Peace Talks: Global Ungovernance
Fri 26 February 2021
The Political Settlements Research Programme presents:
Explore how un-governance works, what it is good for, its potential downsides, and its implications for programs of institutional change.
Join PSRP, the Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law, and special guests for the launch of a new special issue of Transnational Legal Theory on "global ungovernance", edited at Edinburgh Law School.
We all know by now that legal and institutional change is profoundly complex, deeply political, and impossible to predict. And we keep pursuing it in the face of that knowledge. A new collection of papers, part of a special collection in Transnational Legal Theory, explores whether this tension is not a quirk, but a constitutive feature, of a particular mode of institution-building. Studying the fields from post-conflict peacebuilding, to transitional justice, to environmental governance, the authors identify practices that sustain a commitment to institution-building while simultaneously embracing the impossibility of doing so. These practices lead to institutional irresolution, unsettlement, and provisionality (or forms of "un-governance"). The discussion explores how un-governance works, what it is good for, its potential downsides, and its implications for programs of institutional change.
In this event, contributors to the special issue will speak on various aspects of ungovernance:
- Defining ungovernance
- The ungovernance of peace
- Public law techniques of ungovernance
- Event chair Prof Andrew Lang is Professor of International Law and Global Governance at Edinburgh Law School.
- Prof Christine Bell is Professor of Constitutional Law at Edinburgh Law School and the Director of the Political Settlements Research Programme.
- Dr Deval Desai is Lecturer in International Economic Law at Edinburgh Law School.
- Dr Jan Pospisil is the Research Director of the ASPR and lecturer for political science at the University of Vienna, and a co-investigator at the Political Settlements Research Programme.
The event will consist of a panel discussion followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience. The event will be held on Zoom. Joining instructions will be sent to registered participants.
This event is organised by the Political Settlements Research Programme in collaboration with the Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
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