G32
Legal pluralism and transnational politics of securitization (IUAES Commission on Legal Pluralism)

Convenors:
Bertram Turner (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Location:
University Place 4.212
Start time:
7 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Security requirements find expression in the production of normative templates that address any given domain relevant to public safety and livelihood security. The panel will investigate in what way politics of securitization affect complex plural legal configurations at various scales.

Long abstract:

The governance of human security at transnational scale has attracted increasing interest these days. Security requirements find expression in the production of normative templates that address a variety of issues ranging from protection against threats to public safety, to any given domain relevant to livelihood security. Commonly, such processes are communicated in the language of neoliberal achievements. Politics of securitization are mainly dominated by the global governance institutions, such as the United Nations with its numerous sub-organizations, the IMF, the World Bank. They are setting up legal frameworks of security for various areas of human livelihood thus re-defining the conditions of people's legal agency. As one of the major fields appears the governance of conflict and violence (crime prevention, gated communities, urban security, anti-terrorism legislation, law on torture, on war, on war crimes, mass atrocities) and normative scripts for all kinds of post conflict scenarios. In this context, control over the flow of information and informational politics also play a decisive role. In addition, health, food and resource security, economy and finance are domains in which transnational normative securitization becomes increasingly effective. Proceeding from the assumption that there is a coherent logic behind this wide range of normative operations, the panel will investigate what the means and ends of such politics of securitization are and how they affect complex plural legal configurations at various scales.