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IGLP International Conference at Harvard Law School

Research Fellow Maksim Karliuk took part in an International Conference of the Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School on 1-2 June 2015. The conference brought together researchers and scholars from around the world to present their research and participate in discussions in the framework of panels on a variety of topics involving heterodox traditions and approaches.

The topics covered were as diverse as the nationality of participants, and included issues of contemporary legal thought, statecraft and law-making in imperial and post-imperial polities, critical approaches to family and reproduction, cold war international law, international investment regime, monetary design in global perspective, governance feminism, praxis of Islamic law, queering law, private law and human rights, international law and violence, environmental struggles, postcolonial studies and others.

Maksim together with colleagues from the University of Brasilia, University of London, University of Geneva and Georgetown Law Center co-organized a panel of their own to initiate an agenda for research on regional and constitutional structures covering various regions of the world. Maksim was covering Eurasia and the new regional organization the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). His presentation was an attempt to unpack the legal changes that accompany the creation of the new entity and how that interacts with the national frameworks in order to look for reasons behind such changes and the consequences thereof. A number of preliminary conclusions were made based on a discovered inherent framework of tensions derived from the resistance to the institutionalization and reinforcement of Russian dominance. Thus, various mechanisms have been used to shield national law from the emerging EU-like legal order of the EAEU to preserve the interests of individual member states. The new regional legal order has been made largely dependent on the superiority of the national legal frameworks. Eventually, the desire to preserve independence of all individual actors has translated into a mutual fight against supranationality.

The other colleagues at the panel covered a number of issues revolving around European constitutional courts, constitutionalization of the Arab Gulf Sheikdoms, and the protection of constitutional governance in the African Union. The panel was a success as both the audience and the moderator, professor Günter Frankenberg, were very receptive and made a number of valuable proposals on how to frame the research and move forward. One of the members of the audience has even indicated his interest in joining the research team.

After the panel, Maksim together with the colleagues from the panel had a chance to meet with a prominent American constitutional lawyer, professor of Harvard Law School Vicki Jackson. She was especially helpful in framing the research and indicating the ways and possibilities to proceed with it.

Overall, the participation at the IGLP Conference has been very inspirational due to the variety of the participants and heterodox ideas, multiple opportunities to communicate both formally and informally within the Harvard Law School Campus and in the surrounding area of Cambridge and Boston and envisage future projects. The current research team has a multiple ways to proceed with the envisaged research, and plans to use the IGLP platform for these purposes.