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Centre for Small States Inaugural Conference: 'Small States in a Legal World'

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7 September 2015

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Queen Mary University of London, WC2A 3JB

The aim of the conference is to launch the Centre for Small States as the home for research and learning into the legal issues facing small states (defined as those states with a population of 1.5m or less).  The Centre for Small States also includes within its remit some territories that are not classified as states as a matter of international law, yet are sufficiently geographically and culturally distinct entities to be worthy of study in their own right such as the British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories).

Keynote Panel

Confirmed Speakers

Topics for discussion will include ethics in small jurisdictions, the challenges of mixed legal systems in small states, small states as tax havens, and intellectual property issues.

Call for papers

We have a small number of spaces for additional speakers. We welcome contributions on any aspect of the legal situation of small states, be it public or private law. Please send your abstract of 300-400 words to Dr Caroline Morris and Dr Petra Butler by 15 June 2015.  Decisions regarding inclusion in the conference programme will be sent by 30 June 2015.


For directions please refer to the map.

How to Book

To register, please visit the Queen Mary e-shop page.

Registration fees: 

  • £50 – General Registration
  • £30 – Half Day Registration
  • £10 – Student Registration

If you encounter any problems registering, please contact

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