IGLP Workshop Streams

About IGLP Workshop Streams

IGLP: The Workshop is focused around a series of substantive Streams.  Exploration of each Stream is be led by a team of senior scholars, and is designed to promote discussion of recently scholarly trends as well as classical texts.  Our common goal is to understand the history and structure of our contemporary world political and economic system.  We will map the legal structure of money, finance, development and governance, and open them up to contestation and debate.

All participants in IGLP: The Workshop participate in the exploration of each thematic area.  While in residence in Doha, participants will review current scholarly developments and reconsider canonical texts with the aim of strengthening our ability to understand and influence the shape and direction of global economic policy and law. Afternoon Writing Workshops and Discussion Groups will also offer participants the opportunity to share their own work in progress with colleagues and leading scholars in their field. In addition, there will be several plenary talks by leading scholars and policy makers.

Workshops Streams for 2014



The Corporation in Global Society (CGS)

As global economic life has become increasingly detached from national public policy and politics, the authority and simple ubiquity of corporations in the global economy have raised questions about their role and potential as participants in global governance. If corporate governance is global governance, ought we to think of corporate law in constitutional terms, as a component of global administrative law or as a site for public power and social responsibility? This Stream considers the relationship between local or national rules and transnational economic activity.

Dan Danielsen, Northeastern University School of Law
Dennis Davis, Judge, High Court of Capetown
Gary Gereffi, Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness

Grietje Baars, The City Law School, City University of London

Comparative Legal Studies (CLS)

Global legal practice is comparative legal practice. Legal regimes for global political, social and economic life have been forged in the interactions among numerous legal traditions, both within and between countries. Therefore engaging with diverse legal systems and understanding the dynamic relations between them is a crucial professional skill. “Comparative law” has traditionally been the place to study differences between legal cultures and alternate solutions to the functionally similar needs of modern economic life. This is no longer sufficient. Diverse transnational regimes (international economic law, public international law, private international law) and the legal orders structuring different economic sectors (the entertainment industry, the automotive industry, the financial industry) also have different legal “cultures.” Differences between legal arrangements reflect alternate political choices and reflect divergent outcomes to social struggle as much as they embody distinct “cultures” or functional “solutions” to common problems. Navigating the world of law today demands the renewal of comparative legal study: new attention to professional styles, shared epistemologies and modes of reasoning; a foregrounding of the social and political choices involved in different legal arrangements; and a sensitivity to the plurality of ethical commitments embedded in divergent legal regimes. Comparative legal studies should encourage us to understand the global legal order as but one among many distinct and internally diverse legal cultures, to trace the influence and dispersion not only of institutional forms or best practice doctrines, but of ideas and modes of legal analysis, and to harness the knowledge of other sciences and fields of research, such as development, investment, or finance, where interdisciplinary, comparative and historical analysis have become essential. Rather than assuming technical similarity or cultural difference, this approach to comparative law enhances sensitivity to the ethics and politics of legal and cultural differences and to the significance of asymmetric dynamics and perspectives in shaping them.

Guenter Frankenberg, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
Dan Brinks, University of Texas at Austin
Horatia Muir Watt, The Sciences Po Law School

Boris Mamlyuk, University of Memphis School of Law
Zoran Oklopcic, Carleton University

Globalization and Labor (GL)

This stream will consider the impact of global legal structures and global financial and technological integration on labor markets and on workers. It will examine the oft-noted tension between developed country workers who stand to lose from a race to the bottom in labor standards, and developing country workers who stand to gain by using their comparative advantage in low labor standards. It will explore theoretical approaches to this tension–including insights from trade theory, heterodox economics, and world systems theory. It will also examine empirical studies and country-specific case studies that challenge the implicit assumptions underlying the alleged tension. It will also investigate various theoretical and practical dynamics of cross-border worker organizing and cross-border labor migration.

Kerry Rittich, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Adelle Blackett, McGill University

Vidya Kumar, University of Birmingham

Global Science and Technology Studies (GSTS)

This Stream will focus on the relationships among science, technology, and political power in contemporary societies. It will draw on the field of science and technology studies to help us better understand how the modern state’s capacity to produce and use scientific knowledge influences, and is influenced by, the production and maintenance of political order.

Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School
Andrew Lang, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Ben Hurlbut, Arizona State University
Vesco Paskalev, European University Institute

Human Rights, Global Poverty and Development (HRPD)

As global poverty and North/South inequality become increasing sources of political conflict and humanitarian crisis, human rights is increasingly becoming a normative concept and pragmatic tool for countering it. This stream will survey and critically examine that trend. It will look particularly at how human rights has been invoked to challenge development practices that produce or exacerbate extreme poverty and how international development institutions have incorporated human rights principles in their poverty alleviation initiatives. Throughout the stream we will take a historical and critical perspective to interrogate the efficacy of human rights practices to challenge the underlying geopolitical dynamics that produce and perpetuate global poverty.

Topics might include: scope, distribution, socio-political dynamics of global poverty; history of economic and social rights norms, ideas and UN doctrine; post World War II critical history of major economic development and poverty alleviation theories; overview of major international organizations charged with poverty alleviation (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, UN Development Program); the concept of poverty as a human rights violation; human rights conditionalities on development projects; and the pragmatic use of rights rhetoric and tools to build social movement to fight poverty.

Jeremy Perelman, The Sciences Po Law School
Lucie White, Harvard Law School

Alejandra Azeuro Quijano, Harvard Law School
Mohammad Osama Siddique, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ)

This stream will explore the international human rights framework, its historical debates and contemporary preoccupations. We will consider examples of social justice movements that have deployed, resisted or ignored human rights law and practice in pursuing emancipatory aims. Our goal is to develop better tools to understand how human rights are received, changed or resisted by government and non-governmental actors in different regions. Substantive areas of inquiry may include contemporary anti-violence work, post-conflict reconciliation efforts, and economic and social rights advocacy.

Kamran Ali, University of Texas at Austin
Karen Engle, University of Texas at Austin
Vasuki Nesiah, New York University – The Gallatin School
Ratna Kapur, Jindal Global Law School

Madelaine Chiam, Melbourne Law School
Paul Clark, Garden Court Chambers

International Economic Law and Regulation (IELR)

The contemporary international economy is structured by multilevel governance through diverse regulatory instruments, including domestic public law, international treaties and institutions, private law and private ordering, non-state norms and transnational expertise. This Stream explores theoretical approaches to plural economic governance and examine examples (such as the trade regime or international investment law) that illustrate how transnational /a>economic regulation advances various and sometimes conflicting policy objectives ranging from facilitation of cross-border transactions to local development and social regulation.

Robert Wai, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
Alvaro Santos, Georgetown Law

Sadeq Bigdeli, University of Waikato School of Law
Nicolas Perrone, London School of Economics

International Law / International Relations (ILIR)

This stream will focus on the possibilities for constructive engagement between constructivist and heterodox approaches to international relations in the field of political science and international law. Although the intellectual heritage for these two fields overlap, they differ in their approach to crucial questions. What is “politics”? What does it mean to say that “the state” or “sovereignty” or both must be rethought – and how? In what sense and for what purposes is it useful to speak about an international “system?” In what ways are international relations “constructed” and what role does law have in that process? How are “culture” and “society” and “religion” relevant? We will compare heterodox approaches to these traditional questions by examining classic texts and applying the insights from both fields to contemporary international issues.

Friedrich Kratochwil, Central European University, Department of International Relations and European Studies
Nathaniel Berman, Brown University

Tor Krever, London School of Economics and Political Science
Nikolas Rajkovic, University of Kent Law School

 Islamic Law and Policy (ILP)

This stream explores historical and contemporary forms of  legal thought and governance practices in contemporary Muslim societies from a comparative perspective. The Islamic legal tradition has always been diverse in its roots and implementation, at once religious and secular, local and transnational.  We begin from the proposition that it has continuing relevance for thinking about the full range of contemporary governance and policy issues, and ought not to be treated as either a historical singularity to be recovered or as relevant in only a distinct subset of legal issues, such as those relating to the family, finance or criminal law. Meanwhile, the legal and political thoughts in different Muslim societies are complex and multiple; they should not be seen simply as secular transplants of Western legal institutions from the colonial period, nor are they simply an adherence to an historically or religiously imposed dogmas, especially at a time where Muslim societies exist and interact outside Muslim states, and at the heart of American and European states and legal traditions.  We will investigate different legal and policy issues in Contemporary Muslim Societies, in relation to the challenges of modern global policy and the complex history and present of these societies.  Our goal will be to understand the multiple sites of authority and arenas of conflict in these societies as part of a larger fabric of legal culture and a constituent part of the broader world. Through this investigation our aim will be two fold: a- to highlight the commonality of the experience with other societies with equally intricate and multiple legal tradition, and; b- at the same time, to accentuate the contribution the study of this legal tradition can offer in our understanding of both the theoretical foundation and the practical implications, offering insight into the complex history of the global legal order itself.

Intisar Rabb, New York University School of Law

Noha Aboueldahab, Durham University
Cyra Akila Choudhury, Florida International University
Vanja Hamzic, SOAS, University of London

Legacies of Colonialism for Global Policy (LCGP)

This Stream will explore the history, meaning and significance of unequal encounters in global society. In particular we will ask how we might deepen our understanding of the history of colonialism to enrich our understanding of contemporary patterns of global legal ordering, as well as political-economic ordering. To do this, we will consider how unequal encounters have been conceptualised in and through international law, including in international legal doctrines, theories and institutions, and the impact of those ideas on political economic relations. We will consider too, whether there may be ways of thinking about the ongoing encounters between ‘Europe’, its heirs and what Chatterjee calls ‘most of the world’, which could disrupt, resist and refigure these historically resilient patterns.

Sundhya Pahuja, University of Melbourne Law School
Matt Craven, SOAS University of London

Luis Eslava, University of Melbourne Law School
Rose Parfitt, University of Melbourne Law School

Law and Economic Development (LED)

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.

Jorge Esquirol, Florida International University
Scott Newton, SOAS, University of London

Yugank Goyal, University of Hamburg, Germany
Onur Ince, KOC University