The INFAR-program of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence of the University of Amsterdam cordially invite you to a workshop with
Prof. Brian Z. Tamanaha
Prof. Tamanaha will discuss his new book on Social Legal Theory with Prof. Martijn Hesselink (University of Amsterdam) and Prof. Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki)
Date: 13 June 2016
Location: TBA, UvA Amsterdam
Introduction by Prof. Tamanaha
Comments on chapter 5 ‘Law in the Modern Age’ by Prof. Hesselink
Comments by on chapter 6 ‘What is International Law?’ by Prof. Klabbers
Questions and discussion with the audience
The basic idea of the book is an effort to redraw the lines of contemporary jurisprudence, away from the dominance of analytical jurisprudence (and natural law), toward a social-historical theory of law. The Introduction and first chapter pave the way for this reconstruction by articulating the perspective of social legal theory and the place it occupies in jurisprudence. Chapters 2 and 3 are analytical chapters that cast doubt on prevailing assumptions within analytical jurisprudence about the concept of law and necessary, universal truths about law. Chapter 4 begins to construct an alternative theory of law by tracing the development of law over time in connection with growing social complexity, and the spread of law as a social construction. Chapter 5 highlights how law has transformed in the modern age of organizations. Chapter 6 moves the analysis to the international realm, describing the historical development of international law, and how that relates to interaction between and across polities in relation to transnational organizations and regulation (this chapter needs a bit more refinement).
Professor Tamanaha is a renowned jurisprudence and law and society scholar, and the author of eight books and numerous scholarly articles. Three of his books have received book awards, including A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society, which won two prizes, one in legal theory one in law and society. His book, On the Rule of Law, has been translated into five languages, and altogether his publications have been translated into eight languages. He has delivered public lectures in a dozen countries, including the Kobe Memorial Lecture in Japan, the Julius Stone Lecture in Australia, and the Montesquieu Lecture in The Netherlands, as well as four endowed lectures at U.S. law schools. He spent a year in residence as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he completed Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide. In 2013, a National Jurist poll of 300 law deans and professors voted Professor Tamanaha #1 Most Influential Legal Educator, owing to his critical examination of the legal academy, Failing Law Schools. Professor Tamanaha has twice been selected Professor of the Year by student vote. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for the Hon. Walter E. Hoffman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Hawaii, was an Assistant Attorney General for Yap State in Micronesia, and was Legal Counsel for the 1990 Micronesian Constitutional Convention. After these varied practice experiences, he earned a Doctorate of Juridical Science with a focus on legal theory at Harvard Law School.