Julius Stone Address 2018: Inside and Outside Global Law

3 September 2018







Speaker: Hans Lindahl, Chair of Legal Philosophy, Tilburg University

Protracted and bitter resistance by alter- and anti-globalization movements around the world shows that the globalization of law transpires as the globalization of inclusion and exclusion. Humanity is inside and outside global law in all its possible manifestations. How is this possible? Conceptually: how must legal orders be structured such that, even if we can now speak of law beyond state borders, no emergent global legal order is possible that can include without excluding? Normatively: is an authoritative politics of boundaries possible which neither postulates the possibility of realizing an all-inclusive global legal order nor accepts resignation or paralysis in the face of the globalization of inclusion and exclusion? In the spirit of Julius Stone's approach to jurisprudence, addressing these urgent questions demands integrating doctrinal, sociological, and philosophical perspectives and insights concerning the law.

About the speaker

Hans Lindahl holds the chair of legal philosophy at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and, from September 1, 2018, a chair of global law at the Law Department of Queen Mary University of London. He obtained law and philosophy degrees at the Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá, Colombia, before taking a doctorate at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the University of Louvain (Belgium) in 1994. He has worked since at Tilburg, first in the Philosophy Department, currently in the Law School. His primary areas of research are legal and political philosophy. Lindahl has published numerous articles in these fields. His monograph, Fault Lines of Globalization: Legal Order and the Politics of A-Legality, was published with Oxford University Press in 2013 (also published in Italian and Spanish translations). A follow-up monograph, Authority and the Globalisation of Inclusion and Exclusion, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2018. His current research is primarily oriented to issues germane to globalization processes, such as the concept of legal order in a global setting; the relation of boundaries to freedom, justice, and security; a politics of boundary-setting alternative to both cosmopolitanism and communitarianism; transformations of legal authority and political representation; immigration and global justice; collective identity and difference in the process of European integration. In dealing with these topics Lindahl draws on (post-)phenomenology and theories of collective action of analytical provenance, while also seeking to do justice to the nitty-gritty of positive law.

CPD Points: 1.5


The Julius Stone Address is generously sponsored by the Educational Heritage Foundation. It is named to commemorate the life and work of Professor Julius Stone, Australia's foremost legal philosopher and for many years Challis Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney.


Time: 6-7.30pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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