The purpose of this conference is to engage critically with law’s authority – conceptually, comparatively and historically – from the viewpoints of public law, private law, political, social and legal theory, as well as jurisdictional perspectives. We will discuss questions such as: What is law’s authority and in which sense can authority be false or deficient? How does authority come into existence and how does it function? On which basis and from which standpoint can authority be criticized? What is the continuing relevance of the notion of authority for a critical understanding of our social and political reality? How does the critique of authority compare to other modes of immanent criticism? And how can the significant methodological, theoretical and normative challenges to traditional understandings of authority be addressed
Martin Loughlin (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Lars Vinx (Bilkent University)
Marco Goldoni (University of Glasgow)
Jens Meierhenrich (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Marc de Wilde (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Andrea Salvatore (La Sapienza University of Rome)
Mariano Croce (La Sapienza University of Rome)
Petr Agha (Faculty of Law of Charles University)
Organised by: Department of Political Sciences and Sociology (Faculty of Law, Charles University) and Institute of State and Law (Czech Academy of Sciences)
To apply for participation, scholars are invited to submit an abstract of their take on the core concerns of the conference (250 words).
Deadline for applications: September 1st 2018, by email to: petr.agha @ centrum.cz.