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Doing Politics Through Transnational Law


at the 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association

Atlanta, 16-19 March, 2016


Panel TD08: Thursday 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Location: tbc


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
Nikolas M. Rajkovic  (Tilburg University): The reconfiguration of space in transnational law
Ian Hurd  (Northwestern University): Shifting boundaries between law and politics




Objects of International Law

with Tanja Aalberts, Geoff Gordon and Wouter Werner 


Tuesday 5 April, 12:00-13:30

venue: Law Faculty /Initium, VU Amsterdam, room: 2A45





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, 12:00-13:30

venue: Law Faculty /Initium, VU Amsterdam, room: 2A47




> PIL talks!

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, 17:15-18:30

venue: Concilium at the Law Faculty, 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, 15:00-16:30

venue: Law Faculty /Initium, VU Amsterdam, room: 2A47





The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer (2015)


Monday 25 April, 16:00-18:30

venue: Law Faculty /Initium, VU Amsterdam, room: 3B52




Event Ethnography

with Ted Baird and Thomas Spijkerboer


Tuesday 10 May, 12:00-13:30

venue: Law Faculty /Initium, VU Amsterdam, room: 2A45




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


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)

discussant: Geoff Gordon (CePTL/VU)

chair: Sahib Singh (University of Helsinki)




Punishment in International Law and Politics

with Wolfgang Wagner and Wouter Werner


Tuesday 10 May, 12:00-13:30

venue: Law Faculty /Initium, VU Amsterdam, room: 2A45




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


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)

chair: Tanja Aalberts (CePTL/VU)





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




limited support for travel expenses is available


We welcome your 300 word abstract at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Deadline: 25 March 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

Panel S44-01: Governing Security: Legal Strategies, Frames and Technologies

Chair: Sofia Stolk (CePTL/VU)
Discussant: Tanja Aalberts (CePTL/VU)


Assembling (non)knowledge: law, security and resistance
Claudia Aradau (King's College London)


Governing Security Beyond Sovereignty: Legal Strategies of Private Security
Patrick Cullen (NUPI)


The production of plunder: Somali piracy in international legal thought
Tor Krever (London School of Economics)


The Force of Transnational Law: EU Crisis Management and the Changing Architects of Legal Rule
Renske Vos (University of Edinburgh/CePTL)


Do New Wars Require New Laws? The difficult task of classifying the armed conflict in Iraq
Amelie Theussen (University of Southern Denmark)



Panel S44-02: Legal Geographies of World Society

Chair: Michelle Farrell (University of Liverpool)
Discussant: Nikolas M. Rajkovic (Tilburg University/CePTL)


Imagining Distance and Locality at the International Criminal Court; maps, movement and landscapes in the Ntaganda case
Sofia Stolk (CePTL/VU)


Jurisdiction, Global Governance, and World Order: Extraterritoriality as an Analytic Framework
Ellen Gutterman (York University/Glendon College, Canada)


The rights to explore Extended Continental Shelves
André Panno Beirão (Brazilian Naval War College, Brazil)


Theorizing Jurisdiction

Gregor Noll (Lund)


Reinventing Territory
Tanja Aalberts (CePTL/VU)



Panel S44-03: Saving the Soul of Human Rights?
Chair: Siobhan Fiona Airey (University of Ottawa)
Discussant: Robert Knox (University of Liverpool)


The Sein and the Sollen of Human Rights
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University/CePTL)


The Algorithmic Codification of Human Rights
Gregor Noll (Lund University)


On the Saving of Bodies and Souls
Itamar Mann (Georgetown University)


Law Beyond "Law": Historical and Political Manifestations of Human Rights between Legal Diplomacy and International Organisation
Steven Jensen (Danish Institute for Human Rights)


How Crimes became Rights: The Codification, Interpretation and Politics of Prohibitions under International Human Rights Law
Michelle Farrell (University of Liverpool)



Paenl S44-04 Global Political Economy of Law

Chair: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen  (Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University/CePTL)
Discussant: Tor Krever, London School of Economics


International Law and the Politics of Hypocrisy
Robert Knox (University of Liverpool)


Laissez Faire Laissez Passer or Laissez Tuer Laissez Mourir: Global Political Economy on the Population Life
Gozde Turan (Bilkent University)


Creating auras of legality - juridical osmosis in the global governance of ODA
Siobhan Fiona Airey (University of Ottawa) 


Global Political Economy of Transnational Law
Nikolas M. Rajkovic  (Tilburg University/CePTL)





Temporalities, Law Security

convenors: 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.


Panel and paper submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying ‘Temporalities, Law & Security’ in the subject line.

The deadline for panel proposals and individual abstracts (300 words maximum) is 1 April 2016


for questions about the section please contact the convenors: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.