2020 PoL Webinar Series | A Candle in the Dark: Illuminating Crises in the Peripheries

‘Unprecedented crisis’ has become a popular term used by media outlets and academic discourse to describe the present state of affairs in the world. Certainly, the last decade has been marked by epochal shifts in the global order, of which the 2008 economic crash and the current pandemic are the poster children. These and other …

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Colloquium Glocalizing the Peripheries of Law

The deployment of legal technique is increasingly marked by the superimposition of global and local dynamics. These “glocal” legal practices, however, seem to reproduce well-established spatial and epistemic hierarchies. This colloquium, which is organised with the generous support of the Doctoral Program of Sciences Po Law School, is part of a progressive reflection on the …

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Seminary Report: Re-conceptualizing Child Soldiering

On 18 April 2018, we had the opportunity to discuss with Professor Karl Hanson (University of Geneva) his work on the re-conceptualization of child soldiering. His talk highlighted the gap between empirical reality and normative aspirations enshrined in the formal regulation of child soldiering, which led to a lively discussion on agency and childhood. In …

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Reconceptualizing Child Soldiering

International law and policies regarding children and armed conflict have largely been informed by humanitarian perspectives that are built on the presumption of children’s victimhood and their incapacity to voluntarily taking part in military life or violent political struggles. Such a protectionist view forecloses that at times of social, economic and political instability children and …

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Third World Resistance in International Human Rights Law: Working Children’s Movements, the ILO, and the Global Child Labour Regime

In November 2017, the international community came together in Argentina to adopt the ‘Buenos Aires Declaration’, in which it agreed to eradicate all forms of child labour by 2025. Together with the ILO Conventions, such declarations constitute the backbone of the global regime on child labour. However, while inside of the conference venue the Declaration …

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The Venezuelan ‘Exodus’ Before the Colombian Constitutional Court: Hospitality in a Time of ‘Crisis’?

Last month, the Colombian authorities announced that more than a million Venezuelans now reside in Colombia. They are fleeing neighboring Venezuela at increasing rates due to the harsh economic conditions they face there, where their most basic needs (health, food) are no longer met. As immigrants on the other side of the border, they have …

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The Political Economy of Legal Knowledge

The production, exchange, and use of legal knowledge are subject to a political economy. These processes neither happen in a vacuum, nor are they developed in a venturesome manner. They are governed by a series of rules and principles that determine the conditions allowing the creation, commerce and consumption of legal theories, doctrines, and practices. …

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2018-2019 PoL Cycle of Seminars|Legal Challenges from the Peripheries

The Peripheries of Law cycle of seminars has chosen for the 2018-2019 academic year the topic "Legal Challenges from the Peripheries".  Our inaugural seminar will be delivered by Professor Daniel Bonilla, from Universidad de Los Andes, on Monday 22 October 2018 from 14h45 to 16h45. He will discuss his latest work on "The Political Economy …

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Human Rights Language: Freedom of Religion and the Sharia Speaker

The liberal Western language of Human Rights has dominated the discourse to the exclusion of any and all other épistémologies. The question now is: is there an alternative understanding of human dignity enshrined in a different language? Freedom of religion has been seen by Western thinkers to be void within the system of the Sharia. …

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