On Tuesday, 16 May 2017, the Centre for Law, Regulation and Governance of the Global Economy (GLOBE) at the University of Warwick, as part of the International Economic Law in Context Seminar Series, hosted a public event on Doing International Economic Law Differently? Socio-Legal Methodologies and the Study of International Trade, Investment and Financial Law. The event consisted of a panel discussion followed by a workshop for early career researchers to discuss their own research ideas with the panellists. Participants also discussed the challenges they faced as socio-legal researchers in what is still very much a traditional, doctrinal (or 'black letter') field of scholarship and agreed to establish a network for early career researchers to connect and discuss these issues.
Below is a short video outlining the aims and objectives of this project and the outcomes of the event.
Dr Lorenzo Cotula, Principal Researcher in Law and Sustainable Development from the International Institute for Environment and Development, and visiting academic at the Law School discussed insights from empirical research on international investment law. He explored how socio-legal methodologies enabled him to interrogate the assumptions that typically underpin investment treaty making, particularly the connections that are often drawn between investment protection, investment promotion and economic development.
Dr James Harrison, Associate Professor at the Law School will discuss his ESRC-funded research into labour standards provisions in EU trade agreements. He reflected on how the empirical nature of this project has allowed him to interrogate questions about the impact of such provisions within national legal systems and political economies, as well as the relative prioritisation of different international trade law commitments by key actors. Click here for more details on this project.
Dr Celine Tan, Associate Professor at the Law School discussed how socio-legal methodologies have enabled her to explore the complex web of law, policy and power which underpin international relationships in the global financial architecture.