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Max Weber Master Classes 2016-2017

The core of the Max Weber Programme’s multidisciplinary activities are the  Thematic Research Groups . These Groups are organized on an interdisciplinary basis and bring together Fellows from different disciplines who are working on a similar range of issues.

The Groups have the opportunity to organize one or two workshops each (either two half days or one full day), either in conjunction with a MW Lecturer (Master Classes) or another visiting expert (MWP Events by MW Fellows). 

The Master Classes are usually held on the Thursday following the Max Weber Lecture between 10:00 and 12:00 in the MWP Common Room unless stated otherwise in the programme. 

Upcoming Master Class

Mary Kaldor (LSE)


'Sovereignty and the Authority to Use Force' 

22 June 2017, 09:30-11:30
Badia, Emeroteca



This master class introduces some of the key concepts that shape thinking about international affairs – sovereignty, right authority and world order – and attempts to chart the different ways these concepts are changing in ‘these global times’.

This class introduces the external and internal aspects of sovereignty and how these are linked specifically in relation to war; traces the evolution of the concept of sovereignty and draws attention to some of the ways in which globalisation has affected and continues to affect the distinction between the external and internal aspects of sovereignty and what this might imply for the international legal system; outlines the changing nature of what is known in just war theory as ‘right authority’ – ideas about who or what can legitimately authorise the use of force; and discusses current understandings of right authority and, in particular, the specific role of the United Nations Security Council (SC) in authorising the use of force and the problems of legitimation.


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MWP Master Classes 2016-2017

  • 27 October 2016, 11:15-13:15 
    Kalypso Nicolaidis (University of Oxford)
    "Demoi-cracy and its applications"
    Thematic Group: Diversity and Unity 
    Seminar Room, Villa Paola


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