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Roundtable: ‘Law and International Political Sociology in Conversation’

May 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Law and International Political Sociology in Conversation
Doing IPS Roundtable
17.30-19.00, 3 May 2019
Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

Speakers: Professor Elspeth Guild (School of Law, Queen Mary University of London), Dr Tugba Basaran (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge), Dr Sara Dezalay (School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University), Dr Peter Brett (School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London).

Chair: Professor Didier Bigo (Department of War Studies, King’s College London).

Organisers: Katharine T. Weatherhead (School of Law, Queen Mary University of London), Alvina Hoffmann (Department of War Studies, King’s College London).

Organised by convenors of Doing IPS, this roundtable brings together academic researchers and students interested in conversations on Law and International Political Sociology (IPS). It offers an opportunity to take stock of the engagement between Law and IPS in terms of subject matter, research questions, analytical frames, conceptual tools, methodologies, and agendas.

In 2010, the journal International Political Sociology published contributions to a forum on the dialogue between International Relations and International Law. The forum contributors pointed to possibilities and limitations of bringing together international political and legal knowledges through IPS. Since that discussion in the early years of the journal, there have been lively interventions which further interrogate the position of Law in IPS. Those interventions have appeared in notable publications such as the Routledge Handbook on International Political Sociology and the edited volume International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines. During the roundtable, speakers revisit the engagement between IPS and Law in light of recent scholarship.

Questions for consideration include:

  • What is the state of play in engagement between Law and IPS?
  • What can legal scholarship learn from IPS and vice versa?
  • How do IPS conversations disrupt or translate concepts which are central to law and legal practice, like sovereignty, the State, and rights?
  • Are some dynamics or manifestations of law (such as caselaw, legislation, legal practice, legal consciousness) currently missed by IPS study?
  • What future directions, audiences, and challenges might we envisage for Law and IPS?

Each speaker will offer reflections based on their own research. Attendees will then be invited to prompt further discussion by making comments and posing questions.

Registration for the event is free. Please email gp@qmul.ac.uk to register your attendance.

(Photo by organisers.)


May 3, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Doing IPS


Queen Mary University of London, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Lecture Theatre
67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3JB United Kingdom
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