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Globalisation and Law Group


A double view GALG Logo‘The world is a village’. While the phenomenon of globalisation continues unabated, the law will naturally have to keep pace. In a world inter-related as never before, globalisation has undoubtedly affected the way in which both domestic and international communities have responded to law. This will require a thorough consideration of not only the new forces that inform the development of law, but also the way in which law is likely to evolve in the future.

The rationale for establishing The Globalisation and Law Group (GALG) is to provide a centre of research excellence within Kingston Law School, focusing more specifically on the way in which globalisation informs the development of law. GALG aims to focus on a number of research interests through the common theme of globalisation and law under the auspices of one research centre. The establishment of GALG sits within the University’s broad research and internationalisation strategies.

GALG's council comprises the founding members: Eric Jeanpierre, an Erasmus Coordinator and a Senior Lecturer in International and Comparative Law, Dr Raymond Youngs, a Senior Lecturer in German and Comparative Law and Dr Philip Harris, a PhD Programme Leader & Senior Lecturer in Jurisprudence and Immigration Law.

GALG intends to invite colleagues from the Faculty of Business and Law, other interested KU Faculties, visiting fellows and other researchers in several eminent European Universities and in a number of African Institutions, and current as well as past Kingston Law School students to contribute to the development of the Group.

Through the Centre, the founders and all other researchers that join will consider the synthesis of law and globalisation through the lens of, inter alia:

  • International law
  • Domestic law
  • Comparative law


The Research Team

Joint directors:

  • Dr Philip Harris
  • Dr Raymond Youngs
  • Eric Jeanpierre

Council members:

  • Dr Stephen Turner
  • Rupert Dunbar


GALG’s activities


GALG publications and short articles



  • Kingston University Law School’s Eric Jeanpierre has been invited to address the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation in both Luxembourg and Brussels on 9 and 10 March 2016.  Eric Jeanpierre’s talk will be on the pitfalls of legal translations between different legal families, with a focus on French to English. The Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) translates from a wide range of languages on a wide range of subjects for the various directorates-general of the Commission. A major ongoing project for the DGT is the Commission's E-Justice Portal, which explains the legal systems and procedures of all the different EU countries in the 24 official EU languages. Related to this project, Eric Jeanpierre’s talk will focus mainly on providing advice on the difficulties in translating not only legal terms, but also legal concepts.
  • Justice Gelaga King was elected this week for the third time President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He is a Kingston Law School distinguished judicial visitor.
  • In its continued support to African educational institutions, Kingston Law School donated a large quantity of law books to the Islamic University in Uganda through one of its former law students.
  • Upcoming Event - Public International Law debate - 21 November 2012
  • GALG PIL essay writing competition ' Title : In these changing times the rules of international law need to be modernised in order to take into account the expanding role of non-state actors OR : There is no doubt that the current rules of international law concerning the use of force allow an intervention in Syria to stop the bloodshed.'
    Prizes to all participants. Top Prize: work placement in law firm. Word limit: 700 words max (including footnotes). Deadline : 8 November. Please email your essay to
  • The Globalisation and Law Group is delighted to announce 2012-2013 Prizes in Public International Law and International Criminal Law. Just like last year, it will be sponsored by Glade Law. The top 5 Students in both modules will also get the opportunity of applying for an internship with Glade Law. ''I have been very impressed by the great work ethic and the quality of the work provided by Kingston University Law School students. I always greatly enjoy working alongside Kingston University students and look forward welcoming this academic year's Public International Law and International Criminal Law group of students. I hope that this experience will give students a good understanding of the legal profession.' (Shohaab Dar, Glade Law Managing Partner)
  • GALG Comparative Law essay writing competition ' :  In these times when 'globalisation' is the keyword, do you agree with Pierre Legrand that 'legal systems are not converging'? Prizes to all participants. Top Prize: work placement in law firm. Wordlimit: 700 words max (including footnotes). Deadline : 8 November. Please email your essay to
  • GALG International Criminal Law essay writing competition:
  • - 'The proliferation of international courts and tribunals helps towards the development of international criminal law.' (1)
    - The creation of international criminal tribunals and courts have not been unqualified successes. ' (2)
    - Basing your answer on one of the two statements above, has the proliferation of international(ised|) tribunals, in the way that it actually took place in practice, been beneficial to the development of ICL? Prizes to all participants. Top Prize: work placement in law firm. Wordlimit: 700 words max (including footnotes). Deadline : 8 November. Please email your essay to The best essays will be published in GALG's webpage. 
  • Raymond attended the annual meeting of the British Association of Comparative Law as well as the Comparative Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual conference in Bristol on 11 September 2012. Read his roundup of the event.
  • Graeme Broadbent & Eric Jeanpierre presented a paper, on 4 Sep. 2012 at the annual conference of The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) in Passau, Germany. The paper focused on ‘The Experience of Law Students on the Erasmus Study Exchange Programme - Pre-departure Student Impressions’
  • In consultation with GALG and as part of its internationalisation strategy, Kingston law School has become a member of the British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) as well as of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
  • Kingston Law School (along with a dozen other EU universities) is involved with the organisation of an EU-funded Intensive Programme on International Trade Law due to take place in Bilbao in September 2012. Five students as well as three staff members from the Law School will be among the participants. Find out more about the programme.
  • Lena Bendiksen, Associate Professor at The Faculty of Law of the University of Tromsø (Norway), spent her sabbatical year at Kingston Law School, from September 2011 to June 2012. Read more about Lena's time at Kingston Law School
  • Congratulations to Charly Berthet & Vanya Kazazyan for being the joint winners of the 2011-2012 Glade Law Prize in Public International Law
  • Congratulations to Azra Karup & Mays Al-Juboori for being jointly awarded the 2011-2012 Glade Law Prize in International Criminal law. 
  • The Law School Globalisation and Law Group (GALG) set up a Facebook Group : Kingston University - The Globalisation and Law Group in 2011. It has now well over 100 members. It is a news feed on Globalisation and Law issues and enables interesting, and sometimes heated, discussions between KU current and past students.
  • During the academic year 2011-2012, GALG organised three very successful public lectures delivered by Law School alumni and attended by over 100 students. Speakers included:
  • Richard Newell (International Trips Coordinator in Rwanda and Bosnia for Aegis students, a subsidiary of Aegis Trust, an international genocide prevention movement, committed to educating, campaigning and fundraising to end genocide and mass atrocities) gave a talk on ‘International law and the Balkans’. This was coupled with a film viewing on the aftermath of the war in Bosnia.
  • Mansour Shafic (former intern at B'Tselem and current fellow at Forward Thinking) gave a talk on issues related to the Palestinian claim for statehood.
  • Tyna Vayalilkollattu, UK President of the United Nations Youth Association, gave a talk on three inter-related topics: Is International Law genuinely concerned about women’s rights? How can youth play a role in International Law? The role of the United Nations Association Youth-UK.
  • Volunteers needed: Eric Jeanpierre and John Tribe, directors of Books for Sierra Leone and Africa,  have embarked on a new charitable project sending books to Kenyan academic institutions. Please email Eric ( or John ( if you would be ready to give up some of your summertime for this exciting new project! Past successful projects have involved book donations to Sierra Leone, Belize and South Sudan. Join the Books for Sierra Leone and Africa Facebook Group.

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