Friday, 29 March: Constitutionalizing Connectivity – Poul Kjaer

PILAGG WILL HOST ITS second SEMINAR OF THE 2019 SPRING SEMESTER WITH PROFESSOR poul kjaer AND DISCUSSANT, PROFESSOR Jean d’aspremont

29 March / 12.30-14.30

Room 410 T – Meeting Room

Sciences Po Law School, 13 rue de l’université, 75007 Paris

 

Professor Poul Kjaer, Copenhagen Business School 

For an abstract:

Global law settings are characterized by a structural pre-eminence of connectivity norms, a type of norm which differs from coherency or possibility norms. The centrality of connectivity norms emerges from the function of global law, which is to increase the probability of transfers of condensed social components, such as economic capital and products, religious doctrines, and scientific knowledge, from one legally structured context to another within world society. This was the case from colonialism and colonial law to contemporary global supply chains and human rights. Both colonial law and human rights can be understood as serving a constitutionalizing function aimed at stabilizing and facilitating connectivity. This allows for an understanding of colonialism and contemporary global governance as functional, but not as normative, equivalents.

For the full paper: Constitutionalizing Connectivity Kjaer-2018-Journal_of_Law_and_Society
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Friday, 8 March: Book Discussion – Thinking Beyond the Fishbowl

PILAGG WILL host ITS FIRST SEMINAR OF THE 2019 SPRING SEMESTER WITH PROFESSOR RATNA KAPUR AND DISCUSSANTS, PROFESSORS GÜNTER FRANKENBERG AND DANIEL BONILLA

08 March / 12.30-14.30

Room 410 T – Meeting Room

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Professor Ratna Kapur, Queen Mary University of London

The Futurity of human rights rests in turning away from liberal freedom and towards non-liberal registers of freedom

Professor Günther Frankenberg, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität am Main

Comparative law as critique requires analysis of a widespread spirit of innocence in terms of method, and critique of human rights narratives

Professor Daniel Bonilla, Universidad de los Andes

Comparative law constructs a narrative of the self and the other, of the legal subject and the legal barbarian

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Wednesday, 23 Jan: Book Club – Tamar Herzog “A Short History of European Law”

PILAGG WILL HOST AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT OF THE 2019 SPRING SEMESTER WITH PROFESSORS TAMAR HERZOG on her book, “A short history of european law” WITH DISCUSSANTs, PROfESSORs Simona Cerutti and jerome sgard

23 Jan / 17 – 18 H

Room 410 T – Meeting Room

Sciences Po Law School, 13 rue de l’université, 75007 Paris

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FOR AN ABSTRACT:

To many observers, European law seems like the endpoint of a mostly random walk through history. Certainly the trajectory of legal systems in the West over the past 2,500 years is far from self-evident. In A Short History of European Law, Tamar Herzog offers a new road map that reveals underlying patterns and unexpected connections. By identifying what European law was, where its iterations could be found, who was allowed to make and implement it, and what the results were, she ties legal norms to their historical circumstances, and allows readers to grasp their malleability and fragility.

Herzog describes how successive European legal systems built upon one another, from ancient times through the establishment and growth of the European Union. Roman law formed the backbone of each configuration, though the way it was understood, used, and reshaped varied dramatically from one century and place to the next. Only by considering Continental civil law and English common law together do we see how they drew from and enriched this shared tradition.

Expanding the definition of Europe to include its colonial domains, Herzog explains that British and Spanish empires in the New World were not only recipients of European legal traditions but also incubators of new ideas. Their experiences, as well as the constant tension between overreaching ideas and naive localism, explain how European law refashioned itself as the epitome of reason and as a system with potentially global applications.

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Friday, 7 Dec: Book Talk – Samuel Moyn “Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World”

PILAGG WILL HOST ITS FOURTH EVENT OF THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR WITH PROFESSORS KERRY RITTICH, Jeremy Perelman, AND ROBERT WAI ON Samuel Moyn’s “Not Enough: HUman rights in an Unequal world”

7 Dec / 12:30 – 14:30

Room 410 T – Meeting Room

Sciences Po Law School, 13 rue de l’université, 75007 Paris

For an abstract and topics of discussion:

Human rights is now established as the universal language of social justice including across realms of international law and global governance.  But in an era in which concerns about economic inequality take centre stage, there are pressing questions about how well ‘the last utopia’ advances claims rooted in distributive justice. How does the language of human rights shape the forms of equality that we pursue? What accounts for the parallel rise of human rights and market-centered governance? What role has human rights played in collective aspirations for solidarity, especially in the Global South? What should we expect now as social activists use human rights in their economic struggles with states, international institutions, and private actors?

Samuel Moyn’s recent book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, provides an occasion to reflect anew on the history and context of human rights and its place in struggles for economic justice.

