Global Challenges – Global Law

A Symposium on the Future of International Law and Global Governance

Dates: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th June 2013

The School of Law, Swansea University

This symposium brings together a group of experts to discuss themes from Professor Joel Trachtman’s new book, The Future of International Law: Global Government, published by Cambridge University Press this year.

It also provides an opportunity to welcome Professor Trachtman to the School of Law, as Distinguished Research Professor of International Economic Law. 

Many of the most significant challenges we face now and will face in the future do not respect national borders and defy solution through state law alone. International law will need to step up and expand to address these challenges.

Whilst this might mean that international law will expand in scope, it will still have to link to a number of other institutions that address these challenges, including transnational law, the law merchant, private international law and harmonisation of state law.

This symposium addresses these and other concerns as they are addressed in Professor Trachtman’s book. Coverage is partial and selective, with the aim of promoting discussion.

Conference Programme

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Swansea University, School of Law

University of Turku, Faculty of Law

The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Rutgers School of Law, Camden


Joel Trachtman Professor of International Law, Tufts University; Distinguished Research Professor of International Economic Law, Swansea University

Dennis Patterson Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers School of Law; Professor of Jurisprudence and International Trade, Swansea University; Law Department European University Institute

Jukka Snell, Professor of European Law, University of Turku

Peter Winship, James Cleo Thompson St. Trustee Professor of Law, South Methodist University

Andrew Tettenborn, Professor of Commercial Law, Swansea University

Jan Dalhuisen, Visiting Professor, Kings College London

John Linarelli, Professor and Head of Law School, Swansea University

Fiona Smith, Sr Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University College London

Tuomas Mylly, Associate Professor of Law, University of Turku

Simon Caney, Professor in Political Theory, Oxford University

Duncan French, Professor and Head of Lincoln Law School, University of Lincoln

Mark Stallworthy, Professor of Environmental Law, Swansea University

Catherine Rogers, Professor of Law, Penn State Law

Chris Drahozal, Professor of Law, Kansas University

Simon Baughen, Reader in Law, Bristol University

Thomas Chen, Professor, College of Engineering, Swansea University

Theo Tryfonas, Sr Lecturer in Systems Engineering, Bristol University

Madeline Carr, Lecturer in International Politics and the Cyber Dimension, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University

Donald Earl Childress III, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University

Rebecca Bates, Lecturer, Brunel Law School, Brunel University

Alex Mills, Lecturer, UCL

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