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Faculty Seminar | Collaborating in Times of Crisis: Challenges and Strategies for International Research


Allen & Overy Hall, Training Centre, NLSIU (Closed event)


Monday, November 7, 2022, 5:00 pm

The faculty seminar on “Collaborating in times of crisis: Challenges and strategies for international research” will be held on November 7, 2022.  The speaker for this session is Dr. Victor V. Ramraj, Professor, University of Victoria (Faculty of Law), British Columbia.

About the speaker

Professor Ramraj joined the University of Victoria as Professor of Law and CAPI Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations in 2014, after sixteen years at the National University of Singapore, where he twice served as the Faculty’s Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs. He holds five degrees from McGill University (B.A.), the University of Toronto (M.A., LL.B. & Ph.D.), and Queen’s University Belfast (LL.M.). He has edited/co-edited several books published by Cambridge University Press, including Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (2009) and Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality (2010). His research interests include comparative constitutional and administrative law, transnational regulation, emergency powers, and the history of and regulatory challenges arising from state-company relationships in Asia.


This seminar will provide an overview of the state of international and interdisciplinary research collaboration. It will address the challenges for legal researchers and institutions arising from recent changes in legal academia, legal publishing (including open access issues), and the geopolitical environment (including the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and the implications of rising US-China tensions). Dr. Ramraj will also offer some reflections on these challenges based on his own research projects, including his interdisciplinary edited collection, Covid-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts (New York: Oxford University Press), his research on constraints on academic freedom in Asia, and his engagements with senior university administrators on national security guidelines for scientific research in Canada. This seminar would be of interest to graduate students, legal researchers, project leaders and coordinators, and anyone interested in legal and interdisciplinary research projects that cross international and interdisciplinary borders.