Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking Beyond Borders (UW-Milwaukee, April 23-24)

Please join us for the UW-Milwaukee Center for International Education’s 2010 conference, “Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking Beyond Borders,” which will take place on April 23-24 at UWM’s Hefter Conference Center. Registration is free and open to the public.

Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking Beyond Borders

Hefter Conference Center
3271 N. Lake Drive
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?

The program is rich and diverse. I will be participating on the “Law and Transborder Information Flows” panel alongside my colleague Elizabeth Buchanan.

My talk, “Trading Up or a Race to the Bottom? How Regional Privacy Laws Impact Online Privacy Across Borders,” will focus on the challenges both Internet companies and users face when information flows freely cross borders, while local privacy laws on how to handle such flows might differ greatly.

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