The Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence

The public uses of coercion and force: from constitutionalism to war

01Feb2018 02Feb2018 11:00


Symposium discussing Arthur Ripstein's book manuscript Kant and the Law of War

Venue: Roeterseiland Room A3.01

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building A

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam
    +31 (0)20 525 5340

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The Kantian project of achieving perpetual peace among states seems (at best) an unfulfilled hope. The wider category of global justice may not fare much better. Modern states' authority claims and their exercise of power and sovereignty span a spectrum from the most stringently and explicitly codified--the constitutional level--to the most fluid and turbulent--acts of war. However, the nexus between internal and external security--be it pursued through war or law enforcement--is still undertheorised. Inter alia, that suggests a specific connection between constitutionalism and just war theory, as both concern the justifiability of state action vis-à-vis individuals as well as states. This conference aims to explore that connection through the lens of the relationship between law and just war theory. Arthur Ripstein's new book manuscript on those themes will provide a focal point for the discussion, and we are honoured to be able to share it among our participants.

Organized by

  • the VU Centre for European Legal Studies,
  • the UvA Programme Group ‘Challenges to Democratic Representation’, the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought, and 
  • The Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence.

Key note speaker: Prof Arthur Ripstein, Professor of Law and Philosophy , University of Toronto.

Published by  Paul Scholten Centre