Are International Agreements Between States Still Relevant?

This is the postponed lecture of Leon Pijnenburg (Wageningen UR) of our September-series ‘States, Nations & Sovereignty in a Globalised World’.

Organisator Studium Generale

di 3 februari 2015 20:00 tot 22:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Finally Studium Generale is able to finish the series ‘States, Nations & Sovereignty in a Globalised World’. We present the last lecture, the one Leon Pijnenburg had to cancel in September.
See for the texts and powerpoints on the other lectures in ‘Programme Archive’ and ‘Downloads activities’ of this website, 9 and 16 September.

Has the concept of the international agreements between states reached  its best before date? Guantanamo, United Nations Security Council resolutions,  the International Court of Justice in The Hague, climate change CO2 reduction protocols, Geneva Conventions, chemical weapons,  the Warsaw pact and even NATO or EU inclusion are the tip of the iceberg. What weight do international agreements still have? Is there anything above the state which can or could hold the world accountable for agreements between states far into the future? Join Studium Generale for an examination of the glue which supposedly holds international agreements together.  Find out how the ethics of ‘good intentions’ evolve over time and what this does to global expectations about responsibility and accountability.

About Leon Pijnenburg

Leon Pijnenburg is a lecturer at the WU in the Philosophy dept. Besides teaching and coordinating education, he an expert on Habermas whose writings on Law and Politics in times of Globalisation he has translated into Dutch. In those translated volumes, Leon wrote the introduction.

J. Habermas: Recht en Politiek in een tijd van globalisering, Klement 2011  and J, Habermas, Over de constitutie van Europa, Klement 2012. His expertise is located at the intersection between philosophy, law, politics and ethics & morality. Leon’s current research interests are focussed on deliberative democracy and the public sphere.