Law Schools Global League is holding its second Academic Conference in February 2020. The conference
will be hosted by the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and take
place on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. The theme of the conference is Legal Disruption.
This call for papers is for senior and/or junior researchers at LSGL institutions, including PhD
candidates and former LSGL Summer School participants. Proposals are being sought on one of six broad topics related to the theme of legal disruption.
The theme of the conference has been deliberately chosen so as to be globally relevant, applicable to
multiple sub-disciplines of legal scholarship, timely and open-ended. In inviting a discussion about
the theme of legal disruption, we are interested in exploring not only how law and legal education is
being disrupted by technological and commercial innovations but also in how legal orders (national,
regional and international) are today being disrupted by political movements of the left and the right.
Equally, is law itself an agent of disruption (in terms of its historical and ongoing effect on colonised
peoples, for example)? And just how might we understand the very idea of ‘legal disruption’ relative
to other possible metaphors of legal change, be they evolutionary or revolutionary? Without limiting
the possibilities of the foregoing or the following, it is proposed that there will be a mix of plenary
and parallel sessions on:
• Disrupting constitutional orders
• Can law disrupt the environmental status quo?
• Colonialism: disruptor and disrupted
• Technological disruptions to law, legal orders and the legal profession
• Disrupting business as usual: human rights in business; and
• Shaking up the international order
We anticipate having 12-16 papers in total. The LSGL will fund two nights’ approved hotel
accommodation in Sydney for each of the accepted presenters.
The conference will be held in the Law Building, University of New South Wales (Kensington
Campus), from 9:00am to 5:00pm.