Beyond the State

Governance, Legality, and Political Morality

Beginning Friday, September 29th until Sunday, October 1st, the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership will host its 2017 Philosophy of Law Conference, "Governance, Legality, and Political Morality Beyond the State" at the Waterfront Hotel in Burlington, Ontario. The conference aims to clarify and address a number of tightly interconnected philosophical questions regarding institutional policies implemented to address global and transnational crises, including but not limited to transnational public health issues, climate change, human rights, responses to humanitarian crises, migration across state boundaries, and the adjudication and punishment of war crimes and crimes against humanity. 


Beyond the State Conference Program

Friday, 09/ 29

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9:00 to 9:15     Introductory Remarks

9:15 to 10:45     First Keynote Presentation

 David Luban (Georgetown University, Law) "Nationalism, Human Rights, and the Prospects for Peace"

11:00 to 12:00 Conference Paper Breakout Session 1

Sabeen Ahmed and Eric Ritter (Vanderbilt University, Philosophy) "The Biopolitical Transformation of Armed Conflict: Drones and the Changing Morality of Warfare"

Keith Culver (University of British Columbia, Management) and Michael Giudice (York University, Philosophy) "Is Regional Legality a Special Form of Legal Order?"

Brian Collins (California Lutheran, Philosophy) "Global Law and the Moral Requirement to Comply"

12:00 to 13:45     Lunch

13:45 to 15:15     Second Keynote Presentation

Karen J. Alter (Northwestern University, Political Science) and Cristina Lafont (Northwestern University, Philosophy) "The Benefits of Second Best Global Governance"

15:30 to 16:30     Conference Paper Breakout Session 2

Sameer Bajaj (University of Arizona, Philosophy) "Public Equality and Global Democracy"

Naoyuki Okano (Nagoya University, Law) "Transnational Property Law and Global Justice"  

Kevin Walton (University of Sydney, Law) "The Political Authority of Global Institutions"

16:45 to 18:15     Third Keynote Presentation

Donald Regan (University of Michigan, Law) "The Misguided Quest for a 'Just Trade Regime'"

19:00     Reception at Waterfront Hotel in Burlington

sATURDAY, 09/30

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9:00 to 10:00     Conference Paper Breakout Session 3

Haris Psarras (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, Law) "The Authority of a Supra-State Legal System: Remarks on the EU’s Distinct Legal System"    

Elizabeth Lanphier (Vanderbilt University) "Humanitarian Aid and the Incompatibility of Human Dignity and Political Neutrality"

Alain Zysset (Durham University, UK) "Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law"

10:15 to 11:45     Fourth Keynote Presentation

Thomas Christiano (University of Arizona, Philosophy) "The Problem of Selective Prosecution and the Legitimacy of the ICC"

11:45 to 13:30     Lunch

13:30 to 15:00     Fifth Keynote Presentation

Nicole Roughan (National University of Singapore, Law) "Officials as Relative Authorities: Roles, Powers, and Duties"

15:15 to 16:15     Conference Paper Breakout Session 4

Peter Sutch and Peri Roberts (Cardiff, Law and Politics) "Justice and Legalization in the Global Commons"

Richard Collins (University College Dublin, Law) "International Law as Global Governance? The Concept of the Unofficial Legal Official" 

Tony Porter (McMaster University, Political Science) "The Roles of Legitimacy, Power and Materiality in Compliance with Informal Transnational Rules"

sunday, 10/01

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8:45 to 9:45     Conference Paper Breakout Session 5

Paul Burgess (University of Edinburgh, Law) "Deriving the International Rule of Law: An Unnecessary, Impractical and Unhelpful Exercise"    

Jacob Muirhead (McMaster University, Political Science) "Transnational Law and its Intersections with Global Agricultural Supply Chains" 

Caleb Yong (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) "Democracy, Freedom of Association, Human Rights: On the Legitimacy of Immigration Law"

10:00 to 11:30     Sixth Keynote Presentation    

John Gardner (University of Oxford, Faculty of Law) "The Twilight of Legality"      

11:30 to 12:30     Conference Paper Breakout Session 6

Emily Kidd White (New York University, Law) "The Judicial Virtues and Role Legitimacy in Beyond-the-State Governance"

Jorge Fabra (McMaster University, Philosophy) "Secondary Rules, Officials and Legal Systems Beyond the State: A Defence of Hartian Conceptual Tools" 

Drew Thompson (Loyola) "A Legal Human Right to Family Reunification and Asylum"

12:30 to 13:15     Lunch

13:15 to 14:45     Seventh Keynote Presentation

Andrei Marmor (Cornell University, Philosophy & Law) "Soft Law, Authoritative Advice, and Nonbinding Agreements"

14:45     Brief Farewell and Closing Remarks


Thursday, 10/05

16:00-17:30 (Greenwich Mean Time+2)    Eighth Keynote Presentation (via Online Video Platform)

Amrita Narlikar (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies/ University of Hamburg) "Reforming Globalisation via the G20: Process, Protest, and Promise"