Sociology of Law Research Seminars - Comparison, Commensuration and Covid indicators
The Sociology of Law Department arranges a series of research seminars inviting both local and international researchers who are conducting state of the art research within various areas of law and society.
Professor of Comparative and Transnational Law, King's College London
Global social indicators, as a form of governance and soft regulation, exert pressure for change and compliance through the way they compare and rank the relative performance of states or other units. Is it reasonable then to expect the comparisons they make in the process of carrying out such strategic exercises to be accurate and fair? In particular, how far can they, or should they, be required to be faithful to the requirement to ‘compare like with like’. Using as an example the role of indicators in documenting and responding to the current Coronavirus epidemic, David Nelken investigates the way their hybrid combination of both comparison and commensuration may help account for the difficulty they have had so far at establishing stable rankings of best practice.
Professor David Nelken taught law at Cambridge, Edinburgh and University College, London, from 1976-1989 before moving to Italy in 1990 as Distinguished Professor of Legal Institutions and Social Change at the University of Macerata. From 1995 to 2013 he was also Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Cardiff University, and from 2010 to 2014 Visiting Professor of Criminology at Oxford University. He is currently Professor of Comparative and Transnational Law at Kings College, London.
Theoretical enquiry and empirical investigation in the areas of comparative sociology of law, criminology, and legal and social theory are among his main research interests. More recently working on global social indicators and the implications for law of governing by numbers.
This is a digital seminar. Follow this link at 13:00 on April 14 to attend the seminar.
About the event
14 April 2021 13:00 to 14:00
The seminar will be conducted digitally on Zoom. Details in event description.
john [dot] woodlock [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se