2019 IGLP Scholars Workshop

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About the Workshop

We are excited to announce that The IGLP Scholars Workshop, hosted and sponsored by the Thailand Institute of Justice, will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from January 6-10, 2019!

The IGLP Scholars Workshop is an intensive, regionally-focused residential program that brings together an international cohort of young doctoral scholars, post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty for intensive collaboration, mentoring, and cross-training.

IGLP’s signature Workshops aims to strengthen the next generation of scholars by placing them in collaboration with their global peers as they develop innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, social justice and governance. The 2019 IGLP Scholars Workshop focuses on how these issues related to ongoing legal and policy debates throughout Asia and across the world, while offering unparalleled opportunities to strengthen participants’ writing and research.


The Application

We encourage participation from scholars across Asia and worldwide who would benefit from intensive collaboration with their global peers and IGLP’s junior and senior faculty. Applications and at least one letter of recommendation must be submitted by Friday, September 21, 2018. 


The Format

The IGLP Workshop offers a unique scholarly format. The core Workshop experience offers the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer mentoring and cross-collaboration with global colleagues while strengthening and further developing an unfinished research project in our signature Writing Workshops. Admitted participants have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in “streams,” intensive mini-courses led by IGLP faculty, to review current scholarly developments and reconsider canonical texts
  • Attend plenary roundtables and lectures on engaging topics related to global law and policy
  • Learn IGLP’s methodology for offering feedback, presenting research, and more
  • Participate in cultural and networking events

The Writing Workshops

Intensive writing workshops form the core of the IGLP Scholars Workshop. These workshops are organized to promote learning from others working on similar projects as well as to promote cross training by engaging with projects different from one’s own.

Each day, participants meet in small groups to share their own scholarship and discuss their ongoing research. This small-group format allows participants to engage on a one-on-one basis with their peers and specialist faculty members, as well as to share ideas and receive feedback on their work. Participants will be assigned to a group and paired with a partner to comment on each other’s projects. Each of the writing workshop groups are led by a member of IGLP’s Faculty and a member of the Senior Faculty will also offer feedback. The 2019 Writing Workshop Conveners are:

Madelaine Chiam (Australia) La Trobe Law School
Chris Gevers (South Africa) University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
John Haskell (United States) Mississippi College School of Law
Richard Joyce (Australia) Monash University
Vidya Kumar (Canada) University of Leicester
Rose Parfitt (Australia) Kent Law School
Mohammad Shahabuddin (Bangladesh) Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham
Arm Tungnirun (Thailand) Chulalongkorn University
Cait Storr (Australia) Melbourne Law School
Andrea Leiter (Germany) Melbourne University & Vienna University


The Streams

The 2019 Workshop Streams and Faculty are listed below. (Please click the arrow to view descriptions)

Corporations in Global Society
Dan Danielsen (United States) Northeastern University School of Law
Sundhya Pahuja (Australia) University of Melbourne

In this Stream, we will look at the evolution of the corporation as an institution and explore some of its complex contributions to the organization and governance of social, economic and political life across the globe from the 16th century to the present.  In the first session, we will suggest ways in which a richer understanding of the history of the corporation as a governance institution can illuminate contemporary patterns of global ordering.  In the second session, we will turn to contemporary corporate ordering through a case study of focused on the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh and global supply (or value) chains.


Human Rights & Social Justice
Ratna Kapur (India) Queen Mary University of London
Vasuki Nesiah (United States) New York University
E. Tendayi Achiume (Zambia) University of California, Los Angeles Law School

This stream will explore the relationship between violence and human rights law and advocacy. Human rights are often imagined as placing limits on violence.  But they are also used to legitimate violence and to facilitate the exercise of violent power by individuals and states. We will explore this relationship by considering different forms of violence—spectacular, structural, slow, and revolutionary – and the role of human rights both in attending to and normalizing that violence. We will consider several case studies around issues such as the environment, trafficking, and religion


Science and Technology Studies
Ben Hurlbut (United States) Arizona State University
Sheila Jasanoff (United States) Harvard Kennedy School

This stream will focus on the relationships among science, technology, and political power in contemporary policy making. The modern state’s capacity to produce and use scientific knowledge is significant both in the production and maintenance of political order and in shaping or justifying the choices faced by policy elites.   We will focus on the role of scientific knowledge in policy-making oriented to environmental “sustainability.” 


