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The Legitimacy of Transnational Orders

Call for Papers

Theme: The Legitimacy of Transnational Orders
Subtitle: Discussing the Idea of a World State
Type: Interdisciplinary Workshop
Institution: Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy,
Boston College
Location: Chestnut Hill, MA (USA)
Date: 12.–13.4.2018
Deadline: 28.2.2018

Scholars in the field of legal and political theory are to a large
extent familiar with the Kantian analysis of the options available
beyond the State. How can states be coerced by a body which does not
respond to its own sovereign will? More in general, what is
normatively desirable? What is practically realizable? Can this
divide even be closed?

The possibilities on offer here range from mere adjudicative forms of
international arbitration, to a voluntarily leagues of states and
finally to the possibility of conceiving a demanding State of States,
either a Republic or, undesirably, a World Monarchy.  All such legal
and institutional configurations generate a host of complex issues
concerning, for instance, the attribution of authority, the
supranational transferring of sovereignty, or even the discussion of
the legitimacy of adjudicative bodies.

Historically, the debate on power and authority has proceed in
parallel with the ‘discovery of the new world’ as well as with the
definition of territorial rights and the right to visit which has
followed up until Kant.

Mindful of such legal-philosophical ascendants, the workshop seeks to
explore the contemporary significance of a World State in all its
possible conceptual and empirical declinations, alternatively, as a
normative ideal, as a factual hegemonic distortion of the society of
peoples, or even as a response to the international context marked by
regime fragmentation and legal pluralism. To this purpose, some of
the core questions will include: what reasons are available to the
justification of a centralized States’ coordination and law
production? What imaginative patterns can help reflecting upon the
global extension of the European Union model?

Recent philosophical reflection, as with J.Habermas’s idea of a
“divided sovereignty at the root”, has tried to explain how States
can be seen capable of delegating competences and still remain
autonomous entities. Are there alternative ways to solve this
sovereignty dilemma? The workshop welcomes a variety of
interdisciplinary contributions disclosing the perils and the
possible solutions for the idea of a World State widely conceived. No
commitment or preference is pre-assigned to any of the possibilities
mentioned above. Presentations and discussions will be conducted
therefore in a genuine spirit of open assessment of options presented.

Organizers are Professor Claudio Corradetti (University of Rome “Tor
Vergata”) and Professor Vlad Perju (Boston College). Interested
participants may contact either organizer with questions about the
workshop. This Conference is organized under the aegis of the Clough
Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College.
More information about the Center is available here:

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 500 words by
February 28, 2018 to with the title “Abstract:
World State Conference”. We are seeking original “concept” or “ideas”
papers that will facilitate the discussion. With this in mind, we
expect the final papers to be around 5,000 words.

The Clough Center will cover transportation and accommodation costs.


Prof Vlad Perju
Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy
Boston College
10 Stone Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA