Nowadays, the new forms of social regulation already established in Europe, labelled through the ambiguous notion of governance, are an interesting observation point in order to grasp the radical crisis of the modern legal order of the discourse, based on the centrality of the State, on the dichotomy between private and public spheres, and so on, the representation of political unity. To frame the meaning of such a crisis, it could be useful to analyse Jacques Lacan’s topics of discourses. In particular, we believe that his thoughts about the capitalist discourse, conceived as a variant of the master discourse, could be very inspiring. Indeed, according to Lacan, while the father, if conceived as the guarantor of the alliance between law and desire, evaporates, the Master is still present. Not anymore as a subject but as an object: without mediation.
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!