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About the Transnational Law Institute

Founded in 2014, the Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute (TLI) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre with a particular focus on transnational and comparative law, legal theory and jurisprudence, collaborative research and legal education.

The Transnational Law Institute functions as a catalyst for border-crossing research and teaching collaboration in a wide range of fields, ranging from company law to family law, from human rights to refugee and immigration law, from legal sociology to transnational commercial arbitration. Encompassing legal fields normally associated with public law, transnational law, as endorsed within the TLI builds bridges between public and private, domestic and international law.

The Transnational Law Institute in London hosts a number of research and teaching initiatives, including the first Transnational Law LLM, which welcomed its first students in September 2014. For more information on the Transnational Law LLM and how to apply, visit King’s Online Prospectus.

The Institute regularly welcomes distinguished speakers to its “Methods Lab”, a recurring workshop that investigates innovative approaches to research in areas ranging from human rights to transitional justice. The Methods Lab also hosted the inaugural event of the “London Round Table on Transnational Private Law Theory”.  The Institute also runs monthly Reading Labs, Colloquia, a student-led academic law review, a student-led transnational law and economics reading group, the Transnational Regulatory Governance research group and its own SSRN research paper series.

Professor Peer Zumbansen is Director of the Transnational Law Institute.

Summer Institute

In June 2015, the TLI hosted the inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute at King’s. The 12-day long Institute featured focus-workshops on reading and writing, as well as teaching at the interdisciplinary boundaries of law and globalization, along with selected theme lectures and the mentioned two full days of engaging with a seminal text in context.  This was followed in June 2016 by a second TLSI.

The Institute is aimed at providing early career scholars with a first-hand opportunity to submit their ideas on research, teaching as well as possible forms of civic engagement to collegial feedback, both from their peers and from established, world-renowned experts. 

The Transnational Law Institute also hosts the King's Forum on International Dispute Resolution and the National Security Law Research & Policy Initiative.

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