Canadian Law and Society Association

Association #229
Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA)
Conference dates: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to Friday, June 4, 2021
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CLSA #229 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.

On the virtual event platform, Canadian Law and Society Association's greeting table is located in Hall B. Please note, you must be registered for an association’s conference to access their greeting table. 


The Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA) is a group of scholars from many disciplines who are interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. CLSA members bring training in law, history, sociology, political science, criminology, psychology, anthropology, and economics as well as in other related areas of socio-legal inquiry. ​Among its activities, the CLSA distributes the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, sponsors an annual conference and graduate student workshop, awards prizes for socio-legal scholarship, offers support for academic conferences and workshops, and generally works to encourage socio-legal inquiry in Canada and internationally.

The CLSA is excited to announce that this year the 2021 CLSA Annual Meeting will take place from June 2nd– June 4th, hosted by the University of Alberta as a part of Congress 2021, which will, for the first time, take place in an entirely virtual format. In conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the CLSA Program Committee calls for papers that address the theme of this year’s Congress: “Northern Relations.” As the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences describes the theme of this year’s Congress, “located on Treaty 6 territory and Homeland of the Métis, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others … As one of Canada’s major northward-facing research institutions, the University of Alberta will invite Congress delegates to turn their attention to the North, and invite northern peoples—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—to lead the conversation. As a theme, ‘Northern Relations’ encourages delegates to explore the connections between peoples, communities, cultures, and ways of knowing, while also listening to those voices that speak directly to some of the most pressing matters of relation (to the land, to each other) in the North: climate change, governance, social justice, reconciliation, reciprocity, education, and much more.” The CLSA’s Program Committee invites scholars to present research on the main theme as well as other issues related to law and society. The Committee also encourages those who submitted papers and panel proposals to last year’s conference to resubmit similar proposals if they wish to do so.

Open events: 
Date & time Event Hosted by Series
10:30 - 11:45
Critical Perspectives on Arctic Oceans Governance, Sustainability and Justice Canadian Law and Society Association Association events, Indigenous programming, Northern Relations
9:00 - 10:15
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Racism, Anti-Racism, and Protest Movements in Canadian Society: Where do we go From Here?” Canadian Law and Society Association Association events, Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism
Call-for-papers deadline: 
December 31, 2020
Program Chairs: 

Sara Ross, Dalhousie University

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Péter Szigeti, University of Alberta


For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.