HRREC member Siobhán Airey recently participated in a ten-day intensive Academy on ‘Redistribution and the Law in an Antagonistic World’ on 21–30 August 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The academy provides a forum for scholars from law and other disciplines to investigate the distributive effects of law and explore avenues for the re-design of legal institutions to achieve more equitable distribution. The academy seeks to be a venue for scholars interested in collaborative research on global distribution conflicts to connect with like-minded peers around the globe and is part of the strategic cooperation between the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).
Siobhán presented a paper titled ‘Development Aid as Jurisdiction – exploring the juridification of global governance’ in which she sketched a proposal for an analytical lens centred on the concept of jurisdiction with potential to describe and analyse, in legal terms, areas of international activity that are governed by a complex mix of formal (law) and non-formal (soft-law) instruments. She proposed that this approach helps make more explicit the legal quality of their governance frameworks in ways that are currently overlooked by more formalist approaches. The proposal draws together insights from thinking on global governance, on juridification, and on the concept of jurisdiction to analyse the governance of Official Development Assistance (ODA) or development aid.