Walls: the regulatory influence of partition on territories and nations

Image of vibrantly yellow wall topped with barbed wire against intensely blue sky.

Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 16 February 2017


Seminar Room 1.13, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Marie-eve Loiselle


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

Walls have been used for centuries as a form of protection against threats, real or perceived. They have been built to defend against thefts, invasions and threats to cultural identity.

Today more than 60 walls or barriers are standing, or are being planned by States to prevent entry into their territory. This is despite the perception that we are living in a time where borders are losing their relevance in the face of the necessities of a globalised world.

In this PhD mid-term review seminar, Marie-Eve Loiselle questions how the wall operates as a technology of regulation. It first explores the motivations that underpin states’ appeal for physical partitions. It then looks at how the material qualities of the wall operate to regulate movements at the outskirt of the state territory. It concludes with an evaluation of the role of law in the construction of physically partitioned borders.

About the Speaker

Prior to enrolling in her PhD, Marie-Eve was a research officer on the ARC linkage project ‘Strengthening the rule of law through the United Nations Security Council’ at the Australian National University.

She completed a Bachelor of Law at the University of Montreal, with a certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva, and a Master in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

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