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Past Events 2016





Temporalities, Law Security


convenor: Geoff Gordon (CePTL/VU) and Gavin Sullivan (Kent University)


at the conference New Legal Temporalities? Discipline and Resistance Across Domains of Time

at University of Kent, 8 - 10 September 2016


This stream invites contributors to analyse the relations between law and security through a temporal lens. What does it mean to rethink in temporal terms the legal conflicts provoked by security politics? Relevant practices for consideration include, but are not limited to: targeted killings, cybersecurity, communications surveillance, global health security, counter-radicalisation and other counter-terrorism measures. In the context of these practices, we invite interdisciplinary panel and paper investigations into the interrelationship of time, technology and security politics. One line of inquiry concerns how securing against uncertain future threats in the present alters the temporal features of law.  Another asks how law and time operate together to enable security politics in the first place. We welcome proposals asking whether existing and emerging accountability mechanisms adequately respond to speculative security measures.





The Significance of Obscured Practices and Subjects:

Investigating Silences in Transnational Legal Spaces


organised by Sofia Stolk (CePTL/VU) and Renske Vos (CePTL/Edinburgh)

in cooperation with the European International Studies Association

Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Izmir, Turkey, 6 September 2016





The Force of Law in World Society


section chairs: Tanja Aalberts (CePTL/VU) & Nikolas Rajkovic (Tilburg)


Full section description

at the 10th Pan-Europen Conference on International Relations

Izmir, Turkey, 7-10 September 2016

organized by the European International Studies Association



Governing Security: Legal Strategies, Frames and Technologies

Legal Geographies of World Society

Saving the Soul of Human Rights? 

Global Political Economy of Law





Authority and inspiration: Investigating liminal practices of international law


organised by Geoff Gordon (CePTL/VU)

at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association

New Orleans, June 2 - 5, 2016


discussant: Geoff Gordon (CePTL/VU)

chair: Sahib Singh (University of Helsinki)


participants: Lianne Boer (CePTL/VU); Amin Parsa (Lund University); Nikolas Rajkovic (Tilburg University/CePTL); Surabhi Ranganathan (Cambridge); Sofia Stolk (CePTL/VU); Renske Vos (CePTL/University of Edinburgh)





Authority and desperation: Reflections on liminal practices

organised by Geoff Gordon (CePTL/VU)

at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association

New Orleans, June 2 - 5, 2016


chair: Tanja Aalberts (CePTL/VU)

participants: Geoff Gordon (CePTL/VU); Marieke de Hoon (CePTL/VU); Philip Liste (University of Hamburg); Sahib Singh (University of Helsinki); Immi Tallgren (University of Helsinki)





Event Ethnography


with Ted Baird and Thomas Spijkerboer

Tuesday 10 May, VU Amsterdam





Punishment in International Law and Politics


with Wolfgang Wagner and Wouter Werner

Tuesday 10 May, VU Amsterdam





The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer (2015)

Monday 25 April, VU Amsterdam





Whatever Happened to Solidarity and Humanity in the European Project?


with pitches by Gareth Davies (professor of European Union Law) and Tasniem Anwar (LPIS)

Thursday 14 April, VU Amsterdam

for further information, see PIL talks!





Artificial islands, Artificial Highways and Pirates: 
Competing Visions of the World from the South China Sea to the Somali Coast (abstract)


with Edwin Bikundo (Griffith University)

Monday 11 April, VU Amsterdam





Structures of International Legal Argumentation in Theory and Practice 


with Jean d'Aspremont (Manchester University)

discussants: Gareth Davies and Wouter Werner (CePTL/VU)

organized in cooperation with the Centre for European Legal Studies


Friday 8 April, VU Amsterdam





Objects of International Law


with Tanja Aalberts, Geoff Gordon and Wouter Werner 

Tuesday 5 April, VU Amsterdam





We come as Friends by Hubert Sauper (2014)


Wednesday 30 March, VU Amsterdam





Doing Politics Through Transnational Law


at the 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association

Atlanta, 16-19 March 2016


How does law create political agency? This question has once more become pertinent due to some foundational changes in international law. The rise of a transnational field has challenged several foundational categories of international law and opened up new ways of doing politics. Examples can be found in different fields, from the rise of managerial structures in environmental law, the role of experts in trade and investment law, the creation of ‘world legislation ‘by the Security Council or the phenomenon of terrorist listing by private, national, regional and supranational bodies. Understanding the politics of law today requires a rethinking of some fundamental legal categories and distinctions. In this round table we focus on some of these changes, examining the different forms politics that they engender.


with contributions by:


Wouter G. Werner  (CePTL/VU) [chair]: The Politics of Transnational Law

Shirley Scott  (University of New South Wales): Novel forms of law-making

Marieke De Goede  (University of Amsterdam): New objects in transnational law

Mikael Rask Madsen  (University of Copenhagen): New subjects in transnational law

Nik Rajkovic  (Tilburg University): The reconfiguration of space in transnational law

Ian Hurd  (Northwestern University): Shifting boundaries between law and politics





Narco Cultura by Shaul Schwarz


Monday 29 Februari, VU Amsterdam





The Legal Basis for Using Force in Syria:

The Role of Law in Political Decision-Making on Military Missions


with pitches by Wouter Werner (CePTL/VU), Paul Aarts (UvA) and Andrew Merrylees (student VU/UvA)


Thursday 11 February, VU Amsterdam






The Law in these Parts


Thursday 4 Februari, VU Amsterdam