Cosmopolitan Pluralism and International Criminal Justice Conference

This conference will focus on international criminal justice scholarship and practice and will feature a keynote presentation by Paul Schliff Berman (George Washington University).

On 10 and 11 January the Law School of the University of Leeds will host Professor Paul Schiff Berman (George Washington University).

Paul Schiff Berman, Walter S. Cox Professor of Law, is one of the world's foremost theorists on the effect of globalization on the interactions among legal systems. He is the author of over fifty scholarly works, including Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He was also among the first legal scholars to focus on legal issues regarding online activity, and he is co-author of one of the leading casebooks in the field.


On Thursday 10 January at 15:30, Professor Berman will give a lecture on ‘Global Legal Pluralism’ in room G.32, Liberty Building. 

The following day (Friday 11 January), the School will host a roundtable where participants will engage with Professor Berman on the idea of global justice and how to operationalize this in the domestic criminal justice context.

Issues that will be discussed: 

  • legal pluralism and cosmopolitanism
  • extraterritorial and universal jurisdiction, and more practical issues that come with trying international crimes domestically
  • trials in absentia
  • jury trials and how to work in a legal-pluralist environment.

Speakers on 11 January include:

Download the draft programme

Please register here for the lecture and conference.

Location details

School of Law
Liberty Building
University of Leeds

The lecture on 10 January will take place in G.32, Liberty Building.
The remainder of the conference will take place in LG.06, Liberty Building. 

For sat navs, please use the postcode for Moorland Road, LS6 1AN. 

The Liberty Building can also be found on the campus map

All welcome. This is a free event, though registration is required.

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