Global Regulation, Finance and Tax Policy
Dennis Davis (South Africa) High Court of Cape Town
Robert Chu (United States) Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Wei Cui (China) University of British Columbia

This stream will explore the forces which structure the global regulatory terrain.   We will consider the tension between global, regional or bilateral trade regimes and the policy space for national regulation; as well as the vastly unequal power of different national regulators, all of whom affect economic life beyond their borders in ways they have and have not anticipated.   We aim to help participants map, navigate and alter the complex global regulatory terrain affecting their economic development objectives.   


Law and Development
Helena Alviar (Colombia) Universidad de los Andes
Deval Desai (United States) Graduate Institute, Geneva
Ermal Frasheri (Albania) Harvard Kennedy School

This Stream investigates legal reform strategies geared towards inducing economic growth and social welfare in developing countries. We will consider a range of approaches to government and markets and the influence of international legal regimes for trade, investment and human rights. We will explore the role of law in economic and social theories of development, the global and intellectual context that channels the range of development reform, and recent shifts in development theory and state practice.   We will focus particular attention on choices: alternate legal arrangements which may open alternate trajectories for development with different patterns of inequality or social justice. 


Trade Policy
Andrew Lang (United Kingdom) London School of Economics and Political Science
Mark Wu (United States) Harvard Law School

The legal terrain for trade has undergone a series of reorientations over the last decades, from multilateral to bilateral, to regional – and now to a complex and variegated set of overlapping regimes.  We will consider the political – and economic – stakes involved for nations with various perspectives and economic strategies as they engage the regime.   Our aim is to help clarify the choices embedded in current regions and options for their productive contestation and change.


The Political Economy of Private Law
Horatia Muir Watt (France) Sciences Po Law School
Robert Wai (Canada) Osgoode Hall Law School

This stream will examine the role of private law – both nationally and transnationally – in structuring global political and economic affairs.  We are particularly interested in the political choices embedded in private law regimes as they affect inequality and opportunities for development.  We will also consider the relationship between formal or official entitlement schemes and the unofficial and often informal world of customary law and social norms for the economic life of both the global poor and the global elite. 


Law and Inequality: Debt and Labor
Karen Engle (United States) University of Texas at Austin
Kerry Rittich (Canada) University of Toronto Faculty of Law

This Stream investigates legal reform strategies geared towards inducing economic growth and social welfare. We will explore the role of law in economic and social theories of development, the global and intellectual context that channels the range of development reform, and recent shifts in development theory and state practice as they impact labor and the working environment. 


Poverty and Social Inclusion: The Challenges of “New Poverty”
Luis Eslava (Colombia and Australia) Kent Law School
Lucie White (United States) Harvard Law School

Poverty is becoming more complex than the absence of basic resources. Today it often means living at the margins of social organization; in a world of precarious employment, global inequality and the increasing securitization of daily life. This stream will explore the political economy and ethnographic realities of this “new poverty” and the polices, macro and micro, which affect it and try to deal with it. To sharpen our focus, we will begin by examining contemporary policies aimed at achieving the social inclusion of young criminals in Latin America (often poor young racialised males involved in, for example, drug trafficking and mobile phone theft) and the assumptions, mechanics and unexpected outcomes of such policies.


Universal Principles and Local Customs: Child Abduction in East Asian Family Law
Guenter Frankenberg (Germany) Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Mika Yokoyama (Japan) Kyoto University

The stream will focus on the problems raised by child abduction in broken marriages. In historical and comparative perspective we will deconstruct the logic of paradigmatic court rulings (King Solomon, People’s Judge Azdak, ICJ) as well as the counter-pull between universal legal documents and local customs inselected Asian family law cases.


Comparative Legal Policy in Asia – Regulation of Markets and Enterprises
Hisashi Harata (Japan) The University of Tokyo
Margaret Woo (United States) Northeastern University

Asia has always presented itself as a challenge to the western liberal legal order. Recent rise in nationalism and the race to market dominance, however, have led to movements towards illiberal laws around the world and also in Asia. This stream will examine some the these trends. 


Property, Informality and Blockchain Technology
Jorge Esquirol (United States) Florida International University College of Law
Outi Korhonen (Finland) University of Turku

Property takes different forms and serves different functions. This stream focuses on informal property interests: squatter holdings, agrarian reform beneficiaries, profit expectations of foreign investors. Our stream explores the nature of these claims. Are these inferior forms of property, mere expectations that may or may not ultimately be formalized, legally enforceable alternative social relations ?  Additionally, the stream focuses on blockchain technology. Will this new technology have the effect of truncating the questions above ?  Will blockchain technology inexorably narrow the range of standard property rights, or rather provide for more diversity in structuring legally protected interests ?


Driving Safely on China’s One-Belt-One-Road
John Ohnesorge (United States) University of Wisconsin

Much of the discussion surrounding China’s One-Belt-One-Road program (OBOR) has focused on China’s objectives, whether it will attain those objectives, and problems that have arisen in specific participating countries. This stream will assume that OBOR will continue, and will ignore how, or whether, OBOR benefits China. We will focus instead on identifying conditions that might allow participating countries to benefit from OBOR, based on their specific circumstances and what we have observed so far about how OBOR functions. Participants will gain an overall picture of OBOR to date, and will share experiences that their own countries may have had. We will then engage in practical exercises designed to identify conditions under which recipient countries can ensure that OBOR works to their benefit.


Mapping Geographies of Authority and Power
Nikolas Rajkovic (Canada) Tilburg Law School

The iconic “World Map” has conditioned the way international lawyers visualize the relationship between authority and global space. Yet, that geopolitical picture is losing real-world traction.When the United Nations Charter was signed in 1945, New York was the only megacity on the earth with a population of over 10 million. By the year 2030, two-thirds of humanity and three-quarters of the globe’s corporations will be located in 40 megacities. International order is rematerializing beyond what modern cartography has long insisted is the map of geopolitical and geo-economic reality. This interdisciplinary stream seeks to conceptualise and visualise the unfolding materialism and inscription of international order today. 


Criminal Justice
Osama Siddique (Pakistan) Law and Policy Research Network
El Cid Butuyan (Philippines) University of Hawaii

Effective criminal justice reform thinking and implementation requires deep appreciation of national contextual realities as well as meaningful adaptation of what has proven to work well across national boundaries. In this stream we will develop an analytical framework to examine reform projects from multiple lenses: historical, sociological, institutional, legal, geographical and knowledge/data focused. We will evaluate reform as not only as a technocratic domain but equally as a political phenomenon and strategy. Informed by select international literature, our collaborative learning method will emphasize vital actual experiential insights from our diverse faculty as well as seasoned participants.



Guest Lecturers

Professor Surakiart Sathirathai

Radhika Coomaraswamy


 Thailand Institute of Justice Workshop for Emerging Leaders

The Thailand Institute of Justice and the IGLP convene a concurrent workshop for selected emerging policy professionals during the IGLP Scholars Workshop. Together, the two Workshops offer a unique environment for discussion between policy professionals and the most innovative young scholars undertaking research in their respective fields.

The TIJ Workshop for Emerging Leaders offers a unique opportunity for practitioners from different sectors to engage with their global peers in policy dialogue facilitated by a network of international and interdisciplinary faculty from the TIJ and the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School. This intensive week is designed exclusively for young and successful professionals to unlock the complex and dynamic linkages between the rule of law and policy making processes in the economic, political and social development at local, regional and international levels.

Like the IGLP Workshop, the TIJ Workshop focuses on peer-to-peer learning and the necessary skills for understanding the policies and initiatives that affect their lives and the world at large, while drawing upon the rule of law as a guiding framework. Participants have the opportunity to work with colleagues in TIJ Policy Workshop Teams to share their practical or policy experiences, brainstorm a range of innovative approaches to familiar challenges, and benefit from peer-to-peer engagement with guidance and mentoring from experienced faculty. They also participate in TIJ-IGLP streams offered by IGLP faculty to review current scholarly developments and engage in case-based learning while engaging with young scholars of law and policy from around the world.


About the Host and Sponsor


The Thailand TIJInstitute of Justice (TIJ) aims to promote excellence in research and capacity-building in crime and justice. Building on Thailand’s engagement in the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the UN Crime Congresses, TIJ serves as a bridge that transports global ideas to local practice, including in enhancing domestic justice reform and the rules-based community within the ASEAN region. TIJ’s primary objectives are to promote the implementation of the United Nations Rules for the treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules) as well as other relevant UN standards and norms, especially those related to women and children. TIJ also gears its work towards important cross-cutting issues on the UN agenda such as the rule of law, development, human rights, and peace and security.