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The Imbalance of Law and Justice

The Confederate flag, since removed, when it hung near the state capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo courtesy of ABC News)

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 30, 2017) — There are forms of injustice that persist for long periods of time beneath the threshold of the law, and may continue indefinitely after the law has addressed it. Consider for example, the debates surrounding the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state capitol following the Charleston Church shooting.

How are we to understand the various ways in which violence is negotiated, both within the law and beyond the threshold of law? These questions bear on the constant disequilibrium between “law” and “justice.”

A multidisciplinary conversation on how we contend with the emergence of violence toward difference will be the topic of a two-day conference tomorrow and Saturday jointly hosted by UAlbany and Albany Law School.

“The Politics of Difference and the Threshold of Law: A Conference in Law and the Humanities Liberal Studies Program” will be held at Albany Law, 80 New Scotland Ave. It includes individual sessions based on papers that address these issues and culminates with a roundtable discussion and reception on Saturday.

Organized by Albany Law professor Peter Halewood and UAlbany professor Charles Shepherdson of English, the conference is made possible by the UAlbany/Albany Law Affiliation’s Collaborative Venture Fund. Launched in 2015, the fund is designed to encourage the joint development of new academic opportunities for students, as well as novel research and grant prospects for faculty.

An impressive roster of speakers spanning several disciplines and institutions includes keynote speaker Shepherdson; Lisa Campo-Engelstein of Albany Medical College; John Drabinski of Amherst College; Stephen Gottlieb, Anthony Farley and Sarah Rogerson of Albany Law; Kristen Hessler, Ryan Irwin, Derik Smith and Barbara Sutton of UAlbany; William Lewis of Skidmore College; Nimu Njoya of Williams College; and Beverley Thompson of Siena College.

Participating as well will be current Albany Law students Erin Kilmer ’18, Alyssa Rodriguez, ’18, Racquel Saddler '18 and Emma Tiner ’18.

For more details, visit the conference's website.

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