The Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta invites applications for up to three tenure-stream appointments at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin no later than July 1, 2020. Applications for appointment at a higher rank than Associate Professor will be considered in appropriate circumstances. The Faculty of Law welcomes applications from outstanding scholars of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. In appropriate circumstances, the Faculty will consider applications for appointment at a higher rank.
Details are available here.
An LLM scholarship and research assistant stipend is available for an eligible candidate to undertake master’s level research in connection with the project, “Online Abuse: Developing the Tort of Privacy for the Digital Age,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The principal investigator, who will supervise the candidate’s thesis, is Professor Emily Laidlaw.
This project seeks to develop privacy law; in particular, the tort of invasion of privacy, to better address the privacy impact of online abuse. This project seeks to holistically tackle the subject matter, from conceptualizing the model to the remedies that protect it, to the future of the tort with emerging technologies. This project is currently in year two (2019-2020) of a four-year project. The first stage of the project involved a return to first principles to re-imagine the tort of privacy in light of new technologies. In the next stage, the investigator will explore specific technology issues in the area of online abuse and privacy, including, among other things, issues of intermediary liability, cybersecurity, automation and artificial intelligence, and dispute resolution. The successful candidate would serve as a research assistant to the investigator to explore these and similar topics.
The successful candidate will, in consultation with the investigator, identify an LLM thesis topic that advances the research goals and methods of the project. Preference will be given to candidates with previous course work and / or practice experience in the areas of technology law and/or privacy. Excellent knowledge of the Canadian legal system is required.
The successful candidate must meet the admission and program requirements for the thesis-based LLM program, identified here: https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore- programs/law-master-laws-thesis-based. Applications are due by January 15, 2020. The deadline is firm for international students but may be flexible for Canadian/permanent resident candidates.
The successful candidate will receive funding of $12,000 with potential further funding, which may be in the form of a Graduate Assistantship, a scholarship, or a combination of the two at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director, in consultation with the principal investigator. The funding is renewable for a second year provided that the candidate remains in good standing. The successful candidate should be available to commence their program in September 2020.
For further information about the research project please contact Emily Laidlaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the LLM program and admission / application requirements and process, please contact Eunice Wong, email@example.com.
On April 6, 2020, Birkbeck, in the University of London, will host a workshop on Critical Perspectives on Land Registration.
From the call for papers:
In 2018, the Law Commission released its extensive report on updating the Land Registration Act 2002. The same year, HM Land Registry announced its ambition to become “the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data, and aiming to achieve comprehensive registration by 2030”. Meanwhile, other states around the world have taken steps towards paperless, digital platform-based conveyancing. ‘Proptech’, the use of digital platform-based technology to find innovative ways of extracting value from real estate, is emerging as a new industry in late capitalist economies around the world. In the English and Welsh context, the proptech industry is being actively supported by HM Land Registry, even as law struggles to regulate it. Even, arguably, as the courts and others struggle to conceptualise just what land registration actually does, how and why it does this, and whether we actually want it to do what it does.
The history and doctrinal contradictions of the LRA 2002 and its predecessor, the Land Registration Act 1925, are well studied. What is less well-studied are the implications of the changes effected by systems of land registration. Which rights the law recognizes, how it recognizes them, and how the different rightsholders interact with each other are complex questions which tacitly rank competing claims to and in land and, by extension, rank those making these claims. The transfer of entitlement to enclosed, privatized land is thus not only a necessarily complex legal task, but also one that is dependent on and productive of relations of power. For a very long time, as Alain Pottage has demonstrated, that power was located in local community memory (Pottage 1992, 1994). The seemingly banal change in legal process from proving and transferring title through paper deeds to relying on a central register involved a shift in power away from local community memory and toward a central administrative archive, and a corresponding shift in the very idea of what was being proven and transferred (ibid). This legal technology was first trialled in the colony of South Australia, and its dispossessory effects on racialised populations and on women, whose relationships with land tend to be less amenable to registration, are now being acknowledged (Hanstad 1998; Ye 2009; Mollett 2010; Bhandar 2015; Keenan 2017). As we move away from paper registries and toward digital technology, new constructions of property are being produced and with them new formations of power. It is striking that these changes towards digitisation are happening before courts and others have fully conceptualised just what land registration does.
In light of these developments, new perspectives on land registration and its social, economic and political significance are pressing and important. For legislative schemes in which registration is necessary for the agreed title transfer to take effect, land registration does not merely provide the machinery for dealing with property, it manufactures new constructions of property.
In this one-day workshop we seek papers which engage with the broader significance of land registration. How does land registration change our understanding of property, what effects has land registration had on who can make claims to land and how, and how do these changes in our relationship to land matter more broadly? We are especially interested in papers applying critical theoretical lenses to land registration.
Please send a maximum 500 word abstract to Dr Sarah Hamill (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Sarah Keenan (email@example.com) by 1 March 2020.
More information is available here (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events/remote_event_view?id=9409).
The School of Criminology invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start July 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin November 28, 2019. Please see the job ad here (http://www.sfu.ca/criminology/employment.html) for more information.
One Continuing Lecturer Appointment
Review of applications will begin November 28, 2019. Please see the job ad here (http://www.sfu.ca/criminology/employment.html) for more information.
Sessional Instructor and Course Supervisor Positions
Information about sessional positions is also available through this website (http://www.sfu.ca/criminology/employment.html.
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