A Symposium on Globalization and Sovereignty

October 26, 2012 · 3:00-4:30PM

Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101

  • José Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law, New York University
  • Gráinne de Burca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law, New York Universit
  • Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy and Member, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
  • Samuel Moyn, Professor of History, Columbia University
  • Michel Rosenfeld, Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Moderator: Katharina Pistor, Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law and Member, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

This symposium discussed the recently released Globalization and Sovereignty: Rethinking Legality, Legitimacy, and Constitutionalism (Cambridge, 2012), by Jean L. Cohen. Sovereignty and the sovereign state are often seen as anachronisms, but Cohen‘s work challenges this view. Presenting a systematic theory of sovereignty and its transformation in international law and politics, Cohen argues for the continued importance of sovereign equality.

Book Description

Sovereignty and the sovereign state are often seen as anachronisms; Globalization and Sovereignty challenges this view. Jean L. Cohen analyzes the new sovereignty regime emergent since the 1990s evidenced by the discourses and practice of human rights, humanitarian intervention, transformative occupation, and the UN targeted sanctions regime that blacklists alleged terrorists. Presenting a systematic theory of sovereignty and its transformation in international law and politics, Cohen argues for the continued importance of sovereign equality. She offers a theory of a dualistic world order comprised of an international society of states, and a global political community in which human rights and global governance institutions affect the law, policies, and political culture of sovereign states. She advocates the constitutionalization of these institutions, within the framework of constitutional pluralism. This book will appeal to students of international

Katharina Pistor is the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches Law and Development, Lawyering Across Multiple Legal Orders, Globalization in Comparative Perspective, Global Governance, and Corporations. She is a member of the Committee on Global Thought.

José Alvarez was formerly the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the executive director of the Center on Global Legal Problems at Columbia Law School, a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, an associate professor at the George Washington University's National Law Center, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. At NYU, he teaches courses on international law, foreign investment, and international organizations.

Gráinne de Búrca joined NYU law faculty in 2011. Prior to joining NYU, she held tenured posts as professor at Harvard Law School, Fordham Law School, and at the European University Institute in Florence. Her main field of research and expertise is European Union law, and she has written widely on questions of European constitutional law and governance, human rights and
discrimination, and international relations. She has also been a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, a member of NYU’s Global Law faculty and Straus Inaugural Fellow at NYU.

Michael Doyle is the Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy, which is a three-fold appointment in the School
of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. Since 2006, Doyle has been an individual member of the UN Democracy Fund, which was established in 2005 by the UN General Assembly to promote grassroots democratization around the world. Doyle currently serves as the organization's chairperson. He also co-directs the Center
on Global Governance at Columbia Law School.

Samuel Moyn works primarily on modern European intellectual history–with special interests in France and Germany, political and legal thought, historical and critical theory, and Jewish studies–and on the history of human rights. He has taught several courses including Modern European Intellectual History (1880-1940), Legal Theory in Modern History, and Historical Origins of Human Rights.

Michel Rosenfeld is the Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights and director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Professor Rosenfeld was an associate with both Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Rosenman, Colin, Freund, Lewis & Cohen. He has been teaching at Cardozo since
1988, specializing in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Jurisprudence.