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Dr Grietje Baars

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Background

Dr Grietje Baars' main research interests lie in the political economy of international law and law & ideology. They are interested in the nature and (distributive, ideological) effects of corporate power in global society, for example in a study of regulation and resistance in the global value chain. Together with André Spicer of Cass Business School they run 'The Critical Corporation', a multidisciplinary research, seminar and book project. They also work on gender and queer theory, (post)colonialism, the ideological power and emancipatory potential of law, and the interconnectedness of liberation struggles.

Grietje Baars joined The City Law School in September 2011 and is the module leader of the LL.B1 core module Criminal Law, the LL.M courses International Law and the Global Economy and International Human Rights in Law and Practice as well as the LL.B3 elective International Arbitration. They previously taught public international law at the University of East London and University College London.

Grietje is a regular docent/junior faculty member for the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy Global and Regional Workshops and a member of the Corporation & Global Society, Law & the Structures of Global Production and Queer Critical Legal Studies research groups. They have held visiting scholarships at Das Franz-von-Liszt-Institute for International Criminal Law, Humboldt University, Berlin, the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Cegla Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University and the Institute of Law, Birzeit University.

Grietje's first degree is in English Literature (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and Harting Scholarship at UCL). After converting to law they qualified as a solicitor into the commercial department of City firm Bird & Bird in 2002 before moving to Habitat UK as an in-house solicitor. They gained an LL.M in Public International Law from UCL in 2004 and their PhD (UCL, 2012) was entitled "Lawyers Congealing Capitalism: On the (im)possibility of using international criminal law to restrain business in conflict".

Grietje has combined their academic work with several years of legal practice in the human rights and international humanitarian law fields, most recently as a member of the secretariat for the Fact-finding Mission on Gaza led by Justice Goldstone. They also co-founded a human rights and IHL Clinic at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, served as the legal advisor to Swedish NGO Diakona (Middle East Office) and have lectured widely on IHL, Israel/Palestine, international criminal law, and the human and economic aspects of conflict.

Qualifications

  1. PhD, University College London, London, United Kingdom
  2. LLM, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Languages

Dutch; Flemish (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), French (can read, write, speak and understand spoken) and German (can read, write, speak and understand spoken).

Research

PhD supervision

Dr Baars welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students in the areas of international law including (critical, feminist, postcolonial, queer) theory of international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law (including human rights practice and civil society), and any topics relating to the corporation, including corporate crime, corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, corporate colonialism and corporations and global governance, as well as gender and queer (legal) theory in domestic or comparative law perspectives.

Research Students

Name
Simge Haznedaroglu
Thesis Title
Analysis of the policy influences behind Turkey’s latest corporate governance reforms from a socio-legal perspective
Further Information
Co-supervised by Prof. Anastasia Nesvetailova, SSAS
Name
Simge Haznedaroglu
Name
Neshat Safari
Thesis Title
A Comparative study of derivative suits in the United States and United Kingdom: two different approaches toward the role of derivative suits
Further Information
Neshat Safari

Publications

  1. (2016). The role of law in global value chains: a research manifesto. London Review of International Law, 4(1), pp. 57–79. doi:10.1093/lril/lrw003.
  2. Baars, G. (2016). ‘It’s not me, it’s the corporation’: the value of corporate accountability in the global political economy. London Review of International Law, 4(1), pp. 127–163.

Book

  1. Baars, G. and Spicer, A. (2017). The Corporation A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-07311-1.

Chapters (5)

  1. Baars, G. (2017). Capital, corporate citizenship and legitimacy: The ideological force of ‘corporate crime’ in international law. In Baars, G. and Spicer, A. (Eds.), The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook (pp. 419–433). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Baars, G. and Spicer, A. (2017). Introduction: Why the Corporation? In Baars, G. and Spicer, A. (Eds.), The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook (pp. 1–17). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Baars, G. (2015). From the Dutch East India Company to the Corporate Bill of Rights: corporations and international law. In Mattei, U. and Haskell, J. (Eds.), Research Handbook on Political Economy and Law (pp. 260–279). Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78100-534-7.
  4. Baars, G. (2014). The Making of an International Criminal Law. In Schwöbel, C. (Ed.), Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law (pp. 196–218). Oxford: Routledge.
  5. Baars, G. (2013). Capitalism's victor's Justice? The hidden story of the prosecution of industrialists post-WWll. In Heller, K.J. and Simpson, G. (Eds.), Hidden histories of war crimes trials ISBN 978-0-19-967114-4.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (8)

