Call for Papers Workshop 12-13 April 2018 The Legitimacy of Transnational Orders: Discussing the Idea of a World State – Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy – Boston College

Scholars in the field of legal and political theory are to a large extent familiar with the Kantian analysis of the options available beyond the State. How can states be coerced by a body which does not respond to its own sovereign will? More in general, what is normatively desirable? What is practically realizable? Can this divide even be closed?
The possibilities on offer here range from mere adjudicative forms of international arbitration, to a voluntarily leagues of states and finally to the possibility of conceiving a demanding State of States, either a Republic or, undesirably, a World Monarchy. All such legal and institutional configurations generate a host of complex issues concerning, for instance, the attribution of authority, the supranational transferring of sovereignty, or even the discussion of the legitimacy of adjudicative bodies.
Historically, the debate on power and authority has proceed in parallel with the ‘discovery of the new world’ as well as with the definition of territorial rights and the right to visit which has followed up until Kant.
Mindful of such legal-philosophical ascendants, the workshop seeks to explore the contemporary significance of a World State in all its possible conceptual and empirical declinations, alternatively, as a normative ideal, as a factual hegemonic distortion of the society of peoples, or even as a response to the international context marked by regime fragmentation and legal pluralism. To this purpose, some of the core questions will include: what reasons are available to the justification of a centralized States’ coordination and law production? What imaginative patterns can help reflecting upon the global extension of the European Union model?
Recent philosophical reflection, as with J.Habermas’s idea of a “divided sovereignty at the root”, has tried to explain how States can be seen capable of delegating competences and still remain autonomous entities. Are there alternative ways to solve this sovereignty dilemma?
The workshop welcomes a variety of interdisciplinary contributions disclosing the perils and the possible solutions for the idea of a World State widely conceived. No commitment or preference is pre-assigned to any of the possibilities mentioned above. Presentations and discussions will be conducted therefore in a genuine spirit of open assessment of options presented.
Organizers are Professor Claudio Corradetti (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”) and Professor Vlad Perju (Boston College). Interested participants may contact either organizer with questions about the workshop. This Conference is organized under the aegis of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College. More information about the Center is available here:
Scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 500 words by February 28, 2018 to with the title “Abstract: World State Conference”. We are seeking original “concept” or “ideas” papers that will facilitate the discussion. With this in mind, we expect the final papers to be around 5,000 words.
The Clough Center will cover transportation and accommodation costs.

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