Regulating Globalisation in Asia

Conference on Public Law, Legal Orders & Governance - Part II


University of Victoria, Canada

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: 28-29 May 2020

  • Conference: 25-28 June 2020

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Part I of the conference was hosted by Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law), 17-19 July 2019 in Thimphu, Bhutan. The opening ceremony was overseen by a number of Bhutanese dignitaries, including Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechen Wangchuck, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, the Leader of the Opposition Pema Gyamtsho, Chief Justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk, and Chairperson of the National Council Tashi Dorji, and included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between our respective institutions.

This is the second instalment of a two-part conference jointly organized by Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) in Bhutan and the University of Victoria's Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and Faculty of Law (UVic Law). The overall goal of this second conference that emerged from the first is to consider—through the lens of public law and regulation—how legal pluralism expresses itself in a global context.

This conference, and the collections of essays and articles that will emerge from it, recognize that not all law is state law. We explore how norms emerging from non-state legal orders, including transnational standards, religious and customary norms, and private codes interact with state and international law and politics to regulate local, regional, and global challenges—challenges arising from globalization in all its dimensions. In exploring these questions, we approach the challenge of regulating globalization through an interdisciplinary lens, drawing on research and scholarly perspectives in history, anthropology, political science, religion, environmental studies, and law to better understand the interactions among normative systems, including state legal orders, and the challenges and promise arising from a multiplicity of legal orders.

We also acknowledge that there is much to be gained in turning to the diverse experiences and practices of many parts of Asia, with its long history of legal pluralism. In pursuing these questions, we recognize a deep disenchantment with states as the source of inspiration and action in addressing the challenges of our time—and, indeed, the perilous rise of an increasingly toxic form of xenophobia nationalism. Although not all of the contributors to this conference are optimistic about the ability of legal orders, broadly understood, to mitigate the harsher effects of globalization, many still hold out a hope of re-enchantment—that we might, by thinking creatively about law’s promise, find away to mobilize law and multi-layered forms of legal ordering to find a way out of some of the planet’s most confounding predicaments. 


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Neilesh Bose

  • Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, UVic Department of History
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Susan Breau

  • Professor and Dean, UVic Law
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Karma Choden

  • Junior Lecturer, JSW Law
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Deborah Curran

  • Associate Professor, UVic Law and Executive Director, UVic Environmental Law Centre
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Tshering Dolkar

  • Junior Lecturer, JSW Law
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Sangay Dorjee

  • Dean, JSW Law
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Nima Dorji

  • Senior Lecturer, JSW Law
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Rebecca French

  • Professor, School of Law, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
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Andrew Harding

  • Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
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Helen Lansdowne

  • CAPI Associate Director
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Ben Lawrence

  • PhD candidate, UVic Law
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Dema Lham

  • Senior Lecturer, JSW Law
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Ngawang Sherab Lhundrup

  • Assistant Professor, JSW Law
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Ratana Ly

  • PhD candidate, UVic Law
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Pooja Parmar

  • Assistant Professor, UVic Law
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Michael Peil

  • Vice Dean, JSW Law
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Songkrant Pongboonjun

  • PhD student, UVic Law
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Cathy Powell

  • Associate Professor, Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa
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Victor V. Ramraj

  • Professor of Law and CAPI Director and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations, University of Victoria
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Supriya Routh

  • Assistant Professor, UVic Law
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Ben Schonthal

  • Associate Professor of Buddhism/Asian Religions, University of Otago, New Zealand
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Arun Thiruvengadam

  • Professor of Law, School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, India
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Sonam Tshering

  • Senior Lecturer, JSW Law
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Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

  • Associate, Department of Law and Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
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Pema Wangdi

  • Senior Lecturer, JSW Law
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Kesang Wangmo

  • Junior Lecturer, JSW Law
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Michaela Windisch-Graetz

  • Professor, Institute for Labour and Social Law, University of Vienna
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Karma Yeshey

  • Secretary of Education Ministry, Bhutan