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Liberal democratic states have mediated between knowledge, power and law through the democratic process. The postnational constellation reconfigures the relationship between knowledge, power and law by giving preference to some forms of knowing. This workshop aims to explore the tension between power, knowledge and legitimate law making beyond the state.

Detail Summary
Start date 16 April 2015
End date 17 April 2015
Time 10:00

This event is organized within the project ' The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking'.

Programme

Background and aim

Liberal democratic states have mediated between knowledge, power and law through the democratic process, implicitly consolidating and validating ‘legitimate’ forms of knowing and deciding. Elections, parliaments and political parties, public debates and media as well as jury led court decisions are all mechanisms which can be understood as serving this purpose. 

The postnational constellation reconfigures the relationship between knowledge, power and law by giving preference to some forms of knowing, while marginalising others. In the absence of the institutional context associated with democratic processes, this reconfigured relationship becomes normatively salient. 

It is here that the puzzle underlying the present inquiry becomes clearer. Given the crucial relevance of knowledge in the law making process both within and beyond the state, we ask what normative power can be credited to ‘knowledge’ claims in postnational rule making. How policy relevant knowledge is developed, selected, used and justified? What is the role of postnational institutions in this process, their biases and legitimatory strategies? At the same time we are interested in the broader ideological underpinnings of the use of knowledge in the postnational constellation and the resulting (re)distributions of power.

Speakers 

  • Robin Celikates, University of Amsterdam
  • Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow
  • Dan Danielsen, Northeastern University
  • Michelle Everson, University of London - Birkbeck College
  • Ben Farrand, University of Strathclyde
  • Joyeeta Gupta, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam & IPCC
  • Damjan Kukovec, Harvard University
  • Andrew Lang, London School of Economics
  • Lucas Lixinski, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Hans Micklitz, European University Institute
  • Horatia Muir Watt, Sciences Po Law School, Paris
  • Dennis Patterson, European University Institute

 

Organizers

Marija Bartl, University of Amsterdam - CSECL

Eljalill Tauschinsky, University of Amsterdam - ACELG 

Attendance and registration

The workshop is by invitation only. There is a very limited possibility to attend the workshop. In case of serious interest, please contact Marija Bartl (m.bartl@uva.nl) or Eljalill Tauschinsky (e.tauschinsky@uva.nl).