  1. Baars, G. (2011). The Erez Terminal/The Beit Hanoun Crossing. The Phenomenology of Global Order: Inquiries into the Materiality of International Law 7 September, SOAS Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law, University of London.
  2. Baars, G. (2011). Law: Congealed capitalism or a site for class struggle? Law's emancipatory potential examined. Der Kampf urns Recht 1-3 September, Zweiter Kongress der deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie­ Vereinigungen, University of Vienna.
  3. Baars, G. (2010). Capitalism's victor's justice? The hidden story of the prosecution of industrialists post-WWII and subsequently. Untold Stories: Hidden histories of war crimes trials 14-16 October, University of Melbourne.
  4. Baars, G. (2010). Business and human rights: marketized compliance or compliance with the market? International Law Association British Branch Annual Conference 15-16 April, Oxford Brookes University.
  5. Baars, G. (2010). Rage against the business machine: civil society vs the individual corporate actor. Socializing economic relationships- new perspectives and methods for analysing transnational risk regulation 15-16 April, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University.
  6. Baars, G. (2006). International Law and the Encoding of Empire's Privatisation. Critical Approaches to International Law Conference "The Force of International Law" 15-17 May, Birkbeck College, London.
  7. Baars, G. (2006). The liability of corporations in International Criminal Law: Applying concepts of international law and corporate theory. International Law Association British Branch Annual Conference 3-4 March, UCL/SOAS, London.
  8. Baars, G. (2005). The Enforcement of International Law on Corporations Operating in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories. The Question of Palestine in International Law 26-27 November, SOAS, London.

Journal Articles (13)

  1. (2016). The role of law in global value chains: a research manifesto. London Review of International Law, 4(1), pp. 57–79. doi:10.1093/lril/lrw003.
  2. Baars, G. (2016). ‘It’s not me, it’s the corporation’: the value of corporate accountability in the global political economy. London Review of International Law, 4(1), pp. 127–163.
  3. Baars, G. (2014). Remarks on Andrew Lang's World Trade Law After Neo-Liberalism. SOCIAL & LEGAL STUDIES, 23(3), pp. 433–436.
  4. Baars, G. (2011). 'Reform or Revolt?' Polanyian v Marxian perspectives on the regulation of 'the economic'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 62(4), pp. 415–431.
  5. Baars, G. (2010). Palestinian political prisoners: Unfair game for Israel's persecution. Adalah Newsletter, 68 .
  6. Baars, G. (2007). Corrie et al. v Caterpillar: Litigating Corporate Complicity in Israeli Violations of International Law in the U.S. Courts. Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, 12, pp. 97–134.

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  7. Baars, G. (2006). Review of Dine, J.: Corporations, International Trade and Human Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2005. International Trade Law and Regulation, 12(1) .
  8. Baars, G. (2005). Review of Cho, S.: Free Markets and Social Regulation: A Reform Agenda of the Global Trading System, Toward a New International Economic Law, Kluwer, 2002. International Trade Law and Regulation, 15(4), pp. 68–69.
  9. Baars, G. (2004). Review of Sherwyn, D. and M.Yelnosky (eds.): NYU Selected Essays On Labor And Employment Issues, Volume 2, Kluwer Law International. International Company and Commercial Law Review, 15(4), pp. 123–124.
  10. Baars, G. (2003). The topless temptation: Can editors resist destroying self-Regulation? Privacy and Data Protection, 3.7(7) .
  11. Baars, G. (2003). Grasping at nettles- an analysis of The Douglas v Hello! case. Privacy and Data Protectionn, 3.5(7) .
  12. Baars, G. (2003). Privacy 2002 - A Review Of UK Case Law. Privacy and Data Protection, 3.3(12) .
  13. Baars, G. (2003). Review of Matsushita, M. T. Schoenbaum, P. Mavroidis: The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice
    And Policy.
    International Company and Commercial Law Review, 14(10), p. 333.

