International Norms for the 21th Century: Political Science, Philosophy, Law (Aix2003)

Venue: Institut d\'Etudes Politiques

Location: 13625 Aix-en-Provence, France

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
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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.


25 rue Gaston de Saporta

Additional Information

• Location of the Symposium: Institut d’Etudes Politiques, 25 rue Gaston de Saporta, 13625 Aix-en-Provence, France. • Working languages: French and English. • The number of participants will be limited. The participants will pay for all of their expenses and travel costs. However, no registration fee will be requested from them. The organizers will help the participants find local accommodations. • The papers will have to be sent by e-mail to the convenors by June 30, 2003. They will be passed out to all participants and posted on the internet homepage of the symposium. The verbal presentations at the symposium will be limited to 15 minutes and will be followed by a discussion by the participants who are supposed to read the papers before their arrival in Aix-en-Provence. Papers proposals, including a title and an elaborate outline, are welcome and should be sent to the following e-mail address: Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2002 Homepage of the symposium: