2018 IGLP Scholars Workshop

About the Workshop

The  IGLP Scholars Workshop, hosted and sponsored by the Thailand Institute of Justice, was held in Bangkok, Thailand from January 7-11, 2018. The IGLP Scholars Workshop was an intensive, regionally-focused residential program that brought 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 aim 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 2018 IGLP Scholars Workshop focused 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 Format

The IGLP Workshop offered a unique scholarly format. The core Workshop experience offered 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 had 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 2018 Writing Workshop Convenors are:

Madelaine Chiam (Australia) LaTrobe Law School
Luis Eslava (Colombia and Australia) Kent Law School
Christopher Gevers (South Africa) Kwa-Zulu Natul University
Onur Ince (Turkey) Singapore Management University
Vidya Kumar (Canada) University of Leicester
Rose Parfitt (Australia) Kent Law School
Richard Joyce (Australia) Monash University

Cait Storr (Australia) Melbourne Law School

The Streams

A number of “streams,” or intensive mini-courses, were offered during the Workshop, allowing participants to convene around thematic areas of interest, review current scholarly developments and reconsider canonical texts. The 2018 Workshop Streams and Faculty included:

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

Criminal Justice
Sinja Graf (Germany) National University of Singapore
Osama Siddique (Pakistan) Law and Research Policy Network

Development Financing: One Silk Road Initiative
Scott Newton (United States) SOAS, University of London
Leo Specht (Austria) Specht & Partner

Good Governance: Public and Constitutional Law
Günter Frankenberg (Germany) Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Nikolas Rajkovic (Canada) Tilburg University

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

Human Rights and Social Justice
Ratna Kapur (India) Queen Mary University of London
Zinaida Miller (United States) Seton Hall University

International Law
Antony Anghie (United States) National University of Singapore
BS Chimni (India) Jawaharlal Nehru University

Law and Development
Helena Alviar (Colombia) Universidad de los Andes & Northeastern University School of Law
John Ohnesorge (United States) University of Wisconsin
Hani Sayed (Syria) The American University in Cairo

Law and Inequality: Labor, Migration & Debt
Jason Jackson (United States & Jamaica) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kerry Rittich (Canada) University of Toronto

Law, Religion, Gender and the State in Southeast Asia
Vanja Hamzic (Boznia and Herzegovina) SOAS, University of London
Lucas Lisinski (Brazil) University of New South Wales
Jothie Rajah (Singapore) The American Bar Foundation

Poverty and Social Inclusion
Vasuki Nesiah (United States) New York University
Yishai Blank (United States) Harvard Law School

Private Law and Global Political Economy
Jorge Esquirol (United States) Florida International University
Horatia Muir Watt (France) Sciences Po Law School
Robert Wai (Canada) Osgoode Hall Law School

Science, Technology and Expertise in Policy
Julia Dehm (Australia) La Trobe Law School
Sheila Jasanoff (United States) Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Circulation of Law in East Asia
Hisashi Harata
(Japan) The University of Tokyo
Mika Yokoyama (Japan) Kyoto University
Yun-Ru Chen (Taiwan) National Taiwan University

Trade Policy: Contemporary Issues
Alvaro Santos (Mexico) Georgetown Law
Chantal Thomas (United States) Cornell University
Mark Wu (United States) Harvard Law School

Thailand Institute of Justice Workshop for Emerging Leaders

The Thailand Institute of Justice and the IGLP once again convened a concurrent workshop for selected emerging policy professionals during the IGLP Scholars Workshop. Together, the two Workshops offered 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 offered 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 (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. This intensive week, designed exclusively for young and successful professionals, unlocked 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 focused 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 had opportunities 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 participated in TIJ-IGLP streams (mentioned above) 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.

IGLP faculty convening TIJ Policy Workshop Teams included:

Karen Engle (United States) University of Texas at Austin
Jorge Esquirol (United States) Florida International University
Günter Frankenberg (Germany) Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Alvaro Santos (Mexico) Georgetown Law School
Osama Siddique (Pakistan) Law and Research Policy Network

For more information, please visit the Thailand Institute of Justice Forum website.

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. The application deadline has passed and was September 22, 2017. Please note in addition to the application form you must also submit at least one letter of recommendation.

The Faculty

Faculty members from institutions around the globe joined us during the Workshop to contribute in a variety of ways. 

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.