From Dr. Birgit Schlütter, our colleague at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, comes news that papers "on the interaction between authorities at different levels" are being sought for a spring 2012 workshop in France.
It's the 3d International Workshop on Authority Beyond States, sponsored by AUSTAT, the ongoing authority-beyond-states project in which Birgit and others are involved. The workshop will be held May 3 and 4, 2012, at the Centre franco-norvégien en sciences sociales et humaines in Paris.
The exercise of authority by international institutions raises a number of puzzling challenges across the disciplines that study the international. Recent history has seen a substantial increase in the number of international institutions, the claims to authority of which may rival not only the traditional bailiwick of sovereign states, but also the authority of other partially overlapping international institutions. How are those clashes of authority and frictions between actors resolved, if at all? How do the various subjects addressed by international authority – such as governments, corporations, NGOs, individuals, as well as international institutions themselves – respond? Even though conflicts of authority is a problem that political and legal practice and theory have had to deal with for centuries, new international institutional frameworks challenge established solutions to such problems, both in practice and in theory.
For example, recent contributions in international legal theory raise questions about interaction between the national and the international. But constitutionalism, pluralism or global public law approaches often concentrate on the international, while guiding principles, like subsidiarity or federalism, are yet to be analysed in more detail. Likewise, research in political science on multilevel, global governance raise questions about how the agents involved resolve conflicts of competence and jurisdiction not just between different levels, but also among international institutions themselves. Relatedly, while much recent political theory starts from the assumption that states are being challenged in their traditional mandate and capacity to govern, the resulting calls for international institutional reform suggest new puzzles about how to settle clashes of authority in lieu of sovereignty.
They invite submissions in the disciplines of international and comparative constitutional law, political science, international relations, and political theory, that address the exercise of authority by international institutions. Of particular interest are papers dealing with the vertical interplay between international institutions and domestic authorities and the horizontal interplay between different international institutions. Empirical, theoretical, conceptual, and normative analyses all are welcomed
Interested persons should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, plus a short biography, via the online form available here. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2012. Participants whose papers are selected will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses.