Traces of Law - Symposium & Student Workshop

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Traces of Law - Symposium & Student Workshop

Thursday, 7 March, 2019 - 08:30 to 16:30
Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU


Using legal archives and material traces of law in social science research
A symposium in conversation with historians and a follow on student workshop

7 and 8 March 2019


Symposium, 7 March, 0830-1630, Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh School of Law is pleased to announce a full day symposium featuring UK and international academics at all career stages. Speakers have been selected because of their current research lines using or exploring archives and other material traces of law. 


Keynote speakers:

  • Jelena Subotić, Georgia State University (session chair, Jo Shaw, University of Edinburgh)
  • Thijs Bouwknegt, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and University of Amsterdam (session chair, Donald Bloxham, University of Edinburgh)


Roundtable 1: Welfare, Deaths in Custody and Transitional Justice

  • Michelle Burgis-Kasthala (University of Edinburgh)
  • Agata Fijalkowski (University of Lancaster)
  • Jackie Gulland (University of Edinburgh)
  • Elizabeth Barkas (University of Glasgow)
  • Ashley Dee (Respondent, Open University)
  • Session chair, Alistair Henry (University of Edinburgh)


Roundtable 2: Focus on the ICTY Archives

  • Andy Aydın-Aitchison (University of Edinburgh)
  • Elma Demir (Goldsmiths University of London)
  • Iva Vukušić (Utrecht University and King’s College London)
  • Laura Wise (University of Edinburgh)
  • Erin Jessee (Respondent, University of Glasgow)
  • Session chair, Ger Duijzings (University of Regensburg)


Student Workshop, 8 March, 0930 (closing with lunch at 1300), Moot Court Room, Old College
For the student workshop, honours, masters and doctoral students are invited to return the following morning to present proposals for research or aspects of current research using archives and material traces of law to symposium speakers for discussion and feedback.


The symposium and workshop are free, but ticketed. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Attendees are invited to register to attend the Symposium Only or the Symposium and the Student Workshop together. 


Any queries about the day can be directed to


We look forward to seeing you there!


This event is generously funded by:

Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research; and the following University of Edinburgh bodies – School of Law; Institute for Academic Development; Global Justice Academy; Global Development Academy; Empirical Legal Research Network; Centre for Law and Society; Festival of Creative Learning.


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