Sunday, June 12, 2016

Upcoming Conference: Jessup's Bold Proposal: Engagement With Transnational Law After 60 Years at the Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College, 1-2 July 2016

I take this opportunity to spread the word about an upcoming conference: "Jessup’s Bold Proposal: Engagements with ‘Transnational Law’ after Sixty Years."  this is the Transnational Law Institute Signature Conference, Edmond J. Safra lecture theatre, 1 - 2 July 2016. This 2016 event will commemorate, revisit and rediscover Philip Jessup’s path-breaking Storrs lectures, delivered in 1956 at Yale Law School.  My congratulations to Peer Zumbansen for organizing this marvelous event.

The post includes the conference announcement and the Conference Program.  

Jessup's Bold Proposal Conference

1 and 2 July 2016
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

Jessup's Bold Proposal: Engagements with 'Transnational Law' after Sixty Years
Edmond J. Safra lecture theatre, Strand campus
1 - 2 July 2016

This event will commemorate, revisit and rediscover Philip Jessup's path-breaking Storrs lectures, delivered in 1956 at Yale Law School.

The Conference will bring together world renowned scholars and practitioners in an area coined by Jessup as 'Transnational Law', that is, 'all law which regulates actions or events that transcend national frontiers. Both public and private international law are included, as are other rules which do not wholly fit into such standard categories' (JESSUP, TRANSNATIONAL LAW, 2).

The history of the concept spans across significant geopolitical changes such as the emergence of numerous former colonies as legally sovereign states, the fall of the Berlin wall, the rapid growth, consolidation and transformation of the European Community (eventually the 'European Union'), the rise and evolution of BRICSs, and the pluralisation of international relations in a post-Washington Consensus world.

With a dramatic increase of globe-spanning regulatory challenges such as environmental change, security, economic inequality, development civil war and migration, the question regarding the power of 'the state' has long become one regarding law itself. Which role, if any, can law, which role can lawyers play in today's complex interaction between local, domestic, regional and global stakeholders and their interests?

In light of these considerations, the upcoming Conference will mark the sixtieth anniversary of Jessup's Storrs lectures in order to position, to revisit and to draw inspiration from his landmark contribution by placing it into our present context.

Legal scholars, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists will come together in London to uncover the way in which the idea of transnational law has emerged and eventually continued to evolve, long after the lecture theatre at Yale Law School emptied and perhaps even longer before anyone would agree that a law for global problems has been found.

Click here for the programme.

Click here to RSVP.


Friday 1 July 2016 ‘What’s in a Text?’: Excavating, Unpacking and Contextualising Jessup’s Transnational Law

9:30 Welcome, Registration, Coffee & Croissants

10:15 PANEL 1: Engaging Law, Organisations and Institutions in Jessup’s ‘Transnational Law’
HORATIA MUIR WATT, The Contested Core of Transnational Law
STEPHEN MINAS,  Jessup at the United Nations: International Legacy, Transnational Possibilities
GREGORY SHAFFER, The Public International Law Revolution and the Creation of Transnational
Legal Orders

11:45 Coffee & Pastries

PANEL 2: Transnational Law’s Implications for Theories of Unity, Heterogeneity and  Pluralism
PAUL SCHIFF BERMAN,  From Transnational Law to Global Legal Pluralism
HANNAH BUXBAUM,  The Regional Turn in Transnational Law
REZA DIBADJ, Transnationalism and Federalism

13:30 Lunch

14:30 PANEL 3: Transnational Law’s Drama(s): The ‘Old’ and the ‘New’, the ‘Known’ and the ‘Unknown’
JOTHIE RAJAH, Transnational Law as Drama: Two Scenes and the Unseen
ROBERT WAI, Transnational Legal Coercion

