Instituttlunsj: Constructing the International Law of Peace in the Post-Western Age
Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet innleder. Instituttleder Inger Johanne Sand leder lunsjen.
Cecilia M. Bailliet. Foto: IOR.
The world is undergoing challenging shifts in geopolitics as we enter a Post-Western Age, which entreats renewed attention to the possibility of constructing the international law of peace.
The Western Age was characterized by the promotion of market economy, representative democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The Post Western Age is marked by a tendency towards authoritarian capitalism, “sovereign democracy” (where the state controls expression, assembly, association), and “rule of law” programs to battle corruption and crime through state action, rather than separation of powers.
In September 2017, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, set forth a UN reform initiative which seeks to reinforce “our ability to safeguard people’s peace, security, and human rights.” Three months later, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, announced that he would not seek a second term due to his concern that he would be granted less independence under the current geopolitical context.
My project seeks to illuminate challenges related to the displacement of regimes, law, and institutions in order to understand the dilemmas of constructing the international law of peace in the Post-Western Age. This project will pursue research in five pillars in order to examine to what extent international institutions within the fields of human rights, refugee law, gender, international economic law, and cyber law explicitly address positive peace.
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