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Master Classes in the Academic Year 2014-2015

"Reading the Protestant Ethic:  A Master Class with Peter Ghosh" 




Thursday 16 October, 09:00-11:00, MWP Common Room






The Max Weber Lecturer Master Class with Peter Ghosh, University of Oxford, discussed his latest book  "Max Weber and the 'Protestant Ethic': Twin Histories" .


  • Envoi: Who Was Max Weber? (pdf)
  • A Short Manifesto by Way of Introduction (pdf)

"Incentives for Public Service Delivery: Further Discussion" 


Thursday 20 November, 10:00-12:00
MWP Common Room




The Max Weber Lecturer Master Class with Oriana Bandiera, London School of Economics,  focused on her research, methods and achievements as a leading Development Economist.

"Sex after Fascism" 



Thursday 11 December, 11:00-13:00
MWP Common Room




A Max Weber Lecturer Masterclass with Dagmar Herzog, CUNY, discussing her book
"Sex after Fascism".

"Capital in Twenty-First Century: Inequalities among Countries"  



Wednesday 21 January 2015, 15:00-17:00

MWP Common Room






The Max Weber Lecturer Masterclass with Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics, addressedon Inequalities among countries based on his latest book "Capital in Twenty-First Century".

Ideal Normative Theory and Real World Data



Thursday 19 February 2015, 11:00-13:00
MWP Common Room




The  Max Weber Lecturer Masterclass with Claus Offe (Hertie School of Governance)


"Inequality and the Labor Market – Theories, opinions, models, and practices of unequal distribution and hoe they can be justified" in: Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung, 43, no. 1, 39-52 (PDF)

"From Migration in Geographic Space to Migration in Biographic Time: Views From Europe", The Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 3, 333–373 (PDF)

"Europe Entrapped. Does the EU have the political capacity to overcome its current crisis?" European Law Journal, Vol. 19, No. 5, 595-611 (PDF)


Migration and Citizenship from a Criminal Law Perspective


Thursday 19 March 2015, 10:00-12:00
MWP Common Room







A Max Weber Lecturer Master Class with Lucia Zedner (University of Oxford)

The workshop with Lucia Zedner will follow her lecture the previous day. The workshop will be organized as a Q&A session about two of Zedner’s recent publications which both deal with the relationship between the criminal law and citizenship. The articles focus upon immigration from the perspective of criminal law. Zedner finds two worrisome developments. The first is the criminalization of immigration and the second the placement of immigrants outside civil society, excluding them from protection normally provided to criminal citizens. 


L. Zedner, 'Security, the State, and the Citizen: The Changing Architecture of Crime Control' (2010) 13 New Criminal Law Review 379-403 (pdf)

L. Zedner, 'Is the Criminal Law only for Citizens? A Problem at the Borders of Punishment' in K Franko Aas & M Bosworth (eds), The Borders of Punishment: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion (Oxford University Press 2013) (pdf)

The EU and Human Rights



Wednesday 22 April 2015, 10:00-12:00

MW Common Room





A Max Weber Lecturer Master Class with Gráinne de Búrca (NYU)

The discussion of the masterclass will be kickstarted by commenting on an historical paper on The EU and decisions about human rights in the 1950s. This paper challenges the traditional account of the EU’s engagement with human rights. The classic narrative begins with the silence of the EEC Treaty in 1957 and depicts a gradual engagement with human rights over the decades, culminating in the establishment of a substantial EU human rights regime in recent years. The paper provides an alternative account of the EU’s trajectory by returning to its origins in the 1950s and comparing the ambitious but long-forgotten plans for European Community engagement with human rights drafted in the early 1950s with today’s EU human rights framework. The paper argues that the current EU human rights system is in several ways less robust and less ambitious than that envisaged in the 1950s, and that the two main causes for criticism of today’s EU system – namely that it lacks a serious human rights mechanism, and that there is a double-standard as between internal and external human rights policies – have survived the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty and have to some extent been enshrined by those changes. The paper concludes by suggesting that the EU’s aspiration to be taken seriously as a global normative actor is hindered by its exceptionalism in this field.


Gráinne de Búrca, The Road Not Taken: The EU as a Global Human Rights Actor, American Journal of International Law, Vol 105, 2011 (pdf)


Moral Priciples and Social Change

Quentin Skinner


21 May 2015, 10:00-12:00
MW Common Room





A Max Weber Lecturer masterclass with Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary University London)


 Q. Skinner, "Moral Principles and Social Change" (PDF)

Master class with Wendy Carlin, University College London



17 June 2015, 11:00-13:00

MWP Common Room

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