Boundaries and legal authority in a global context

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Coordinators: Hans Lindahl (Tilburg) and Louise Du Toit (Stellenbosch)

Description: There is widespread agreement that the enormous growth of cross-border human activities increasingly calls into question the regulatory capacities of the territorial state. Yet the broader conceptual and normative significance of these developments remains the object of protracted debate. One of the central conceptual problems consists in establishing how (spatial) boundaries and boundary contestation continue to play a decisive role in making sense of legal orders in a global context, where processes of inclusion and exclusion are no longer exclusively linked to the forms of closure proper to the territorial state. This decentering of boundaries and boundary contestation from the territorial state raises important conceptual normative questions concerning legal authority. What renders authoritative the acts of setting legal boundaries in a global context? Moreover, what are appropriate and effective institutional mechanisms by which such authority can be contested?

Format: The coordinators have convened a range of leading academics in the field to visit STIAS to reflect on these issues. The visits will be spread out during 2016, 2017 and 2018. Each of the academics will present a working paper on the topic, to be discussed with the other participants in the project, at least some of whom will participate via the state-of-the-art videoconferencing facilities of STIAS. To foster a discussion that is as open as possible, no plans have been made for a volume of the collected papers. Instead, the working papers will be posted on this blog, as will the films of the discussions to which they give rise. The blog invites the broader public to comment on both the working papers and the filmed discussions. In due course the academics will publish amended versions of their working paper, acknowledging their participation in this project. Last but not least, each of the academics will contribute selected bibliographical references germane to the project, and which will be posted in the blog for consultation by those interested in its topic.

Invited academics: A range of academics from different parts of the world have been invited to participate in the project, of which the following have thus far accepted to participate therein (in alphabetical order):
Louise Du Toit (Stellenbosch): Self, Autonomy, Authority and Law: The Challenge of ‘Leaky Bodies’
Neha Jain (Minnesota): Crime and Citizenship
Hans Lindahl (Tilburg): Law and World
Sofia Näsström (Uppsala): The Right to Have Rights: From Migration to Integration
Marcelo Neves (Brazilia): Asymmetric (Trans)Constitutionalism beyond Eurocentrism and Post-Colonialism
Sundhya Pahuja (Melbourne/London): Jurisdictional Rivalries between Company and State
Balakrishnan Rajagopal: (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): From Sovereignty to Property (and back): The spatial transition of colonial and developmentalist claims over land
Kaarlo Tuori (Helsinki): Contemporary law: the dialectic of unity and plurality

Working papers: The working papers are being uploaded in this blog as they appear. Please click on the hyperlink to download the respective papers. No citation thereof is authorized without the written permission of the author.
Louise Du Toit: Living-Boundaries-an-ethics-of-the-interval.pdf
Neha Jain:
Hans Lindahl: Authority-and-the-Globalization-of-Inclusion-and-Exclusion-Chapter-6-Draft-1.pdf
Sofia Näsström: The-right-to-have-rights.pdf
Marcelo Neves: From-Transconstitutionalism-to-Transdemocracy.pdf
Sundhya Pahuja: Public-Debt-the-Peace-of-Utrecht-and–the-Rivalry–between-Company-and-State.pdf
Balakrishnan Rajagopal:
Kaarlo Tuori: Dialectic-of-unity-and-plurality-in-postnational-law.pdf

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