The conference will be held from 21-22 October 2011 at the SICL in Lausanne, Switzerland:
The coexistence of the laws of the state and other normative orders, in the Western past and the global present, is a challenge to both modern legal philosophy and comparative law. The continuing importance of non-state norms, trans-national and sub-national, undermines the state-centred focus of much contemporary jurisprudence. It also problematises the neat division of complex and dynamic legal traditions into discrete families of closed legal systems.
Werner Menski (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) will present a keynote paper. Additional speakers include:
• Emmanuel Melissaris (London School of Economics)
• Alexander Morawa (University of Lucerne)
• Mark Van Hoecke (University of Ghent)
A volume will subsequently be published consisting of articles based on the conference papers as well as a small number of additional papers related to the theme of the conference.