlando RoselliOrlando Roselli (Università degli Studi di Firenze): 21/09/2017 - 07/10/2017 and 19/10/2017 - 04/10/2017

"Svolti studi di diritto e letteratura con particolare riferimento ai temi del riconoscimento e delle garanzie dei diritti umani in una prospettiva storica. Studiare all'Internaztional Institute for the Sociology of Law avvalendosi della sua ottima biblioteca rappresenta una opportunita' straordinaria." [+info]

Alexandre Douglas Zaidan de CarvalhoAlexandre Douglas Zaidan de Carvalho (Universidade de Brasília):
18/09/2017 - 09/10/2017

"Mi estancia de estudios en el IISJ está relacionada a la función de las cortes supremas/cortes constitucionales en momentos de crisis político-institucionales, como que ahora está pasando Brasil." [+info]

Isabel V. Lucena CidIsabel V. Lucena Cid (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla): 08/10/2017 - 13/10/2017

"Years ago I did an investigation on John Searle's theory of institutional facts and his ontology of social reality, based on the functions of status and constitutive rules. After it, I studied his political ontology based on collective internationality. During my stay in the IISL... [+info]

Awaludin MarwanAwaludin Marwan (Utrecht University):
17/09/2017 - 24/10/2017

"The institute has tremendously library which consists of various important books and references. I would like to sit more time inside of library. Working soroundings the books, it gives us magic inspiration to write somethings for our research..." [+info]

Sharyn Roach AnleuSharyn Roach Anleu (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia): 21/09/2017 - 07/10/2017 and 19/10/2017 - 04/10/2017

Perla Arianna Allegri Perla Arianna Allegri (University of Turin): 04/10/2017 - 28/10/2017

Remzi Orkun GünerRemzi Orkun Güner (Ankara University): 01/09/2017 - 30/12/2017

"The aim of my visit to the IISL is to study on my PhD dissertation. The title of my research is ‘Emerging perspectives on the concept of rights: a critique of Humanism’. It questions the potential of the concept of rights for non-essential and non-anthropocentric politics and legal strategies." [+info]

Mónica Acosta GarcíaMónica Acosta García (EHU/UPV): 13/03/2017 - 17/11/2017

"Mi investigación doctoral se centra en el debate crítico de la Justicia Transicional -JT, la crítica feminista al derecho y la intersección entre género y etnia. El objetivo principal es analizar, desde una perspectiva feminista interseccional..." [+info]

Gordon Woodman: in memoriam

Gordon Woodman (Photo (c) University of Birmingham)Lamentamos profundamente el fallecimiento de Gordon Woodman, profesor de Derecho de la Universidad de Birmingham. Era experto en derecho de África, especialmente de Ghana, y en la situación legal de los africanos en el Reino Unido. Participó en workshops del IISJ de Oñati y en subsiguientes publicaciones de Oñati International Series in Law and Society (Hart-Bloomsbury); por ejemplo, en M.C. Foblets and T. von Trotha, eds., 2004, Healing the Wounds. Essays on the Reconstruction of Societies after War y en M.C. Foblets and A.D. Renteln, eds. 2009, Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defense. Nuestro pésame a su familia, amigos y compañeros de trabajo.

We are deeply saddened by the death, on 24 October, of Gordon Woodman, professor of law at Birmingham University. Prof. Woodman, among other things, was an expert on law in Africa, especially in Ghana, and on the legal situation of Africans in the UK. He participated in workshops at the IISL and his work was published within the Oñati International Series in Law and Society (Hart-Bloomsbury); for example, in M.C. Foblets and T. von Trotha, eds., 2004, Healing the Wounds. Essays on the Reconstruction of Societies after War and in M.C. Foblets and A.D. Renteln, eds. 2009, Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defense. Our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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