International Norms for the 21th Century: Political Science, Philosophy, Law (Aix2003)
|Event Date/Time: Sep 11, 2003||End Date/Time: Sep 14, 2003|
|Registration Date: Nov 30, 2002|
|Early Registration Date: Nov 30, 2002|
|Abstract Submission Date: Nov 30, 2002|
International Norms for the 21st Century:
Political Science, Philosophy, Law
International Symposium at Aix-en-Provence
September 11-14, 2003
Christian Joly, IEP d’Aix-en-Provence
Klaus-Gerd Giesen, Universitaet Leipzig
The international order has for foundations a number of basic norms that ensure its coherence and legitimacy. To fully comprehend international norms means in the first place to ask one-self some questions about the meaningfulness of these norms to the social actors (states, international organizations, transnational entities), and their justifiable grounds. The major challenge of the 21st century will be to generate for these questions novel responses, in a political and economic environment characterized by salient inequities and fast technological and ecological changes.
Political science can and must make its contribution because it looks at international norms in the light of an analysis of the structures and decision-making processes at the global level, also taking into account prevailing ideologies. Philosophy, particularly political ethics, explores the ideal world -the ethical norms- in contrast to the real world. Finally, international law evaluates the meaning and the legality of international judicial norms.
Given the wide scope of the upcoming challenges, the separate work of the academic disciplines becomes unproductive. The main purpose of this symposium is to exchange ideas and create a synergism by blending the approaches of the different disciplines.