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18 April 2018

King's Transnational Law Summit 2018

The Dickson Poon School of Law proudly hosted the inaugural King's Transnational Law Summit 2018 (KTLS18) from 10 -13 April under the theme 'The New Human Condition: Creating Justice for Our Future'.


The Dickson Poon School of Law proudly hosted the inaugural King’s Transnational Law Summit 2018 (KTLS18) from 10 -13 April under the theme 'The New Human Condition: Creating Justice for Our Future'. Inspired by the Hannah Arendt’s landmark publication, The Human Condition - which turned 60 this year - the Summit revolved around Arendtian themes of work, political engagement, migration and a sustainable life. 

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The opening keynote was delivered by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Human Rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, who spoke passionately about justice in a globalised world, ‘we’re living in an era of globalisation, but it’s only trade that has become globalised - values sadly have not’ she said setting the tone for the debates to follow.  

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The second day of the Summit focused on economic and environmental justice and included a conversation with Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni about notions of home and belonging. Round tables and panel sessions addressed themes including the global environmental crisis, tax justice and corporate social responsibility. Poets and writers joined KTLS18 on Wednesday evening to reflect on the literature, loss and belonging in a global era of borders followed by a musical performance from Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra, newly joined by the Sky Quartet. 

Health, Technology and Equality formed the focus for the third day of the Summit with panels on Big Data, Technology and Criminal Justice, Mental and Reproductive Health as well as Housing, Migration and Feminism. The Summit's film festival took place on Thursday evening with the winning films screened with a Q&A with the Directors. Entrants were asked to submit work on the theme of 'Celebrating Resistance, Love and Empowerment in an Era of Globalisation'.

Executive Dean Professor Gillian Douglas praised KTLS18 saying, ‘the Summit was truly transnational in its scope and exemplifies the School’s commitment to innovative approaches to global problems. It was a wonderful event and I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved.’ 

Keynote speakers at KTLS18 were: Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Richard Wilkinson, Honorary Visiting Professor University of York, and author of The Spirit Level (with Kate Pickett); Susanne Baer, Justice at the Federal Constitutional Court, Germany, Marwa Al-Sabouni, Architect & Author of The Battle for Home, and Dexter Dias QC, Garden Court Chambers, author of The Ten Types of Human

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KTLS18 Academic Director, Professor Peer Zumbansen said; 'the inaugural KTLS18 was conceived as a truly interdisciplinary and transnational platform initiated by a Law School and engaging, not only with the legal profession and academics, but with policy makers, journalists, community organisers, NGO activists, social movement partners and artists from around the world. In fostering these interdisciplinary connections, our hope is that the event has laid the foundation for transformative interventions into social and political life.'


Find out more about KTLS18 and watch highlights from the event on King's Transnational Law Summit 2018 website.

Follow the official event hashtag: #KTLS18 

Photo credit: Nathan Clark Photography