Harmonisation and the Law – an interdisciplinary approach to legislative drafting

Wednesday, 4th June 2019, 2pm, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Confirmed Speakers include:

Dr Maren Heidemann, IALS, University of London

Dr Simon Desbruslais, University of Hull

Dr Martin Parker Dixon, University of Glasgow

The seminar brings together scholars from several disciplines of the arts and humanities in order to revisit the notion of harmony in a number of contexts. Harmony plays a role in music, architecture, sculpture, philosophy, sociology and many more scholarly disciplines, last but not least in the law where it has acquired a fixed place in legal terminology without ever enjoying a clear definition, though. Harmonisation of laws is often synonymous with uniform law. The conveners of this event believe, however, that harmonisation, if understood properly, could be a powerful tool in shaping better law and are proposing research with the aim to explore the full potential of harmony and harmonisation for the law by building a new, innovative and interdisciplinary method and meaning of harmonised law.

The speakers have their background in law, musicology and philosophy.

Academic conveners: Dr Maren Heideman and Dr Simon Desbruslais

Draft Programme:

13.30 registration and coffee

14.00  Welcome and introductory remarks, convenors

14.10 “Harmonisation and the law – developments and potential”,  Dr Maren Heidemann

14.30 “The evolution of musical harmony”, Dr Simon Desbruslais

14.50 “Harmony as an aesthetic value”, Dr Martin Parker Dixon


About the speakers:

Dr Maren Heidemann is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (Centre for Corporate and Finance Law)  and a guest lecturer and postgraduate tutor at Queen Mary, University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies. She is a qualified lawyer (Germany) and since 2007 has held a number of academic teaching and research positions at UK universities, including as a Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of numerous monographs and journal articles and leads the research project “The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform” at the CCFL. She is also an active musician, a graduate of the Conservatoire of the City of Cologne and has experience in ensemble management as well as in orchestral, chamber music and  and solo performance as a flute player.

Dr Simon Desbruslais is Lecturer in Music and Performance Coordinator/ Musical Director of the University of Hull Chapel Choir at the University of Hull. He is author of “The Music and Music Theory of Paul Hindemith” (Boydell & Brewer), and was the first British scholar to publish in the Russian Journal of Music Theory. Dr Desbruslais is also an accomplished trumpet soloist including critically-acclaimed recordings and a musicologist, with active research interests in music theory, analysis, and performance studies.

Dr Martin Parker Dixon is Lecturer in Music at the University of Glasgow, School of Culture and Creative Arts as well as a College Teaching Associate in Music at St John’s College, University of Cambridge where he obtained his doctorate in the subject of philosophy as well as a Diploma in Computer Science. He studied composition and classical guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. One of his recent research projects includes the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the British Library “The music of Thea Musgrave, an analysis based on the manuscript sources” for which is is a Principal Investigator. He is also a composer of a number of commissioned works for established opera companies and festivals.

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