“The End of the Global Rule of Law?”, a Conversation with Andrew Hurrell

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    2017•03•21    18:30 - 19:30

    On 21 March 2017, UNU will host “The End of the Global Rule of Law?”, a conversation with Andrew Hurrell, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The global order appears to be moving towards greater instability and increasing conflict. The return of geopolitics and heightened nationalism — coupled with the structural instabilities and inequalities of global capitalism, new and disruptive patterns of sociopolitical mobilisation, and the fragmentation of international institutions — are calling into question the effective rule of international law. This sense of disorder seems to be mirrored at regional and national levels, with increasing rivalries over issues such as territories and trade, the rise of populist movements, and the unpredictable trajectory of US foreign policies. What is driving the present crises? How do they relate to the global rule and order that has been sustained since the end of the Cold War?

    Prof. Hurrell will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the complex relationship between political disorder and the roles of international law and institutions. The discussion will also consider the capacity of different areas of law and governance to withstand turbulent times.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 20 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Andrew Hurrell is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Balliol College. He is a Delegate and Finance Committee member of Oxford University Press. He was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2010 and to the British Academy in 2011. In 2015, he was awarded the Susan Strange Award by the International Studies Association (ISA).

    Prof Hurrell is the author of On Global Order: Power, Values, and the Constitution of International Society (2008), which won the ISA Annual Best Book Award in 2009. He is the co-editor of Inequality, Globalization, and World Politics (1999), and Regionalism in World Politics (1995).


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