Upcoming Master Class
Mary Kaldor (LSE)
'Sovereignty and the Authority to Use Force'
22 June 2017, 09:30-11:30
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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