FOR AN INTRODUCTION OF THE BOOK: Moyn – Introduction-Not Enough

 

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Friday, 23 November: Language and Boundaries

PILAGG WILL HOST ITS THIRD EVENT OF THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR WITH PROFESSORS Ruth sefton-green, KERRY RITTICH, and robert wai on THE TOPIC OF “Law’s language, law’s Boundaries: an INterdisciplinary approach”

23 Nov / 12:30 – 14:30

Room 410 T – Meeting Room

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FOR ABSTRACTS OF THE TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:

Ruth Sefton-Green (University Paris I Sorbonne) 

Language as a means of closing and opening doors in law

The relationship and mutual influence between law and language is the driving force behind my enquiry. Language affects law from various perspectives. First, language has been, and no doubt still is, exploited by jurists to keep language within the legal community. It follows that a legal language, or a language of the law, can be used as a deliberate barrier to reserve the law to an elite, as well as to mark out cultural and national boundaries. For instance, the invention of the English common law was constructed, somewhat paradoxically, thanks to the French language. Second, it is often suggested that language creates barriers to understanding other legal systems. To what extent does the structure of a language affect the structure of law? Can we learn law in the ‘wrong’ language? Can linguistic incompetence, i.e. not knowing the language, preclude us from understanding another law? Overriding theories of untranslatability, I will explore the idea that comparative law is an eye-opener and an opportunity to cross thresholds, in order to move beyond fixed or conventional understandings and create new ones through a meta-language.

Kerry Rittich (University of Toronto)

Then and Now – Informal Work through the Lens of Colonial Labour Market Governance

Informal work has always been marginal to the discipline of labour law, despite the fact that at a global level it encompasses most of the work actually performed. A confluence of events – among them, the transnationalization of production, the rise of precarious, contractualized forms of work, and the assault on organized labour – has put the discipline in crisis and its conventional focus on the employment relationship in question. At the same time, labour market reforms and other governance norms at the national, international and transnational levels are intensifying the crises of work and exacerbating economic inequality.

As the boundaries of the field are being questioned and redrawn, it can be revealing to trace the continuities between contemporary imperatives to formalize informal labour and enhance productivity at work and colonial endeavours to create a wage labour force habituated to market norms, demands and conditions. What narratives of progress undergird these endeavours? How are legal technologies such as contractual forms employed to effect the transition to modernity? How are freedom and coercion for workers imagined in these contractual relationships, especially in the context of (countervailing) demands to ensure continuous increases in productivity? What do colonial labour market histories and governance projects suggest about the ensuing consequences for efficiency and distributive justice, economic growth and progress in human welfare and social cohesion?

Robert Wai (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)

Liberal and Post-Liberal Internationalist Policy Discourses in Transnational Economic Law

How are the boundaries of territory and jurisdiction constituted through the language of law? One focus in my research has been the way in which this is resolved through the deployment of policy discourses in fields of transnational economic law, including private international law, international trade law, and international investment law. In particular, the harnessing and reception of interdisciplinary insights into law through the reasoning/justification of legal decision-makers, including legislators, judges/arbitrators, and public officials, involves a selective reception of the insights from the extralegal disciplines such as economics, international relations, and ethics. I have earlier argued that the supportive reception during the 1990s of globalization into many areas of law, most strikingly in neoliberal reform associated with the Washington Consensus, could be understood as being justified based on a series of liberal internationalist policy analytics taken from economics, international relations, and ethics. The slogan “commerce, cooperation, cosmopolitanism” could summarize this stage. Since then, the liberal internationalist policy consensus has clearly become more contested. What is the nature of interdisciplinary policy discourse now in transnational economic law, and what follows from the change for the legal language of territory and jurisdiction?

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Friday, 19 October: Dominus Mundi by Professor PG Monateri

PILAGG will host its second event of the 2018-2019 academic year with professor Pier Giuseppe monateri on his latest book, “Dominus mundi: Politcal sublime and the world order”

19 Oct / 12:30 – 14:30

Room 410 T – Meeting Room

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FOR AN ABSTRACT OF THE SEMINAR AND TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:

This monograph makes a seminal contribution to existing literature on the importance of Roman law in the development of political thought in Europe. In particular it examines the expression ‘dominus mundi’, following it through the texts of the medieval jurists – the Glossators and Post-Glossators – up to the political thought of Hobbes. Understanding the concept of dominus mundi sheds light on how medieval jurists understood ownership of individual things; it is more complex than it might seem; and this book investigates these complexities. The book also o ers important new insights into Thomas Hobbes, especially with regard to the end of dominus mundi and the replacement by Leviathan. Finally, the book has important relevance for contemporary political theory. With fading of political diversity Monateri argues “that the actual setting of globalisation represents the reappearance of the Ghost of the Dominus Mundi, a political refoulé – repressed – a reappearance of its sublime nature, and a struggle to restore its universal legitimacy, and take its place.” In making this argument, the book adds an important original vision to current debates in legal and political philosophy.

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