Global Justice / Injustice – English

Global Justice / Injustice – Development, Human Rights and the Law of Recognition: Critical and Renewed Approaches

This program was born of the encounter at the Hague Academy of International Law, between Professor E. Tourme Jouannet and a group of students attending her course during 2014 summer. The enthusiasm shared by Ms. Tourme Jouannet and her students about the themes developed in her course led to the idea of forming a group that would continue to think in that direction. Professors Sundhya Pahuja and Albane Geslin joined the « Hague group » and others from all around the world have done so since then.

This programme aims to promote critical and heterodox research directed toward the question of global (in)justice, and the three juridical pillars on which it would appear to rest today, namely Development, Human Rights and an emergent ‘law of recognition’.

Since the creation of the contemporary international legal order at the end of the Second World War, questions of human well-being and the alleviation of suffering have typically been refracted through the lenses of development, and more recently, human rights. The philosophical underpinnings of such engagements have often been drawn from variants of cosmopolitain thought, more or less complicit with the universalising move of post-colonial internationalism, and more or less Eurocentric. The results of these engagements have been ambiguous, to say the least. The need to critically reassess those vernaculars, and to re-imagine the possibilities for how we may encounter, recognise and accord dignity to each other in a world of radical difference, has become more, not less pressing since the ‘universalisation’ of international law.

The tri-lingual programme has three objectives:

1) To encourage critical reflection across disciplinary boundaries, about the relationship between international law, global (in)justice, (in)equality, distribution and human well-being, dignity and cultural difference. Such reflection will permit a closer interrogation of the three institutional(ised) branches through which discussion takes place; development, human rights, and more speculatively, a law of recognition.

2) To bring together scholars (as well as activists and practitioners) at all stages of their career, interested in approaching these questions, and to forge connections between scholars, Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanophone, emerging and more established, in disparate parts of the world, to facilitate conversations, information sharing, news of events, publications and projects. The programme will offer an institutional platform for those interested in finding, building and joining projects directed at heterodox approaches to the question of global (in)justice.

3) To contribute to the regeneration of international law and institutions in ways consonant with the goals of forging greater social and economic equality between people, promoting dignity, and respecting cultural difference.