15:45 Coffee & Pastries

16:15 PANEL 4: The Politics of Transnational Law: Was there a Normative Message?
A. CLAIRE CUTLER, Locating Private Transnational Authority and New Constitutional Governance in the Global Political Economy
ADELLE BLACKETT, Transnational Law and Social Justice
CHRISTOPHER WHYTOCK, Transnational Law and the Global Legal System
RALF MICHAELS, Transnational Conflicts

19:00 Speaker Dinner

Saturday 2 July 2016
Transnational Imaginaries: Actors, Norms, Processes Sixty Years After Jessup’s Storrs Lectures

9:00 Coffee & Croissants

FLORIAN GRISEL, Jessup’s Transnational Law in Context: The Relevance of his Framework for an
Analysis of ‘International’ Arbitration
SHAHLA ALI, Transnational Law and Global Dispute Resolution
LARRY CATÁ BACKER, Transnational Law and the Multinational Enterprise: From Legal  Concept/Method Framework to Systemicity in Global Polycentric Governance Orders

11:00 Coffee

11:15 PANEL 6: NORMS
GRALF-PETER CALLIESS, Transnational Law: Market and Antitrust
ANTOINE DUVAL, What Lex Sportiva Tells You about Transnational Law
JAN DALHUISEN, The Sources of Transnational Law and Their Hierarchy
BRYAN HORRIGAN, Transnationalisation, Dispute Resolution: Domestic, International and Foreign Intersections

13:00 Lunch & Walk along the Thames

KARSTEN NOWROT, Aiding and Abetting in Theorising the Increasing Softification of the International Normative Order: A Darker Legacy of Jessup’s Transnational Law?
IVANA ISAILOVIC, Critical Edge: Family, Parenthood and Sexuality through Transnational Lenses
THOMAS SCHULTZ & NICCOLÒ RIDI, Comity and Transnational Law

16:45 Coffee

17:00 PANEL 8: ‘Law in Hiding’?: Emerging Methodologies in Transnational Law
NATASHA AFFOLDER, Transnational Law as ‘Law in Hiding’: Brashness, Humility and Creativity in Researching Law’s Frontiers
PRABHAKAR SINGH,  Jessup’s Transnational Law: A Postcolonial Appraisal
PEER ZUMBANSEN, Transnational Imaginaries: Law, Society and the Present

20:00 Speaker Dinner

List of Speakers:
AFFOLDER, Natasha (University of British Columbia);
ALI, Shahla (University of Hong Kong);
BACKER, Larry Catá (Pennsylvania State University);
BERMAN, Paul Schiff (George Washington University);
BLACKETT, Adelle (McGill University);
BUXBAUM, Hannah (Maurer School of Law, Indiana University);
CALLIESS, Gralf-Peter (University of Bremen);
CUTLER, A. Claire (University of Victoria);
DALHUISEN, Jan (King’s College London);
DIBADJ, Reza (University of California at San Francisco);
DUVAL, Antoine (Hasser Instituut);
GRISEL, Florian (King’s College London);
HORRIGAN, Bryan (Monash University);
ISAILOVIC,  Ivana (McGill University);
MICHAELS, Ralf (Duke University);
MINAS, Stephen (King’s College London);
MUIR WATT, Horatia (Sciences Po);
NOWROT, Karsten (University of Hamburg);
RAJAH, Jothie (American Bar Foundation);
SCHULTZ, Thomas & RIDI, Niccolò(King’s College London);
SHAFFER, Gregory (University of California at Irvine);
SINGH, Prabhakar (Jindal Global Law School);
 WAI, Robert (Osgoode Law School, York University);
WHYTOCK, Christopher A. (University of California at Irvine);
ZUMBANSEN, Peer (King’s College London).

BHANDARI, Helen (TLI Coordinator);
FAMA, Ada (King’s College London, Student Organiser–Programming);
EDER, Niklas  (King’s College London, Student Organiser –Jessup materials).

Canada: 5;
U.S.: 8;
Hong Kong: 1;
Australia: 1;
Germany: 2;
India: 1;
The Netherlands: 1


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