Law and Polity Launch Conference

The Law and Polity Project was launched with a high-level conference in late 2016, inviting leading European and global speakers both in (various versions and dimensions of) the state legal tradition and in each of these three categories of challenge – polity nesting, domain specialization and legal disembedding – to develop their understanding of the key processes at work and to address the various challenges to the understanding of the global role of law set out above.

Like the project itself, the launch conference aimed to connect a group of scholars who, for the most part, do not typically talk to each other – public lawyers and private lawyers, domestic lawyers and international lawyers, doctrinal lawyers and legal theorists, contemporary lawyers and legal historians, critical lawyers and constructivists – but who hold many matters of common or overlapping interest in their broader intellectual agendas.

The conference papers were divided into four sections corresponding to the four major themes introduced above – (1) the state tradition in the connection of law and polity, (2) polity nesting, (3) domain specialization (4) legal disembedding – though overlap and continuity of discussion is both anticipated and encouraged.

The proceedings of the launch conference will be published as a special issue of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I*CON) in late 2018.