Call for Papers: Courts and Public Reason in Global Public Law

Call for papers for the workshop ‘Courts and Public Reason in Global Public Law’ in Berlin, July 2016. The workshop will focus on ideals of public reason and public justification in relation to domestic and international courts and tribunals. Deadline for submission is April 1.

Workshop themes

Public reason has been one of the most discussed and controversial ideas in political philosophy ever since Rawls introduced his political liberal ideal of public reason in the mid-1990s. Legal scholars, too, are arguing about the merits and problems of conceiving constitutional courts as a place where the justification of public acts are assessed in terms of constitutionally embedded public reason. More recently international legal scholars have suggested that several international courts and tribunals do in fact use public reason, and that this practice helps strengthening these courts’ legitimacy.

This workshop will focus on ideals of public reason and public justification in relation to domestic and international courts and tribunals. In light of this focus, the symposium will engage participants with background from law, political philosophy and political science in discussions on how best to understand public reason in relation to these courts and in discussion about what practical impact such ideals may have in the context of adjudication.

The workshop brings together distinguished political theorists, legal scholars and political scientists to discuss public reason - understood in a broad and inclusive way - with a focus on such ideals’ relevance for domestic and international courts.

The workshop will take place on July 11-12, 2016, at the WZB Social Science Research Center, Berlin.

For the full call for papers and more information, please visit the workshop webpage by clicking "More info" on the upper right hand side.

Published Feb. 11, 2016 3:34 PM - Last modified Feb. 12, 2016 9:34 AM