Legal materiality of climate justice: a study of law in making

21 March 15:30

On Monday 21 March, Dr Hyo Yoon Kang, Reader in Law at Kent Law School, will be discussing her paper about the meaning of climate justice. Dr Kang argues that justice and climate are both abstract concepts. The meaning, therefore, of their composite, ‘climate justice’, is not clear. If the ‘parts’ (justice, climate) are moving and unstable concepts, how does law figure them ‘whole’ (climate justice)?

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New Thinking on Globalization and Law

2nd March 2022, 12:00-13:00

Join us for the 3rd TEGL roundtable.

The subsequent dates are April 6th, May 11th and June 1st.

Please contact if you haven’t received the outlook invitation.

The previous meetings were held on 19th January and 2nd February.

SGEL Spring Lecture Series 2022

Join us for the SGEL Spring Lecture Series for inspiring conversations on global economic law, sustainability & social justice! More details and registration on our Events page.

Sensing Practices & Representations of More-than-human Worlds

19-20 May 2022

Jointly organized by:

Dr. Marie Petersmann (Tilburg University)

Dr. Andrea Leiter (University of Amsterdam)


This conference is the culmination of a series of events on ‘Theory Hacks’ that took place over 2021 to facilitate discussions between legal researchers specialized in the environmental and digital humanities and tech-developers who participated in a Hackathon organized by the Sovereign Nature Initiative (SNI) Foundation on ‘Enabling Nature’s Autonomous Value Inside City Parks and Public Green Spaces’. The collaboration between researchers and tech-developers aimed to jointly interrogate and explore how emerging technologies can enable making sense of human-nonhuman relations and the data-based or digital ‘representations’ of nonhumans or ‘nature’ that underpin such relations. How can the entangled human-nonhuman agency generated through the technologies be legally expressed, translated or ‘represented’? What does this tell us about the legal concepts and tools used to make sense of human-nonhuman relations? Might emerging technologies enable nonhumans to ‘participate’ in the political and legal decisions affecting them, and if so, how? By creating an open process of collaborative knowledge production, the overall objective of the conference is to reflect on the possibilities and limitations that the ‘representation’ of nonhumans as part of more-than-human worlds open up and foreclose.

The prototypes developed during the SNI Hackathon will be exhibited during the conference for participants to engage with them.


Prof. Isabel Feichtner (University of Würzburg)

Dr. Geoff Gordon (TMC Asser Institute)

Dr. Jannice Käll (Lund University)

Dr. Dimitri Van den Meerssche (Edinburgh University)

Dr. Matilda Arvidsson (Gothenburg University)

Dr. John Haskell (Manchester University)

Dr. Delphine Dogot (Université Catholique de Lille)

Dr. Daniela Gandorfer (UC Santa Cruz)

Dr. Swastee Ranjan (Exeter University)

Impact NFTs (Dr. Primavera de Filippi)

Sādu (Brittany Salas and Elise Cannon)

Interspecies Games (Cem Dagdelen)

Sattva (Shivaram K. R. and Jayavaradhan Sambedu)

Nature Cognita (Vadim Smakhtin and Pavel Akimov)

Judicial control of Administrative Cooperation in Tax Matters, Taxpayers’ Rights and the Notion of “Foreseeable Relevance” in light of the CJEU’s case law

Webinar, 8 February 2022, 14:00-17:00cet

Mariolina Eliantonio and Marina Serrat Romani, Maastricht University

The aim of the event is to reflect, from a holistic perspective, on the evolution of the case law of the CJEU from Berlioz I to the recent État du Grand-duché de Luxembourg v L case from both a substantive tax law and a more institutional administrative law perspective. In particular, it aims to examine how the notion of foreseeable relevance has evolved and which impact this evolution has on taxpayers’ rights, as well as to discuss the influence of the OECD and its guidelines on the European legislation to the point they are used by the CJEU as if they were binding. Furthermore, the event aims to discuss the influence of Article 47 of the EU Charter has on the shaping of the administrative cooperation procedures for taxation purposes as well as to analyse judicial review of administrative decisions within the framework of composite administrative procedures.

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What is the purpose of competition policy?

7 February 2022, 15:30cet

Michelle Meagher is a Senior Policy fellow at the Centre for Law, Economics and Society, University College London and is an expert in competition law and corporate governance. Michelle will discuss her book, ”Competition is killing us. How big business is harming our society and planet – and what to do about it.”

Michelle Meagher has worked as a lawyer in private practice for global law firms (Linklaters LLP, Allen & Overy LLP), national regulators (the Office of Fair Trading in the UK and the Federal Trade Commission in the US) and the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group).  Her work on legal policy focusses on public interest, market regulation and corporate responsibility. 

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Book launch: ‘European Union Law in Context’ by Ester Herlin-Karnell, Gerard Conway, Aravind Ganesh

10 February, 11:00-12:30

This recent textbook by Ester Herlin-Karnell, Gerard Conway, and Aravind Ganesh provides an explanatory and contextual view of EU law and its impact in a simple and easily accessible yet analytical manner. It illustrates the power struggles behind a given EU law act, to allow for a full understanding of how it developed. This allows the student to understand EU law as a force in the increasingly globalized world, rather than as a technical and doctrinal subject.

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Transparency and Participation in the Face of Scientific Uncertainty

27/28 January 2022

The EU Treaties contain a clear call for an open, transparent and regular dialogue between EU institutions and bodies, and representative associations and civil society. Although openness and its corollaries of transparency and participation are foundational values of the EU, theoretical and practical challenges still persist and hamper the effective fulfilment of their potential.

The role of participation and transparency is particularly thorny in the face of the so-called “wicked problems”, such as climate change or risk regulation, characterised by incomplete or contradictory knowledge and an inherent interconnectedness with other problems. In these cases, transparency and participation certainly increase the legitimacy and acceptability of decision-making since they allow to include a wider variety of values and perspectives, and favour compliance and implementation of the decisions collectively discussed. However, civil society is not immune from the influence of post-factual narratives and from the increasing contestation of expertise as an impartial source of knowledge, which participatory mechanisms can further amplify. Especially complex decisions based on a certain amount of scientific uncertainty, such as the authorisations of vaccines or of pesticides, have often been the arena for controversies and contestation of EU decision-making.

This conference will address the role of transparency and participation of civil society in situations characterised by wicked problems of risk regulation as a way to strengthen the effectiveness of an open EU decision-making.

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The Transformative Law of Political Economy in Europe: Mobilizing Legal Institutional Imagination

27-28 January 2022

Organised by Klaas Eller (UvA), Poul F. Kjaer (Copenhagen Business School) , Anna Beckers (Maastricht University)

Different strands of recent legal scholarship in Europe and beyond take law as constitutive for economic modes of production and reject the idea of ‘the market’ following a predetermined trajectory to which law is (mostly) external. Such works come with diverse theoretical and political affinities and engage with a wide range of fields of application. They share however the premise that legal provisions, entitlements and institutions matter in bringing about and stabilizing socio- economic transformation. Relatedly, it becomes apparent that law itself is not a stable category, but highly dynamic and contextual in its form and place in society.

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