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Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context holds first International Dialogue with Erasmus Law School


QMUL's Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) is developing a number of international collaborations with related research hubs across the world. The first of these is with the Erasmus Law School, at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Co-organised by Dr Maks Del Mar, Co-Director of the CLSGC, and Professor Sanne Taekema at Erasmus Law School, the collaboration will be inaugurated with the CLSGC-Erasmus Rotterdam Dialogue, on 25 November 2016, and held in Rotterdam. The theme for the dialogue is 'Varieties of Consequential Reasoning and the Rule of Law: Theory and Institutional Contexts'.

The format involves members of both schools presenting, with Dr Noam Gur and Professor Phoebe Okowa joining Dr Del Mar as representatives of QMUL. It is anticipated that the CLSGC will host the next dialogue with Erasmus Law School in London next year.

Dr Del Mar said, ‘This is the first of a series of annual seminars between the CLSGC and Erasmus Law School. We have many research interests in common, including questions concerning the methodology of legal studies in a global context, legal reasoning and adjudication in circumstances of legal pluralism, the protection of human rights in Europe, and the prospect of the rule of law globally. We already have a number of links together – for instance, Professor Wibren van der Burg from Erasmus is a Visiting Professor with us – and we look forward to building them further.’

The theme for this year’s dialogue:

Legal decision-makers and judges frame their judgments in terms of the legal order they work with. Usually, this means that their decisions are argued for on the basis of the existing legal norms. However, these decisions do not only look back, they also have consequences for the future. This workshop will consider the forward-looking aspects of legal decision-making: in what ways do legal decision-makers, and judges in particular, refer to and consider future consequences in their reasoning? More particularly, the focus of the workshop is on tracing the relationship between different types of consequences that play a role in legal reasoning and how consequential reasoning relates to the rule of law. Learn more about the event.



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