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Constructing International Law: Property, Commerce, and "Expectations"

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER : Dr Miles is the author of a monograph published in 2013 (paperback edition published in 2015) in the Cambridge University Press series, Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, entitled: The Origins of International Investment Law: Empire, Environment and the Safeguarding of Capital. Dr Miles is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and a Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Montreal, Canada.

ABOUT THE SEMINAR SERIES : The Legal Histories beyond the State series is an initiative of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the Centre for History and Economics, and the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought. It brings together historians, political theorists and lawyers who are interested in the social, economic and political dimensions of law in the early modern and modern periods. We focus on the ways in which law and legal institutions order and organize space and people. This encompasses both imperial and international law, and domestic public and private law in its manifold influences on the nature and form of relations across borders. We are interested in legal actors and institutions, both national and supranational; doctrines and concepts, like jurisdiction; and also diverse forms of legal border-crossing, including the migration of people, ideas and objects across time and place. Embracing new trends in legal and historical research, we pursue the exchange of legal ideas in formal and informal contexts, and the creation, appropriation and interpretation of law by non-traditional actors, and in unexpected places.

Some sessions will be devoted to discussion of new, published work in the field, and others to the sharing of works-in-progress, whether draft articles, chapters or book prospectuses, with a core group of scholars from a variety of disciplines.

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This talk is part of the Legal Histories beyond the State series.

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