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The Kantian project of achieving perpetual peace among states seems (at best) an unfulfilled hope. The wider category of global justice may not fare much better. Modern states’ authority claims and their exercise of power and sovereignty span a spectrum from the most stringently and explicitly codified–the constitutional level–to the most fluid and turbulent–acts of war. However, the nexus between internal and external security–be it pursued through war or law enforcement–is still undertheorised. Inter alia, that suggests a specific connection between constitutionalism and just war theory, as both concern the justifiability of state action vis-à-vis individuals as well as states.

Event details of The Public Uses of Coercion and Force: Europe and Beyond.
Start date 7 June 2019
End date 8 June 2019
Time 11:00
Location University Library

This workshop is organised in collaboration with Enzo Rossi's NWO Vidi Project ‘Legitimacy Beyond Consent’.

The book 'Kant and the Law of War'  (to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020) aims to explore that connection through the lens of the relationship between law and (just) war theory in transnational contexts such as the EU. Arthur Ripstein‘s new book manuscript on those themes will provide a focal point for the emphasis of the book.  This book sets out to investigate the broad category of what is referred to as “just war theory” and its relationship to law. Specifically, it investigates both extremes of the spectrum national and transnational constitutionalism and acts of war, and their relationship. This is especially relevant to the emerging EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

In this workshop, authors of 'Kant and the Law of War' will present their contributions. 

Some of the questions to be considered by the speakers during this workshop are the following: what, if any and the international legal framework aside, are the moral differences between states' internal coercion and external use of force?

Is it possible to isolate the constitutional level from other aspects of the political? How could that be done while at the same time guaranteeing a robust conception of human rights and adherence to the rule of law?

Likewise, is war an extension of political practice or an alternative to it? New forms and technologies of warfare raise further fundamental questions about due process, individual responsibility, fairness and broader questions pertaining to justice and the responsibility to protect. From a constitutional perspective, questions concern the justification for state action, the human rights framework, and the question of judicial review and proportionality reasoning in “emergency” contexts.

Registration is free but priority will be given to ACES associates. For information and registration contact Gordon Arlen  


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