University of Cambridge > > CRASSH > Alfred Dubs Lecture: race, corporate “sovereigns” and corporate borders

Alfred Dubs Lecture: race, corporate “sovereigns” and corporate borders

Add to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal

  • UserE. Tendayi Achiume (Alicia Miñana Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles and former UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance) World_link
  • ClockWednesday 15 May 2024, 16:00-17:30
  • HouseMain Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St John’s College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Speaker to be confirmed.

Most legal theory treats border governance as a function of nation-state sovereignty, and as primarily the domain of the state. Yet transnational corporations have a long, colonial history of making and using borders and race together as technologies of economic profit. Even in the present, corporate enterprise plays a material role in constituting the meaning and application of national borders, and corporations profit immensely from forms of jurisdictional arbitrage made possible by legal categories, including racialized and racializing legal categories. The border is, in some meaningful but not totalizing sense, for and by the corporation, and “corporate borders” are racial borders. This lecture will explore a legal conception of, what I provisionally term racial corporate borders. It will also ask what difference it make to engage with corporations as de facto sovereign or super-sovereigns as the baseline from which border justice is re-imagined. If the neocolonialism of borders, and the racial injustices embedded in these borders are significantly a corporate affair, what sort of reorientation is required in legal scholarship, advocacy and policymaking on the future of borders and migration governance?

The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement runs a lecture series on Migration and Refugees named after Lord Dubs, a renowned and tireless campaigner for refugee rights, famous for the two ‘Dubs Amendments’ to allow unaccompanied and separated refugee children in Europe to be reunited with family members in the UK.

This talk is part of the CRASSH series.

Tell a friend about this talk:

This talk is included in these lists:

Note that ex-directory lists are not shown.


© 2006-2024, University of Cambridge. Contact Us | Help and Documentation | Privacy and Publicity