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Sundhya Pahuja

Melbourne Law School
University of Melbourne
  • 2017 First Semester
  • 2019 Second Semester

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This research would form part of a larger project which aims to produce a new conceptual understanding of the relationship between global corporations, states, state law and international law. Such an understanding will take a legal/historical approach, focusing on how the mobility of global corporations is facilitated, how rights are created, and how corporate power is produced and made effective. This new understanding will contribute to the generation of new regulatory architecture capable of holding global corporations to account. The pieces of the puzzle I would work on at STIAS, would cover the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) and the birth of ‘international law’, and the ‘(Territorial) Trading Companies in Africa: twentieth century debt, decolonisation and the company’.

This contribution to the research theme Crossing Borders, centres on two questions posed explicitly by the subtheme, Boundaries and Legal Authority in a Global Context. The first is how to understand in normative and conceptual terms, the changing capacity of the state to regulate (in the face of) cross-border activity, and the second is the question of what renders authoritative, the acts of setting legal boundaries in a global context?

I will approach the two questions raised by the theme, in the practical context of how we should understand the relationship between the company and the state historically and today, orienting myself theoretically by what I have described elsewhere as ‘jurisdictional thinking’, an historically inflected jurisprudence.

This project forms part of the STIAS long-term project Boundaries and Legal Authority in a Global context within the Crossing Borders research theme.

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