Guest Lecture "Global Governance and International Law: Dealing with the Backlash" by Prof. Martti Koskenniemi on 31 March 2021

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On Wednesday 31 March 2021, the LLM-Programmes are pleased to invite everyone interested to the last LLM guest lecture of the current academic year.
Title of the lecture:  “Global Governance and International Law: Dealing with the Backlash"

The talk will examine the attacks on global rule by various anti-globalist, neo-nationalist and sometimes far right movements in the developed west. International lawyers are obviously concerned. How should they understand these attacks and respond to them? Many have suggested that the attacks emerge from frustration by those “left behind”. Why is it then that suggestions for reform of international  or European institutions do not interest or engage the critics? Is this the reaction above all to economic deprivation or liberal cultural hegemony?  The talk will suggest that at issue is both a problem with the type of knowledge represented by global institutions as well as the monopolisation of the space left for politics in part by regimes of technical expertise and in part by a morality of rights that expects engaging with institutions that are felt as part of the problem. How is global law – or the idea of a “global law” – involved in these debates? Is it possible to imagine a global law that would not appear as a technocratic instrument for a policy of no alternatives?


Prof. Dr. Martti Koskenniemi, Professor of International Law  (University of Helsinki), and Director of Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights


Wednesday 31 March 2021
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Meeting ID: 967 4504 7628
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18:00 - 19:30 - Introduction / Lecture / Q&A session