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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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An oft told tale at the start of international economic law modules is the failure of the Havana Charter of 1946 to establish the International Trade Organisation (ITO). Unlike its sister the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, the ITO failed to launch. This failure was largely down to the US’s reluctance to…

The TTIP: Back to the future?

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In 1954 the ordo-​liberal economist1 W. Roepke was invited in the Hague to deliver a paper on the relation between (neoliberal) economics and international law. In this instructive speech entitled ‘Economic Order and International Law’2 Roepke observed that the 19th century being par excellence the time of economic liberalism lacked international legal documents on free trade,…

Critical Legal Conference 2015 : ‘LAW, SPACE AND THE POLITICAL’, University of Wrocław, Poland, 3 – 5 September 2015

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The Critical Legal Conference (CLC) – an annual gathering of critical and radical legal scholars from all over the world – was inaugurated in 1984 at the University of Kent. Since then, the CLC has been held every year, mainly in the UK, but also in South Africa, India, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands. The CLC, in contrast…

CfP: Philosophy, Power, Potentialities; Kingston University 21 – 22 May 2015

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In a contemporary discourse suffused with the theme of ‘crisis’ – political, economic, educational, social, ecological, technical – what are the resources of philosophy at this moment for thinking power relations and potentialities? ‘Power’ has long been a central concept for philosophy and critical thought. The theme gained particular influence in the wake of Michel Foucault’s studies of the 1970s and ’80s,…

CfP: Openness and Intellectual Property, Workshop Pennsylvania 22 – 24 July 2015

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The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property will hold its 7th annual workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, July 22 – 24, 2015. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the US Constitution, which empowers Congress to create IP laws that “promote the progress of science and the useful arts.” And the University of Pennsylvania…

Legal infrastructure, differentiated space and the spectacle of ‘lawful protest’: The Australian G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013

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Queensland is this year host to various G20 meetings, most prominently the Finance Ministers’ Meeting that was held in Cairns on 20 & 21 September and next month’s Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane on 15 & 16 November. At a cost of over $450 million, a massive security operation is being coordinated by the Commonwealth Government Taskforce (G20

London Review of International Law Book Symposium, LSE 22 Nov 2014

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Book Symposium: Mark Neocleous’s War Power, Police Power (EUP, 2013) will be discussed by Claudia Aradau, Illan Rua Wall, Caroline Holmqvist, and Yari Lanci, with a response by Mark Neocleous. LSE, Thai Theatre, Nov 22 6-​8pm. From waste to drones and no-​fly zones. Why is liberalism so obsessed with waste? Is there a drone above you now?…

A Taste for the Secret: Interview with Mark Neocleous

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This interview was originally conducted in March 2014 for Kampfplatz (a journal of philosophy, published in Turkish in Ankara, Turkey) and its Turkish translation was first published in the 6th issue of the Kampfplatz in May 2014. More information about Kampfplatz can be found on their website (in Turkish). Kampfplatz also annually co-​organizes State and Law Symposium (devletvehukuk​.blogspot​.com — in Turkish…

General Organology: The Co-​individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organisations and Technē, Conference Kent 20 – 22 Nov 2014

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Bernard Stiegler’s landmark book, La Technique et le temps 1, which first outlined the project of a general organology, this conference aims to survey the range of twentieth-​century and contemporary philosophical accounts, scientific theories and technical innovations that intersect an organological dimension. Within this overarching theme, the goal of the conference is…

CfP: Intercultural Talks in the Global South: Decolonization, Law and Politics in Debate, Brazil 17 – 21 November 2014

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Intercultural Talks in the Global South: Decolonization, Law and Politics in Debate in debate intends to be a space to encourage the academic community and public in general to discuss specific problems of the global South, especially in Africa and Latin America, from the decolonial theoretical framework. The decolonial theoretical framework points to a colonialism that is still…

The Black Atlantic: Notes on the Thought of Paul Gilroy

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Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, which was first published in 1993, remains remarkable for its introduction of the validity of ‘race’ as an analytical category in presenting the ‘Atlantic’ as a discrete geo-​political unit in the modern capitalist world-​system.1 The book elaborates a richly provocative critique of cultural nationalism, against which Gilroy posits black diasporic cultural and…

Three Questions for Hamas

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There is no doubt that Hamas has exhibited extraordinary resilience under the most difficult of conditions that have bedeviled its period of political leadership in the Gaza Strip that started in 2007. It also seems clear as persuasively argued by Sandy Tolan in a valuable Common Dreams article [Tolan, “Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel & U.S.…

CfP: Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, 1 – 2 December 2014

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Melbourne Law School will host the seventh annual Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory on 1 – 2 December 2014. The Forum brings together research students from all academic disciplines to engage with social, political, theoretical, and methodological issues raised by law and legal theory. The workshop is a welcoming, collegial and supportive forum that aims to foster…

Seminar with Eduardo Mendieta, Birkbeck 11 – 12 September 2014

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Birkbeck Law School will be welcoming Professor Eduardo Mendieta for a two-​day Seminar on the 11th and 12th of September. Professor Eduardo Mendieta is a Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. Born in Colombia, Professor Mendieta has become one of the leading voices in Latin American Philosophy. He is noted for his work with Enrique Dussel,…

CfP: Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective, Birkbeck 18 – 20 June 2015

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Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological, criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bring together the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the…

CfP: Imagining Post-​Neoliberal Regulatory Subjectivities, Finland 15 – 17 Oct 2014

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The tide of neoliberalism lies at the heart of the modus operandi of Western societies. Its first wave pushed an agenda of deregulation. The second wave started a reflexive process of re-​regulation. Standards, codes of conduct, recommendations and other soft legal instruments proliferated to address the market failures and information asymmetry problems unearthed by the initial…

International Law 1914/​2014

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Looking back to mid-​1914 from mid-​2014, it is hard to see beyond the piles of bodies. History barely seems up to the task of grappling with this tumultuous interstice. Perhaps, rather than approaching this interval as a sequence of historical contexts, we might conceive of it – and our relationship to it – in terms of a welter of styles, or…

CfP: Critical Legal Conference 2014: Power, Capital, Chaos, 4 – 6 September 2014 University of Sussex

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By ‘Power, Capital, Chaos’, we refer to a context of ongoing global economic crisis, the neo-​liberal destruction of social democracy and the ever-​widening entrenchment of inequalities of wealth, power and technology within and between a global ‘North’ and global ‘South’. A contemporary political situation marked by austerity and privatisation, by security and responsibility, by racist political reaction, class-​war…

The Prospect of Harmony and the Decolonial View of the World: Weihua He Interviews Walter Mignolo

Knowledge is always situated. As a young scholar from China working on western theories, I always felt frustrated with the eurocentrism embedded within them. The frustration comes first because they are not addressing the problems lingering in my mind; and second at the moment I realized that I had the wrong expectations: why should theories developed to deal with…