Yearly Archives: 2013

Russia under Putin: National Identity Formation at the Expense of Human Rights

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Russia under Putin: National Identity Formation at the Expense of Human Right

A Lecture by Jane Buchanan, Associate Director for the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. 21 October 2013

Hobbes and Law: The Past in the Present

Hobbes and Law: The Past in the Present

This workshop, held at the University of St Andrews on 10 July 2013, will explore ideas of law in the work of Thomas Hobbes, both in his context and today. Rather than the precursor to Austin’s positivism, Hobbes’ theory of law puts across a much more complex understanding of law. The workshop will focus on law’s relationship to authority, justice and  equity; the distinction between natural, civic, divine and international law; and meaning of obligation and punishment. Confirmed speakers include Larry May, Patricia Springborg, Tom Sorell, Alan Cromartie and Juhana Lemetti. Anyone interested in the workshop should contact the organizer, Dr Gabriella Slomp.

International Legal Theory and the Laws of War

International Legal Theory and the Laws of War

A colloquium based on the work of Professor Larry May, Professor of Law, Political Science and Philosophy at Vanderbilt University will be held on 11 July 2013. Participants will read selections from Professor May’s work followed and have a chance to discuss with him his work on the just war tradition, international responsibility, and international legal theory. Interested parties should contact the Centre at: globcon@st-andrews.ac.uk

Constitutionalism and the Middle East

This project, directed by Professor Anthony F Lang, Jr and Dr Michelle Burgis-Kasthala will explore the nature of constitutionalism and the rule of law in the Middle East.

The project will explore the idea that the creation of Middle East constitutional orders results from a combination of indigenous and exogenous political traditions and practices. It will focus on a range of Middle East states allowing analysis of Islamic/secular, Arab/non-Arab, colonial/non-colonial dynamics. The data will be gathered from: critical readings of constitutional histories; legal and political history; interviews with participants in revolutionary and political activities from the region; interviews with judicial officials in all four states; reviews of international legal aid projects; reviews of media and social networking sites; and consultation with experts from the region and more widely.

Constitutionalism and the Arab Uprisings

The first step in the project is an interdisciplinary workshop, Constitutionalism and the Arab Uprisings, organized in collaboration with the British School in Rome and funded by the British Academy and the Binks Trust. The workshop will take place 2-3 May 2013 at the British Academy in London. The workshop will include a keynote lecture by Professor Nathan Brown, an expert on Middle East constitutionalism at George Washington University. Interested parties should contact the Centre for more information.

Constitutionalism and the Arab Uprisings Politics and Law in a New Middle East (PDF, 82 KB)

The UN Security Council as a Global Legislator

The UN Security Council as a Global Legislator

The first step in this project is a workshop The UN Security Council as a Global Legislator [link to a PDF of the workshop description]. This workshop, organized in collaboration with and funded by the UN University in Tokyo, will take place 21-22 March 2013 at the University of St Andrews. . Although designed as a global executive, recent resolutions by the Security Council point to an increase in legislative like activities.  Interested parties should contact Dr Trudy Fraser of the UN University or the Centre.

CGC in The Times

CGC in The Times

Dr Anthony Lang, Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism, was interviewed by The Times on the question of Scottish independence.  Lang responded to First Minister Alex Salmond’s proposal that an independent Scotland would have a written constitution, hence making it more ‘modern’ than the United Kingdom. Lang highlighted the potential political cleavages that may be exacerbated in the process of drafting a written constitution for Scotland. The article is available via The Times website via subscription only.