Memory Laws: Walls or Bridges? The Legal Regulation of Public Memory

Thu, 6/22: 10:00 AM  - 11:45 AM 
Roundtable Session 
Thursday Session 2 
Sheraton Maria Isabel 
Room: Angel D, Reforma Tower (19th Floor) 
Philosophers and historians have long been questioning the existence of a duty to remember and its distinguishing traits, namely what should be remembered and how. Against this backdrop, the law is increasingly being regarded as a privileged bridge connecting past, present, and future in the forging of a collective memory. The roundtable seeks to foster a debate on the tendency to bestow a central role upon the law in both its substantive (for e.g., memory or criminal laws) and spatial (national or international law) expressions. The participants will endeavor to dissect and assess the role attributed to legislation and trials vis-à-vis the fabrication of a public memory and its effects. The session is organized so as to allow each contributor to present specific angles from which the strenuous dialogue between law and memory can be interpreted and explained. This interaction will also facilitate an analysis of the reciprocal impact of local and global 'memory-building'.


Dimitry Kochenov, University of Groningen  - Contact Me


Uladzislau Belavusau, T.M.C. Asser Institute - University of Amsterdam  - Contact Me
Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias, Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences  - Contact Me
Eric Heinze, Queen Mary, University of London  - Contact Me

Primary Keyword

Human Rights, International Human Rights

Secondary Keyword

Democracy, Governance and State Theory, Transitions to Democracy and Revolutions 
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