Sociological Inquiries into International Law
London School of Economics
16-17 May 2014



Venue: Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, Houghton St.
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Travel: The venue is a short walk from the recommended hotels. For those travelling via public transport, instructions can be found here:
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact in the first instance Gosia Brown,, copying the conference organizers.
Registration: Participants and moderators do not have to register. Space is limited, but if you wish to attend this conference, please contact Gosia Brown at the above email address for registration information.
Internet: Wireless internet access for visitors to the LSE is via Eduroam only. Participants may need to organise Eduroam account details with their own institutions prior to arrival.

Friday 16 May 2014

9.00 Coffee
9.30 Opening and Welcome
9.45 Keynote Speakers: Sociological & Anthropological Analysis of International Law

Derek Jinks (University of Texas, Austin), ‘Analytical Sociology and International Law’
Annelise Riles (Cornell University), ‘Diplomacy and Its Others: The Case of Korean Comfort Women’
Stephen Toope (University of British Columbia), ‘Interactional International Law’ [paper (.doc)]

Moderator: Christine Chinkin (LSE)

11.15-11.45 Coffee
11.45 Constructivism and International Communities

Sungjoon Cho (Chicago-Kent), ‘The World Trade Community’ [paper (.pdf)]
Mor Mitrani (Hebrew U), ‘Is there an International Community?: Between Legal, Political and Discursive Ontologies’ [paper (.pdf)]
Moshe Hirsch (Hebrew U), ‘Collective Memory and International Law’
Wolfgang Alschner (IHEID), ‘Investment Treaty Design and the Neglected Role of Social Determinants’ [paper (.pdf)]

Moderator: Stephen Toope (University of British Columbia)

13.15 Lunch
14.15 The Sociology of International Adjudication

Mikael Madsen (Copenhagen), ‘Understanding International Law and Courts from the Perspective of Reflexive Sociology [paper (.pdf)]
Harlan Grant Cohen (Georgia), ‘The Sociology of International Precedent’ [paper (.docx)]
Tommaso Soave (IHEID), ‘Institutional, Political, and Epistemic Biases in International Adjudication’ [paper (.pdf)]
Mikkel Jarle Christensen (Copenhagen), ‘Bringing the World to Justice: The Emerging Field of International Prosecution’ [paper (.docx)]

Moderator: Linda Mulcahy (LSE)

15.45-16.15 Coffee
16.15 Knowledge practices and expertise

Andrew Lang (LSE), ‘Governing ‘as if’’ [paper (.docx)]
Ron Levi (Toronto U), ‘Operational Context, Expertise, and the Spaces Between Fields in International Criminal Law’ [paper (.pdf)]
Deval Desai (SOAS), ‘Context as an Organizing Principle for the Rule of Law Field’ [paper (.docx)]
Rene Urueña (Universidad de Los Andes), ‘International Law as Expertise: Transitional Justice as Expert Knowledge in Colombia’ [paper (.pdf)]

Moderator: Susan Marks (LSE)

19.00 Dinner for Speakers

Saturday 17 May 2014

8.45 Coffee and Breakfast
9.00 Cultural Toolkits, Symbolic Structures

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce (SOAS), ‘Beyond Mere Symbolism: Symbolic Power in International Trade Politics’ [paper (.pdf)]
Nicolas Lamp (LSE), ‘Narrative and Legal Technique in International Trade Lawmaking’  [paper (.doc)]
Alexis Galán (EUI), ‘Law as Toolkit’: A Sociology of Culture Approach to International Law’ [paper (.docx)]
Moderator: Derek Jinks (University of Texas, Austin)

10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00 The Postnational Constitutionalism and Beyond

Gregory Shaffer (Minnesota), ‘Transnational Legal Orders’ [paper (.docx)]
Joseph Conti (Wisconsin), ‘The Problem of Authority in International Affairs and Law’ [paper (.pdf)]
Michael Fakhri (Oregon), ‘Expanding Institutional Understandings of International Trade Law’ [paper (.pdf)]
Moderator: Chris Thomas (LSE)

12.30 Lunch
13.30 Culture, Institutions & Economy

Fiona Smith (UCL), ‘‘Food’ in the World Trade Organization’ [paper (.docx)]
Ljiljana Biukovic (UBC), ‘The Colour of Money of International Investments: Selective Adaptation of International Rules on Protection of Rights of Foreign Investors’ [paper (.pdf)]
Valentina Vadi (Lancaster University), ‘The Sociology of International Cultural Law’

Moderator: Annelise Riles (Cornell University)

15.00 Concluding remarks

Andrew Lang (LSE), Moshe Hirsch (Hebrew U) & Sungjoon Cho (Chicago-Kent)