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July 16-17, 2015

"The Challenges of Global Pluralism"

"The Challenges of Global Pluralism"

Justitia Amplificata Annual Conference 16-17 July 2015

Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg

July 16-17th 2015

Conference: "The Challenges of Global Pluralism"

Hosted by the Centre of Advanced Studies "Justitia Amplificata" Goethe University of Frankfurt (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)


Maeve McKeown, Antoinette Scherz, Luke Ulas


Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften Bad Homburg http://www.forschungskolleg-humanwissenschaften.de/index.php/en/


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:

1) 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? 

2) 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?

3) 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?



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

In the interest of maximizing time for open conversation, the papers will be circulated in advance, the conference participants will be expected to have read them, and authors to only introduce the main lines of argument.



Thursday July 16th

13:30-14.00 – Registration/ Welcome Drink


Panel 1: Pluralism of Peoples: Repairing Historic Injustice

Chair: Tamara Jugov (Justitia Amplificata)

14:00   Eva Erman  (Stockholm University)

           "Global Political Legitimacy beyond Justice and Democracy"

            Comment: Thomas Christiano (University of Arizona)

15:15   Turkuler Isiksel (Columbia University)

            “Caribbean Slavery Reparations: Who should pay and who should be paid?”

            Comment: Alain Zysset (Goethe University Frankfurt/Toronto University)

16:30 -17:00    Coffee Break

17:00   Maeve McKeown (Justitia Amplificata)

            “Global Legal Pluralism as Fact and Norm”

            Comment: Michael McEachrane (University of Bremen)

18:15   End

19:00   BBQ at the Forschungskolleg


Friday July 17th

Panel 2: Pluralism of Norms: Tensions between Domestic and Global Justice and Democracy

Chair: Stefan Gosepath (Director of Justitia Amplificata)

10:30   Amos Nascimento (University of Washington)

            “A Duty to Plurality: Multicultural and Intercultural Challenges to Cosmopolitan Normativity”

11:45   Luke Ulas (Justitia Amplificata)

            “Cosmopolitan Law without a Cosmopolitan State?”

             Comment: Tamara Jugov (Justitia Amplificata)

13:00-14:00 - Lunch

Panel 3: Pluralism of Institutions: Concepts of Legitimacy in International and Global Institutions

Chair: Rainer Forst (Director of Justitia Amplificata)

14:00   Charles Sabel (Columbia University)

            "Producing Justifiable Pluralism: Pragmatis Insitutions as a Response to Globalized Uncertainty"

            Comment: Brian Milstein (Goethe University Frankfurt)

15:15   Antoinette Scherz (Justitia Amplificata)

            “One Concept and three Standards of International Legitimacy”

            Comment: Merten Reglitz (Goethe-University Frankfurt)

16:30-17:00  Coffee Break

17:00   Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo)

            “Are Concepts of Legitimacy for International Courts Related, and How?”

             Comment: Nate Adams (Justitia Amplificata)

18:15   End

20:00   Speaker Dinner



Eva Erman (Stockholm University)

“Global Political Legitimacy beyond Justice and Democracy?”

Comment: Thomas Christiano (University of Arizona)