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Applications now open for the inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute 2015

Posted on 27/01/2015
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The Transnational Law Institute, in The Dickson Poon School of Law, is pleased to announce the inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI).  Convened by Professor Peer Zumbansen and Dr Prabha Kotiswaran, the TLSI is an annual 12-day workshop for advanced doctoral students and early-career legal academics and will be convened from 28 June - 10 July 2015.

The Summer Institute is a unique and exciting forum for interdisciplinary thought exchange and collaboration among doctoral students and early career teachers in law and social sciences - with a focus on global governance, regulation, legal theory and anthropology, socio-legal studies and transnational lawyering. 

Held over two weeks, TLSI will, during the first week, explore important debates in transnational legal theory, engage with cutting-edge scholarship (both seminal and emerging) and offer a platform for in-depth discussions of participants’ own research.  In the second week, TLSI will place the scholar, teacher and public intellectual at the centre and explore best practices in research, syllabus design and delivery, scholarly collaboration, networking and public engagement.

The Institute will feature focus-workshops on reading and writing as well as teaching at the interdisciplinary boundaries of law and globalization, along with key lectures from speakers such as Professor Sally Merry (New York University) and Professor Harry Arthurs (York University, Toronto).

Scholarships for successful applicants

Successful applicants will be offered a scholarship to participate in TLSI 2015. This includes all faculty and speaker costs, programme venues and materials, self-catering accommodation and some meals for participants. Applicants may apply to be considered for a travel bursary. 

Programme content

During the course participants will have the chance to:

  • Discuss current trends and 'hot topics' with peers and leaders in their fields
  • Engage in a critical reading of selected canonical texts in dialogue with the author
  • Investigate the context, origin and trajectory of a text and how it sits within an evolving field of intellectual and professional discourse
  • Receive feedback on their own research by peers in their field of expertise
  • Get exposure to different research, writing and teaching cultures
  • Reflect on the challenges of doing interdisciplinary research, collaboration and writing
  • Develop strategies of positioning oneself and one's work in a competitive and transnational scholarly and institutional context
  • Engage in academic network building and collaboration
  • Take part in a writing and publishing workshop
  • Submit a newly developed course syllabus to collegial yet critical feedback
  • Build lasting intellectual, personal and professional ties with peers on a global scale.

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 application process is now open

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