Coming PILAGG Seminars

CANCELLED FRIDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2015: Prof. Neil Walker (Edinburgh Law School)

  • “Global Law and Global Justice: The Gap” (see previous post).
  • Discussant: Prof. David Kinley


FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER 2015: Prof. Gunther Teubner (Frankfurt University)

  • The Anonymous Matrix: Human Rights Violations by “Private” Transnational Actors.
  • Do fundamental rights obligate not only States, but also private transnational actors? Since violations of fundamental rights stem from the totalising tendencies of partial rationalities, there is no longer any point in seeing the horizontal effect as if rights of private actors have to be weighed up against each other. On one side of the human rights relation is no longer a private actor as the fundamental-rights violator, but the anonymous matrix of an autonomised communicative medium. On the other side, the fundamental rights are divided into three dimensions: Firstly institutional rights protecting the autonomy of social discourses – art, science, religion – against their subjugation by the totalising tendencies of the communicative matrix; secondly personal rights protecting the autonomy of communication, attributed not to institutions, but to the social artefacts called ‘persons’; and thirdly human rights as negative bounds on societal communication, where the integrity of individuals’ body and mind is endangered.
  • Paper: (if you can’t download the paper, please send an email to / the paper will also be sent soon in the email announcing the seminar)
  • Discussant: Prof. Pier-Giuseppe Monateri



FRIDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2016: Prof. Peer Zumbansen (King’s College)

  • “Unpacking a ‘Not-yet-case’: FIFA as a transnational legal problem: litigation, advocacy and norm-creation”
  • The presentation will, in its first part, explore the promise and challenge of adding “transnational law” to the existing canon of legal doctrinal fields, on the one hand, and legal theories, on the other. In the second part, it will use the current scandal around corruption and labour rights violations by FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, to discuss practical consequences of understanding law “as transnational”.
  • Discussant: Jacco Bornhoff
  • In preparation of the discussion: What lies before, behind and beneath a case? Five minutes on transnational lawyering and the consequences for Legal Education, Prof. Zumbansen,


FRIDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2016: (date subject to change): Prof. Hans van Loon (Former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law)

  • The international protection of migrants and PIL (TBD)


FRIDAY 11th MARCH: Prof. David Restrepo Amariles (HEC)

  • Topic TBD


FRIDAY 22nd APRIL 2016: Antonio Marzal (Sorbonne Law School)

  • Conflict of Laws as an Analytical Tool


FRIDAY 13th MAY 2016: Prof. Katja Langenbucher (Frankfurt University / Sciences Po)

  • On Law Making for Financial Markets


FRIDAY 20th MAY 2016: Prof. Joel Bakan (University of British Columbia):

  • The Invisible Hand of Law: Private Regulation and the Rule of Law
  • The early 1980s— when “politics and ideology . . . turned arse-over-tit,” as E.P. Thompson once described it— was, in the less colorful language of David Harvey, a “revolutionary turning point in the world’s social and economic history.” Law was not immune to the sweeping changes taking place. Until the 1980s, and over the previous half century, law had served (albeit unevenly and incompletely) as the main institutional vehicle for policing corporations in aid of public interests, thereby protecting people, communities, and the environment from corporate excess and malfeasance. Over the course of the 1980s and thereafter, however, law’s protective role began to diminish, and privately promulgated voluntary regimes (hereinafter “private regulation”) emerged in its place. Importantly, no such diminishment occurred in relation to law’s parallel and prominent role in protecting corporations and their interests. Here, state legal regimes continued to operate as robustly as ever; incorporate companies; establish their mandates; protect their rights as “persons”; shield their managers, directors, and shareholders from legal liability; compel their officers to prioritize their “best interests” (typically construed as increasing shareholder value); articulate and enforce their contract and property rights; and repress dissidents and protesters who opposed their growing power. Corporations— indeed, corporate capitalism— could not exist without these legal foundations and supports, which taken together represent a massive infusion of state legal power into society. Despite that massive infusion, many private regulation advocates and commentators presume that globalization eviscerates state legal power, and prescribe, on that basis, that private regimes should take law’s place.
  • Paper:

PILAGG PROGRAM 2015: The theoretical framework




The emergence of a global legal paradigm upsets assumptions/fictions developed within the modern, Westphalian model, which takes the law to be a self-contained, stable and coherent system and designs its method(s) accordingly. To what extent, then do comparative and internationalist perspectives provide plausible alternative legal methodology(ies) within an emerging “global legal paradigm”? Paying critical attention to law in global context is likely to constitute a “dangerous method” with respect to its subversive and emancipatory potential.


