The goal of this conference is to interrogate the role of global economic law--a myriad of interlocking public/private, domestic/international legal regimes which together structure the global economy--in the simultaneous (re)production of gendered, racial and class-based inequalities, and environmental disasters, and how the concept of ‘sustainability’ can be (re)claimed to address social and environmental justice issues.
We will address some of the following questions:
- How does global economic law shape our representations of the economic/non-economic divide? How does it construct “value” and “nature”?
- What are the legal institutions central to understanding global capitalism’s distributive effects?
- What is the meaning of “sustainability”? How does it relate to social and environmental justice concerns?
- What are the values, institutions, practices and actors of a "sustainable global economic law"? What are SGEL’s vocabularies?
The conference is imagined as a series of exploratory interdisciplinary conversations which tackle issues of SGEL’s methods, scales, governance, substantive rules and distributive effects in a way that maps out unknowns, sparks debates and reveals conflicts. It will also feature two workshops where participants can get feedback on their works-in-progress (see the call for contributions).