The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: Events

Thursday, 16 July 2015 - Friday, 17 July 2015
Conference room of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften

Research Center »Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice« of Goethe University
Conference

Maeve McKeown, Antoinette Scherz, Luke Ulas
»The Challenges of Global Pluralism«

Wissenschaftliche Leitung
Maeve McKeown (Ph.D. Political Theodry, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Group »Justitia Amplificata«)
Antoinette Scherz (Research Fellow & Permanent member of the Board of Directors of the Research Group »Justitia Amplificata«)
Luke Ulas (Ph.D. Political Theory, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Group »Justitia Amplificata«)

Redner
Hilary Beckles (University of the West Indies), Magali Bessone (Université de Rennes), James Bohman (Saint Louis University), Eva Erman (Stockholm University), Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo), Maeve McKeown (Justitia Amplificata), Charles Sabel (Columbia University), Antoinette Scherz (Justitia Amplificata) and Luke Ulas (Justitia Amplificata)

Workshop description
The current international order is fundamentally characterised by pluralism, being populated not just by states, but sub-state, multilateral, regional and global institutions and jurisdictions, as well as a multitude of peoples whose »borders« are not coextensive with state boundaries. Legal theory has been grappling with the problem of global pluralism for over a decade, but political theory has yet to thoroughly theorise the relationship between these multiple levels of groups, institutions and jurisdictions. Global justice theory has tended to proceed dichotomously, articulating and defending either a universal (cosmopolitanism) or a particularist (statism, nationalism) position. Recently theorists have begun to focus on transnational relations and the normative assessment of specific institutions and practices. This conference seeks to elucidate the range of unique challenges and tensions that arise on account of the multifaceted plurality of the global context. Topics include:

  • Pluralism of Peoples: Repairing Historic Injustice
    What, if anything, is owed by some peoples to others as a matter of historic redress? How is this complicated by pluralism?
  • Pluralism of Norms: Tensions between Domestic and Global Justice and Democracy
    How, if at all, can tensions between domestic justice and democracy, and the pursuit of their global analogues be negotiated?
  • Pluralism of Institutions: Concepts of Legitimacy in International, Multilateral and Global Institutions
    What concept of legitimacy should be applied to international and global institutions in a world of separate domestic states? What is the relationship between legitimacy, international law and the self-determination of peoples?

    Registration
    Attendance of the workshop is free. Registration is required for organization and catering purposes by June 20. Places are limited, and will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. In order to register, please contact Ms Valérie Bignon: Bignon@em.uni-frankfurt.de.

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