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Inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute

Posted on 15/07/2015
Scholars from around the world come to King’s College London

The inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI 2015) took place 28 June - 10 July. 52 Phd students and Early Career Researchers (TLSI Fellows) from 27 countries around the world travelled to King's to take part in the two-week programme.

Fellows at the Transnational Law Summer Institute 2015

Fellows at the 2015 Transnational Law Institute

During the first week, TLSI Fellows explored important debates in transnational legal theory and engaged with cutting-edge scholarship (both seminal and emerging). Fellows also took part in peer-to-peer discussions on their own academic work, exchanging ideas and experiences.

Keynote speakers and workshops leaders included Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal); Sally Merry, Professor of Anthropology, New York University; Eve Darian Smith, Professor and Department Chair in Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Harry Arthurs, Emeritus Professor, Osgoode Law School; Upendra Baxi, Professor of Law in Development, University of Warwick.

The focus of the Summer Institute shifted in the second week to explore best practices in research, syllabus design and delivery, scholarly collaboration, networking and public engagement. Fellows attended sessions including 'Teaching your thesis and beyond', 'scholarly entrepreneuralism', 'the changing face of publishing' and 'how to build a research career'. As well as networking with other scholars, TLSI Fellows met with academic publishers working in their areas of research.

The Summer Institute has received very positive feedback from Fellows and tutors alike. One TLSI Fellow wrote:

'I can't stress enough what a wonderful experience this has been...allowing me to develop my research in interesting ways, meet some great young and senior scholars and setting up collaborations that I hope will develop'.

The Co-convernors of TLSI 2015 were Professor Peer Zumbansen and Dr Prabha Kotiswaran. Professor Zumbansen said:

'The inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute was a true team effort, at King's, at the Law School, and through the amazing Fellows and visiting Faculty who joined us from around the World. I think that together we asked hard questions about the foundations, the legitimacy and the role of law in today's global context, and that everyone left London with a keen sense of intellectual and political, scholarly and pedagogical responsibility.'

Find out more by visiting the Transnational Law Institute webpages.

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