Global Law Futures Seminar Series: On Adaptive (Anti-Law-)Law

Fri Mar 29 2024 at 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Edinburgh Law School | Edinburgh

Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh
Publisher/HostEdinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh
Global Law Futures Seminar Series: On Adaptive (Anti-Law-)Law
Alejandro Rodiles is Chair of International Law, Friedrich Schiller University. He` ll deliver a seminar titled "On Adaptive (Anti-Law-)Law.
About this Event

Edinburgh Law School’s ‘Global Law Futures’ seminar series explores questions relating to global law, broadly construed, from transdisciplinary and diverse methodological perspectives. Law in a plural global context requires a radical re-imagining of the practice, study, and theory of legal orthodoxies. This seminar series questions and attempts to push the boundaries of thinking about law. The series will touch on issues such as the space-time of legal imaginaries, the place of law in times of anthropocentric ecological crisis, the relationalities and materialities of law, what it means to decolonise legal thinking in a global context, the meaning of ‘global legal order(s)’, the relationship between law and algorithmic governance, the exploration of decentralised and deformalised legal practices, and many more besides.

Beginning in January 2024, the seminar series is convened by Amalia Amaya Navarro, Gail Lythgoe, and Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, collaborating with Nehal Bhuta, Deval Desai, Simone Lamont-Black. The series is supported by the Edinburgh Centre for International Global Law and the Edinburgh Centre for Legal Theory.

About this event

From climate change over counterterrorism to development, resilience discourses and strategies increasingly permeate global law. Beyond affecting several legal fields, this resilience turn has far-reaching consequences for global law’s normativity. Inasmuch as normative solutions evolve experimentally through the acceleration of existing and evolving practices, a mode of legal rationality emerges according to which recompositioning becomes the new normal. While this may be seen as a new type of ‘adaptive law’ that can cope with our Anthropocene condition (in other words, as law’s own resilience), I argue that it rather reveals a ‘whatever works’ rationality that fails to articulate (new or alternative) reasons for action.

About the speaker

Alejandro Rodiles holds the Chair of International Law at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He has been an associate professor of International Law and Global Governance at ITAM School of Law, in Mexico City, a visiting professor at El Colegio de México, a lecturer at UNAM, and a research fellow at Humboldt University Berlin. Previously, he worked at Mexico´s Ministry of Foreign Relations, including in the Mexican Mission to the United Nations, in New York. His book Coalitions of the Willing and International Law (CUP 2018) was awarded the 2019 ESIL Book Prize. His research focuses on global security law, the interplay between formality and informality in international law, comparative international law, foreign relations law, and the regulatory potentials of infrastructures.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Edinburgh Law School, South Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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