Sydney Law School: Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Alec Stone Sweet

Thursday, 29 August, 2013 - 17:30 to 19:00
New South Wales

Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Alec Stone Sweet

29 August 2013

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A Cosmopolitan Legal Order: Constitutional Pluralism and Rights Adjudication in Europe

The European Convention on Human Rights is rapidly evolving into a cosmopolitan legal order: a transnational legal system in which all public officials bear the obligation to fulfil the fundamental rights of every person within their jurisdiction. The emergence of the system depended on certain deep, structural transformations of law and politics in Europe, including the consolidation of a zone of peace and economic interdependence, of constitutional pluralism at the national level, and of rights cosmopolitanism at the transnational level. Framed by Kantian ideas, Professor Stone Sweet will develop a theoretical account of a cosmopolitan legal system, provide an overview of how the ECHR system operates, and establish criteria for its normative assessment.

About the speaker

Professor Alec Stone Sweet works in the fields of comparative and international politics, comparative and international law, and European integration. His most recent book is A Europe of Rights: The Impact of the ECHR on National Legal Systems (2008). Other books include The Birth of Judicial Politics in France (1992), European Integration and Supranational Governance (1998), Governing with Judges (2000), The Institutionalization of Europe (2001), The Politics of Delegation (2002), On Law, Politics, and Judicialization (2003), and The Judicial Construction of Europe (2004). Prior to coming to Yale, he was Official Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, and has held visiting professorships in universities in Aix-en-Provence, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, and Vienna. He is presently engaged in a long-term project on the development of (private, a-national) systems of governance for transnational business.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to 1 MCLE/CPD unit.


Time: 6-7pm followed by a cocktail reception (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: New Law School Building (F10), Eastern Ave University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration is essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: (02) 9351 0323