Practitioners (3)

  1. (2003). The topless temptation: Can editors resist destroying self-Regulation? Privacy and Data Protection
  2. (2003). Grasping at nettles- an analysis of The Douglas v Hello! case. Privacy and Data Protection
  3. (2003). Privacy 2002 - A Review Of UK Case Law. Privacy and Data Protection

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (16)

  1. Gender, Inc. Roskilde University, Denmark (2014).
    Description: Closing Plenary Comments
  2. “Corporate Power in Global Society: Explication, Critique, Engagement, Resistance”. Harvard Institute of Global Law & Policy (2014).
    Description: June 2, 2014: “Corporate Power in Global Society: Explication, Critique, Engagement, Resistance” Convened by Grietje Baars (City Law School, City University London) Dennis Davis (High Court of Cape Town), Dan Danielsen (Northeastern University School of Law) and Andre Spicer (Cass Business School, City University London). Increasingly, concerns are expressed regarding “corporate power” – both in the general media and in scholarly writing. In this one-day interdisciplinary conference hosted by the IGLP Corporation in Global Society research group (in collaboration with The Critical Corporation Project, City University London) we interrogated this notion of “corporate power.” We accepted proposals from scholars working in law, political economy, economics, sociology, management, cultural studies, anthropology and other disciplines who sought a serious engagement with the questions posed. A selection of the papers presented will be published in a journal special issue.
  3. New Directions in Global Thought, Institute for Global Law and Policy. Harvard University (2013).
    Description: "Capital, corporate personhood and legitimacy: The ideological force of 'corporate crime' in international law"
  4. Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (2013).
    Description: "Capital, corporate personhood and legitimacy: The ideological force of 'corporate crime' in international law"
  5. Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law Conference Research Network. Liverpool (2012).
    Description: "Lawyers Congealing Capitalism: 'Accountability', 'Commodified Morality' and the Making of an International Criminal Law"
  6. Weighs Like a Nightmare The HM 2012 Ninth Annual Conference. London, UK (2012).
    Description: "'International Human Rights Law' in the struggle of/for Gaza: A useful tool or a deceptive trap?"
  7. Gardens of justice, Critical Legal Conference 2012. Stockholm (2012).
    Description: "The new anti-lawyers: On the emergence of new 'anarcho-communist' writing in international law"
  8. Glasgow Conversations in International Law symposium. University of Glasgow Law School (2011).
    Description: Discussant on the theme: international economic law and its relationship with the law of international human rights. The main speakers included Andrew Lang (LSE), Chantal Thomas (Cornell University), and Emilios Christodoulidis (Glasgow). Paavo Kotiaho (University of Helsinki), Robert Knox (LSE), and Christian Tams (Glasgow) were the other discussants.
  9. The Phenomenology of Global Order: Inquiries into the Materiality of International Law. place SOAS Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law, University of London (2011).
    Description: "The Erez Terminal/The Beit Hanoun Crossing"
  10. Der Kampf urns Recht. Zweiter Kongress der deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie¬ Vereinigungen, University of Vienna (2011).
    Description: "Law: Congealed capitalism or a site for class struggle? Law's emancipatory potential examined"
  11. Untold Stories: Hidden histories of war crimes trials. University of Melbourne (2010).
    Description: "Capitalism's victor's justice? The hidden story of the prosecution of industrialists post-WWII and subsequently"
  12. International Law Association British Branch Annual Conference. Oxford Brookes University (2010).
    Description: "Business and human rights: marketized compliance or compliance with the market?"
  13. Socializing economic relationships- new perspectives and methods for analysing transnational risk regulation. Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University (2010).
    Description: "Rage against the business machine: civil society vs the individual corporate actor"
  14. Critical Approaches to International Law Conference "The Force of International Law". Birkbeck College, London (2006).
    Description: "International Law and the Encoding of Empire's Privatisation"
  15. International Law Association British Branch Annual Conference. UCL/SOAS, London (2006).
    Description: "The liability of corporations in International Criminal Law: Applying concepts of international law and corporate theory"
  16. The Question of Palestine in International Law. SOAS, London (2005).
    Description: "The Enforcement of International Law on Corporations Operating in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories"

Online Articles (4)

  1. Review of Dine, J.: Corporations, International Trade and Human Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2005. International Trade Law and RegulationVol. 6, No. 1
  2. Review of Cho, S.: Free Markets and Social Regulation: A Reform Agenda of the Global Trading System, Toward a New International Economic Law, Kluwer, 2002. International Trade Law and RegulationVol. 15, No. 4, pp. 68-69
  3. Review of Sherwyn, D. and M.Yelnosky (eds.): NYU Selected Essays On Labor And Employment Issues, Volume 2, Kluwer Law International. International Company and Commercial Law ReviewVol. 15, No. 4, pp. 123-124
  4. Review of Matsushita, M. T. Schoenbaum, P. Mavroidis: The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice And Policy. International Company and Commercial Law ReviewVol. 10, No. 4, pp. 333

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