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Many gazes of law: plurality and ordering

Many gazes of law: plurality and ordering

9th Annual Minority Seminar

Many Gazes of Law: Plurality and Ordering

Organised by Minority Research in collaboration with the Åbo Akademi University Law School

Date: April 11th 2024
Time: 9:30-17:30
Place: Auditorium Armfelt, Arken, Åbo Akademi University, Tehtaankatu 2, 20500 Turku and Zoom



The 9th Annual Minority Seminar celebrates the launch of Åbo Akademi Law School by critically engaging with law manifesting itself in various forms and functions, and at various levels of social reality. The seminar will approach sources, subjects and practices of law from five perspectives: Law as rights; Law as legal profession; Law as jurisprudence; Law as education; and Law as justice. We will question the gaze of contemporary law: whose is it, what does it see and how does it order legal practice? Whose voice is amplified and who is silenced? What happens when we turn the gaze back on law? What are the possibilities of seeing and therefore thinking and acting otherwise – should we and how so –  in order to include a plurality of voices and positionalities, including those who are differently minoritized?

In addition to the annual seminar, a PhD workshop will take place on April 12th. More info regarding this will be published later.

9:30 Opening words by Åbo Akademi University’s Rector Mikael Lindfelt


9:45-11:00 Keynote Session 1: Law as Rights; Chaired by Pamela Slotte, Professor at Åbo Akademi University

Nazila Ghanea, Professor at Oxford University and UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Markku Suksi, Professor at Åbo Akademi University


11:00-11:15 Coffee


11:15-12:30 Keynote Session 2: Law as Jurisprudence; Chaired by Ville Engström

Visa A.J. Kurki, Associate Professor at University of Helsinki

Birgitta Wahlberg, Professor at Åbo Akademi University


12:30-13:30 Lunch


13:30-14:45 Keynote Session 3: Law as Justice; Chaired by Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Professor at Åbo Akademi University

Mohsen Al Attar, Associated Professor at University of Warwick

Elina Pirjatanniemi, Professor at Åbo Akademi University


14:45-14:50 Time to stretch your legs


14:50-16:00 Panel Discussion: Law as Education; Chaired by Emmanuel Acquah

Emmanuel Acquah, Associate Professor at Åbo Akademi University

Christopher Mbazira, Professor at Makerere University

Maria Refors Legge, Postdoctoral Researcher at Uppsala university



16:00 -16:15 Coffee


16:15-17:30 Keynote Session 4: Law as Legal Profession; Charied by Magdalena Kmak, Professor, Åbo Akademi University

Swethaa Ballakrishnen, Professor at University of California, Irvine

Daniela Alaatinoglu, Assistant Professor at University of Turku


17:30 Closing of seminar


The event will be streamed via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 637 4883 9962
Passcode: annualsemi

Registration is only needed if you are attending the Coffee Break/s. Register by March 30th 2024.