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Michael Fakhri

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Global Cities; Global Law School; graduate studies; Legal Pedagogy; Legal Pluralism


This note concerns a conference of graduate students - in law as well as a number of other disciplines - which took place at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law on 11-13 January 2008. As the first of its kind convened by the newly established Toronto Group for the Study of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law, the conference was held with the aim of furthering ties between students with an interest in these fields of scholarship. By examining some of the ideational and geographical context of the Toronto Group, this article note brings to bear a better understanding of questions on polycentricity, fragmentation, and pluralism in international, transnational, and comparative legal scholarship. The city of Toronto is at a particular moment of cultural confidence that offers a vantage point for explicating the tensions, paradoxes, and dark sides of fragmenting international law and its centres of power. The increasingly developed graduate studies in law can take hold of this moment and actually create these emerging vantage spaces against law's ideological functions.