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Access to Law - Accessible Rights? Fifth Congress of the German-speaking Sociology of Law Association, 21-23 September 2023, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck

As "access to law" is a classic topic in the sociology of law and within the empirical legal studies it will build the focus of the inter- and mulitdisciplinary congress taking place in Innsbruck in September 2023. Theoretical, empirical and methodological reflections around "access to law" and "accessible rights" are highly welcome. Current crises (economy, climate, health, migration etc) as well as technological developments (keyword: digitalisation) also challenge the access to justice and the accessibility of law. As empirical studies repeatedly show, the accessibility of law varies greatly for people of different origins, social class, gender, (dis)ability, etc. Thematically, nine conference strands (= “tracks”) will be hosted:
  • Knowledge about law, knowledge in law, knowledge for law
  • Legal subjectivity and legal subjects
  • (Non-)mobilisation of law and rights
  • Access to criminal law
  • Access to social rights, access to social law
  • Global access to law
  • Courts in crisis
  • Environment in law
  • Societal security - social security, sense of security and access to justice
In addition to these tracks, contributions from inter- and multidisciplinary legal research dealing with other topics may also be submitted. As all scholars from all disciplines are highly invited to present and discuss their theoretical perspectives and empirical research results in the field of inter- and multidisciplinary research on law. 

The Congress is organised by:

Participating Organisations:

Sponsors of the conference:
  • AK Tirol (workers chamber Tirol)
  • Bundesministerium für Justiz (Austrian Ministry of Justice)
  • Büro des Vizerektors für Forschung
  • CGI - Centrum Geschlechterforschung Innsbruck
  • Fakultät für Soziale und Politische Wissenschaften
  • Forschungsschwerpunkt EPoS Wirtschaft, Politik & Gesellschaft
  • Gesellschaft für interdisziplinäre wissenschaftliche Kriminologie e.V.
  • Helmut M. Merlin Stiftung
  • Innsbruck Convention Büro
  • Land Tirol
  • Land Vorarlberg
  • LIT Verlag
  • Nomos Verlag
  • Österreichische Hochschüler_innenschaft (Austrian Students Association)
  • Verein für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie

Call for Papers:

Please submit until 16.01.2023



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