7 Macquarie L.J. 1 (2007)

handle is hein.journals/macq7 and id is 1 raw text is: Macquarie Law Journal (2007) Vol 7

EDITORS' NOTE
GLOBALISATION AND THE QUEST FOR SOCIAL AND
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: THE RELEVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL
LAW IN AN EVOLVING WORLD ORDER
SHAWKAT ALAM*, NATALIE KLEIN** AND JULIETTE OVERLAND**
This issue of the Macquarie Law Journal had its genesis in the 2006 Division of
Law Seminar Series, which was convened by Dr Shawkat Alam, Dr Natalie Klein
and Ms Juliette Overland. The Division of Law at Macquarie University comprises
three departments - the Department of Law, the Department of Business Law and
the Department of Environmental Law - and, in 2006, the editors represented each
of these different departments.' Thus the seminar series and this issue of the
Macquarie   Law    Journal are   truly  collaborative, cross-departmental and
interdisciplinary, in nature as well as topic.
In the call for papers for the seminar series, prospective participants were asked to
submit an abstract based on the topic 'Globalisation and the Quest for Social and
Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World
Order', with a focus on either social justice or environmental justice in that context.
The following statement of general guidance was proffered:
There are few topics as controversial as globalisation. It is meant to bring economic
growth and solve a range of social, cultural and humanitarian problems. However,
there are significant debates in relation to the extent that the reality of globalisation
reflects this idealized vision. In particular, globalisation has produced a highly
interdependent world, rendering state boundaries meaningless and challenging the
ideology and limits of certain areas of international law. The 2006 seminar series will
*     LLB (Hons) (Raj), LLM (Dhaka), PhD (Macq), Lecturer in the Department of Law, Macquarie
University.
**    BA (Juris), LLB (Hons) (Adel), LLM JSD (Yale), Senior Lecturer in the Department of Law,
Macquarie University
*     LLB (Hons 1) (QUT). current PhD candidate (ANU), Lecturer in the Department of Business
Law, Macquarie University.
Dr Klein representing the Department of Law, Ms Overland representing the Department of
Business Law and Dr Alam (then) representing the Department of Environmental Law.

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