Duško Tadić, Global Subject: On Cosmopolitan Law, and the New Global Courts, and the Globalization of the Political
6.00 - 8.00pm, Room D602 (Clement House), London School of Economics
Speaker: Ron Jennings, Columbia University
Chair: Susan Marks, Professor of International Law, LSE
Can the cosmopolitan criminal law of the new global courts serve as a fair and neutral basis for a global order? Using the indictment and trial of Duško Tadić, the first subject of a properly global law (the Yugoslavia Tribunal), as case study, this lecture will raise questions about the adequacy of the dominant modern accounts of law, and, in particular, our sense of law as both a relatively natural and an essentially limited and constraining institution. It suggests, rather, that—through nothing more than an expression at the global level of basic principles of law and legality—we are witnessing (in a process soon to be formalized with the first trials at the ICC) the globalization of a historically-specific concept of the political, as well as a dramatic reorganization of the sovereignty-based global material constitution, with important but little understood implications for democratic legitimacy and legal and cultural diversity.
Ronald Jennings received a JD in Law, worked as a human rights lawyer in the US, Cambodia and South Africa. He is in the course of submitting a doctoral dissertation in Anthropology at Columbia University on 'Duško Tadić, Global Subject: Reco nceptualizing the globalization of the political and political modernity in the wake of the Yugoslav Tribunal'.
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