Following successful Juris North roundtable events exploring the work of Hans Kelsen in
2021 and 2022, contemporary non/anti-positivist legal theory in 2023, queer theory,
leadership and inclusion in 2024, Juris North and ASAP (Academics Stand Against Poverty)
are pleased to announce the theme of our 2024/2025 Roundtable Series: Global Justice. We
invite participants to present work-in-progress that engages with an aspect of queer theory.
Papers may approach this theme from either a doctrinal or theoretical perspective.
To deepen and broaden the understanding of how to address partiality and unfairness in
the world order
To explore different stakeholder journeys and view
To seek different perspectives and exchanges and explore possibilities for collaboration in
terms of research, practice and education.
Prof. Dr Thomas Pogge, Yale University
Dr Jorge E. Núñez, Manchester Law School
Any community or population consists of people who are different in many senses. Pluralism
is a permanent feature. Similar to the civil society, the international community includes
several agents of very different natures (sovereign states, cultures, subcultures, religions,
individuals). People in civil societies may be weak or strong, wealthy or poor, classed as abled
or disabled, and so on, while the international arena includes developed and non-developed
nations, democratic and non-democratic legal systems, populated and not populated
territories, sovereign states, pseudo-states, quasi-states, and other. Both in the case of civil
societies and the international community, national and international agents, respectively
recognize some inter-subject rules of conduct.
In any circumstances in which there are agents of different kinds their interrelations will
introduce identity and conflict of interests. As a result, some criteria are needed for choosing
the principles that can guarantee decision-making impartiality and the fairness of the
outcome. Arguably, in the case of civil societies, many national legal orders already offer
rules and mechanisms to secure normatively and effectively impartiality in the way in which
different persons are considered and a certain degree of fairness (or at least, the ability to
challenge unfair situations).
The global order is very different. Although there are international rules and mechanisms
that in principle acknowledge equality of states and give central roles to non-governmental
organizations and, to an extent, people (for example, European Union law), realpolitik shows
clearly that impartiality in the way different international agents are considered is scattered
(for example, there are some states that are “more equal” than others) and therefore, the
fairness of the current world order is highly questionable.
1. The global order can progress from a pluralism of pluralisms to one version of pluralism
that is widely sharable when no world order can be equally hospitable to all states, cultures,
religions and persons it makes room for, or when no world order can please everyone in
regard to how much inequality it engenders.
2. Sovereign states can cooperate together and accept limitations without sacrificing their
sovereignty. Similarly, other international agents can cooperate together and accept
limitations without compromising their freedom.
3. Individuals can be (i) partial for their state under rules of a fair competition and also be (ii)
impartial in their defense and promotion of those fair rules themselves.
Open to all. Ideally, multi-disciplinary, transversal and inclusive (academics, policy-makers,
people at large from different states, religions, genders, ethnicities, etc.).
The purpose of this special workshop is to showcase and develop works-in-progress rather
than completed papers
We intend to follow up the special workshop with a set of roundtables and a conference. Inperson attendance will be encouraged. Each event will be hosted in a hybrid-format at
Manchester Law School (United Kingdom) and/or Yale University (United States).
Roundtables Dates/Times: monthly meeting
October 2024: Date/Time TBC
November 2024: Date/Time TBC
December 2024: Date/Time TBC
The series will culminate in a one-day event in April/May 2025 where attendees can present
papers that have been updated as a result of the series.
We are currently in discussions with Hart as to the possibility of publishing presented papers
as an edited collection.
If you are interested in sending an abstract (up to 500 words) for consideration or simply
taking part in our roundtables, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29th
The e-mail accompanying your abstract should also contain the following information
Institutional affiliation (if any);
Subject line: Please indicate "SW Global Justice and Global Order.