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State formation between law, society and informality

In this research strand we are interested in using the concept of infrastructure as a means to cultivate new questions regarding the performance and materiality of the state. Advancing current post-structural and post-foundational approaches to state power, we are keen to explore understandings of the sites, bodies, materials and affects through which sovereignty is made meaningful and legitimate. This research has led to considerations of the role of new legal systems in the consolidation of post-conflict states; the nature and purpose of diplomacy and paradiplomacy; the everyday embodiment of state institutions, and the production of ideas of formality/informality in the operation of state power.

Research projects

Research projects currently being undertaken on this theme include:

'Fair' community benefits and equitable land governance

'Fair' community benefits and equitable land governance

During the last two decades, large-scale acquisition of agricultural and forest land, especially in rapidly developing and emerging economies, has become a key development challenge. While land is a key resource for development projects, there is a growing concern that people's connection to their lands and livelihoods is being undermined and they are not being fairly compensated.

Changing Court Spaces: Policy, Architecture and Experience

Changing Court Spaces: Policy, Architecture and Experience

On 15th October 2015 Natalie Ceeney, CEO of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, stated that the 'physical paradigm' of courts in the UK had to change. As a £700m programme of regeneration is now underway, this research project sought to understand how best this change can be enacted, and to identify the pitfalls that need to be avoided.

Justice being seen to be done: communicating law across space

Justice being seen to be done: communicating law across space

How is the legitimacy of a new legal institution established after violent and divisive conflict? What are the consequences if public trust is not established? What alternatives to trials and other judicial activities emerge in such circumstances? These three questions have stimulated ongoing research in the Department of Geography by Dr. Alex Jeffrey into the creation of new courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Localising International Law: Examining the Public Outreach Strategies of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovin

Localising International Law: Examining the Public Outreach Strategies of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovin

This project is a two-year investigation into the establishment of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its outreach strategy to local organisations.