Canada’s adversarial legal system features two parties in contest with one another. One way of viewing this system is as a game bound by a series of rules. These rules regulate not only individual players such as the Judge or the Crown, but society more broadly. As with all games, there are those who follow the rules and those who break them. We would like to take this opportunity to invite interdisciplinary proposals to analyze and discuss the many auspices of law and its game-like nature. How can the metaphor of a game aid us in thinking outside the box on legal, political, and social problems? How does understanding individuals as pieces in a larger game impact our understanding of governing subjects, their subjective experiences, and the affects of the law more broadly? What parallels can be drawn between seeing law as a game and aspects of criminalization and justice?
The call for papers for this conference is open until February 20th.