Conference on “Public Law, Legal Orders & Governance: Regulating Globalisation in Asia”


JSW School of Law and University of Victoria 

Thimphu, Bhutan

17-19 July 2019

JSW School of Law (JSW Law) is pleased to partner with University of Victoria (UVic) to present an international research conference on “Public Law, Legal Orders & Governance: Regulating Globalisation in Asia” from 17-19 July 2019. This three-day conference is a part of the project which resulted from an institutional collaboration between UVic and JSW Law, along with four other institutions in Asia (in India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) that developed through a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships-Advanced Scholars (QES-AS) grant awarded to the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) in 2017 for a project entitled Regulating Globalization in South and Southeast Asia.

It is increasingly apparent that many modern states are unable or unwilling on their own to regulate and mitigate the harsher effects of economic globalization. Networked economies have accelerated the movement of people, goods, ideas, and capital—with mixed effects. Although millions in the global South have been lifted out of poverty, with significant improvements to health, education, and gender equality, many states, particularly low- and middle-income countries, are finding it increasingly difficult to use tools of modern statecraft to control the latest wave of globalization, including its detrimental effects on public health and safety, community cohesion, and the natural environment. This holds true in South and Southeast Asia, where unprecedented development and economic growth are affecting all sectors of social, cultural and political life.

Along with states, a variety of actors have emerged to respond to these large-scale global changes. International organizations, private corporations, religious institutions, and other non-state and hybrid actors for example, have taken on increasing roles in providing standards, rules and practices that other actors adopt in areas such as the environment, labour practices, development and security.

This project seeks to examine such responses and potential solutions to the abovementioned challenges, by exploring the multitude of actors that engage in intergovernmental networks, transnational regulation, and global governance, through formal and informal legal means, and the variety of non-statist normative constraints on governments and non-state actors. This research project will also examine these forms of legal ordering by deploying a range of interdisciplinary lenses, including historical, comparative, ethnographic, theoretical, and normative approaches to the study of legal pluralism and the constraint of power.

This project focuses specifically on the issues relating to global environmental crisis, sustainable development, as well as the role of religion and regulation, and new forms and understandings of constitutionalism in South and Southeast Asia. 

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