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CECS Solidarity seminar with Alexander Somek, Professor of Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna

Seminar — "Post-national democracy?"


Date & Time:

Meeting room 6B-4-04, Faculty of Law, Njalsgade 76, 2300 Copenhagen S, 4th floor

Hosted by:
CECS - Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies



By “post-national democracy” one can understood at least three different things: first, a democracy located at a level superior to (“supra”) existing nation states; second, a democracy that no longer relies on the national community as an integrating factor; and, third, a set of institutions designed to remedy representation deficits that are inherent in nationally bounded democratic regimes. In my presentation, I would like to explore whether a post-national democracy in the second sense would be sufficiently vigorous. It will be seen that the relation between democracy and solidarity is decisive for answering this question.

Program and Introduction:

  • Introduction by professor, centre leader Hanne Petersen, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
  • “Post-national Europoean democracy” by Professor of Legal Philosophy Alexander Somek, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
  • Q and A session, chair Professor, centre leader Hanne Petersen, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Alexander Somek has been Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Institut of Legal Philosophy at the University of Vienna School of Law science August 2017.

Alexander Somek held the Charles E. Floete Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law until July 31, 2015.

His major areas of research are public law and legal philosophy. Alexander Somek is currently interested in exploring the nature of legal knowledge. In addition, he also tries to understand why the law constitutes a particular relation among people.

Sandwich will be served.

The seminar is part of a series of Solidarity seminars called “Solidarity and Opportunities in Europe” offered by CECS in Fall 2017.

Registration: For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than Monday 7 May 2018, 11:00.