Competing, diffuse, post-Westphalian forms of authority and correlative displacements of power to non-state actors are difficult to capture in legal terms.  Is it possible to take seriously – whether to legitimize, challenge, or govern – new, diffuse and disorderly expressions of authority and normativity which do not necessarily fit traditional forms of legal knowledge, nor respond to familiar methods of legal reasoning? While private international law seems to deny the adequacy of legal pluralism, either to assess legitimacy of such claims or to solve conflicts between them, what are the alternative accounts of informal law (s) beyond the state?


Law’s status as (empirical) social science, repeatedly mooted then rejected in the name of its “internal” or dogmatic perspective, is arguably the most significant methodological debate in its modern history. But what is it about globalization which makes the need for interdisciplinarity resurface today in view of rethinking legal method? Is global law a relevant object of inquiry for the social sciences? Can the methods of private international law help frame a common problematic?


To what extent can the “idiom of coproduction”, developed within science and technology studies, be brought to bear in order to understand (demystify) the relationship between law and supposedly external or non-legal phenomena such as markets, scientific facts, or the internet, by showing up the importance of social choice? What are the implications for the governance of global spaces, which are in the traditional remit of private international law?


What does law as cultural knowledge mean beyond the state? Is standardization/pateurization of legal knowledge inevitable in this context? Is there any room for the idea of cultural community beyond the state? Private international law has stood until now for the protection of cultural difference as among national cultures. How does globalization, with increased interaction with non-Western traditions which rely on customary, indigenous or religious laws, affect  its traditional perspective?


The genealogy and geography of legal traditions are the focus of new critical approaches to comparative law and global legal history(ies).  Several of these have turned to other types of knowledge (for instance, aesthetics) as resistance to the increasing standardization of legal space beyond the state in the wake of the quantitative turn and the dominance of economics. To what extent are they helpful in understanding the vocabularies and ideologies of global law? To what extent does the global turn involve a revival of pre-modern methods of private international law, within a discipline which is said to thrive on historical cycles of decline and renewal?


Private international law pre-existed the emergence of the modern state. Arguably however, it did not appear as a discipline before the latter part of the XIXth century. As such, its content was predominantly methodological and rested upon a specific epistemology which linked it on the one hand to the vision of the international legal order carried by its public international counterpart, on the other to a particular (essentially continental) understanding of private law. Today, its methods are challenged both by the rise of the global, and by the constitutional/human rights turn. Can it/should it survive as a discipline?

PILAGG – Workshop Series Spring 2013

PILAGG Workshop Series – Spring Semester 2012/2013

PILAGG announces its new Workshop series for the Spring Semester 2012/2013 which will start in February at the Law School of the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po).

Speakers and subjects for the Spring 2013 will be:

  • Workshop I: Fri 22nd February, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

PIL and legal theory: A renewal?

Benoît FRYDMAN (Brussels)



  • Workshop II: Fri 22nd March, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Global Commons

 Makane MBENGUE (Geneva)

Stefano RODOTÀ (Rome)

Bram VAN DER EEM (Amsterdam)


  • Workshop III: Fri 19th April, 12:30pm – 2:30pm


Anu BRADFORD (New York)

Charles GOSME (SPLS)

Karine PARROT (Paris)

Veerle VAN DEN EECKHOUT (Leiden)



  • Colloque d’arbitrage de Sciences Po: le lundi 27 mai

L’arbitrage international et le droit de l’Union européenne : un dialogue constructif ou une collision inévitable ? 

George A. BERMANN (New York)


Catherine KESSEDJIAN (Paris)


Amphi Leroy-Beaulieu, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, Paris 7e – 17:00 – 19:00


  • PILAGG Final Meeting: Fri 31st May (programme forthcoming)

PILAGG Year 2 – New Workshop Series



PILAGG Workshop Series – Fall Semester 2012/2013

PILAGG announces its new Workshop series for the Fall Semester 2012/2013 which will start in early October at the Law School of the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po).

Speakers and subjects for the Fall 2012 will be:

