Inclusive and exclusive globalisation: A seminar with Professor Hans Lindahl (12 March 2018)

Monday, 12 March 2018, 2pm-6pm, Porthania P545 (Faculty room)

In his new book, Authority and the Globalisation of Inclusion and Exclusion (Cambridge University Press 2018), Professor Hans Lindahl claims that against widespread doctrinal skepticism about the concept of global law, we can properly speak of emergent global legal orders, while also rejecting the strong reading of global law as universal or universalisable law. Indeed, emergent global legal orders cannot include without excluding; humanity is always inside and outside global law. This thesis is developed along conceptual, empirical, normative and institutional lines. Conceptually, the book interprets legal order in general, and emergent global legal orders in particular, as institutionalised and authoritatively mediated collective action. Empirically, this model of legal order illuminates the continuities and discontinuities that go from state law to a range of global legal orders. Normatively, the book suggests that an authoritative politics of boundaries turns on asymmetrical recognition of the individuals and/or groups who contest the boundaries that include in and exclude from legal orders. Institutionally, it shows how global administrative law and constitutionalism, together with a variety of legal techniques for negotiating differences between legal orders, can contribute to, without exhausting, the responsive ethics that governs how authorities ought to deal with demands for recognition by those who have been excluded from—or included in—emergent global legal orders.

The seminar is open to all, but kindly register here in order to receive the background reading.

Hans Lindahl is Professor of Legal Philosophy at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His numerous publications include the recent monograph Fault Lines of Globalization: Legal Order and the Politics of A-Legality (Oxford University Press, 2013). His current research is primarily oriented to issues germane to globalization processes, such as the concept of legal order in a global setting; the relation of boundaries to freedom, justice, and security; a politics of boundary-setting alternative to both cosmopolitanism and communitarianism; transformations of legal authority and political representation; immigration and global justice; collective identity and difference in the process of European integration.

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First session

  • 2.15pm Opening words by Panu Minkkinen
  • 2.20pm Introductory presentation by Hans Lindahl (Tilburg)
  • 2.50pm First comment by Kaarlo Tuori (Helsinki)
  • 3.20pm Second comment by Hanna Lukkari (Helsinki)

3.50pm Coffee break

Second session

  • 4.15pm Third comment by Emilios Christodoulidis (Glasgow)
  • 4.45pm Hans Lindahl responds to his discussants
  • 5.15pm General discussion
  • 5.45pm End of seminar

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