Responding to Injustice
The University of Sydney Law School
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In her book The Faces of Injustice, Judith Shklar drew attention to our tendency to view injustice as “a prelude to or a rejection and breakdown of justice, as if injustice were a surprising abnormality” and reminded us that “[m]ost injustices occur continuously within the framework of an established polity with an operative system of law, in normal times.” Injustice is ubiquitous. But how should we respond to it?
This conference will bring together theorists from multiple disciplines to explore this question in Australian and other contexts. From various perspectives, the participants will focus on the following issues:
- different responses to injustice, such as democratic reform, litigation, protest, violence, civil disobedience, conscientious refusal, revolution, boycotts, military intervention, acceptance
- the impact of injustice on the moral obligation to obey the law
- judges’ and other officials’ responses to unjust laws and violations of the rule of law
- transitional justice (and transitional injustice)
- responses to the unjust treatment of Indigenous peoples
- the relationship between beliefs in a just world and responses to injustice
The conference will take place on 8-9 December 2022 and will be hosted by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney.
Five leading scholars have already confirmed that they will deliver papers: David Dyzenhaus (University of Toronto), Duncan Ivison (University of Sydney), Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois), Sana Nakata (University of Melbourne), and Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Queen’s University).
The conference will take the format of a workshop. Papers will be distributed in advance and, at the conference, rather than being presented by the author, will be introduced and discussed by a commentator, to whom the author will have an opportunity to respond, before being discussed by all participants. The organizers intend that the papers will subsequently be published in a collection of new essays.
The organizers are pleased to invite abstracts for further papers on the theme of the conference. Abstracts of 500-1000 words should be submitted by Friday 29 April 2022 at https://sydney.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bwrPETUDfCvb4x0. The selected papers will be due on Friday 4 November 2022.
The organizers would like as much of the conference as possible to take place in person but understand that some participants will need to take part online. When submitting your abstract, you will be asked to indicate your preferred mode of participation. Note that the organizers are unable to assist with the costs of travel and accommodation.
Please contact Dr Kevin Walton ([email protected]) with enquiries about the conference.