Winter meeting 2015

The VWR Winter meeting 2015 will take place on 6th February 2015 at the Radboud University Nijmegen. The theme of the Winter meeting is “global law”. It is relatively new concept and, like many other scientific concepts, it is an “essentially contested concept”. What does it mean or what should it mean? Does it refer to law as applicable to all people living on our planet, as if we strive to create a world state? Or does the concept refer to new ways of thinking about and observing social relations that force us to reconsider law as either national or international – transcending them? If we take the latter as a point of departure, global law incorporates our thinking about social processes, such as globalisation and individualisation, to reconsider what law is and by implication, what justice entails. At the meeting we will discuss the concept. The presentation of Daniel Augenstein serves as a means to reflect upon the concept of global law. It is followed by parallel presentations of PhD candidates. The meeting will close with a presentation by Ronald Tinnevelt.


12.30-13.00 Coffee and tea, Grotius -1.075
13:00-14:00 Plenary lecture by Daniel Augenstein – “Some Preliminaries to Global Law and Human Rights“, Grotius -1.075
With critical comments of Ellen Hey and Joseph Fleuren.

14:00-14:45  parallel sessions, presentations by PhD candidates

1. Ivan Mahecha,  Tilburg University – “Theories and Politics of Tolerance: everything for tolerators, nothing by tolerees”, Grotius -1.075
2. Briain Jansen, Erasmus University Rotterdam – “Dworkins Right Answer Thesis: Unjustified from the Internal Point of View”, Grotius 1.133
3. Vera Willems, Erasmus University Rotterdam – “Towards an Understanding of Authoritativeness in Judicial Decision-Making in International Adjudication: Linguistic Politeness as a Means of Mitigating Conflict”, Grotius 1.143

14:45-15:15 Break, Grotius -1.075

15:15-16:00  parallel sessions, presentations by PhD candidates

1. Qiao Cong-rui, Utrecht University – “Institutional Role of Media in Furthering Freedom of Demonstration in China”, Grotius -1.075
2. Laura Henderson, VU University Amsterdam – “Crisis in the Courtroom: Crisis Discourse as Condition of Possibility for the Precautionary Turn in Legal Discourse”, Grotius 1.133
3. Eduardo Salvador Arenas Catalán, Utrecht University- “Render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. Social Rights beyond equality before the law”, Grotius 1.143

16:00-16:45 Plenary lecture by Ronald Tinnevelt – “The implications of being implicated“, Grotius -1.075

16:45 Drinks, Grotius -1.075

Radboud Universitety, Faculty of Law (Montessorilaan 10 Nijmegen), room Grotius 1.075. This room is on the -1st floor. Rooms 1.133 and 1.143 are both on the 1st floor.

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