The Global Meeting on Law and Society, Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy, will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 13-16, 2022.

 The conference will be held at ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon with organizational support from DINÂMIA’CET and CIES at ISCTE. It will be the 7th Global conference, which is held approximately every 5 years. #GlobalLawSociety2022 will also feature hybrid components for those who cannot make the trip to Portugal.

In these times, a shifting world is upon us—one that demands a close examination of equality, freedom, and humanity. At the center of that critical examination are issues of race, colonialism, and the legacies of slavery. As communities demand an end to racial inequality, the urgency to grapple with the pains and realities of the past comes front and center.

While the history of slavery has been robustly centered in the United States, in reality, these global enterprises flourished the world over, creating human subjects and chattel of men, women, and children, in North America, South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and other lands. Portuguese ships alone carried millions of Africans into slavery over a period of four centuries from the mid-15th century.

Even after slavery’s formal abolition, colonization became a rebranded form of human subjugation and subordination, seen vividly through the lenses of Europe’s imperial reaches into Asia and Africa, a precursor for modern forms of slavery and the predatory ways in which modern societies exploit the non-human environment. The violence and exploitation that resulted remains a point of social, legal, cultural and even ecological trauma today.

At the 2022 Global Law and Society Meeting in Portugal, we will place these urgent issues at the forefront of our engagement, drawing upon law, history, art, sociology, psychology, politics and culture to give serious attention to the past, while drawing lessons and hope for the future.

The Thematic Section on Sociology of Law and Justice of the Portuguese Association of Sociology, as a partner, promotes the strong participation of its scientific community in this global conference of great relevance to the scientific areas we develop.

This conference, which will take place at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, will be the 7th Global Conference, which takes place in a European city approximately every 5 years, and is promoted by the Law and Society Association, in collaboration with the Research Committee on Sociology of Law of International Sociological Association and the Thematic Section on Sociology of Law and Justice of the Portuguese Sociological Association, in addition to similar associations in Africa, Asia, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil).