Global Corporations and International Law

PhD/Early Career Researcher Workshop
15 – 16 December 2022, Cambridge, UK

Organised by Professors Sundhya Pahuja (Melbourne, Laureate Program in Global Corporations and International Law) and Surabhi Ranganathan (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge))

Proposals Due by 19 October 2022

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Professor Sundhya Pahuja has recently launched a major, multi-year collaborative research program on Global Corporations and International Law. This program is designed to rethink how we understand the company-state-international law relationship.  It has historical and contemporary dimensions, as well as empirical and conceptual dimensions.

The purpose of this workshop is to begin to think together about how the research questions international lawyers ask might change if we started with the company/corporation. We invite participants to give a short, exploratory presentation which takes your current research, locates a company or corporation within it, and tells the story from that point.

Proposals are invited for short presentations on any aspect of the intersection of international law and the corporation. The task is to offer a narrative in a way which centres on or starts with the company or corporation, rather than with other entities such as the state or international organisations, for instance. We encourage proposals from other disciplines that engage with this approach and research questions that centre international law and the corporation.

Presentations will be short, a maximum of 10 minutes.  Early stage  and exploratory work is welcome.  PhD candidates and early career scholars are specifically invited to present.  A number of PhD students from the University of Melbourne Law School will also present their work. A selection of senior scholars will be present and will engage with the presentations and the questions which arise.  As well as Sundhya Pahuja and Surabhi Ranganathan, they will include Dan Danielsen (Northeastern), Jason Jackson (MIT), Grietje Baars (City), Shaun McVeigh (MLS) and Margaret Young (MLS).

To express interest in presenting, please send a one page proposal comprising a short abstract of your research and a half page bio by email to LP-GCIL@unimelb.edu.au by 19 October with ‘Cambridge Workshop 2022’ in the subject line.  If you are not an early career researcher or PhD candidate but would like to attend, please do get in touch.

This is a local workshop designed to focus on scholars based in the UK, alongside scholars from the Melbourne Law School.  We plan to host future  workshops in other regions of the world .  There is no registration fee, and food over the two days will be provided, but there is no general travel support available. There is no online/hybrid element at this workshop, though future events may be online .

The workshop, Professor Pahuja’s visit, and the participation of MLS Faculty and PhD students are supported by the ARC Laureate Program in Global Corporations and International Law, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, a Cambridge Law Faculty - Melbourne Law School Partnership Grant, the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, and the Leverhulme Foundation.