Transnational Lawyering and Judging

Transnational Law Summer Institute

21-30 June 2016

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London
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For advanced doctoral students, early-career legal academics and experienced practitioners working in the wider areas of transnational law and global governance from across the world.
Application Deadline: 1st February 2016
The Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI) 2016 is a unique forum for interdisciplinary thought exchange and collaboration among doctoral students and early career teachers in law and social sciences – with a focus on global governance, regulation, legal theory and anthropology, socio-legal studies, transnational lawyering and transnational judging. Held over 10 days, TLSI will, in the first week, place the scholar, teacher and public intellectual at the centre and explore best practices in research, syllabus design and delivery, scholarly collaboration, networking and public engagement while also offering a platform for in-depth discussions of participants’ own research. During the second week, TLSI will explore important debates in transnational legal theory and engage with cutting-edge scholarship (both seminal and emerging).
Full information can be found here.

TLSI 2016 enables participants to:

  • engage through a sociolegal perspective with two of the central functions in the legal universe, namely, lawyering and judging,
  • discuss current trends and ‘hot topics’ with peers and leaders in their fields,
  • engage in a critical reading of selected canonical texts in dialogue with the author,
  •  investigate the context, origin and trajectory of a text and how it sits within an evolving field of intellectual and professional discourse,
  • receive feedback on their own research by peers in their field of expertise,
  • get exposure to different research, writing and teaching cultures,
  • reflect on the challenges of doing interdisciplinary research, collaboration and writing,
  • develop strategies of positioning oneself and one’s work in a competitive and transnational scholarly and institutional context,
  • engage in academic network building and collaboration,
  • take part in a writing and publishing workshop,
  • work towards a newly developed course syllabus with collegial yet critical feedback, an
  • build lasting intellectual, personal and professional ties with peers on a global scale.

Programme details

TLSI will be convened from Tuesday 21 June to Thursday 30 June 2016, with a full daytime and often evening schedule, including Saturday 25 June 2016.
  • TLSI is open to all advanced PhD candidates (on at least two years of PhD studies) and early career teachers in law, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, geography and political science.
  • A limited number of places at the Institute will be reserved for legal practitioners with relevant experience in advocacy, human rights or development practice, even if they have not completed a doctorate.
  • All accepted participants become ‘TLSI Fellows 2016’.

The Transnational Law Institute is hosting a free international conference, 60 Years After Philip Jessup’s Storrs Lectures on 1 & 2 July 2016, which Fellows are welcome to attend, but accommodation will be at your own expense, and you must register separately.


Successful applicants will be offered a scholarship to participate in TLSI 2016. This will cover all faculty and speaker costs, programme materials, self-catering accommodation and some meals for participants. Applicants may apply to be considered for a travel bursary.

How to apply

Applications open on Tuesday 5 January 2016. Applications for this competitive programme should be made at your earliest convenience, and no later than midnight (GMT) Monday 1 February 2016. Applications should be made using ‘King’s Apply’, which can be accessed via the Transnational Law Institute

As part of the application process you will need to download, complete and upload two forms. These can be downloaded from our

1. Applicant research summary form.

2. Travel bursary information form.

3. A 2 page (maximum) personal statement about your research, teaching, public engagement experience, where applicable, and motivation for applying to TLSI.

4. A one page CV which includes education, publications, teaching and other professional experiences.

5. A sample work of scholarly writing from within the last two years of no more than 8,000 words – from either your current research or from a published piece of your work. (If successful, a ‘work in progress’ paper will be required to be submitted by 1 May 2016 for the TLSI writing workshops).

A reference letter from an academic, supervisor or former/present employer, who is familiar with your scholarly and/or pedagogical work. The reference should comment on your suitability for the TLSI programme.

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