Archive: May, 2014

Research Seminar with Julian Lehmann on 20 May

Dear Colleagues,

Julian Lehmann is a doctoral candidate at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin who currently guests the Faculty of Law. On 20 May, he will present a paper-in-progress entitled

“Anything Goes in Protection Capacity Building? Perspectives for Multilateral Assistance in Strenghtening National Asylum Systems”.

Please find an abstract below. Julian is very much interested in comments and critique. To request the paper, please be in touch with

Date and Time: 20 May, 14.15 hrs.

Venue: Röda Tornrummet, Juridicum, 4th floor.

Most welcome!

Gregor Noll



Anything Goes in Protection Capacity Building? Perspectives for Multilateral Assistance in Strenghtening National Asylum System

Deficiencies in national asylum systems are a major obstacle for ensuring access to asylum. As a result, States increasingly assist other States in developing and strengthening the capacity of their national asylum systems. Such capacity building may aim to improve refugee status determination procedures, improve reception conditions, or access to durable solutions. This paper explores the legal and political challenges involved in such capacity building. First, it considers the design of capacity building programs in line with State obligations under human rights and refugee law, as well as the appropriate accountability standards by donors and recipients. It also addresses the potential relevance of protection capacity building for the EU law concepts ‘First Country of Asylum’ and ‘Safe Third Country’. Drawing on these challenges, the paper enquires whether there is such thing as a human rights and refugee law approach to capacity building for national asylum systems. Second, the paper maps past and current capacity building endeavors by EU States, EU institutions and the UNHCR, identifying their contexts, goals, scopes, and accountability mechanisms. Using the legal challenges identified, and past insights on the effectiveness of capacity building, the paper analyses these projects.Past Projects overstressed the technical and training aspects of capacity building while underscoring the political aspects. Although there is no evidence that protection capacity building in third countries was used to restrict access to asylum within the EU, all projects were embedded within broader migration-management projects that may conflict with the overall aim of refugee protection.

Pufendorf Research Seminar with Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos on 14 May

Dear colleagues and friends,

The Faculty of Law cordially invites you to a Pufendorf research seminar with Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law & Theory at Westminster, U.K., who will give a talk followed by a discussion. While all interested are invited, we especially call on you who are interested in theory of law, theories of space and body, atmosphere and spatial justice. After the seminar all interested are invited to continue conversations as the company moves to a local lunch restaurant.

Time: 14 May10:15–12:00
Venue: Styrelserummet, 4th floor Juridicum, Lund University 

The World is Rooted in Air: Atmosphere, Lawscape, Spatial Justice

Air brings together but also sets apart bodies by facilitating a division between inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion, continuum and rupture. Taking inspiration in Tomas Saraceno’s glasshouse installations, this talk looks into the way air (and other elements) are partitioned in ‘glasshouses’ of atmospheric affect. Partitioning comes from material boundaries (walls, pavements, apertures) but also immaterial, legal and political delimitations, such as private property, urban commons, public access areas and so on. Atmospheres (especially urban) tend to be tightly regulated in order to avoid uncontrolled and unpredictable revolts, thus pushing bodies in specific, pre-fabricated directions. Building on my previous work on the lawscape, namely the tautology between law and space, and with the help of Wagner’s leitmotifs, the writings of Sloterdijk, Irigaray, Deleuze, Negarestani and Serres, as well as posthumanism, gender studies, ecology, new material and vitalist ontologies, and critical legal theory, the talk aims at reconceptualising current understandings of atmospheres within a context of an embodied, conflictual and fully contextualised spatial justice.

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, LLB, LLM, PhD, is Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster and founder and Director of The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre, a centre that brings together radical interdisciplinary research. His research interests include environmental law, human rights, EU law, law and literature, law and space, continental philosophy, gender studies, law and art, and so on, all areas in which he has published. He lectures around the world and holds permanent professorial affiliations with the Centre for Politics, Management and Philosophy, Business School, Copenhagen since 2006, and the University Institute of Architecture, Venice since 2009. He as visited the Faculty of Law in Lund for research seminars on an annual basis since 2012. Andreas has been awarded the 2011 OUP National Award for the Law Teacher of the Year. His two edited volumes Law and the City (2007) and Law and Ecology (2011) and his two monographs Absent Environments (2007) and Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society (2009) are published with Routledge. In 2013 he published the edited collection (together with Anders la Cour) called Luhman Observed: Radical Theoretical Encounters (Palgrave). He is forthcoming this year with a research monograph titled Spatial Justice: Bodies, Lawscape, Atmosphere (Routledge). Andreas is also a published poet and artist, and perhaps one of the most creative and inspirational persons on the planet – most certainly so within the universe of law and legal studies. 

International Law & Theory Centre:

While there is no advance distribution of the paper presented, we would be grateful if you would inform of your intention to participate.

Most welcome!

/Gregor Noll & Matilda Arvidsson

Pufendorf Research Seminar with Roger Cotterell (Queen Mary) on 8 May and Doctoral Seminar on 7 May

On Thursday 8 May, Professor Roger Cotterell (Queen Mary, London) will present a paper entitled

                           Northern Lights: From Swedish Realism to Sociology of Law

Professor Cotterell agreed to visit Lund on a joint invitation by the Faculty of Law and Professor Reza Banakar of the Department of Sociology of Law at Lund University.

Please be in touch with Cecilia Andersson ( for a copy of Professor Cotterell’s paper. His profile is here:

Date and Time: Thursday, 8 May, 14.15 hrs

Venue: Styrelserummet, Juridicum, 4th floor

Most welcome!

Gregor Noll

P.S. Professor Cotterell also offers a doctoral seminar on Wednesday, 7 May at 14.15 hrs at the same location. For readings, please be in touch with