  • Thu 4th October (doctoral workshop):  Katja LAGENBUCHER (Frankfurt) – “Some lessons from the crisis – does the law set the right incentives for board composition and liability in financial institutions?”  – room A12, 27, rue St Guillaume, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Fri 5th October: Horatia MUIR WATT (SPLS) – “The extraterritoriality issue in the KIOBEL case. What’s at stake in the new (1st October) hearing before the US Supreme Court?” – room J208, 13, rue de l’Université, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Thu 11th October (doctoral workshop): Darrem ISOM (San Francisco) – “Election 2012: Competing visions for a more perfect America” - room A12, 27, rue St Guillaume, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Fri 19th October: Symeon SYMEONIDES: (Salem) – “Codification and flexibility in PIL” – room J208, 13, rue de l’Université, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Jeudi 8 novembre (séminaire doctoral) : Louis ASSIER ANDRIEU (SPLS) – thème à définir – salle A12 au 27, rue St Guillaume, Paris 7e – de 12h30 à 14h30
  • Fri 9th November: Jacco BOMHOFF (London) – “The constitution of the conflict of laws” – room J208, 13, rue de l’Université, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Thu 15th November: Hélène VAN LITH (Paris) – “Transnational class actions” – room A12, 27, rue St Guillaume, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Fri 16th November: Harm SCHEPEL (Kent) – “Legal pluralism and the embedded market: A legal constructivist approach to transnational private governance” -
  • Jeudi 22 novembre (séminaire doctoral) : Mika YOKOYAMA (Kyoto) : “Le rôle du droit de la famille à l’âge du Global Law” - salle A 12 au 27, rue St Guillaume Paris 7e – de 12h30 à 14h30
  • Fri 23rd November: Gilles CUNIBERTI (Luxembourg) – “Three theories on the lex mercatoria” – room J208, 13, rue de l’Université, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Thu 6th December (doctoral workshop): Dina WAKED (Cambridge, MA / SPLS) – “Law, development and growth: The case of antitrust in developing countries” –  room A12, 27, rue St Guillaume, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Fri 7th December: Emmanuel GAILLARD (SPLS) – Éléments de sociologie de l’arbitrage international – room J208, 13, rue de l’Université, Paris 7e – 12:30 – 2:30pm

Sciences Po PILAGG Workshop Series, Spring 2012



The workshop on “Private International Law as Global Governance” at the Law School of the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) will take place on Thursday or Fridays at 12:30 pm, at the Law School.

The speakers for the Spring 2012 will be:

  • 20th January: Mads ANDENAS, “External effects of national ECHR judgments
  • 25th January (Wednesday, doctoral workshop): Shotaro HAMAMOTO (title forthcoming)
  • 27th January: Ingo VENZKE, “On words and deeds: How the practice of interpretation develops international norms
  • 9th  February (doctoral workshop): Benoit FRYDMAN (title forthcoming)
  • 11th February (Saturday, 10:00 pm – 13:00 pm, doctoral workshop): David KENNEDY
  • 16th February: Michael WEIBEL, “Privatizing the adjudication of sovereign defaults
  • 8th March: Michael KARAYANNI, “The extraterritorial application of access to justice rights: The case of Palestinian plaintiffs seeking civil justice before Israeli courts
  • 9th March: George A. BERMANN (title forthcoming)
  • 22nd March: Jeremy HEYMANN, “Jurisdiction: A discourse on method”
  • 23rd March: Alex MILLS, “Variable geometry and peer governance in private international law”
  • 12th April (doctoral workshop): Diego P. FERNANDEZ ARROYO, Does global governance require arbitral precedent?”
  • 13th April: Michael HELLNER (title forthcoming)
  • 4th May: Jodie KIRSHNER (title forthcoming)
  • 11th May, Final Meeting (full day, Program forthcoming)

Where: unless otherwise announced, Law School, 13 rue de l’Université 75007, J210 2nd floor.

When: 12:30 to 14:30


Sciences Po PILAGG Workshop Series, Fall 2011

The workshop on “Private International Law as Global Governance” at the Law School of the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) will normally take place on Fridays at 12:30 pm, at the Law School.

The speakers for the Fall 2011 will be:

  • 21st October: Launching PILAGG (Horatia MUIR WATT & Diego P. FERNÁNDEZ ARROYO, Introduction to the PILAGG research project)
  • 28th October: Launching PILAGG Junior Stream (Ivana ISAILOVITCH, “Recognition and legal pluralism”)
  • 17th November (exceptionally a Thursday): Robert WAI, “Private v. Private:  Models of Private Governance in Private International Law” (salle B404 au 56, rue des St Pères)
  • 18th November co-sponsoring with the Ecole Doctorale de Sciences Po: Kerry Rittich, Robert WAI, Horatia MUIR WATT, “Tools for distributional analysis in law
  • 25th November: Veronica CORCODEL, “What room for comparative law in the governance debate?” (PILAGG Junior Stream)
  • 29th November (exceptionally a Tuesday, 17:00 to 19:00,  co-sponsoring with “Les Grands Récits de la Pensée Juridique”): Marty KOSKENNIEMI (Julie Saada, Jean Matringe, debaters)
  • 2nd December: Geoffrey SAMUEL, “Comparative Law as Resistance
  • 9th December: Ralf MICHAELS, “Post-critical Private International Law: From Politics to Technique
  • 16th December: Tomaso FERRANDO, “Sovereignty abuse, homogeneization of legal orders and land grabbing” (PILAGG Junior Stream)

Where: unless otherwise announced, Law School, 13 rue de l’Université 75007, J210 2nd floor (map)

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When: 12:30 to 14:30