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Workshops, Conferences and Masterclasses 2014-2015

During the first and second term, there are normally ten weekly meetings of seminars. However, occasionally workshops/small conferences can also be organised during the first two terms. In the third term, there are (mainly, but not exclusively) intensive workshops/small conferences, usually of ten hours duration and often with visitors.

All workshops carry credits for 10 hours unless otherwise specified.

Credits are awarded to first-years and second-years for regular attendance.   

Printable version of all workshops offered during this term


Masterclass on Critical Theory and International Law: Sovereignty and Human Rights

Date: 11-23 May 2015 (tbc)

Organiser: Rainer Bauböck

Lecturer: Seyla Benhabib (Yale University)

Credits: 20

Abstract: Sovereignty designates a concept, a practice as well as a set of institutions governing the relationship of states to one another and to their citizens and residents.  It is a crucial element in the grammar of our political life since the 17th century.  It means that there is an ultimate seat of public authority with the jurisdiction and capacity to exercise power over a demarcated territory – sometimes referred to as the ‘Westphalian paradigm.’ The international order since 1945 with the founding of the United Nations and the 1948 Declaration of Universal Human Rights, however, has introduced a dual-tracked normative system which justifies and limits state sovereignty in accordance with the observance of human rights. Not only does this dualistic normative commitment give rise to contradictions, but with the advance of globalization in recent decades whether states are/can be/ or even were sovereign is being debated.  Concepts such as the ‘post-sovereign constellation,’ ‘disaggregated sovereignty,’ ‘contrapuntal sovereignty,’ ‘constitutionalism without the state’ abound in the literature.

This course will undertake a multi-disciplinary study of these issue by drawing in literature from political philosophy, legal theory, history, and ethics. 

Programme tbc

Please register with Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu 


Structural Power in International and Comparative Politics

Date/Location: 18 October 2014, Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Organiser:  Pepper Culpepper

Guest speakers:

Rawi Abdelal, Harvard Business School

Patrick Emmenegger, University of St. Gallen

Tasha Fairfield, London School of Economics

Henry Farrell, George Washington University

Credits: 10

Abstract:  This workshop will promote the consideration of two streams of cutting-edge research that have seldom been in conversation. Both streams deal with the concept of structural power, though from different sub-field vantage points. Structural power in international relations was, in the 1990s and early 2000s, a story of decline – that of the loss of hegemony of the United States, and its consequences for the international system, particularly with the rising economic power of the European Union and new competitors in Asia. 


Please register with Anne.Leinonen@eui.eu 


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