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Institute hosts second Transnational Law Summer Institute

Posted on 29/07/2016

From 21- 30 June 2016, the Transnational Law Institute at The Dickson Poon School of Law was delighted to welcome 61 doctoral candidates and early career researchers from around the world for the second Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI) on the themes of Transnational Lawyering and Judging.

61 TLSI Fellows from various countries including Egypt, Brazil, India, Colombia, Kenya, Sweden, Canada and Mexico attended TLSI 2016 and their projects dealt with diverse issues including comparative constitutional law, internet governance, regional trade agreements, indigenous rights jurisprudence, marine biodiversity, reproductive justice, the right to the city and law and religion.

Dr Prabha Kotiswaran, Reader at The Dickson Poon School of Law and co-convener of the TLSI said, ‘over the ten days, we deliberated intensely on various dimensions of transnational lawyering and judging in the company of leading scholars, judges and practitioners including Saskia Sassen, Bryant Garth, Yves Dezalay, Hauke Brunkhorst, Albie Sachs, Luis Eslava, Fleur Johns, Sukti Dhital, Jayshree Satpute, Francesca Feruglio, Ruti Teitel & MS Sornarajah.  Momentously amidst TLSI the UK voted to exit the EU on 23 June. While we made sense of this and related crises in governance and law’s authority, we were helpfully reminded by Justice Sachs of law’s hope even while his melodious singing travelled through the corridors of the Strand Campus’.

The Fellows had four sessions of writing workshops, where they unpacked and discussed their current writing with colleagues, two days dedicated to the seminal works of Professors Yves Dezalay and Bryant Garth, and Judge Albie Sachs, as well as panels on teaching, publishing, network building, economic sociology, transitional justice, networking sessions and a tour of the Tate Modern.

Judge Albie Sachs, one of the keynote speakers, said, ‘… I have nothing but praise. I attend many, many seminars and training sessions of one sort or another all over the world. The TLSI truly stands out. It was innovative, friendly and highly interactive. It proved something I have always believed, that the pursuit of the serious can be fun’.

The TLSI was co-convened by Dr Prabha Kotiswaran and Professor Peer Zumbansen.

The School’s YouTube channel has videos of all the keynote lectures.

The School’s Flickr account has photo albums taken from three days’ of the TLSI.

More information on the Transnational Law Institute.

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