Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Re-launching IRGLUS
(International Research Group on Law and Urban Space).

The International Research Group on Law and Urban Space-IRGLUS was formed in 1993, aiming to gather academics from diverse backgrounds - jurists, geographers, sociologists, political scientists, urban planners, environmentalists, who are doing research/are interested in the interface between law and urbanisation. IRGLUS's initial goal was to encourage socio-legal research in urban legal studies, as well as to organise international workshops for the presentation and dissemination of relevant research projects and findings. IRGLUS's working languages are English and Spanish.

In July 1996, IRGLUS was recognised as a Working Group of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law-RCSL of the prestigious International Sociological Association-ISA. IRGLUS also keeps links with the equally prestigious OƱati International Institute for the Sociology of Law-IISL, with whom two "Law and Urban Space" international workshops have already been promoted.

We are determined to bring the group back at the level of participation we reached when Edesio Fernandes was the convenor of the group. As part of the plans to revitalize the activities of the organization, Antonio Azuela will assume the direction until the workgroup is fully operational once again. We think that a great opportunity to launch the group once again is going to be the Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law that will take place in Berlin on July 25-28. We are planning to submit a Session proposal and depending on the response we get we could organize a Paper presentation session or Roundtable session. At that time, we can consider new candidates to assume the coordination of the group.

The themes we are proposing for the discussion in the Berlin meeting are the

1. The role of the Judiciary in urban conflicts.
2. Narratives of property (cultural analysis of property relations)
3. The use of expropriation in urbanization processes

We hope that this "minimalistic" agenda gives room to many preoccupations, but we also welcome any proposals of new themes to start the discussion.

Best regards

Antonio Azuela Edesio Fernandes