09:30 to 16:30
End date
03 March 2020
The Buttery, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm


Law and Contemporary Issues: The International Order Under Scrutiny

A workshop to scrutinize the transformation of the contemporary international order, encompassing its social, political, legal, economic, and technological dimensions. The workshop will serve as an in-depth examination of the issues set out in Professor Sir Adam Roberts' lecture of the previous day. 


Download: Workshop Programme and Participant Profiles


It is plain that shifts in the organization and structure of the international order, and the social relationships within these, are experiencing stress and strain and being reconceived and redesigned in reaction to deeper forces.

Among the factors driving this change and revision, even transformation, include:

  • relations among nations;  
  • the rise of social movements in response to changing attitudes to authority and established ideas and institutions;  
  • altered dispositions towards international law and international and regional institutions;
  • challenges to the liberal order;
  • scepticism about human rights, universal principles, and the power of the courts to uphold them;
  • new economic perspectives, revised business and financial relations and practices; and
  • the rapid development of technology, the dawn of the digital age, and the consequences.


Denis Galligan, Professor Emeritus of Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University


The Evolution of Roles and Responsibilities of Multinational Businesses in the International Order

Mary Bartkus, Special Counsel, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP


Mind the Gap: Human Rights and Populism in the 21st Century

Geraldine Van Bueren QC, Professor of International Human Rights Law, Queen Mary University of London


Populisms East and West

Ralph Schroeder, Professor of Social Science of the Internet, Oxford University


The Role for Comity

Frank Vibert, Fellow,  Foundation for Law Justice and Society


Trade and Finance in a World without a Hegemon

David Vines, Professor of Economics, Oxford


Online Governance in the Platform Age: A Comparative Study of State–Platform Relations in China and the West

Dr Jufang Wang, Deputy Director, PGG Programme, Wolfson College


In association with the Platforms, Governance and Global Society (PGG) programme, Law, Justice and Society Research Cluster at Wolfson College.