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Transnational Law Signature Lectures

The Signature Lectures are delivered by world renowned scholars whose work tackles central challenges in global governance by cutting across disciplinary boundaries to develop new analytical and conceptual frameworks, which address today’s pressing problems of transnational legality and legitimacy with rigour and fresh eyes.

2016-17 Contesting Globalisation (post-Brexit)

Examining Transnationalisation, Capitalism and Democracy in a Global Age

The Brexit vote on 23 June 2016 and the spectre of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union have been labeled as one of the most momentous historical events in centuries. Its constitutional dimension is being debated far beyond the country’s borders, but so are the vote’s even deeper causes and origins. While some point to the growing frustration of UK citizens over an alleged loss of sovereignty, which is said to manifest itself in immigration numbers and herewith associated fiscal and economic burdens, others argue for a wider view. From that perspective, Brexit has to be seen as an outcry against conditions of economic and political marginalization, and a state of precariousness in which the 99% finds itself today – in the UK and well beyond. Brexit, then, becomes an illustration of ‘globalisation and its discontents’, a long-overdue and, looking at the manifestations of public outcry in Greece, Spain, and elsewhere, an event less surprising than the post-vote news had made it out to be.

The 2016-2017 Signature Lectures at the Transnational Law Institute at King’s College London are delivered by some of the most renowned, critical minds in law and political science today.

All lectures are public, but spaces are limited. Some of the Signature Lectures coincide with the Transnational Law Reading Laboratory, a monthly book seminar, featuring a concentrated discussion of new as well as seminal legal-theoretical and political scholarship.

For dates and to RSVP, please see below.

Spring Term 2017

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 18:00. SW1.18
Takis Tridimas, (King's College London)
Process and substance in the Brexit bargain: what does it mean to belong?

Spring Term 2017 - Past Events

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 18:00. SW1.18
Antoine Vauchez, (Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne)
The Appeal of Independence: The EU’s Way of Political Authority (from genesis to crisis)

Wednesday 8 February 2017, 16:30. SW1.18 
Cathryn Costello, (University of Oxford)
Refugee status as a transnational status: Refugee mobility as envisaged in the 1951 Refugee Convention

Tuesday 24 January 2017, 18:15. SW1.17
Michele Everson, (Birkbeck, University of London)
Post Brexit: Escape from the Economised Society

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 18:00. SW1.17 
Vivien Schmidt, (Boston University)
Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy:  Governing by Rules and Numbers in the Eurozone

Autumn Term 2016

Wednesday 12 October 2016, 18:00. SW1.18

Guy Standing, (SOAS)
The Corruption of Capitalism
Listen to a fifteen minute interview with Guy Standing here on the School's Soundcloud account

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 16:30. SW 1.17
Daniel Drache, (York University, CA)
Post-Brexit and the Crisis of Trade Multilateralism: Heartbreak or Mess?
Listen to a ten mintue interview with Daniel Drache here on the School's Soundcloud acount

Wednesday 9 Nov. 2016, 16:30. Room 1.71, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo
Wolfgang Streeck, (Max Planck Institute)
How Will Capitalism End?
[Book Launch & Signing]
Watch an interview with Wolfgang Streeck here on the School's YouTube channel

Wednesday 23 November 2016, 16:30. SW 1.17
Kenneth Armstrong, (University of Cambridge)
Brexit and Free Trades: Causes and Effects
Listen to an interview with kenneth Armstrong here on the School's Soundcloud account.

Thursday 1 December 2016, 18:15. SW1.17
Joseph Weiler, (European University Institute)
Europe As A Spiritual Crisis


Past events

Signature Lectures archive

Videos of our Signature Lectures can be found here on the Transnational Law Institute YouTube channel


Professor Annelise Riles: From Comparison to Collaboration: Experiments with a New Scholarly and Political Form
Listen to an interview with Professor Riles here.

Professor Harry Arthurs: TLI Distinguished Lecture in Transnational Labour Law

Professor Upendra Baxi: TLSI Distinguished Lecture

Professor Sally Merry: Inaugural Keynote Lecture

Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos: TLSI Distinguished Lecture

Professor Eve Darian-Smith: TLSI Distinguished Lecture


Saskia Sassen: Holes in the Tissue of Law

Yves Dezalay & Bryant Garth: Reflections on Double Agents’ Strategies in Dealing in Virtue and our Later Research Trajectory

Hauke Brunkhorst: Democracy under siege: Decay of global constitutionalism and structural transformation of the public sphere

Luis Eslava: Rethinking the Developmental State: Transformative Teaching and Learning in International Law

Fleur Johns: Automating Judgment, Judging Automation: Human-Nonhuman Alliances in International Law and Policy

NAZDEEK: Sukti Dhital, Francesca Feruglio and Jayshree Satpute: Legal Mobilisation from the Grassroots: Labour and Human Rights in Action and Pedagogy in Assam, India

Albie Sachs: Reason and Passion in the Law: Tock-Tick, the Working of a Judicial Mind

MS Sornarajah: Is Transnational Law and Instrument of Neoliberalism?: The Experience of the International Investment Law

Ruti Teitel: Globalising Transitional Justice



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