Law and Society Annual Meeting featuring Roundtable Session on IPSP

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From June 2 – 5, the Law and Society Association will convene in New Orleans for its annual meeting. Under this year’s theme of “At the Delta: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change”, the meeting will also feature a roundtable session on the International Panel on Social Progress.

Assessing Social Progress and Its Barriers: Supranational Organizations and Technologies of Governance
Roundtable Session


Room: Balcony N


Chair: Sally Engle Merry, New York University (Chapter 11, CLA)


Javier Couso, University Diego Portales/Utrecht University (Chapter 11, LA)
Terence Halliday, American Bar Foundation (Chapter 11, LA)
Leslye Obiora, University of Arizona (Chapter 11, LA)
Gregory Shaffer, University of California Irvine


A group of sociolegal scholars has joined with a large number of other social scientists to produce a collective report, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP), which documents the achievements and failures of social progress. The initiative parallels the International Panel on Climate Change. This roundtable includes many of the scholars who are working on the chapter on “Supranational Organizations and The Technologies of Governance.” The roundtable will introduce the project, discuss several of the themes in the chapter, and invite ideas from the audience. The IPSP aspires to produce an overview of a large field that draws on the expertise of a large group of scholars. The chapter is in the process of being drafted and finalized, and the contributors would appreciate further input.

You can view the 2016 meeting’s full program here.