Clusters

Open platforms which seek to expand engagements between regions in intellectual, practical and policy terms.

Trans-systemic Law

This cluster brings together scholars and practitioners who work on how different legal systems interact on a shared platform. Transsystemic legal platforms have historically been found in nodal points like port cities, the boundary places where different economic regions meet and transact. Such platforms have the potential for Middle Eastern countries to connect with Asia in productive ways, despite unresolved political, religious and social issues that hinder regional/national development. They do not assume a unitary religio-political authority, and thus decouple trade, financial and other social exchanges from unresolvable political rivalries. The Transsytemic Law cluster approaches such problems in disaggregated ways, recognizing that all-or-nothing total solutions lead to stalemate and stagnation, and looks for partial solutions instead.