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Comparative Methodologies and Global Law




Speakers: Veronika Fikfak, University of Cambridge, Liora Lazarus, Universty of Oxford, Jacco Bomhoff, London School of Economics, Elizabeth O’Loughlin, City Law School (Chair)

Series: Whose Global Law? Comparative, Regional and Methodological Lenses

The process of globalisation has fundamentally changed the purpose and remit of international law, fuelling a mounting interaction between international and domestic law and politics. The world order, and by extension the reach and limit of public authority, is increasingly globalised, privatised, and individualised, as a multitude of actors (state, non-state, public, private, individuals) now operate and make meaningful contributions to the legal and political world. In connection with this process of globalisation, the question arose whether a notion of ‘global law’ had arisen, giving rise to a convergence of agreed standards, practices, and values.  Comparative scholarship has played a key role in identifying, affirming, or disregarding the existence and development of globally converged norms. This event reflects on that contribution from a methodological perspective. How should country samples be selected for study, and why? Should we measure similarity, or difference? This panel hears from leading scholars with experience in comparison from empirical, doctrinal, and theoretical perspectives.

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6.00pm - 7.30pmTuesday 18th June 2019

AG01 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom