Saturday, July 12, 2008
Here's a call for papers from another AALS section. We include such calls here because we believe that international law (and here, international employment law) and comparative law approaches informed by laws of other nations can be an interesting and useful addition to these panels.
Employment discrimination is in an ongoing state of controversy and flux. The Supreme Court has handled nearly two dozen cases on employment discrimination in recent years, issuing major decisions (for example) disallowing excessive pretrial dismissals of discrimination cases, tightening limitations periods for such cases, and narrowing the definition of who is "disabled" enough for coverage by discrimination laws. Congress, in turn, repeatedly considers legislative "fixes" to legislatively repeal Court decisions narrowly interpreting statutory protections and to expand discrimination law coverage (e.g., a federal gay rights law which it has not yet passed, more coverage for religious discrimination). Scholars have critiqued numerous aspects of employment discrimination law, such as the role of litigation and the capacity for law to effect social change.