Participation in roundtable on lawyers at LSA Global Meeting in Lisbon
Very much looking forward to our roundtable on legal professions with Richard Abel, Lynn Mather, Sara Dezalay, Sundeep Aulakh and Ulrike Schultz at this year's meeting of the Law and Society Association in Lisbon, where I will talk about the shrinking space for civil society and its impact on the work of lawyers in Europe this Saturday.
The roundtable will use the two recent volumes of “Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies” (Hart) as a foundation to discuss directions for future comparative research on legal professions. Both books represent the most comprehensive international socio-legal project ever conducted: national reports on 46 countries and 27 comparative and theoretical chapters. I contributed to the project with a chapter on "Advocates for Silenced Voices: How Human Rights Lawyers in Europe and Latin America Defend the Rule of Law".
In our roundtable, we will discuss forces that have been and will continue to shape legal professions, such as climate change, growing inequality, the rise of populist movements that threaten the foundations of democracy, the backlash against globalisation, military interventions, the long-term impact of COVID-19, and the continued transformation of work by information technology and artificial intelligence.
If you are Lisbon or you are joining the conference remotely, you can find our event here: https://lsa-annualmeeting.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/7/sessiongallery/1412.