International Law and Distribution

 Sustainable Development, Security, and the Governance of Resources

Keynote speaker: Dr Margot Salomon, London School of Economics (UK)

In April 2019 the University of Edinburgh hosted ‘Edingow’ – the inaugural conference marking a new collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow in the field of International Law.  Glasginburgh – the second conference in this series, to be held at the University of Glasgow and GCILS, will take place on 13 and 14 May 2021 via Zoom. Please see programme of the Conference further below and here.

Our aim in this conference is to explore the relationship between international law and questions of “distribution” – broadly conceived. This two-day event will promote a dialogue about the myriad ways in which current ‘distributions’ inform or even determine the development of international law, and how, in turn, the practices of international legal institutions may impact upon distributions of income, resources, and power in the world. Read more about the idea of the conference here.

To register to the Conference, please visit our Eventbrite website-


Thursday 13 May

11:00 – 11:15   Opening Remarks

11:15 – 12:50  Panels:

1              Historical Perspectives on Distribution: Power, Governance and Resources
Chair: Stephen Neff (University of Edinburgh)

2              Distributional Aspects of Contemporary Global Challenges
Chair: Akbar Rasulov (University of Glasgow)

13:00 – 14:00 : Keynote by Margot Salomon: Rethinking Distribution for Social Transformation (Chair: Andrew Lang)

14:30 – 15:50 Panels:

3              Social Justice and International Human Rights Law
Chair: Michelle Burgis-Kasthala (University of Edinburgh)

4              Distribution and the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus
Organised in cooperation with the Endless Conflicts project

Chair: Asli Ozcelik Olcay (University of Glasgow)

16:00 – 17:20  Panels:

5              Water, Distribution, and Rights
Chair: Ana Maria Daza Vargas (University of Edinburgh)

6              Investment law: Questions of Distribution
Chair: James Devaney (University of Glasgow)


Friday 14 May

09:30 – 10:50  Panels:

7              Distributive Consequences of Energy Transition
Chair: Navraj Singh Ghaleigh (University of Edinburgh)

8              Resources, Land Grabbing, and (Il)legality
Chair: Nehal Bhuta (University of Edinburgh)

 11:00 – 12:20 Panels:

9              Layers of Inequality
Chair: Christopher M.J. Boyd (University of Glasgow)

10           The Meanings and Mutations of Sustainability
Organized in cooperation with the Erik Castrén Institute

Chair: Gail Lythgoe (University of Glasgow, University of St Andrews)

13:00 – 14:00 : Roundtable on International Law and Distribution
Charlie Peevers (Chair, University of Glasgow)
Deval Desai (University of Edinburgh)
Sufyan El Droubi (University of Dundee)
Annalisa Savaresi (University of Stirling)
Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)

14:10 – 15:30 : Panel

11           Distribution and the Responsibility of Private Actors
Chair: Anna Chadwick (University of Glasgow)


Download the PDF of the programme here

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