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Wikipedia offers (yet) another example of a scheme of ‘private ordering’, regulation and governance that works largely outside of state law. Its institutions and procedures show strong resemblances to those found in legal systems generally.  But what may distinguish Wikipedia ( or what some Wikipedians claim does so) is the frequent discursive insistence on the risks of taking rules seriously and the dangers of what they call ‘Wikilawering’.

In this talk, Professor Nelken will seek to explore why this is so and what it means in actual practice, also with reference to a various ‘trouble cases’ as illustrations.

About the speaker:

David Nelken is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Law, and former Head of Research, at the Dickson Poon Law School, King’s College, London. Professor Nelken’s research focuses on theoretical enquiry and empirical investigation in the areas of comparative sociology of law, criminology, and legal and social theory. He 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 also a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. On the editorial board of numerous journals, he is also a member of the Independent Board of the SCOPUS (Elsevier) Database of peer-reviewed literature, where he is responsible for evaluating all law journals worldwide. He was a Panel member of Scottish Children’s Hearings juvenile justice system 1979-1983, a member of Italian Regional Crime committees in the 1990’s and, amongst many visiting appointments, was the Global Law professor at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, for 2014.

Tuesday 21 February 2023
Time: 1-2pm AEDT (Light lunch from 12.30pm)
Venue: New Law Building (F10), Level 4, Common Room, University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)
CPD Points: 1


This event is proudly hosted by The University of Sydney Law School. 

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Feb 21 2023


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School
New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney (Camperdown Campus)


Professional Learning & Community Engagement
02 9351 0248

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