Category Archives: Workshops

Upcoming CGC Events

‘Protest and Politicization. Critical Theory in Times of Resistance’ Professor Christian Volk, University of Trier, Germany. Tuesday, 8 March, 5 pm-7pm, Arts Building, Seminar Room 2

‘Normalcy and Normativity: Constitutive and Contestatory Practices in Global Governance’ Professor Antje Weiner, University of Hamburg, Germany. Monday, 4 April, 5pm Arts Lecture Theatre

‘Justice and Reconciliation in International Relations’ Professor Catherine Lu, McGill University, Canada. Monday, 18 April, 5pm Arts Lecture Theatre. Cosponsored with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Workshop on Challenging the Narrative of Cost-Free War

An interdisciplinary workshop between the University of Hull, Remote Control and the University of St Andrews.

10th – 11th September 2015
Seminar Room 2,
Arts Faculty Building,
The Scores

Contemporary Western narratives highlight and perpetuate the idea that war has no cost. Drawing on the legacies of the Kosovo war, it has become fashionable to argue that the Western dependence on aerial warfare has few costs for those involved. Indeed this narrative has been cemented in the Western press and government circles through the idea of ‘precision’ strikes, targeted killings of opponents and the all-pervasive myth that Western actions have few consequences on the ground. Using the ideas, narratives and cultures of those on the receiving end of Western strikes this workshop argues that Western narratives ignore the very essence, the substance and the timings of what constitutes opposition to aerial warfare by real people in real places. While it may be comfortable to argue that for example drone strikes have no negative consequences for the West this workshop explores the many ways in which resistance is formed, ferments and fuels counter Western narratives.

For more information on the programme  please click here .


From Doctrine to Declaration: Rescinding the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and Promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

From Doctrine to Declaration: Rescinding the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and Promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. 

Workshop organized by Bennett Collins and Ali Watson. 25-26 June 2015.

Hierarchy in International Relations

Hierarchy in International Relations

The first event in this area was a workshop held on 16 March 2012 focused on the work of Professor David Lake of the University of California, San Diego. The workshop, held in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Political Violence and Terrorism, focused on Professor Lake’s scholarship on international authority. Participants spoke from a wide variety of disciplinary and geographical perspectives.

Hierarchy in International Relations? (PDF, 158 KB)

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.

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.

Political Constitutionalism

Political Constitutionalism

The Centre cosponsored a workshop on Political Constitutionalism organized by Glasgow Caledonian University and held at their London Campus on 7-8 June 2012. The workshop explored the nature of political constitutionalism and will result in a publication of the selected papers in 2013.

The Global Rule of Law

The Global Rule of Law

The project began with a workshop on The Global Rule of Law held on 22-23 June 2011 at the University of St Andrews. The workshop was launched with a 600th lecture series: Justice Richard Goldstone. This was followed the next day with presentations by key figures in the field of law and political theory: Professor Richard Bellamy, University College London; Professor Susan Marks, London School of Economics and Political Science; Professor Neil Walker, Edinburgh University; and Professor Jeremy Waldron, Oxford University/New York University. The speakers explored the contested nature of the rule of law at the global level and sought to develop an account of how it might function more effectively.

A Global Rule of Law? (PDF, 149 KB)