Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking Beyond Borders

Hefter Center
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
April 23-24 2010

In the twenty-first century, traditional legal borders – geographic and intellectual – have been increasingly contested. Many observers have questioned whether the long-held conception of sovereign state boundary remains salient in a world of technology-accelerated trans-boundary flows of people, capital, and information. Meanwhile, in unprecedented ways, scholars with training in anthropology, critical theory, communication, ethics, economics, history, information sciences, media studies, sociology, political science, and law have begun crossing disciplinary borders to use each other’s tools and to engage in meaningful and sustained dialogue about "law" in its dramatically changing global context. What are the nature and implications of these two shifting legal borders? What does the future hold for them? And what role do new technologies play in this evolving story?