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The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age

1-2 August 2014

Staff Common Room, Level 2, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Building F8. See map

Daniel McLoughlin and Ben Golder are organising a symposium in the Law School on 1-2 August 2014, under the umbrella of the ‘Public Law and Legal Theory Project’ at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. The event is supported both by the Centre and by the Faculty’s workshop support scheme.

The organisers would like to warmly invite all who are interested to attend the event. Registration is free but we do ask that people register their intention to attend by emailing an RSVP to gtcentre@unsw.edu.au with the subject line ‘Neoliberalism Symposium’. Please hurry as spaces are limited!

8.30-9.00:         Registration and Collection of Name Badges

9.00-9.30           Welcome and Introduction

Daniel McLoughlin (University of New South Wales)

9.30-10.45        Panel 1: The Political Economy of Neoliberalism

Damien Cahill, ‘Embedded Neoliberalism and its Durability’ (University of Sydney)

Rob Nicholls, ‘And so to Bed: Regulatory Regimes as a Mechanism to Embed Neoliberalism’ (University of New South Wales)

10.45-11.15:    Morning Tea

11.15-12.30:    Panel 2: Neoliberalism and State Authority

Anna Yeatman, ‘Neoliberalism and the Question of Authority’ (University of Western Sydney)

Chris Butler, ‘State Power under Authoritarian Neoliberalism’ (Griffith University)

12.30-13.30:    Lunch

13.30-15.15:    Panel 3: Law and Economy in Neoliberal Thought

Jessica Whyte, ‘Governing homo œconomicus: Michel Foucault, Adam Ferguson, and the Providential Logic of Civil Society’ (University of Western Sydney)

Miguel Vatter, ‘Legal Systems and Economic Equilibrium: Hayek vs Becker’ (University of New South Wales)

Paul Patton, ‘Rights, Interests and the Basis of Government’ (University of New South Wales)

15.15-15.45:    Afternoon Tea

15.45-17.00:    Panel 4: Neoliberal Uses of the Rule of Law

Martin Krygier, ‘Trajectories of the Rule of Law: Pre-liberal, Liberal, Neo-, and Non-’ (University of New South Wales)

Melinda Cooper, ‘Postcolonial Family Law – Economic Liberalization, Rule of Law and the Reinvention of Tradition’ (University of Sydney)


Saturday 2 August 2014

Staff Common Room, Level 2, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

10.00-11.45:    Panel 5: Law and Neoliberalism in the Global South

Fleur Johns, ‘Power Dispersal in the Work of Milton Friedman and in the Mekong River Basin: Nam Theun II and Xayaburi’ (University of New South Wales)

Javier Couso, ‘Constructing “Privatopia”: The Role of Constitutional Law and Courts in Chile’s Radical Neoliberal Experiment’ (Universidad Diego Portales)

Chepal Sherpa, ‘Theorizing Democratic Legality under Neoliberal Capitalism: India’s Neoliberal Project and the Maoist Alternative’ (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

11.45-12.15:    Morning Tea

12.15-14.00:    Panel 6: Neoliberal Legality Beyond the Nation State

Thomas Biebricher, ‘Understanding the Rise of Juridical Neoliberalism in Europe’ (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘Neo-liberalism as Legalism: The Rise of the Judiciary and International Trade Law’ (Durham University)

Jothie Rajah, ‘Neo-liberalism and the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index’ (American Bar Foundation)

14.00-15.00:    Lunch

15.00-16.45:    Panel 7: Strange Bedfellows? Human Rights and Neoliberalism

Samuel Moyn, ‘A Powerless Companion: Human Rights in the Age of Neoliberalism’ (Harvard)

Zeynep Kivilcim, ‘Articulating Human Rights Discourse in Local Struggles in a Neoliberal Age’ (Istanbul University)

Ben Golder, ‘The Neoliberal Question: Human Rights, Legal Form, and Political Strategy’ (University of New South Wales)

14.45:                 End

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