The purpose of the ISCL is to encourage the comparative study of law and legal systems and to seek affiliation with individuals and organisations with complimentary aims. We were established in June 2008 and are recognised by the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

23-24 MAY 2016

The Irish Society of Comparative Law (ISCL) and the School of Law of the NUI Galway together with the Irish Centre for Human Rights are pleased to announce the seventh annual conference of the ISCL to be held in Galway on 23-24 May 2016. The keynote speaker will be Prof Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School.

Theme: In an increasingly interconnected world, where geographies of protection are premised on the centrality of national territory and state sovereignty, the importance of being cognisant of the concept of location/geography/space/place in the comparative law arena, cannot be underestimated.

Does comparative law continue to contrast the laws of states, or is there now, a new focus? What effect does this have on the diversity inherent in plural legal systems? How are different types of laws (state/customary/indigenous/international) (dis/re)located? How does this (dis)location impact our analysis of these laws, including any effort at being a ‘comparativist’? What does this mean for places of transience not holding enough significance to be regarded as legal places? This conference questions traditional narratives of comparative law, in the context of the increasing complexity of legal orders within, between and beyond states.

The conference aims to encourage theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary reflection on comparative law and space/place, to explore why location matters, and ensure cognisance of the sensitivities of location in comparative law. However, any comparative topic may be proposed, eg private law, criminal law and criminal justice, public or constitutional law, legal education, etc. In addition, proposals on European or International law will also be considered.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, 29 February 2016. Proposals by both members and non-members, as well as by professional academics and graduate students are welcome.

Proposals should be maximum 500 words in length and be sent to iscl2016@gmail.com.  The conference fee will be €60 for members of the ISCL and €120 for non-members (membership fees are €60, student membership is free). The ISCL regrets that it cannot cover travel or accommodation expenses. All additional information about the conference will be posted in due course at http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=218

The Organising Committee of the conference is composed of Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, Denise Gormley and Dr Ioanna Tourkochoriti.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Irish Society of Comparative Law – Election of officers and committee

The purpose of the Society is to encourage the comparative study of law and legal systems. Following our successful conference at University of Limerick in June 2015, we now call for nominations for positions within the Society. To nominate yourself or another (by 2 September) for the posts of President, Vice-President or Secretary, or as committee member, e-mail to elections@iscl.ie. Nominated individuals must be members in good standing. If more than one person is nominated for any of the formal positions, an election will be held electronically on 15 September – votes to elections@iscl.ie.    

For further information contact Steve Hedley (current President) at UCC (s.hedley@ucc.ie, 021 490 3990) or visit irishsocietyofcomparativelaw.blogspot.ie.  Membership queries: secretary@iscl.ie.  

For information, it is expected that the 2016 conference will be mid-year, at NUIG.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CALLS FOR PAPERS - BACK-TO-BACK CONFERENCES: Juris Diversitas (2-4 June 2015) and Irish Society of Comparative Law (5-6 June 2015)


The Juris Diversitas and Irish Society of Comparative Law annual conferences will be hosted back-to-back at the School of Law of the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.

The theme of the former is ‘The State and/of Comparative Law’; the theme of the latter is ‘Comparative Law: From Antiquity to Modernity’.

See the links here and here.