Summer Seminar 2023

Welcome to the Helsinki Summer Seminar 2023!

We are delighted to announce that the 34th Helsinki Summer Seminar on Expert Authority and Governance: towards a new division of powers? organised by the Erik Castrén Institute will take place on 21 – 25 August 2023 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki.

Societies are increasingly governed by experts; and experts govern far removed from democratic decision-making and judicial control. Politics disappears as authority takes on new forms and dimensions. This year’s summer seminar on international law will explore this development with a view to interrogating the reallocation of values and emergence of new divisions of power. Is it time to revisit Montesquieu? Or are the old vocabularies of law and government still able to accommodate the changing forms and new hierarchies of public authority at various levels of international and domestic governance?

Confirmed list of speakers, among others:

Laurens Ankersmit (University of Amsterdam)
Christina Eckes (University of Amsterdam)
Davide Gnes (University of Amsterdam)
Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki)
Päivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki)
Christoph Möllers (Humboldt University Berlin)
Milka Sormunen (University of Helsinki)
Kaarlo Tuori (University of Helsinki)
Anna Wallerman Ghavanini (University of Gothenburg)